Sports Institutions in Halton - Liverpool City Region
Halton residents have a great love for sport whether that be for rugby or football.
Rugby tends to be very high on the agenda in most of the local communities in Widnes, while Runcorn is predominately a football town.
The population of Halton as a whole has more than trebled since the second world war.
This is due to the steady influx of people relocating to Runcorn's New Town from Liverpool during its creation in the sixties, seventies and eighties. As a result, there is an overwhelming support for both Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs in the 'Runcorn New Town' area especially. There are two main local football teams in Runcorn that both play in the 9th division of English football.
The north side of Halton is home to Everton Ladies FC, Liverpool Ladies FC and the former World Champions of Rugby League, Widnes Vikings. With both the ladies teams rising in prominence over the last 30 years or so.
For Everton Ladies FC, they began as Hoylake Womens' Football Club in 1983. They reached two consecutive FA Cup finals in 1987 and 1988, winning the latter 3-2 versus Friends of Fulham WFC, at that time Everton Ladies were called Leasowe Pacific WFC. It wasn't until 1995 that they became known as Everton Ladies Football Club, they've become a very successful team in the womens' game since then, becoming English champions by winning the FA Women's Premier League National Division, also lifting the FA Women's Premier League Cup and three successive Liverpool County FA Cups.
Liverpool Ladies FC have had a similar rise to the top as their counterparts Everton did. They started life as Newton Ladies' Football Club in 1989, later becoming Liverpool Ladies FC in 1994. Their success arrived in the 21st century, lifting the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division on three occassions, before becoming English champions by winning the FA Women's Super League in two consecutive seasons. They have become one of the most feared teams in the womens game and are a force to be reckoned with.
When it comes to rugby, Widnes Vikings have a rich history that has seen them lift numerous titles over 140 years, they currently compete in the prestigious Super League and have always been one of the major teams in world rugby. They have a strong fan base of loyal supporters that turn out to cheer them on at every home game. They're one of the world's first rugby league teams and have enjoyed much success in their time, lifting the Rugby League title on three occassions, winning the Challenge Cup eight times, the Premiership six times, the European Championship and even the World Club Challenge in 1989.
Widnes Vikings RLFC
The Widnes Vikings are one of the original 22 members that formed the Northern Rugby Football Union way back in 1895. They play at the top of rugby league in the Stobart Super League and are often battling against their local rivals St.Helens.
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Everton Ladies FC
Everton Ladies Football Club began life in 1983 as Hoylake WFC. They became known as Everton Ladies in 1995 and their success on the pitch more than continued. In 1998 they became English Champions lifting the prestigious Premier League.
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Liverpool Ladies FC
Liverpool Ladies Football Club began life in 1989 as Newton Ladies FC, later becoming Liverpool Ladies in 1994. They became English Champions for a successive season, winning the Women's Super League for a second time in 2014.
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Runcorn Linnets FC
Runcorn Linnets FC are an English football club that were formed in 2006 and are based in the Murdishaw area of Runcorn New Town. The club play in the ninth division of English football in the North West Counties Football League Premier.
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Runcorn Town FC
Runcorn Town were originally called Mond Rangers when they were formed in 1968. They are based in the Old Town area of Runcorn and compete against their local rivals the Runcorn Linnets in the North West Counties League Premier.
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