Widnes Vikings Rugby League Football Club

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Widnes Vikings is an English professional rugby league club based in Widnes, Cheshire which currently plays in the Super League, the top tier of European rugby league. Prior to the 1997 season the club was known simply as Widnes and had a long history of success in the sport. The club plays its home matches at the Select Security Stadium. Widnes was one of the original twenty-two rugby clubs that formed the Northern Rugby Football Union in 1895, making them one of the world's first rugby league teams. The club enjoyed a period of success in the 1970s, 80s and early 90s, and were frequently described as "Cup Kings" reaching the Challenge Cup final 7 times in 10 years between 1975 and 1984. In 1989, after winning their third Rugby League Championship, Widnes became the first official World Club Champions by beating the Australian champions Canberra Raiders 30-18 at Old Trafford. Their traditional nickname is "The Chemics" after the main industry in Widnes, but the club also use their more modern nickname, "The Vikings". They have a strong local rivalry with Warrington Wolves, and matches between the two clubs are often prolific encounters

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

On this site on 14th September 1895, Widnes played their first home game under the rules of Rugby League (then known as the Northern Union) Widnes v Leeds

Select Security Stadium, Halton, Widnes, United Kingdom where it played (1895)

120th anniversary of the first rugby league game to be played in Halton. Runcorn v Widnes [full inscription unknown]

St Edwards School , Canal Street, Halton, Runcorn, United Kingdom where it played