Castleford

Castleford is a town in the metropolitan borough of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England. It had a population of 40,210 at the 2011 Census.[1][2][3] Historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire, to the north of the town centre the River Calder joins the River Aire and the Aire and Calder Navigation.

The town is the site of a Roman settlement. Within the historical Castleford Borough are the suburbs of Airedale, Cutsyke, Ferry Fryston, Fryston Village, Glasshoughton, Half Acres, Hightown, Lock Lane, Wheldale and Whitwood.

Castleford is home to the rugby league Super League team Castleford Tigers.

Castleford
Castleford Civic Centre

Castleford Civic Centre
Castleford is located in West Yorkshire
Castleford
Castleford
Location within West Yorkshire
Population40,210 (Wards. Castleford Central and Glasshoughton, Whitwood and Ferry Fryston)
OS grid referenceSE424244
• London160 mi (260 km) SSE
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCASTLEFORD
Postcode districtWF10
Dialling code01977
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
AmbulanceYorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament

History

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Wheldale Colliery was one of the towns collieries until its closure in 1985.

Castleford's history dates back to Roman times, archaeological evidence points to modern day Castleford being built upon a Roman army settlement which was called Lagentium (thought to mean 'The Place of the Swordsmen').[4] Roman funeral urns have been found in modern-day Castleford, giving further evidence to this theory.[5] A Roman milestone was unearthed in Beancroft Road, now believed to be in Leeds City Museum.[6]

Queen's Park in Castleford provides evidence of Roundhouses used by the Anglo Saxons. This was a strategic area due to the views of the entire settlement. The history of the area includes Oliver Cromwell’s encampment in nearby Knottingley and Ferrybridge (originally thought to be in Castleford itself) whilst his forces laid siege to Pontefract Castle.[7]

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All Saints' Church

In the 19th century, Castleford became a boomtown with the population growing from 1,000 to 14,000 as collieries opened around the town; however, these collieries closed in the 20th century. Ferrybridge Power Station and Kellingley Colliery have also closed (in 2015 and 2016 respectively) and used to employ Castleford residents.[8][9] The newer warehouses and distribution centres in Glasshoughton have brought in many new jobs to the area.[10]

In 2008 Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud and Channel 4 led a community regeneration scheme to redevelop Castleford.[11]

In February 2017 Castleford Swimming Pool closed. A new modern leisure facility including a swimming pool is proposed for nearby Pontefract Park.

Economy

Carlton Street, Castleford
Carlton Street is Castleford's main shopping street.

Burberry, the retailer and designer label, has a factory in the town which is due to close when a new facility is built in Leeds.[12] The new plant will be a combination of the Castleford and Cross Hills plants, but the Brexit vote has stalled the decision, though Burberry insist it will go ahead.[13] A large Nestlé factory, which produced Toffee Crisp and After Eights for 40 years,[14] closed in 2012 and demolition starting in 2014 to make way for housing.[15] Castleford has previously been home to Dunsford and Wesley Textiles, which at peak business times had three factories in Castleford which have all since ceased production.

Governance

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Castleford Civic Centre

Castleford was established as an urban district, in the administrative county of the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1894 under the Local Government Act 1894, with an urban district council. Whitwood and Glasshoughton were added to the district in the 1930s. The urban district was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1955.

Following the Local Government Act 1972, the municipal borough was abolished on 1 April 1974, it then became an unparished area of the City of Wakefield, a metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire. Castleford is now controlled by Wakefield Council. Three electoral wards cover the town: Airedale and Ferry Fryston; Altofts and Whitwood; and Castleford Central and Glasshoughton.

Amenities and entertainment

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Xscape in Glasshoughton, Castleford
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Carlton Lanes shopping centre

The town contains a Junction 32 multi-store shopping village and the Xscape Leisure Complex, both in the Glasshoughton suburb at the south of the town. In Xscape is Snozone, which used to have Britain's largest indoor real snow slope (but this was edged out by Chillfactore in Manchester)[16] and contains Frankie & Benny's and Nando's restaurants.[17] Castleford has an open and an indoor market, a shopping centre on Carlton Street, a retail park, and Asda, Morrisons, Aldi and Co-operative supermarkets.

Castleford Forum Museum April 2017
Entry to Castleford Forum Museum

In December 2013 the Forum, a library and heritage museum, opened in a new building. The town's library had been in temporary accommodation for two years while the old site was redeveloped. The existing frontage was kept, while the building further back was demolished. A new three-floor building was then constructed.[18]

The town centre has public houses, bars, and social clubs, although the number of these has declined in recent years with leisure becoming focused on the Xscape complex. In 2000 three nightclubs were situated in the town centre. Today none remain.

