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Springfield Borough

Blackpool Boroughs Ground had been condemned by new health and safety laws, brought in after the 1985 Bradford City Football Fire, and thus the club had been left homeless. The owners took up an offer from Wigan Athletic to use their old Springfield Park ground and thus "Springfield Borough" was born in 1987. A five year agreement (with a further five year option) to play at Springfield Park had been agreed but an argument over unpaid rent in late January/February 1988 saw the club being told they had to leave at the end of the season. The club moved on to Chorley after just one season in Wigan.

The clubs results in 1987-1988 are as follows......

Springfield Borough - 1987-1988 Stones Bitter Second Division
Date Opposition Venue KO

Result

Tries Goals

Att

Referee

Sun 30 Aug Huddersfield Barracudas Away 3:30 Won 22-16 Thompson, Hudson, Briscoe, Melling Smith 3 486 A.Bowman
Wed 2 Sept Rochdale Hornets Away 7:30 Lost 06-08 Bamber Smith 1 894 K.Allatt
Fri 4 Sept Barrow Home 7:45 Lost 06-29 Melling Howarth 1 2431 B.Simpson
Sun 13 Sept LC R1: Workington Away 3:30 Lost 10-12 Briscoe Smith 3 549 G.Holgate
Sun 20 Sept Oldham Away 3:00 Lost 20-22 B.Eccles, Duane, Hodson Smith 4 3114 F.Tickle
Sun 27 Sept Huddersfield Barracudas Home 3:00 Won 32-10 Bamber, C.Eccles, Duane, Frodsham, Price Smith 3 721 C.Steele
Sun 4 Oct Whitehaven Away 3:30 Won 13-12 French, Frodsham Smith 2, B.Eccles DG 1966 G.Kershaw
Fri 9 Oct Carlisle Home 7:45 Won 12-09 French Smith 4 549 S.Haigh
Sun 18 Oct York Away 3:00 Won 24-10 Briscoe 2, Frodsham, C.Eccles Smith 4 1056 G.Holgate
Sun 25 Oct Keighley

Away

3:15 Won 20-18 Frodsham 2, Duane, French Smith 2 1037 R.Tennant
Sun 1 Nov Runcorn Highfield Away 3:00 Lost 20-26 Stewart 2, B.Eccles, Frodsham Smith 2 412 R.Shrimpton
Sun 8 Nov Rochdale Hornets Home 12:00 Won 20-11 Bacon, Frodsham, Bamber Smith 4 *631 J.Kendrew
Fri 13 Nov JPT R1: Barrow Home 7:30 Won 14-02 Bimson Smith 5 629 P.Volante
Sun 22 Nov JPT R2: Wakefield Home 3:00 Won 14-08 Frodsham, B.Eccles Smith 3 1265 D.Carter
Fri 27 Nov York Home 7:45 Postponed Due to John Player Trophy Quarter Final - - -
Sun 29 Nov JPT QF: Leeds Home 3:00 Lost 12-22 Frodsham, McKenzie Smith 2 3894 K.Spencer
Fri 11 Dec Whitehaven Home 7:45 Postponed Due to Frozen Pitch - - -
Sun 20 Dec Batley Away 2:30 Won 20-16 Ganley, Frodsham, McKenzie Smith 4 552 A.Burke
Sat 26 Dec Keighley Home 3:00 Lost 10-20 Frodsham Smith 3 1031 G.Holgate
Sun 3 Jan Oldham Home 3:00 Lost 04-20 - Smith 3 2562 P.Houghton
Sun 10 Jan Carlisle Away 3:00 Lost 00-29 - - 639 J.Holdsworth
Sun 17 Jan Fulham Home 3:00 Won 17-00 Winnard, Donlan, McFarland Smith 2, B.Eccles DG 532 D.Drinkwater
Sun 24 Jan Workington Town Away 2:30 Won 12-06 B.Eccles Smith 4 554 C.Steele
Sun 31 Jan CC R1: Runcorn Highfield Away 3:00 Won 08-06 Stewart Smith 2 550 S.Haigh
Sun 7 Feb Mansfield Marksmen Home 3:00 Won 14-07 Briscoe, Garner Smith 3 546 P.Volante
Sun 14 Feb CC R2: Salford Away 3:00 Lost 10-12 C.Eccles Smith 3 2352 R.Whitfield
Sun 21 Feb Dewsbury Home 3:00 Won 32-12 Briscoe 2, Litherland 2, Stewart, Bamber Smith 4 420 C.Tidball
Sun 6 Mar Barrow Away 2:30 Won 04-00 Stewart - 1188 C.Hodgson
Sun 13 Mar Batley Home 3:00 Won 26-00 Litherland 2, Maloney, Garner, McKenzie Smith 3 366 G.Kershaw
Sun 20 Mar York Home 3:00 Won 22-12 Donlan, Emson, Griffiths, Maloney Smith 3 404 K.Dockray
Sun 27 Mar Dewsbury Away 3:30 Lost 11-20 Briscoe, Litherland Smith 1 + DG 514 A.Burke
Fri 1 April Runcorn Highfield Home 11:00 Won 20-06 C.Eccles, Briscoe, Stewart Smith 4 513 R.Tennant
Sun 3 April Mansfield Marksmen Away 3:00 Lost 06-18 Stewart Smith 1 227 C.Steele
Fri 8 April Workington Town Home 7:45 Won 11-06 Griffiths, Briscoe Wood 1, B.Eccles DG 337 A.Burke
Thu 14 Apr Whitehaven Home 8:00 Won 36-04 Wood 2, Viller, Litherland, Karalius, Ganley, Hankinson Smith 4

