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Honours

League Champions:

1966-67, 1967-68

Challenge Cup Winners:

1908-09, 1945-46, 1959-60, 1961-62, 1962-63

Yorkshire Cup Winners:

as a union club:

1879, 1880, 1883, 1887

as a league club:

1910-11, 1924-25, 1946-47, 1947-48, 1951-52, 1956-57, 1960-61, 1961-62, 1964-65, 1992-93

Yorkshire League Winners:

1909-10, 1910-11, 1945-46, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1961-62, 1962-63

 Division One Winners: 1998

 

 

Record attendance

37,906 (21st March 1936 Leeds v Huddersfield, Challenge Cup semi-final)

Club record:

30,676 (26th Feb 1921 v Huddersfield - Challenge Cup First Round)

... I know I am, I'm sure I am...

 

Hello! The main aim of this website is to show the evolution of the Wakefield Trinity programme over the years. I also wanted to bring some scattered bits of information about the 1962 South African tour and the South African players who have played for us. It's consequently a bit of a work in progress. In the future I'd like to upload more about the club history, results, players and Trinity shirts and also scan in and share some of the really early programmes I have as they're obviously pretty rare. I've scanned some of my earliest programmes on the Pre 1950 tab - just click on the link.

All the programmes on here are mine, so any omissions are because I don't have a copy of that programme. I've got most home programmes from 1957 until when we very kindly got let into Super League and quite a few pre-war ones, so please let me know if you have any earlier ones that you are looking to sell.

My first Wakefield match was Batley away in October 1985 and I was hooked, even though we lost 8-4. I watched them home and frequently away until around 1996 when I went off to university and eventually ended up living down in East London. It was only in about 2005 that I decided to collect Wakefield home programmes, for no better reason than I saw an old one from the Fifties on Ebay that looked quite interesting and decided to buy it. I do have other hobbies and a social life as well...

My time spent watching The Mighty Wakefield Trinity can be summed up as follows:

  • Darren Fritz, especially at Salford away
  • winning the Yorkshire Cup Final against Sheffield
  • losing the Yorkshire Cup Final two years earlier (fume)
  • being well wrapped up for winter rugby but still having cold hands and feet
  • the joy of winning the Division One Grand Final at the McAlpine. Just.
  • never leaving before the final whistle, even if Wakefield were getting thrashed
  • the frustrating inconsistency that is Wakefield Trinity
  • Nigel Bell always giving 100%
  • wishing that I'd seen the team and the ground in the glory years
  • reading the Wally Lewis is Coming fanzine
  • meaningful Boxing Day and New Year's Day local derbies
  • Andy Wilson's unfortunate injury
  • the special atmosphere at Belle Vue the last time we played the Australians
  • Andy Mason's pre-match ritual
  • running onto the pitch after the match for autographs
  • dreading going to school after we'd lost to Castleford
  • Michael Jackson before he got septicaemia
  • rare away victories in Lancashire
  • scarves flying out of the back windows of the car following rare away victories in Lancashire
  • the amazing healing powers of my Mum's cooking after a defeat
  • trying not to hear who won the Formula One on a Sunday so that I could get home and watch it on the Betamax after the match
  • winning at Wilderspool and running onto the pitch with my mate who had his leg in plaster
  • Rooftop Gardens
  • Steve Pott's mohican
  • In 1986 buying the Wakefield Schoolboys' Wembley brochure by mistake as I thought it was a proper programme
  • Clubcall
  • Ray French pronouncing Chris Perry's surname as 'Peray' when he played for Carcassone against Wigan at (I think) Central Park
  • hoping that the new British Coal shirt would arrive in time so I could wear it proudly on my holiday in France
  • that lady who used to shout 'come on Trinity' in a loud voice near the half-way line of the Western Terrace
  • looking forward to, or dreading, watching the hightlights on Scrumdown
  • having a Tracey and a Lyndsey in the team
  • Losing 72-8 in February 2005 in the snow to the London Broncos at Griffin Park with the only high point being the Trinity supporter dressed as Hitler who won the half-time kicking competition. 

It's easy to look back on the good times and forget the bad. For a lot of the time the team was on its arse and the rugby we watched was rubbish. At least we still have a team to support. 

But now for some perspective - in the 1895/96 season Wakefield were nilled for seven consecutive matches, although two of those were nil-nil draws. In fact in that season we were nilled twenty times and scored only 38 tries from 42 games. At least the following season we were only nilled ten times. It was clearly a very different game back then...