Media

Ridings FM is Castleford's local radio station, Launched in 1999, The station can be heard in the town on 106.8 FM. Ridings FM broadcasts to the wider Wakefield District and has a close relationship with the community and is actively involved in local charities fundraising efforts. The town hosts a community radio station called five towns radio available on the internet. The local newspaper is a weekly called Pontefract and Castleford Express.

Transport

Castleford is only 0.93 miles (1.5 km) away from the M62 at Junction 32 via the A656 road. It has other A roads that criss-cross the town and provide access to Junction 31 on the same motorway.[19]

The River Aire and the River Calder have a confluence just north west of the town and also feed the Aire and Calder Navigation. Whilst it is an industrial waterway, it also hosts tourism with moorings on the Castleford Cut of the Navigation.[20]

The town has a railway station on the Hallam and Pontefract lines. All trains arrive from the west and leave in that same direction.[21] Trains used to go eastwards to York via Burton Salmon, but passenger workings ceased in 1970 with the section retained for freight workings only.[22] Castleford also had a second service to Leeds that left eastwards and swung north onto the former Castleford to Garforth Line, which would see services calling at Ledston and Kippax, before arriving in Garforth and continuing to Leeds.[23] In 2016, a new £6 million bus station was opened adjacent to the railway station to allow an integrated travel site for the 12,000 people using the bus station per day.[24]

The Glasshoughton area of the town is served by its own railway station.

Education

Wakefield College Castleford April 2017
Wakefield College, Castleford Campus

The town's primary schools for infants and children are Wheldon Infant School, Castleford Park Junior, Smawthorne Henry Moore, Townville Infant School, Airedale Juniors, Oyster Park Primary, Fairburn View Primary, Three Lane Ends Academy, Acton Pastures and Half Acres. The town's secondary schools for children aged 11–16 are Castleford Academy and Airedale Academy. The town has a small further and higher education college on the Castleford Campus of Wakefield College in Glasshoughton.[25]

Sport

Rugby League

Castleford is a rugby league town. The local team, Castleford Tigers was formed in 1926, Castleford was one of the twelve founder members of Super League when the new league format was introduced in 1996. The 'Tigers' nickname and logo were introduced in 1992 and the clubs honours include four Challenge Cup and one Super League leaders shield.

The club have been based at Wheldon Road since 1927. Castleford also has two other lower league rugby league teams, Castleford Lock Lane and Castleford Panthers.

Rugby league in the town was originally represented by Castleford, unrelated to Castleford RUFC, who did not participate in The schism in English rugby and still exist, nor were they predecessors of the current Castleford Tigers who were founded in 1926. The original Castleford rugby league club played in the Northern Union (Rugby Football League) from 1896–97 to 1905–06,[26] and it had one player named Isaac Cole who won a cap for England in 1906 against Other Nationalities.[27]

Motorcycle sport

From June 1979 to July 1980, Castleford had its own Speedway racing team, The Kings, based at the Castleford Whitwood Stadium. The circuit was 202 yards and the team never entered the league – only challenge matches were staged.

Football

Glasshoughton Welfare play in the Northern Counties East League, Fryston Colliery Welfare were members of this league until they left in 1991 due to ground grading problems. In the 1920s Castleford Town played in the Midland League alongside clubs such as Doncaster Rovers, Chesterfield, Scunthorpe United, Halifax Town, Leeds United (for 1919–20 season only), Lincoln City and Mansfield Town. This league also contained the reserve sides of Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley, Nottingham Forest, Grimsby Town and Hull City. In 1920 Castleford reached the 2nd round of the FA Cup, losing 2–3 at Bradford Park Avenue. Castleford played at Wheldon Road – when they shut down the ground was taken over by the rugby league team.

Greyhound racing

Castleford hosted two greyhound tracks both of which are no longer in existence. The first was in Whitwood and held racing from 1939 until 2001.[28] The second track was the slightly larger 1,500 capacity Castleford Sports Stadium located east of Lock Lane sitting on the north bank of the River Aire.[29]

Rugby Union

Castleford Rugby Union Football Club

Notable people

  • Henry Moore, sculptor who was born and educated in the town.[30]
  • Viv Nicholson, born in Castleford and became famous after she and her husband won the football pools in the early 1960s. On winning £152,000 (£3.5 million in 2015), Nicholson claimed that she would "Spend, spend, spend."[31]
  • Peter Robinson, crime writer famous for his Detective Inspector Banks novels, set in the Yorkshire Dales.[32]
  • Richard Stoker composer and actor was born in Castleford, living at Glasshoughton before moving to London.

