The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

Address: Wheldon Road, Castleford, WF10 2SD

Home to: Castleford Tigers

Capacity: 12,000

Record attendance: 25,449 v Hunslet 9 March 1935. SL – 11,731 v Leeds Rhinos, March 7 2004

Description of the ground:

This ground has covered seating, & uncovered terracing on one side, with covered standing down the full length of the other side. Both ends are standing, again with one covered (generally home fans) and one open. The away fans usually congregate in the open end, however, some fans like to stand in the covered terrace at the side. The terracing is itself is steep, and the stands are close to the pitch so the viewing is OK and the atmosphere is good.

Transport:

Trains: Regular trains run from both Leeds and Sheffield to Castleford, however with matchdays regularly played on Sunday’s, services may be affected by maintenance works on tracks. The train station is situated in the centre of Castleford and is a fifteen minute walk from the ground.

Buses: Buses, similar to trains, tend to run regularly, however services are generally less on Sundays. The bus station is on the main road in Castleford and as such is a straightforward fifteen minute walk from the ground.

Cars: Exit the M62 at junction 31 and follow the A655 to Castleford. When you get into town, turn right at a roundabout into Aire Street (A6032). At the next roundabout, take the second exit into Wheldon Road, and the ground is about 250 yards along on the right hand side.

Parking:

The club opens the training field adjacent to ground on match days, and there is also ample side street parking. There is also limited parking in Carlton Lanes Shopping Centre car park. Furthermore, Castlefields car park behind Carlton Lanes features free parking on Sunday’s and has plenty of spaces.

Food and Drink:

Wheldon Road has several fast-food outlets within the ground serving food ranging from burgers to hot-dogs, chips and chocolate bars. Drinks are generally soft bottled drinks or tea and coffee, although beer is available from the tent outside the main stand. Also, for those who want to pay extra for special occasions, the Tigers restaurants offers a pre-match three course meal with seats in the main stand, although this is only available by contacting Commercial Manager Craig Poskitt.

Pubs:

Wheldon Road features plenty of public houses for those people who arrive early to matches and fancy a quick drink. The Boot Room, situated directly outside the ground, is the main pub where both home and away fans usually congregate with the atmosphere good. Nearer to Castleford town centre are The Garden House and The Early Bath pubs. The Magnet pub on Pontefract Road, if coming from the M62 Junction 32, also provides pre-match food although this has to be booked in advance.