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Wigan RL History - 1995-96 Centenary Season
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1995-96 celebrated the centenary of Rugby League following the 1895 breakaway. It was also the last Winter season ahead of the switch to summer rugby in 1996. The switch meant this was a much shortened campaign. The League Cup (Regal Trophy) competition was also held for the last time.

Wigan Final League Position: 1st (Coach: Graeme West)
Stones Bitter League Champions:
Wigan (17)
Silk Cut Challenge Cup Winners: Final played in 1996 summer season.
Regal Trophy Winners: Wigan (8 - 25-16 v St Helens)
1st Division Champions: Salford Reds
2nd Division Champions: Hull Kingston Rovers

1995-96 Stones Bitter Centenary Championship CC = Challenge Cup RT = Regal Trophy PT = Premiership Trophy Charity = Charity Shield
Date Opposition Venue KO Resultl Tries Goals Report Att TV
Sun 13 Aug Charity: Leeds Dublin 1:30 Won 45-20 Wright 2, Cassidy, Connolly, Farrell, Haughton, O'Connor Farrell 8, Wright DG Click Here 5716
Fri 18 Aug Workington Town Away 7:30 Won 48-06 Radlinski, Haughton 2, Cassidy, Offiah, Paul, Robinson 2, Quinnell Farrell 6 Click Here 7002
Wed 23 Aug Sheffield Eagles Home 7:30 Won 52-20 Wright 2, Connolly, Farrell, Robinson, Offiah, Cassidy, Tuigamala, Cowie Farrell 8 Click Here 10379
Mon 28 Aug St Helens Away 2:00 Won 52-20 Connolly 2, Farrell, Wright, Haughton, Offiah, Robinson 2 Farrell 10 Click Here 14054
Sun 3 Sept Warrington Home 3:00 Won 44-02 Offiah 2, Edwards, Connolly, Haughton, Radlinski Farrell 8, Paul 2 Click Here 13700
Wed 6 Sept Halifax Away 7:30 Won 48-13 Cowie 2, Paul, Mather, Tuigamala 2, Hall, Offiah Farrell 8 Click Here 7776
Sun 10 Sep London Broncos Home 3:00 Won 52-12 Cassidy, Connolly 2, Haughton, Mather, Tuigamala 2, Offiah, Edwards Farrell 5, Hall 1,
Connolly 1
Click Here 10332
Wed 13 Sep Castleford Tigers Home 7:30 Won 40-08 Offiah, Edwards, Paul, Tuigamala, Mather, Cassidy Farrell 8 Click Here 12151
Sun 17 Sep Bradford Bulls Away 3:00 Won 36-26 Farrell 2, Mather 2, Connolly, Offiah, Cassidy Farrell 4 Click Here 8819
Sun 24 Sep Oldham Bears Home 3:00 Won 42-12 Paul, Robinson, Smyth, Offiah, Tallec, Tuigamala, Skerrett Farrell 7 Click Here 10416
Fri 3 Nov Leeds Away 7:30 Lost 11-23 Robinson, Offiah Paul 1, Hall DG Click Here 17049
Sun 12 Nov RT R2: Whitehaven Home 3:00 Won 68-26 Offiah 5, Robinson 3, Quinnell 2, Mather, Murdock, A.Johnson Paul 8 Click Here 6133
Wed 15 Nov Castleford Tigers Away 7:30 Won 42-20 Paul 3, O'Connor, Edwards, Hall, Tuigamala, Cardiss Paul 5 Click Here 5657
Sun 19 Nov Workington Town Home 3:00 Won 44-20 Robinson 3, Edwards, Tuigamala, Connolly, Skerrett Paul 8 Click Here 9851
Sun 26 Nov RT R3: Huddersfield Away 3:00 Won 32-00 Connolly 2, Farrell, Robinson, Offiah Farrell 6 Click Here 6026
Sun 3 Dec London Broncos Away 7:05 Won 42-10 Offiah 4, Radlinski, Robinson, Edwards, Connolly Farrell 5 Click Here 8338
Sat 9 Dec RT QF: Widnes Away 3:00 Won 28-23 Smyth 2, Quinnell, Tuigamala 2, Connolly Farrell 2 Click Here 3771

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After 30mins Extra Time - 80 Mins Score was 16-16

