Investigation into Widnes pitch invasion

The Rugby Football League is investigating after fans ran onto the pitch after Widnes lost their Challenge Cup semi-final clash with Castleford.

Live updates

Widnes release pictures to try to find fans who 'shamed' club

Pitch invasion after Widnes were defeated by Castleford Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Widnes Vikings have released photos on their website of individuals they claim "have shamed their club". It comes after a pitch invasion after their challenge cup semi final loss to Castleford on Sunday. The club wants help from the public to identify anyone involved. See the full list of pictures here.

Fans to 'name and shame'
Fans to 'name and shame' Credit: Widnes Vikings

Widnes Vikings release images of individuals as investigation into Challenge Cup disturbance continues

Widnes Vikings has published CCTV images of individuals alleged to have been involved in a disturbances after their challenge cup semi final defeat by Castleford.

The club has described the incident, last Sunday, as "shameful"

The images of the individuals have been published on the club's website,

“I felt it was prudent to give our valued stakeholders an update to where we are with the investigation into the disgraceful scenes perpetrated by a minority of people who attached themselves to our club on that day.

“We are working closely with RFL who are in turn liaising with police and the crowd safety team at Leigh Sports Village who were there on the day of the event.

“In the first instance we have gathered intelligence to identify the individuals who entered the field of play.

"As I stated earlier in the week the response from our true supporters has been overwhelming and we have been inundated with hundreds of emails all providing invaluable information for the investigation team.

– James Rule, CEO Widnes Vikings


Widnes describe scenes after their defeat to Castleford as 'sickening and shameful'

Mark Hull and Gareth Cooper both captured video of the fans behaviour on the pitch. The club want people to come forward with the names of those involved -

"It’s evident from the overnight response that our genuine supporters are as disappointed and frustrated by the scenes as everybody is within the Club.

“We’ve had an overwhelming response and the information we have received will be invaluable in conducting a thorough investigation.

“I wish to thank the supporters for supplying this information and would encourage anybody with any details to continue to supply that to the Club which will then be submitted and utilised within the investigation process.

“Together we can begin to take the first steps of rebuilding our reputation.”

– James Rule, CEO Widnes Vikings

Widnes Vikings: 'Pitch invasion sickening and shameful'

After all the hard work that's gone into this season, both on and off the field by various stakeholders of the Club, it's sickening to see such shameful scenes perpetrated by a minority of 'supporters'.

We will now work closely with RFL and police and carry out a full investigation into this afternoon's events. If any supporter is able to provide information and names that will assist our investigation then please send that in confidence to

It's imperative that we all work together to try and salvage what is left if our reputation. The Club's recruitment drive for next season has been put on hold until such time that we can establish the full cost to the Club for today's actions.

We will work fully with the RFL and the BBC to identify each and every individual that brought shame to the good name of our Club at full-time.

– James Rule, Vikings CEO
Back to top