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G.Berry

Sun 17 Apr Fulham Away 3:00 Lost 08-09 Stewart Smith 2 584 S.Cross
Sun 24 Apr 2nd Div Prem R1: Sheffield Home 6:30 Won 11-10 Viller Smith 3 + DG **530 K.Allatt
Sun 8 May 2nd Div Prem R2: Oldham Away 3:00 Lost 10-18 Briscoe Smith 3 4667 R.Tennant
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*Home Fixture was played on same day as Wigan v Auckland Tour Match at Central Park.
**Home Fixture was played on same day as Wigan v Warrington Premiership Match at Central Park.

Springfield Borough Player List (1987-1988)

Squad

Appearances

Scoring

Player

Starts Subs Total Tries Goals DG Points
Mike Smith 34 - 34 - 96 2 194
Simon Bamber 27 5 32 4 - - 16
Bob Eccles 30 1 31 4 - 3 19
Carl Briscoe 28 3 31 11 - - 44
Steve Garner 30 - 30 2 - - 8
Steve Griffiths 30 - 30 2 - - 8
Michael Stewart 28 - 28 8 - - 32
Cliff Eccles 21 6 27 4 - - 16
David Bacon 21 1 22 1 - - 4
Steve Donlan 19 1 20 2 - - 8
Ian Duane 15 3 18 3 - - 12
Denis Litherland 17 - 17 6 - - 24
Chris Ganley 16 1 17 2 - - 8
Graham Karalius 9 7 16 1 - - 4
Tommy Frodsham 15 - 15 11 - - 44
Ian McKenzie 15 - 15 3 - - 12
John Emson 13 2 15 1 - - 4
Geoff Bimson 12 2 14 1 - - 4
Roy Howarth 8 4 12 - 1 - 2
Courtney Thompson 11 - 11 1 - - 4
Jimmy Green 8 3 11 - - - -
Tony Hodson 7 3 10 2 - - 8
Billy Price 2 8 10 1 - - 4
Mick Nanyn 6 3 9 - - - -
Steve Brennan 6 - 6 - - - -
Brian Parkes 8 - 8 - - - -
Steve Melling 6 1 7 2 - - 8
Gary French 6 - 6 3 - - 12
Paul Gamble 5 - 5 - - - -
Mark Viller 5 - 5 2 - - 8
Ian Winnard 5 - 5 1 - - 4
Dave Maloney 4 1 5 2 - - 8
Tracey Grundy 2 3 5 - - - -
David Wood 4 1 5 2 1 - 10
Danny Wilson 4 - 4 - - - -
Paul Hankinson 3 - 3 1 - - 4
Joe Smith 3 - 3 - - - -
David Brown 2 1 3 - - - -
Paul Broston 2 - 2 - - - -
Paul Roberts - 2 2 - - - -
Adrian Swindells 1 1 2 - - - -
Geoff Jamieson 1 - 1 - - - -
Dave McFarland 1 - 1 1 - - 4
Mike O'Hara 1 - 1 - - - -
Derrick Seabrook 1 - 1 - - - -

1987-1988 2nd Division Table

- Team P W D L A A Pts
1 Oldham 28 23 1 4 771 335 47
2 Featherstone Rovers 28 21 2 5 713 353 44
3 Wakefield Trinity 28 20 1 7 666 315 41
4 Springfield Borough 28 18 0 10 448 356 36
5 Sheffield Eagles 28 16 1 11 489 429 33
6 York 26 14 2 10 531 416 30
7 Mansfield Marksmen 28 15 1 12 439 412 31
8 Keighley 28 15 0 13 380 441 30
9 Barrow 28 14 2 12 382 397 30
10 Workington Town 28 15 0 13 380 441 30
11 Carlisle 28 14 1 13 388 444 29
12 Runcorn Highfield 28 14 0 14 420 469 28
13 Whitehaven 28 10 1 17 417 452 21
14 Bramley 28 10 1 17 400 600 21
15 Dewsbury 28 10 0 18 417 519 20
16 Doncaster 28 9 2 17 406 512 20
17 Fulham 28 10 0 18 382 559 20
18 Rochdale Hornets 28 10 0 18 322 514 20
19 Huddersfield Barracudas 28 10 0 18 322 514 15
20 Batley 28 6 1 21 305 523 13
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