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Oldlady's Ground Guide - Widnes Vikings
Posted by southstander on April 20 2005 - 08:44:14

The Halton
by Oldlady

Following the demise of the old ground guides, when we had the apocalyptic server crash last October, we've decided to reconstruct the Ground Guide section.

On a week-by-week basis, for all away games this year, Oldlady will give us her guide to our place of pilgrimage, this week assisted by Oldham Rhino's advice on where to eat and drink.

We continue this week with Widnes Vikings.

Widnes Vikings - The Halton Stadium

It should be entertaining on Saturday as the ‘Chemics’ have labelled it ‘Black and White Night! I suppose they have to do something as they are in such deep trouble, but I don‘t know how Hull fans will feel about it. As someone else commented elsewhere perhaps they have a shed-load of black and white stuff in the shop that they fear they will not be able to get rid of any other way.

The Halton Stadium, Lowerhouse Lane, is the rebuilt Naughton Park and was opened in 1997on the same site and at that time was called the Autoquest Stadium. It was taken over by Halton Borough Council in 1999 and thus renamed.

It has managed to provide a good mix of traditional and modern and the views are good. It can, however, be a bit of a crush on the concourses and you may find you have to shoulder your way through. It was designed to be a multipurpose complex with excellent facilities, including an injury clinic, a table tennis centre, conference facilities etc.

Three sides of the ground have covered all-seater stands and one open end, behind the sticks, is terracing but is rarely opened up. The South stand is spilt in two with half of it used as a designated family area.

Their mascot looks slightly less ‘threatening’ than many! Kemic the Viking is very old though! His DoB is given as 971 AD and he apparently arrived in a longboat for the 1997 season.

Directions: M62 to junction 7. Follow signs from motorway roundabout via second exit A557. It is usually a straight forward drive to the ground.

Home chant...? Probably “Help!!!!” this Saturday.

Reply chant...? We will surely drown them out with anything, but will have to be careful with the ‘black and white’ thing.

Best:

Place to sit/stand... the West stand or terracing if open,

Place to park... Free parking at Halton College and some street parking available nearby.

Place to eat...On the food front, it looks like you are going to go hungry. There is a "snack bar" inside the leisure centre that is attatched to the ground, but your best bet might be call at the new Asda that has been built near the ground.

Place to drink...In the drinking stakes the Cricketers is just down from the ground. Its only a small venue so be early as the bar staff aren't the brightest in the world (must be the chemicals).

Home to the strangest pool table ever (it's round) it also has a beer jungle facility if the weather is pleasant enough. Further up the road is the Albion, a venue I can confess to having never set foot in. There is a Wetherspoons in the Town Centre too...if that's your bag!

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