The Jungle (Wheldon Road)

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The Jungle
The Jungle (Wheldon Road)
Full nameWheldon Road
LocationWheldon Road, Castleford, West Yorkshire, England
Coordinates 53°43′47″N1°20′27″W / 53.72972°N 1.34083°W / 53.72972; -1.34083 Coordinates: 53°43′47″N1°20′27″W / 53.72972°N 1.34083°W / 53.72972; -1.34083
Public transit National Rail logo.svg Castleford
Owner Castleford Tigers
Operator Castleford Tigers
Capacity 11,775
Record attendance25,449 (Castleford vs Hunslet, 9 March 1935)
Field size120 by 74 yards (110 m × 68 m)
ScoreboardPhilips Vidiwall
Castleford Town F.C. (1926–1936)
Castleford Tigers (1927 – Present)

Wheldon Road (known as the Mend-A-Hose Jungle for sponsorship purposes) is the home ground of Castleford Tigers Rugby league Club in Castleford, West Yorkshire, England. It is on Wheldon Road, just outside Castleford town centre. The record attendance of 25,449 was for a Challenge Cup match in 1935.



Wheldon Road officially opened in 1926 and was the home of association football club Castleford Town F.C.. The following year Castleford RLFC moved in after the completion of their first season (1926–27) after playing at 'Sandy Desert', which has since been redeveloped, and is the home of Castleford Lock Lane. [1]

The record attendance at the ground is 25,449 for a third round Challenge Cup match against Hunslet in 1935. The record Super League attendance at the ground is 11,731 against Leeds on 7 March 2004. [2]

Floodlights were installed for the 1965–66 season.[ citation needed ]

In 2011 the Castleford signed a deal with developers who intended to redevelop the ground as a supermarket. This deal would fund a new £12 million stadium at nearby Glasshoughton for which the club had received planning consent. In October 2012 the plans were scrapped due to lack of funding. In 2014 it was announced that the club would be moving to a new stadium near Glasshoughton along with a new retail park on the same site. [3]


North Stand

The Wheldon Road End is a covered standing terrace and is considered the Kop end of the ground as it is particularly used by Castleford supporters.

East Stand

The Main Stand in the east end of the ground houses 1,500 seats and the changing rooms and tunnel. About two thirds of the stand is uncovered terracing each side of the Main Stand. The clubs pavilion is situated at this side of the ground. Most of the bars and food outlets are at this side of the ground inside the marquee

South Stand

The Railway End is at the south of the ground. It is an uncovered standing terrace, with a supporters' club, executive boxes and a scoreboard along its top. It is mainly used by away supporters.

West Stand

The Princess Street Stand is at the west of the ground. It is almost identical to the Wheldon Road End. It is completely covered and houses the TV and commentary gantry.


The stadium was renamed the Jungle from 2000 to 2010 to coincide with Castleford adopting the Tigers moniker. In 2010 PROBIZ became the stadium's first sponsors after signing a three year deal. Wish Communications became sponsors for the 2013 season before Mend-a-Hose became sponsors in 2014. [4]

2010–2012PROBIZPROBIZ Colliseum
2013Wish CommunicationsWish Communications Stadium
2014–Mend-a-HoseMend-a-Hose Jungle

International Matches

Rugby League Test Matches

List of International rugby league matches played at Wheldon Road is: [5]

DateWinnersScoreRunners upCompetitionAttendance
28 October 1970Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 6-0Flag of France.svg  France 1970 World Cup 8,958
16 October 1971Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 17-14Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 1971 New Zealand Tour 4,108
20 October 1995Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands 21-10Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 1995 Emerging Nations Tournament 2,889
12 November 2000Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 54-6Flag of France.svg  France 2000 World Cup 5,158

Rugby League Tour Matches

Other than Castleford club games, Wheldon Road also saw Cas play host to various international touring teams from 1929–1994.

DateWinnersScoreRunners upCompetitionAttendance
9 October 1929 Australian colours.svg Australasia 53-2 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 1929–30 Kangaroo Tour 4,000
27 September 1933 Australian colours.svg Australia 39-6 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 1933–34 Kangaroo Tour 4,259
6 October 1948 Australian colours.svg Australia 10-8 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 1948–49 Kangaroo Tour 14,004
13 November 1963 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 13-12 Australian colours.svg Australia 1963–64 Kangaroo Tour 7,887
9 November 1967 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 22-3 Australian colours.svg Australia 1967–68 Kangaroo Tour 6,137
10 October 1973 Australian colours.svg Australia 18-0 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 1973 Kangaroo Tour 2,419
3 October 1989 New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand 22-20 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 1989 New Zealand Tour
4 November 1990 Australian colours.svg Australia 28-8 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 1990 Kangaroo Tour 9,033
12 October 1994 Australian colours.svg Australia 38-12 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 1994 Kangaroo Tour 11,073

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