Sun 10 Dec Bradford Bulls Home 3:00 Postponed Due to Regal Trophy Quarter Final - - -
Wed 13 Dec Halifax Home 7:30 Won 32-18 Tuigamala 2, Paul, Connolly, Hall, A.Johnson Paul 4 Click Here 8813
Sun 17 Dec Oldham Bears Away 3:00 Lost 26-28 Offiah 2, Quinnell 2, Haughton Paul 3 Click Here 3540
Tue 26 Dec St Helens Home 3:00 Won 58-04 Robinson, Quinnell 4, Haughton 2, Cassidy 2, Smyth Paul 4, Hall 5 Click Here 19526

(D)

Mon 1 Jan Warrington Away 12:00 Won 41-12 Haughton, Tuigamala 3, Robinson, Smyth, Edwards Paul 5, Hall 1,
Edwards DG
Click Here 5123
Sat 6 Jan RT SF: Leeds Home 3:00 Won 38-18 Hall, Paul, Radlinski, Connolly 2, Robinson Paul 7 Click Here 10075

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Sat 13 Jan RT Final: St Helens Hudds 3:00 Won 25-16 Tuigamala, Radlinski, Paul 2 Paul 4, Edwards DG Click Here 17590

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Sun 14 Jan Sheffield Eagles Away 3:15 Postponed Due to Regal Trophy Final - - -
Tue 16 Jan Bradford Bulls Home 7:30 Won 32-18 Tuigamala, Smyth 2, Offiah, Cowie, Paul Paul 4 Click Here 11385

(H)

