Wakefield Trinity have confirmed that they will take on Wigan Warriors in a pre-season friendly ahead of the 2024 campaign.
The fixture will take place on January 26th and celebrate Wigan born Wakefield star Matty Ashurst on his testimonial. Ashurst played for Wigan’s great rivals St Helens as well as Salford Red Devils early in his career but has spent 10 magnificent years at Wakefield.
The game will be a celebration of him but also the newly developed East Stand which has been named after the sport’s record points scorer and club legend Neil Fox MBE.
Neil, Trinity legend and member of the RFL Hall of Fame, represented the club on 574 occasions and earned 29 International caps for Great Britain. Now yet another honour can be added to his tally, Trinity fans have voted to grace our new East Stand with his name, gaining 60% of the vote.
During the 1960’s Neil played a key role in helping Wakefield Trinity to 3 Challenge Cup final victories and 2 Rugby League Championship Final successes, earning a World Record of 6220 career points that will never be surpassed.
Club Owner, Matt Ellis said: “As the top points scorer in Rugby League history, it is an honour and an inspiration to have Neil Fox as such a big part of our club history. He is a true rugby league icon, who I wish I could have seen playing at Belle Vue. He is a worthy winner, thanks to everyone who voted.”
This new stand is set to secure them a Super League score under IMG next year.
Things are looking good for Wakefield on and off the field with this development and the club are also helping others this Christmas time.
Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation has been humbled by the generous donations collected for Wakefield Street Kitchen through Trinity Under the Stars 2023.
Through our work with the Kitchen over the last couple of years, we thought seeing them supported over the winter months was important.
As the cold draws in and the festive season approaches, many will be utilising the services of food banks across the UK. According to statistics posted in March 2023, figures showed that in 2021/22, 2.1 million Brits had used a food bank in the previous 12 months.
With the costs of living rising, this number will only worsen across the next few years, with Wakefield Street Kitchen acting as much more than a kitchen, helping families in need over December & January.
To help with their work, the Foundation was taken aback by the generosity of the community, with Wakefield College, Garforth Tigresses, XBM Ltd, the Finance Team at Pinderfields Hospital, Normanton Junior Academy and members of the Wakefield Trinity fanbase pulling together food and clothes to be donated.
Speaking on the feat, Foundation Media & Commercial Executive, William Moore, said, “We are delighted with the uptake we have had to our food donation appeal.
“With the amount that Wakefield Street Kitchen has done for us, I am proud that schools, local businesses and supporters have rallied to donate as much as they have. It is brilliant.”