Match Preview: Castleford (H)

In association with Davanti Tyres, here is everything you need to know ahead of Friday’s Betfred Super League Round 26 clash against Castleford Tigers.

The Warriors will be aiming to hold their position at the top of the Super League table with a victory against the Tigers as the club hold it’s Festival of Inclusivity ahead of the game on Friday night.

Squad News

Matt Peet has made one change to the 21-man squad named for Wigan’s victory over Leeds Rhinos last time out, as Iain Thornley replaces Liam Byrne.

Wigan squad for Castleford:


Castleford Tigers have also named their 21-player squad for the clash.

Previous Meetings

The Warriors have won the previous six matches against the Tigers, including a 36-0 victory at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle in Round 3 of the Super League season.

Last ten meetings:

  • Castleford 0, Wigan 36 (SLR3, 3/3/23)
  • Castleford 12, Wigan 32 (SLR14, 4/6/22)
  • Wigan 32, Castleford 22 (SLR6, 17/3/22)
  • Castleford 0, Wigan 22 (SLR22, 30/8/21)
  • Wigan 22, Castleford 12 (SLR4, 22/4/21)
  • Wigan 30, Castleford 22 (SLR18, 29/8/20) (at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)
  • Castleford 16, Wigan 12 (SLR2, 7/2/20)
  • Wigan 26, Castleford 8 (SLR29, 12/9/19)
  • Wigan 6, Castleford 4 (SLR13, 27/4/19)
  • Castleford 38, Wigan 28 (SLR9, 5/4/19)

Super League Summary:

  • Wigan wins: 42
  • Castleford wins: 17
  • Draws: 3

Coach Quotes

Matt Peet spoke to the press on Wednesday afternoon ahead of Friday night’s Festival of Inclusivity clash against the Tigers.

Speaking on the Festival of Inclusivity, Peet said: “It’s fantastic and exactly what we’re about. Every week inclusivity is high on our radar, and we hope that whenever people come to Robin Park they’re made to feel welcomed.”

Read the full preview with Matt Peet HERE.


Ticket prices for the game are as follows:

South Stand:

  • Loyal 18 members – from £11 Junior and  £24 Adults
  • General sale – from £12 Junior and £26 Adults

East and West Stands – in line with 2023 season ticket prices, tickets for the East and West Stands are priced the same:

  • Loyal 18 members – from £21 Junior and £28 Adult
  • General sale – from £22 Junior and £30 Adult

How to buy

You can buy tickets for both games in any of these three ways:

  • Buy online by clicking HERE.
  • Call the DW Stadium Ticket Office on 01942 311111 (open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri).
  • Visit the DW Stadium Ticket Office in person (open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri).

Please note that the DW Stadium Ticket Office does not accept contactless payments.

Festival of Inclusivity

The Warriors will be holding a Festival of Inclusivity ahead of Friday night’s clash, which includes a return of the Fan Village walk through.

The players involved in the matchday squad will use the changing room facilities at Robin Park Arena to prepare for the game, before being led through the Fan Village by Chairman Ian Lenagan at 7:30pm prior to warming up on the DW Stadium pitch.

The Warriors will enter the stadium through the South West corner before running straight onto the pitch for the pre-game warm up. Around 30 minutes after the final hooter, the players will leave the stadium together before walking back through the Fan Village to the changing rooms at Robin Park Arena.

Supporters will also be able to take part in Wheelchair taster sessions and exhibition matches which will be ran inside the Fan Village – subject to the availability of chairs. Supporters are also welcome to watch our LDRL, PDRL and Girls Academy train on the Astro pitches.

Supporters are encouraged to remain in their seats at half time of the First Team match as our Women’s Team, who are preparing to face League Leaders winners York Valkyrie in the play-off semi-final, parade the pitch alongside our Girls Academy.

Robin Park Arena Fan Village

Our Fan Village will be open from 5:30pm to soak up all the pre-match atmosphere with free entry for all with a valid match ticket! In addition to the Festival of Inclusivity activities taking place, here’s what to expect inside the Fan Village.

As usual our club store and pop-up store will both be open for supporters to pick up any merchandise ahead of the game, as well as two on-site bars serving refreshments.

The final exclusive player card will be available to collect on Friday from the Fan Village. Make sure to look out for members of Warriors staff and stewards, who will have the cards ready to hand out. Cards will also be available to pick up from our Robin Park Arena store, the pop-up store and on all the bars.

Whelan’s Sports Bar

Fans can also take advantage of some great pre and post-match offers over at Whelan’s Sports Bar at the DW Stadium, which is situated underneath the West Stand, close to the main reception.

Offers include an ‘Early Bird Special’ of 20% off ALL Food and Drink between 5pm-6pm, and after the game is Happy Hour, where supporters can get 3 for 2 on selected draught beer and cider.

Car Parking

Card payments are now accepted on all of our car parks, the charges remain the same (£5.00 per car/£10 per minibus/£20 per coach on Car Park 1, and Cars £5.00 on Car Parks 3 & 4). 

Please note that all car parks will close at midnight.

Golden Gamble and Matchday Programme

For just £1 per ticket (CASH ONLY), prizes include a Cash Prize, a Player’s Match worn shirt and plenty of fantastic vouchers, not forgetting the famous Jar of Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls.

Our ‘Warrior’ Matchday Programme will also be available from our sellers around the ground for £4, as well as being available to purchase in our Club Store at Robin Park Arena. You can also purchase our Matchday Programme digitally for just £3, available to buy 60 minutes before kick-off (7pm) HERE.

Kit Check

Wigan Warriors will play in their Cherry and White home kit on Friday night.

Limited stocks of our 2023 replica kits remain in-store at Robin Park Arena and online HERE.

Match Officials

The man in the middle for Friday night’s fixture will be Chris Kendall.

Photo: Paul Currie/

How to Follow

Listen Live

Listen to free audio commentary of Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers from 7:45pm. Head to our Mixlr page by clicking HERE. Alternatively, you can simply use the pop out player below:

WiganTV is on Mixlr

Social Media:

As an alternative to following the game, Wigan fans can keep up-to-date with every piece of the action via our social media channels and website:

  • Twitter (@WiganWarriorsRL) – live game updates and reaction at the final hooter.
  • Instagram (@wiganwarriorsrl) – behind-the-scenes action, both before and after kick-off.
  • Facebook (Wigan Warriors) – live matchday information and reaction.
  • Website ( – post-match reaction including match report, and head coach and players reaction.
Thursday 14 September 2023