As a professional potterer I'm disappointed it's taken me so long to cobble this website together, but there's always something else to do on a weekend such as mowing the lawn or hoovering the cat. I hope you find it enjoyable.

Cheers and Up the Trin!

Marcus 

May 2013 

 

Well, since then the crumbling Belle Vue has carried on crumbling and is sadly no longer fit for purpose.I know exactly what we need to do and have excellent plans for rebuilding Belle Vue in my head, but am still waiting for that Euromillions win... we'd only have to knock a few houses down and shift the pitch a bit...

The best news is that Wakefield Trinity are now plain old Wakefield Trinity again (although some of the Sky pundits are taking longer than others to get the hang of it). It made me sick to the pit of my stomach when people down here in London called the team the Wakefield Wildcats. I suppose I'm just an unashamed traditionalist. If a historic name linked to the origins of the club has been good enough since 1873, why change it? Absolute nonsense, although I do quite like Daddy Cool and I'm glad we kept him. I did my bit by buying home and away shirts for the first time since the mid 90's along with a raft of other stuff, and I'm pretty happy with it all! Maybe just need a bigger badge on the shirt next time...

Marcus 

March 2017

 

Beefy  is the number one feline supporter of the Mighty Wakefield Trinity... 

Beefy Trinity

Belle Vue

Opening on the 14th April, 1879, it's fair to say that the oldest ground in rugby league has seen better days. It's hosted the 1888 New Zealand Maoris, and also the 1922-23 Challenge Cup final between Leeds and Hull as well as cycling, baseball, football,American football and rugby union (with the 1908 Wallabies tour coming to Belle Vue to play Yorkshire). The East Stand was officially opened as a covered terrace on 20th Sept 1924 with a 44-0 victory over Widnes. This would be partially converted to 3,000 seats in September 1952. This 1925 footage of Leeds v Hull KR at Belle Vue shows the newly covered East terrace and is a brilliant bit of history. Hull KR beat Leeds 7-6 in front of 25,163. Here's Belle Vue with a cycle track.

On May 1932 the West Stand was officially opened, and was the most iconic part of the ground with its ornate roof and even chimneys at the back.  When I first visited as a nine year old the West Stand seemed massive. I can just about remember walking through the back of it in 1985. It was demolished on safety grounds following the Bradford Fire. 

Despite being partially roofed in February 1958, the South Stand was demolished in 1979 in the mistaken belief that a superstore would be built on that site. The presence of nothing but a wall at that end of the ground destroyed the integrity of Belle Vue, and has only been partially rectified by the installation of executive boxes.

The original floodlights were first switched on in October 1967 before a match between Yorkshire and the Australians and the current four corner floodlights were installed in the 1990/91 season.

Belle Vue is famous for having been used for most of the rugby scenes in This Sporting Life starring Richard Harris, shot in the early Sixties when the ground was at its best. I certainly never knew that the Mexico City Olympic 200 metre gold medal winner and infamous Black Power saluter Tommie Smith was once at Belle Vue:

On the links page I've added a few old images and YouTube clips showing Belle Vue. God only knows how they shoehorned 37,906 there for the 1936 Challenge Cup semi-final.

It's great to see some cover finally being put up at Belle Vue in 2012, but I'd have preferred a cantilever roof on both stands. Having said that, it's better than nothing and it's going to be great to go back to Belle Vue to see how the covers improve the atmosphere and keep the crowd noise in.

I loved reading Trevor Delaney's The Grounds of Rugby League and also Mike Latham's British Rugby League - a Groundhopper's Guide - both excellent books and thoroughly recommended.


Coaches

Ken Traill 1958-70         

Neil Fox 1970-74

Peter Fox 1974-76     

Geoff Gunney 1976     

Brian Lockwood 1976-78 

Ian Brooke 1978-79   

Bill Kirkbride 1979-80    

Bill Ashurst 1981-82     

Ray Batten 1982-83  

Derek Turner 1983-84 

Geoff Wraith 1984   

David Lamming 1984-85 

Len Casey 1985-86    

Tony Dean 1986     

Trevor Bailey 1986-87

David Topliss 1987-94 

David Hobbs 1994-95   

Paul Harkin 1995-96   

Mitch Brennan 1996-97 

Andy Kelly 1997-2000   

Tony Kemp 2000       

John Harbin 2000-01  

Peter Roe 2001-02    

Shane McNally/Adrian Vowles 2002-03     

Shane McNally 2003-05 

Tony Smith 2005-06    

John Kear 2006-11  

Richard Agar 2011-2014

James Webster 2014-2015

Brian Smith 2015-2016

Chris Chester March 2016