A DEMOLITION firm from Stowe has been appointed to pull down the old Wilderspool Stadium.

And work will start next week.

Site owners Wire Regeneration - a joint venture between property giant Langtree and Warrington Borough Council - have appointed Buckingham Group Contracting Limited to carry out the work.

Work will continue until October.

The last first team game was in 2003 and a junior match up between a Wolves and Cumbrian side took place in May - the final game at the famous old ground.

Langtree chief executive John Downes said: “The appointment of demolition contractors is a significant step in allowing us to push forward and deliver the masterplan for the southern gateway.

“This area of the town has an enormous potential to become a new centre of employment and retail, along with new residential areas.

“Just as the Wolves have gone on to write new chapters in their history in the Halliwell Jones stadium, we are working to give this part of Warrington a new lease of life.”

Clr Terry O’Neill, leader of Warrington Borough Council said: “I’m a lifelong Wolves fan and I’ve seen some great games at the Wilderspool stadium, however, it is fair to say that Wolves are flourishing at The Halliwell Jones with the fantastic facilities that the stadium provides and which the modern game requires.

“It will be sad to see the old stadium demolished but times move on and I’m excited at the potential that the site offers in the redevelopment of the southern gateway area.”