Fri 19 Jan Sheffield Eagles Away 7:30 Won 36-24 Tuigamala 2, Cassidy, Radlinski, Paul, Offiah, Smyth Paul 3, Cardiss 1 Click Here 4639
Sun 21 Jan Leeds Home 3:00 Won 34-20 A.Johnson, Paul 2, Hall, Offiah Paul 7 Click Here 12918
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1995-1996 Season Team Sheets List
alaaDatealaa Opponent aIResultIL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 (Sub) 15 (Sub) 16 (Sub) 17 (Sub)
Sun 13 Aug Lee (N) W(ChS) Paul Robinson Tuigamala ConnollylT Radlinski WrightlT2lDG Murdock Skerrett Hall Cowie HaughtonlT CassidylT FarrelllTlG8 Smyth O'ConnorlT A.Johnson Knowles
Fri 18 Aug Wor (A) W48-06 RadlinskilT RobinsonlT2 Tuigamala Connolly OffiahlT PaullT Edwards Skerrett Hall Cowie HaughtonlT2 CassidylT FarrelllG6 A.Johnson QuinnelllT Smyth Dermott
Wed 23 Aug She (H) W52-20 Paul RobinsonlT TuigamalalT ConnollylT OffiahlT WrightlT2 Edwards Skerrett Dermott O'Connor Haughton CassidylT FarrelllTlG8 Radlinski Quinnell Hall CowielT
Mon 28 Aug St H (A) W52-20 Radlinski RobinsonlT2 Tuigamala ConnollylT2 OffiahlT WrightlT Paul O'Connor Hall Cowie HaughtonlT Cassidy FarrelllTlG10 Smyth Skerrett Dermott Quinnell
Sun 3 Sept War (H) W44-02 RadlinskilT Robinson Tuigamala ConnollylT OffiahlT2 Wright EdwardslT Skerrett Hall Cowie HaughtonlT Quinnell FarrelllG8 PaullG2 O'Connor A.Johnson Cassidy
Wed 6 Sep Hal (A) W48-13 Radlinski Robinson TuigamalalT2 Connolly OffiahlT PaullT Edwards O'Connor HalllT CowielT2 Haughton Cassidy FarrelllG8 MatherlT Skerrett Murdock Quinnell
Sun 10 Sep Lon (H) W52-12 ConnollylT2lG Radlinski TuigamalalT2 MatherlT OffiahlT Paul EdwardslT O'Connor Dermott Cowie A.Johnson CassidylT FarrelllG5 Craig HaughtonlT Murdock HalllG
Wed 13 Sep Cas (H) W40-08 Radlinski Robinson TuigamalalT Connolly OffiahlT PaullT EdwardslT Skerrett Hall Cowie Haughton CassidylT FarrelllG8 MatherlT A.Johnson Craig Dermott
Sun 17 Sep Bra (A) W36-26 ConnollylT Radlinski Tuigamala MatherlT2 OffiahlT Paul Edwards Skerrett Hall Cowie Haughton CassidylT FarrelllT2lG4 Craig O'Connor Murdock Dermott
Sun 24 Sep Old (H) W42-12 RobinsonlT SmythlT TuigamalalT Mather OffiahlT PaullT Edwards O'Connor Hall Cowie Haughton Cassidy FarrelllG7 Craig SkerrettlT Murdock TalleclT
Fri 3 Nov Lee (A) L11-23 Radlinski RobinsonlT Tuigamala Connolly OffiahlT Paul Edwards Skerrett HalllDG O'Connor Haughton Cassidy Farrell Mather Quinnell A.Johnson Murdock
Sun 12 Nov Whi (H) W(RTR2) Radlinski RobinsonlT3 Tuigamala MatherlT OffiahlT5 PaullG8 Edwards O'Connor Hall QuinnelllT2 Haughton Cassidy A.JohnsonlT MurdocklT Knowles - -
Wed 15 Nov Cas (A) W42-20 Radlinski Craig TuigamalalT Connolly Offiah PaullT3lG5 EdwardslT Skerrett HalllT O'ConnorlT Quinnell Cassidy A.Johnson Murdock Knowles S.Barrow CardisslT
Sun 19 Nov Wor (H) W44-20 PaullG8 RobinsonlT3 TuigamalalT ConnollylT Radlinski EdwardslT Murdock SkerrettlT Hall O'Connor Quinnell Cassidy A.Johnson W.Barrow Cowie P.Johnson Knowles
Sun 26 Nov Hud (A) W(RTR3) Radlinski RobinsonlT Tuigamala ConnollylT2 OffiahlT Paul Edwards Skerrett Hall O'Connor Quinnell Cassidy FarrelllTlG6 Murdock Cowie - -
Sun 3 Dec Lon (A) W42-10 RadlinskilT RobinsonlT Tuigamala ConnollylT OffiahlT4 Paul EdwardslT O'Connor Hall Cowie Haughton Cassidy FarrelllG5 Murdock Quinnell A.Johnson Smyth
Sat 9 Dec Wid (A)* W(RTQF) Robinson SmythlT2 TuigamalalT2 ConnollylT Offiah Paul Edwards O'Connor Hall Cowie Haughton Cassidy FarrelllG2 Murdock QuinnelllT - -
Wed 13 Dec Hal (H) W32-18 PaullTlG4 Robinson Radlinski ConnollylT Offiah Edwards Murdock Skerrett HalllT Cowie Haughton Cassidy A.JohnsonlT TuigamalalT2 O'Connor Smyth Haughton
Sun 17 Dec Old (A) L26-28 Radlinski Robinson Tuigamala Connolly OffiahlT2 PaullG3 Murdock Skerrett Hall O'Connor QuinnelllT2 HaughtonlT A.Johnson Smyth Cowie Craig Cassidy
Tue 26 Dec St H (H) W58-04 Connolly RobinsonlT Tuigamala Radlinski Offiah PaullG4 Edwards Cowie HalllG5 O'Connor QuinnelllT4 CassidylT2 HaughtonlT2 SmythlT A.Johnson Craig Dermott
Mon 1 Jan War (A) W41-12 Connolly RobinsonlT TuigamalalT3 Radlinski SmythlT PaullG5 EdwardslTlDG Cowie HalllG O'Connor Quinnell Cassidy HaughtonlT Craig Skerrett A.Johnson Dermott
Sat 6 Jan Lee (H) W(RTSF) ConnollylT2 RobinsonlT Tuigamala RadlinskilT Offiah PaullTlG7 Edwards Skerrett HalllT O'Connor Quinnell Cassidy Haughton Smyth Dermott - -
Sat 13 Jan St H (N) W(RTF) Connolly Robinson TuigamalalT RadlinskilT Offiah PaullT2lG4 EdwardslDG Cowie Hall O'Connor Quinnell Cassidy Haughton Smyth Dermott - -
Tue 16 Jan Bra (H) W32-18 Connolly Robinson TuigamalalT Radlinski OffiahlT PaullTlG4 Edwards CowielT Hall O'Connor Quinnell Cassidy Haughton SmythlT2 Dermott Craig A.Johnson
Fri 19 Jan She (A) W36-24 RadlinskilT SmythlT TuigamalalT2 Craig OffiahlT PaullTlG3 Robinson Cowie Dermott O'Connor S.Barrow CassidylT A.Johnson Cardiss Knowles Haughton Baynes
Sun 21 Jan Lee (H) W34-20 Radlinski Smyth Tuigamala Craig OffiahlT PaullT2lG7 Robinson Cowie HalllT Cassidy Haughton S.Barrow A.JohnsonlT Cardiss Dermott Tatupu Baynes

*Won after 30 minutes extra time.