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Castleford Ferry Fryston (ward)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Castleford Whitwood (ward)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Roman Castleford" (PDF). Wakefield.gov.uk. p. 16. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Castleford Roman Fort (54328)". PastScape. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Roman Castleford" (PDF). Wakefield.gov.uk. p. 7. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Early History". Knottingleyonline. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Last Kellingley coal miners will receive severance pay". BBC News. 10 December 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Ferrybridge C Power Station officially closes after 50 years". BBC News. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  10. ^ "'Anyone who expected quick and cheap regeneration was deluding themselves'". The Yorkshire Post. 15 March 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  11. ^ Brown. Maggie (2008). The Guardian. "Kevin McCloud and the Big Town Plan: a heroic failure?".
  12. ^ Cooper, Sam (14 November 2015). "'End of an era' as Castleford Burberry factory to close". Pontefract & Castleford Express. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  13. ^ Butler, Sarah (14 July 2016). "Burberry puts new Leeds factory on pause". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  14. ^ Treanor, Jill (10 December 2010). "40 years and billions of mints later, Nestlé to close After Eight factory". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  15. ^ "1,000 new homes planned at former Hickson and Nestle sites". Pontefract & Castleford Express. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
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  17. ^ "Centre Map". xscapeyorkshire.co.uk. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  18. ^ "Homepage". Friends of Castleford Library. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  19. ^ "105" (Map). York & Selby (C ed.). 1:50,000. Landranger. Ordnance Survey. 2014. ISBN 9780319262030.
  20. ^ "Castleford Cut". Waterside Mooring. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  21. ^ Williams, Michael (2015). "8. In the company of ghosts in Britain's spookiest service". The Trains Now Departed. London: Arrow Books. pp. 159–160. ISBN 9780099590583.
  22. ^ "Church Fenton". Disused Stations. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  23. ^ "Castleford to Garforth". Lost railways of West Yorkshire. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
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  25. ^ "Castleford Campus". wakefield.ac.uk. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  26. ^ Raymond Fletcher; David Howes (1995). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1995–1996. London: Headline Book Publishing. p. 164. ISBN 0-7472-7817-2.
  27. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
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  31. ^ Davies, Caroline (12 April 2015). "'Spend, spend, spend' football pools winner, Viv Nicholson, dies aged 79". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  32. ^ Herbert, Rosemary (2003). Whodunit? A who's who in mystery and crime writing. Oxford: University Press. p. 169. ISBN 0195157613.

Bibliography

Kevin McCloud and the Big Town Plan: a heroic failure?".

External links

Media related to Castleford, West Yorkshire at Wikimedia Commons

1968–69 Challenge Cup

The 1968–69 Challenge Cup was the 68th staging of rugby league's oldest knockout competition, the Challenge Cup.The final was contested by Castleford and Salford at Wembley in front of a crowd of 97,939. Castleford won the match 11–6.

The winner of the Lance Todd Trophy was Castleford loose forward Mal Reilly.

1968–69 Northern Rugby Football League season

The 1968–69 Rugby Football League season was the 74th season of rugby league football.

1969–70 Challenge Cup

The 1970 Challenge Cup was the 69th staging of rugby league's oldest knockout competition, the Challenge Cup.The final was contested by Castleford and Wigan at Wembley in front of a crowd of 95,255. Castleford won the match 7–2.

The winner of the Lance Todd Trophy was Castleford second-row, Bill Kirkbride.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy

The BBC 2 Floodlit Trophy (also known as the BBC 2 Television Trophy) was a competition for British rugby league clubs held between 1965 and 1980. It was designed specifically for television, and the then director of BBC2, broadcaster David Attenborough, was instrumental in its creation. When the competition was first mooted not many clubs were equipped with floodlights, but the tournament caused no fewer than twenty-one clubs to install them.

The tournament was not Rugby League’s first foray into evening television; the 1955-56 season saw a tournament titled the Independent Television Floodlit Trophy. Eight clubs participated in a series of games played at football grounds in the London area, with Warrington eventually running out 43-18 victors over Leigh.

The tournament was played during the early part of the season. Each week one match would be played under floodlights on a Tuesday evening; the second half of this match that would be broadcast live on BBC2. Non-televised matches were played at various times, depending on clubs' commitments in more prestigious tournaments. Despite the title many matches did not take place under floodlights; clubs such as Barrow and Bramley (for example) did not possess adequate lighting.The first season, 1965–66, eight clubs - Castleford, Leeds, Leigh, Oldham, St. Helens, Swinton, Warrington and Widnes took part. Seven of the eight teams had floodlights and Leeds installed theirs the following season.

