A message to supporters...

A message to supporters... widnesvikings.co.uk

4th February 2019

Widnes Vikings would like to send a message of thanks to the club’s supporters following yesterday’s victory over Halifax RLFC…

There is no doubting that Sunday’s victory over Halifax was a superb result to kick-start our campaign on the field, but we, as a club, wanted to offer our gratitude to you for your turnout at the Halton Stadium yesterday. 

To have over 4000 people come down and watch our season opener, which is around 1000 more than our 2018 average, lays down a marker for what we want to achieve together when we play at home this season. 

The positive atmosphere and noise that was generated by yourselves around the ground and getting behind the lads was outstanding, including the North West corner and their renditions of Twist and Shout. As Anthony Gelling and Danny Craven have said in the last 24 hours, we need to make this ground a fortress, and a place that opposition teams don’t want to come and play. If you continue in the same vein over the course of this season, we’ll be in a much better place. 

Pre-game, as you entered into the Halton Stadium on Sunday, you may have seen members of our Academy squad with buckets to collect generous donations from you, our loyal supporters. Firstly, for those that donated as you arrived at the ground yesterday, thank you. We have managed to raise a brilliant £1,044.17, and this genorisity is much appreciated and will be a massive help for our club. 

Since the bucket collection, we have had a number of enquiries from supporters regarding what this money will go towards inside the club. Despite the fact the club has been relegated to the Betfred Championship, the club’s Academy has been maintained to the same level it has in previous years. Therefore, your donations will be used to help supplement the running costs of our youth system, and we are thankful for that. 

Touching on Academy, it was brilliant to see that 10 members of our side yesterday were homegrown from our system. It’s no secret that we have placed a lot of emphasis on the importance of our Academy, and now it is great to see the fruits of our labour. The fact that so many of our first team squad are home-grown can only bode well for us in the future. 

Having players that have sat in your seat and have chanted the songs you sing from the terraces shows they know what it means to wear the jersey and represent this club, and we feel that transcended into the performance yesterday. 

The scenes at full-time, in which you all stayed behind to show your appreciation to the lads, is something that we want to harness for the whole of this year. If we are to be successful in 2019, and achieve the goals we have set out, we need to be united. There’s no secret that we need to build the relationship between club and fans back to where it used to be. Yesterday, seeing Kieron and the squad sharing moments with you all, and getting the reception they received, felt like the start of that. 

It was also brilliant to see Liam Hood and Adam Tangata make their professional debuts for the club, with Jack Owens making a welcome return to the colours of Widnes. All three showed exactly why they have been brought to the club, and only adds to the quality of our first team squad.

It’s difficult to write this without mentioning Anthony Gelling, and the magic he produced both on and off the field on Sunday. It’s no secret that he has huge qualities when he takes to the field, but to see him produce that video pre-game, and then make a young Vikings supporter’s day by sitting with him when he was substituted, was truly heartwarming. 

Anthony perfectly summed up the way in which we want to operate as a club this season. We are serious about achieving our goals this year, but we want to have fun along the way, with our supporters enjoying every bit of the journey with us. 

Now, we have two tough away games against Toulouse and Toronto, hoping to continue our form from our season opener. Following our trips on the road, we have two huge home fixtures against Sheffield Eagles and Featherstone Rovers on consecutive Sundays. On the back of your magnificent support, we want to say thank you, and this is why we are launching the #WV10kChallenge. 

The #10kChallenge is an initiative to get 10,000 supporters collectively attending our games on those consecutive weekends to show their support for our club. With 4,283 passing through the turnstiles last weekend, we feel this is something that is achievable.

Therefore, up until the close of play on Sunday, you can get up to 50% discount on match tickets for both games against Sheffield and Featherstone. You can attend both games for just £20, which equates to one standard match day price. Or you can attend one game for just £10. 

Tickets for these games are available to purchase, and you can be part of our #WV10kChallenge. Tickets can be bought online HERE, by calling the ticket line on 0151 495 2250 or by visiting the Vikings Superstore in Tesco Extra, Widnes. Please click here for full information…

A message to supporters... widnesvikings.co.uk