Squad

Appearances

Scoring

Player

Starts Subs Total Tries Goals DG Points
Henry Paul 25 1 26 15 65 - 190
Va'aiga Tuigamala 25 1 26 20 - - 80
Mick Cassidy 23 2 25 9 - - 36
Martin Hall 23 2 25 5 7 1 35
Jason Robinson 24 - 24 18 - - 72
Terry O'Connor 20 4 24 2 - - 8
Martin Offiah 23 - 23 26 - - 104
Kris Radlinski 22 1 23 6 - - 24
Gary Connolly 22 - 22 16 1 - 66
Simon Haughton 19 3 22 10 - - 40
Shaun Edwards 21 - 21 7 - 2 30
Neil Cowie 17 4 21 4 - - 16
Scott Quinnell 12 8 20 10 - - 40
Kelvin Skerrett 13 4 17 2 - - 8
Andy Johnson 7 9 16 3 - - 12
Rob Smyth 5 10 15 8 - - 32
Andy Farrell 14 - 14 6 85 - 194
Craig Murdock 4 10 14 - - - -
Martin Dermott 3 10 13 - - - -
Andy Craig 3 8 11 - - - -
Barrie-Jon Mather 4 3 7 6 - - 24
Matthew Knowles - 5 5 - - - -
Nigel Wright 4 - 4 5 - 1 21
Daryl Cardiss - 3 3 1 1 - 6
Steve Barrow 1 1 2 - - - -
Neil Baynes - 2 2 - - - -
Warren Barrow - 1 1 - - - -
Paul Johnson - 1 1 - - - -
Gael Tallec - 1 1 1 - - 4
Shem Tatupu - 1 1 - - - -

Top Try Scorers

Player

Tries
Martin Offiah 26
Va'aiga Tuigamala 20
Jason Robinson 18
Gary Connolly 16
Henry Paul 15
Simon Haughton 10
Scott Quinnell 10
Mick Cassidy 9
Rob Smyth 8
Shaun Edwards 7
Andy Farrell 6
Barrie Jon-Mather 6
Kris Radlinski 6
Martin Hall 5
Nigel Wright 5
Neil Cowie 4
Andy Johnson 3
Terry O'Connor 2
Kelvin Skerrett 2
Daryl Cardiss 1
Gael Tallec 1

Top Goal Scorers

Player

Goals
Andy Farrell 85
Henry Paul 65
Martin Hall 7
Gary Connolly 1
Daryl Cardiss 1

1995-96 Pre Season Friendly
Date Opposition Venue Result
Sun 6 Aug Locker Cup: Warrington Away Won 38-30
Tries: Wright 3, Smyth, Tuigamala, Paul. G: Farrell 4, Smyth 3.

The 100th season of rugby league. The RFL's decision to move to a summer competition resulted in a rushed competition. There was no promotion or relegation. Ryedale-York shortened their name to York. Barrow added Braves to their name. Bradford Northern changed their name to Bradford Bulls. Doncaster added Dragons to their name. Hunslet added Hawks to their name. Leigh added Centurions to their name. Oldham added Bears to their name. Salford added Reds to their name. Chorley Chieftains (Chorley Borough) were readmitted.

