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Warrington Wolves would welcome back Liverpool Football Club Reserves
WARRINGTON Wolves would welcome Liverpool Reserves back to The Halliwell Jones Stadium in future years.
The Anfield club have now confirmed they will be playing their reserve team games at pastures new next season following two seasons in Warrington.
It is thought that the pitch at The Halliwell Jones was the decisive factor, with Liverpool understood to be seeking a deal with a soccer club that can offer a football-exclusive pitch that is more suited to their passing style of play.
Wolves’ director of commercial development Dave Hutchinson, who brokered the initial deal for the Super League club, said: “They were delighted while they were here and there were no complaints about the facilities and the crowds.
“I think it came down to the playing surface in the end.
“Having Liverpool Reserves in Warrington gave a lot of people the chance to watch a decent level of professional football that they wouldn’t normally get maybe due to lack of availability of Premier League match tickets or the cost of those tickets.
“That was my aim at the start of all this and it was a very worthwhile exercise.
“They saw some decent players in the likes of Xabi Alonso, Harry Kewell and Manchester United’s Gary Neville playing at The Halliwell Jones.”
The first season was the highlight, with Liverpool playing some super football en route to winning the North title.
And the clash with Manchester United in that first campaign attracted a stunning 10,500 ‘gate’.
Wolves are not actively pursuing another soccer team to hire The Halliwell Jones for its home matches next season.
“We’re going to give the pitch a rest,” said Hutchinson.
“We’re going to continually seek to improve the pitch for the rest of this season.
“An opportunity may arise for next year and we would look at that but we’re not actively pursuing a team for next season. And we would certainly welcome back Liverpool in the future.”
Reserve league attendances for the 2008/09 season show that The Halliwell Jones Stadium, despite Liverpool’s struggling form, had the highest aggregate across the country with 10,766 from 10 matches. Northern title winners Sunderland attracted 10,577.
The two highest attendances for one game were also attracted to Warrington, with 3,995 turning out to see Liverpool entertain Manchester United and 2,679 entering the stadium for the Merseyside Mini ‘derby’.