The four-tackles-then-a-scrum rule was first introduced in the competition's second season, in October 1966, before being implemented in all competitions by December.

Castleford won the trophy in the first season, 1965–66 and won the trophy the most times, on three more occasions 1966–67, 1967–68 and 1976–77.

Despite disagreements over shirt sponsorship in the early 1970s, Rugby League remained a mainstay of BBC Television during the 1970s, and 1980s, although the commitment to the Floodlit Trophy decreased before financial cutbacks at the BBC lead to its cancellation after the 1979-80 competition. In the last final, Hull F.C. beat local rivals Hull Kingston Rovers.

Castleford Sports Stadium

Castleford Sports Stadium was a Football, greyhound racing, rugby union and rugby league and multi sports stadium located on the east side of Lock Lane in Castleford, West Yorkshire. It is not to be confused with the Castleford Whitwood Stadium or the Sandy Desert ground used by Castleford Tigers, which was on the west side of Lock Lane.

Castleford Tigers

The Castleford Tigers are a rugby league club in Castleford, West Yorkshire, England, that compete in the Super League, the top-level professional rugby league club competition in the Northern Hemisphere. The club have competed in the top division for the majority of their existence having only been relegated twice in their history, Castleford has won the Challenge Cup four times. Their most recent major trophy was the 2017 Super League League Leaders Shield.

Castleford have a rivalry with neighbours Featherstone Rovers and Wakefield Trinity. The club has been based at Wheldon Road since 1927, after moving from the Sandy Desert in Lock Lane. The club's current home colours are black and amber.

Castleford Whitwood Stadium

Castleford Whitwood Stadium was a greyhound racing stadium in Altofts Lane, Whitwood, Castleford, England.

Daryl Clark

Daryl Clark (born 10 February 1993) is an English professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Warrington Wolves in the Super League. An England international hooker, he previously played for the Castleford Tigers between 2011 and 2014.

Henry Moore

Henry Spencer Moore (30 July 1898 – 31 August 1986) was an English artist. He is best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world as public works of art. As well as sculpture, Moore produced many drawings, including a series depicting Londoners sheltering from the Blitz during the Second World War, along with other graphic works on paper.

His forms are usually abstractions of the human figure, typically depicting mother-and-child or reclining figures. Moore's works are usually suggestive of the female body, apart from a phase in the 1950s when he sculpted family groups. His forms are generally pierced or contain hollow spaces. Many interpreters liken the undulating form of his reclining figures to the landscape and hills of his birthplace, Yorkshire.

Moore was born in Castleford, the son of a coal miner. He became well-known through his carved marble and larger-scale abstract cast bronze sculptures, and was instrumental in introducing a particular form of modernism to the United Kingdom. His ability in later life to fulfil large-scale commissions made him exceptionally wealthy. Despite this, he lived frugally; most of the money he earned went towards endowing the Henry Moore Foundation, which continues to support education and promotion of the arts.

Mal Reilly

Malcolm "Mal" John Reilly OBE (born 19 January 1948) is an English rugby league footballer who played in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and coached in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. He played at representative level for Great Britain, England and Yorkshire, and at club level for Castleford (two spells) in England, and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in Australia, as a loose forward, and coached at representative level for Great Britain, and at club level for Castleford, Leeds, Halifax, Huddersfield Giants and Hull Kingston Rovers in England, and Newcastle Knights in Australia taking them to their first premiership in 1997. In 2014 he was inaugurated into the British Rugby League Hall of Fame, making him one of the best 25 players in the history of rugby league in the United Kingdom.

Marc Sneyd

Marc Sneyd (born (1991-02-09)9 February 1991) is a professional rugby league footballer who plays as a scrum-half, stand-off or fullback for Hull F.C. in the Super League. He previously played for the Castleford Tigers and the Salford Red Devils.

Michael Shenton

Michael Shenton (born 22 July 1986), also known by the nickname of "Shenny", is an English professional rugby league footballer who plays as a centre and is the captain of the Castleford Tigers in the Super League.

An England international representative centre, he previously played for the Castleford Tigers before moving to St Helens in 2010.

On 7 June 2012, Shenton re-joined the Castleford Tigers for the start of the 2013 season with still a year left at St. Helens. Shenton agreed a new four-year deal with his home town club.On 4 December 2012 he was unveiled as the new captain for the 2013 Super League season.

Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (UK Parliament constituency)

Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament by Yvette Cooper of the Labour Party since its 2010 creation.