1995 Stones Bitter Centenary Championship

- Team P W D L F A Pts
1 Wigan 20 18 0 2 810 316 36
2 Leeds 20 14 0 6 552 405 28
3 Halifax 20 12 1 7 456 463 25
4 St Helens 20 12 0 8 732 508 24
5 Sheffield Eagles 20 10 0 10 482 528 20
6 Castleford Tigers 20 9 1 10 448 566 19
7 Bradford Bulls 20 8 0 12 418 476 16
8 Oldham Bears 20 8 0 12 382 535 16
9 Warrington 20 7 0 13 443 514 14
10 London Broncos 20 7 0 13 466 585 14
11 Workington Town 20 4 0 16 317 610 8

First Division

1
 Salford Reds
20 17  1  2  2  661  278  35
2
 Keighley Cougars
20 13  2  5  2  491  255  28
3
 Widnes 
20 13  1  6  2  475  334  27
4
 Hull
20 11  0  9  2  571  420  22
5
 Featherstone Rovers
20 11  0  9  2  420  431  22
6
 Whitehaven 
20 10  2  8  2  345  435  22
7
 Wakefield Trinity
20 10  0 10  2  346  422  20
8
 Rochdale Hornets
20  8  1 11  2  365  483  17
9
 Huddersfield
20  6  0 14  2  395  485  12
10
 Batley    
20  5  1 14  2  302  492  11
11
 Dewsbury  
20  2  0 18  2  261  597   4
(R.L. Yearbook 1996)

Second Division

1
 Hull Kingston Rovers
20 18  0  2  2  744  231  36
 2
 Leigh Centurions
20 16  0  4  2  592  335  32
 3
 Hunslet Hawks
20 14  0  6  2  514  315  28
 4
 Swinton
20 13  0  7  2  521  331  26
 5
 Carisle
20 12  0  8  2  600  309  24
 6
 York
20 10  1  9  2  442  415  21
 7
 Bramley
20  9  1 10  2  400  434  19
 8
 Barrow Braves
20  6  0 14  2  342  488  12
 9
 Chorley Chieftans
20  5  1 14  2  324  608  11
10
 Doncaster Dragons
20  5  0 15  2  348  646  10
11
 Highfield
20  0  1 19  2  249  964   1

After 100 years of blood, sweat and tears Rugby League was claiming new ground with a switch to Summer Rugby in 1996. This switch meant the 1995-96 season was shortened and not only did we say goodbye to Winter Rugby but also it would later turn out that Wigan's dominance of the game over recent years was to come to an end with this season.

Led by coach Graeme West, the season began with Wigan claiming the Charity Shield with victory over Leeds in Dublin. The league campaign started with a victory at Workington and we went on to win all of our first nine matches until, like in 1994-95, the run was ended with a loss to nearest title rivals Leeds at Headingley. But the loss didn't halt Wigan's momentum as the bounced back with a series of wins.

In the Regal Trophy Wigan almost bowed out at the Quarter Final stage. Being 16-4 down away at Widnes with less then ten minutes to go, it looked like curtains but Wigan dug deep to force extra time. In the extra 30 minutes, Va'aiga Tuigamala played an instrumental part, scoring a crucial try which sealed a much hard fought 28-23 win. The efforts perhaps took their toll as a week later Wigan would suffer their second and last league defeat of the season away at Oldham Bears. The match after that was the last ever competitive Boxing Day derby with St Helens and Wigan bounced back in style with a 58-4 win.

After beating Leeds in the Semi Final, Wigan met St Helens in the Regal Trophy Final at Huddersfield's McAlpine Stadium. The Regal Trophy was axed after this season so Wigan became the last winners as they beat Saints 25-18. Try scorers that day were Va'aiga Tuigamala, Kris Radlinski and Henry Paul scored twice. Overall Wigan won the cup its various guises 8 times, losing just one final in 1993.

A week after the Regal final Wigan wrapped up their 7th consecutive, and 17th overall, Championship title with a 32-18 home victory over Bradford before finishing the season in fitting style with a 34-20 victory over Leeds. Wigan finished the season with 36 points, 8 clear of Leeds in 2nd.

Wigan were hoping they would have left the winter era on a high note but it wasn't over yet. Despite the move to summer rugby, the RFL decided to continue playing the Challenge Cup during a winter season, a decision which didn't change until 2005. This meant that the 1995-96 Challenge Cup effectively became a warm up for Super League I which was to follow.

On 11th February 1996 Wigan were draw to face Salford at the Willows. Wigan had not lost for 43 consecutive Challenge Cup ties, a run which stretched back nine years. Salford were also champions, having been axed from Super League to make way for London and Paris they had won Division 1, and were expected to pose no threat at all to a Wigan side so dominant in recent years. We completely underestimated the Willows club that day and lost 26-16 (click here for report). That defeat marked the end of an era.
Goodbye Winter Rugby and Goodbye Wigan's amazing period of success, which will never be repeated.

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