Warrington Wolves' Halliwell Jones stadium is bracing itself for a Scandinavian invasion on Thursday (16 June 2005) when it hosts the second semi final of WOMEN'S EURO 2005, with Wolves' fans set to ditch their normal allegiances and get behind the Vikings.
Norway, who have become firm favourites with Wolves' fans having played two group games in the town, take on Sweden, who knocked England out of the tournament.
Wolves' fans took the Norway team to their hearts during the group games, swapping Wolves' traditional white, yellow and blue for Norway's red - a colour more associated with Warrington's rivals Leigh Centurions.
Great Britain and Warrington Wolves' star, Martin Gleeson, said: "It's been amazing to see all the fans wearing red during WOMEN'S EURO 2005, it's normally a colour that our fans avoid because of the club's rivalry with Leigh. It will be interesting to see which team the crowd gets behind on Thursday with Sweden wearing more traditional Warrington Wolves' colours - yellow and blue - or Norway who wear red."
He added: "I'd like to wish both teams the best of luck and I hope they enjoy playing at the Halliwell Jones stadium. I hope that fans from across the north west will come along and get behind the teams."
Tickets for to see Norway against Sweden on Thursday are on sale now from the Halliwell Jones ticket office or by calling the ticket hotline on 01925 24 88 88. Tickets are priced ?5 for adults and ?2.50 for concessions.
The winners will play Germany or Finland who contest the other Semi Final. The Final takes place on Sunday19 June at Blackburn's Ewood Park. Tickets are on sale now from the Blackburn Rovers hotline on 08701 123456. Tickets are priced ?5 for adults and ?2.50 for concessions.
Fans attending WOMEN'S EURO 2005 semi finals and The Final will be able to take part in an interactive Fan Park. Fans can test their skill with football games and there are giveaways and information about how to get involved in football.
For more information about WOMEN'S EURO 2005 log onto www.TheFA.com or www.UEFA.com
Wolves Take Trophy! =================== Warrington's Lee Briers and Graham Appo took part this week in the annual Tetley's sponsored Rugby League Writers' Association golf day at Pontefract.
The Wolves duo took their recent good form on the pitch to the golf course too, with Lee and Graham helping the Wolves take the Tetley's Team Award.
The golf was followed by a dinner in the evening and presentation of trophies to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Tetley's RLWA Golf Day.
Radio Leeds presenter John Boyd took the Harold Mather Golf Trophy for the leading member of the RLWA, whilst former Widnes coach Neil Kelly was presented with the Tetley's Invitation trophy as the leading guest.
Gareth Roberts, Carlsberg UK Sponsorship Controller, said: "I would like to congratulate all the winners but also thank everyone who came along and had an enjoyable day, especially the many players for giving up their time. Tetley's are committed to supporting the RLWA and are proud to support the annual golf day."Like