Super League XXII

The 2017 Super League season, known as the Betfred Super League XXII for sponsorship reasons, was the 22nd season of Super League and 123rd season of rugby league in Britain. Twelve teams competed over 23 rounds, including the Magic Weekend, which took place at St James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, after which the eight highest entered the Super League play-offs for a place in the Super League Grand Final. The four lowest teams then entered the qualifying play-offs, along with the four highest teams from the Championship, to determine which teams will play again in Super League XXIII.

Super League XXII featured twelve teams, the third year in which this number has taken part. This was also the third year since promotion and relegation was reintroduced into the competition, seeing Leigh promoted and Hull KR relegated from last season.

Super League XXIII

The 2018 Super League season, known as the Betfred Super League XXIII for sponsor reasons, was the 23rd season of Super League and 124th season of rugby league in Britain. It was won by Wigan Warriors, who were crowned champions after beating Warrington Wolves 12-4. It was Wigan's 22nd Championship win and a new record for being champions. They are now 9 titles ahead of the next team.Twelve teams competed over 23 rounds, including the Magic Weekend, which took place at St James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, after which the eight highest entered the Super League play-offs for a place in the Super League Grand Final. The four lowest teams then entered the qualifying play-offs, along with the four highest teams from the Championship, to determine which teams will play again in Super League XXIV.

Leeds Rhinos were the reigning champions going into the season, but after a run of 10 games without a win, they were condemned to The Qualifiers.

This season also saw the first Super League game played outside Europe, as Wigan Warriors faced Hull F.C. at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, Australia on Saturday 10 February 2018, which Wigan won, 24–10.

St Helens won the League Leaders Shield for a record 6th time. However, they failed to reach the Grand Final after losing their semi final 13-18 to Warrington Wolves. This marked the first time since Huddersfield in 2013 that the League Leaders would not make it to the Grand Final.

Widnes Vikings were relegated to the Championship, after only 3 wins saw them finish bottom of the regular season and condemned to The Qualifiers. To which they only managed to gain 1 win, which was against Halifax.

London Broncos won the Million Pound Game by beating Toronto Wolfpack 4–2 and were promoted to the Super League, returning to Super League 4 years after they were relegated.

Ben Barba was crowned the Man of Steel, beating teammate James Roby and John Bateman of Wigan Warriors.

Super League XXIV

The 2019 Super League season, known as the Betfred Super League XXIV for sponsorship reasons, is the 24th season of Super League and 125th season of rugby league in Great Britain. Twelve teams compete over 29 rounds, including the Magic Weekend, which took place at Anfield. After the regular rounds, the top five highest teams enter the Super League play-offs, for a place in the Super League Grand Final. The five lowest teams are then eliminated from the competition, with the team finishing 12th, automatically relegated to the Championship, to be replaced by the winner of the Championship play-offs.

The Jungle (Wheldon Road)

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.

Yorkshire 3

Yorkshire 3 is an English rugby union league at the ninth tier of the domestic competition. Club rugby in Yorkshire operates without promotion play-offs meaning that the top two teams are automatically promoted to Yorkshire 2 and the bottom two teams are relegated to either Yorkshire 4 (North West) or Yorkshire 4 (South East) depending on location. Each season a team from Yorkshire 3 or Yorkshire 4 may be picked to take part in the RFU Junior Vase - a national competition for clubs at levels 9-12.

Zak Hardaker

Zak Alexander Hardaker (born 17 October 1991) is an English professional rugby league footballer who plays as a fullback for Wigan Warriors in the Super League. Hardaker previously played for Featherstone Rovers in the Championship, Leeds Rhinos and the Castleford Tigers in the Super League, plus the Penrith Panthers in the NRL. His preferred position is fullback, but he can also play at centre and on the wing.

An England international representative, Hardaker has won two Challenge Cups and three Super League championships with Leeds. Individually he has been named to the Super League Dream Team on two occasions, and was the 2015 Man of Steel.In September 2017, Hardaker failed a drugs test after testing positive for cocaine. He was subsequently dropped by Castleford and England and missed the 2017 Super League Grand Final, which Castleford lost 24-6 to Leeds, and the 2017 Rugby League World Cup before being dismissed by Castleford on 21 February 2018. On 30 April 2018 UK Anti-Doping announced that Hardaker was banned from all sports for 14 months, backdated to the date of the original failed drugs test and suspension on 8 September 2017.

Whilst still suspended, Hardaker signed for Wigan in May 2018 before joining them in November 2018 after his suspension ended. Whilst preparing for his comeback, he was banned from driving after being arrested for drink-driving at the end of September 2018.On 20 January 2019 he made his debut for Wigan, having not played for 16 months, and scored 12 points in their 28-18 pre-season friendly win against the Salford Red Devils.

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