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Wigan RL History - 1979-80 Season
Click to View: 1978-1979 Season or 1980-1981 Season

In the 1979-1980 season Wigan were relegated for the only time in their history.
The BBC 2 Floodlit Trophy was also contested for the final time. It was decided to scrap the competition when a new tv deal was signed in June 1980.

Wigan Final League Position: 13th - Relegated (Coach: Vince Karalius to October 2nd then Kel Coslett from October 8th)
League Champions:
Bradford Northern
Challenge Cup Winners: Hull Kingston Rovers (10-5 v Hull)
John Player Trophy Winners: Bradford Northern (6-0 v Widnes)
Lancashire Cup Winners: Widnes (11-0 v Workington)
Premiership Trophy Winners: Widnes (19-5 v Bradford)
BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Winners: Hull (13-3 v Hull KR)
2nd Division Champions: Featherstone Rovers

1979-1980 Rugby Football League First Division
CC
= Challenge Cup
JPT = John Player Trophy LC = Lancashire Cup BBC = BBC 2 Floodlit Trophy
Date Opposition Venue KO Resultl Tries Goals Report Att TV
Sun 19 Aug LC R1: Warrington Away 3:00 Lost 14-17 Hollingsworth, O'Neill T.Karalius 4 Click Here 5038
Sun 2 Sept Wakefield Trinity Away 3:00 Lost 06-22 Foy, Kei.O'Loughlin - Click Here 4446
Sun 9 Sept Hull Home 3:00 Won 19-15 Stockley 3, Hornby, Melling Hornby 1, Stockley 1 Click Here 4850
Sun 16 Sept JPT R1: Pilkington Recs
(@ St Helens)
Away 3:00 Won 18-09 Butler, O'Neill, Ramsdale, Regan Farnworth 3 Click Here 6500
Sun 23 Sept Hunslet Away 3:00 Lost 10-16 Kei.O'Loughlin, Stockley Farnworth 2 Click Here 2500
Sat 29 Sept JPT R2: Castleford Away 3:00 Lost 10-24 Hornby 2 Farnworth 2 Click Here

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(2H)

Sun 7 Oct Leigh Home 3:00 Lost 07-32 Regan Fairbairn 2 Click Here

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Tue 9 Oct BBC R1 : Salford Away 7:30 Lost 06-24 Campbell Fairbairn 1 + DG Click Here

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(H)

Sun 14 Oct York Away 3:00 Lost 08-15 Fairbairn, Ramsdale Fairbairn 1 Click Here 4025
Sun 21 Oct Castleford Home 3:00 Postponed Due to Castleford in JPT Round 3 - -

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Sun 28 Oct Hull Away 3:00 Lost 10-27 Hornby, Kei.O'Loughlin Fairbairn 2 Click Here 9219
Sun 4 Nov Blackpool Borough Home 3:00 Won 23-10 Smith 2, Foy, Sivori Fairbairn 5 + DG Click Here

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Fri 9 Nov Salford Away 7:30 Lost 13-29 Nanyn, Ramsdale Fairbairn 3 + DG Click Here

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Sun 11 Nov Castleford Home 3:00 Draw 10-10 Bolton, Foy Fairbairn 2 Click Here 3036
Sun 18 Nov Warrington Home 3:00 Won 15-13 Foy 2, Smith Fairbairn 3 Click Here 6225
Sun 25 Nov Widnes Away 3:00 Lost 09-24 Clough Fairbairn 3 Click Here

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Sun 2 Dec Bradford Northern Home 3:00 Postponed Due to Bradford in JPT Semi Final - -

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Tue 4 Dec Bradford Northern Home 7:30 Lost 02-13 - Fairbairn 1 Click Here

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Sat 8 Dec Leeds Away 3:00 Lost 01-38 - Fairbairn DG Click Here

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Sun 23 Dec Blackpool Borough Away 2:30 Lost 15-17 Breheny, Kei.O'Loughlin, Smith Fairbairn 3 Click Here

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Wed 26 Dec St Helens Home 3:00 Lost 10-16 Bolton, Hornby Fairbairn 3 Click Here 7263
Sun 30 Dec Widnes Home 3:00 Won 13-05 Stockley 2 Fairbairn 3, Stockley DG Click Here 6485
Tue 1 Jan Warrington Away 3:00 Postponed Due to Frozen Pitch - -

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Sun 6 Jan Hunslet Home 3:00 Won 16-05 Fairbairn, Hornby Fairbairn 5 Click Here 4444
Sun 13 Jan Hull Kingston Rovers Away 3:00 Won 23-14 Campbell, Hornby, Melling, Stockley Fairbairn 5, O'Neill DG Click Here 6547
Sun 20 Jan Wakefield Trinity Home 3:00 Postponed Due to Frozen Pitch - -

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Sun 27 Jan Workington Town Home 3:00 Postponed Due to Frozen Pitch - -

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Sun 3 Feb Leigh Away 3:30 Won 11-05 Breheny Fairbairn 4 Click Here 7000
Sat 9 Feb CC R1: Hull KR Home 2:30 Lost 13-18 Stockley Fairbairn 5 Click Here

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(2H)

Sun 17 Feb Wakefield Trinity Home 3:00 Lost 16-23 Flowers 2, Campbell, Fairbairn Fairbairn 1, Farnworth 1 Click Here 5003
Sun 24 Feb Workington Town Away 3:00 Lost 10-15 Hornby 2 Fairbairn 2 Click Here 3373
Sun 2 Mar York Home 3:00 Draw 17-17 Bolton, Butler, Stockley Fairbairn 4 Click Here 3794
Sun 9 Mar Workington Town Home 3:00 Draw 11-11 Foy Fairbairn 3 + 2DG Click Here 4571
Sun 16 Mar Warrington Away 3:00 Lost 05-29 Melling Walsh 1 Click Here 4713
Sun 23 Mar Hull Kingston Rovers Home 3:00 Postponed Due to Hull KR in CC Semi Final. - -

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Sun 30 Mar Bradford Northern Away 3:30 Lost 05-16 Melling Fairbairn 1 Click Here 6134
Fri 4 April St Helens Away 3:00 Lost 17-20 Williams 2, Butler, Kiss Fairbairn 2, Melling DG Click Here 8456
Mon 7 April Salford Home 3:00 Won 18-15 Bolton, Greenall, Hollingsworth, Melling Fairbairn 3 Click Here 4667
Fri 11 April Castleford Away 7:30 Lost 13-21 Foy Fairbairn 5 Click Here

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Wed 16 Apr Hull Kingston Rovers Home 7:30 Won 21-13 Hornby 2, Fairbairn, Flowers Fairbairn 4 + DG Click Here

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Sun 20 Apr Leeds Home 3:00 Lost 12-20 Flowers, Pendlebury Fairbairn 3 Click Here 4017

1979-1980 Season Team Sheets List
aalaDatealaa Opponent alIResultIlL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14. Sub 15. Sub
Sun 19 Aug War (A) L(LCR1) A.Karalius Vigo Butler Davies Hornby Kei.O'Loughlin Bolton O'NeilllT T.KaraliuslG4 Regan Melling HollingsworthlT Boyd - Clough
Sun 2 Sept Wak (A) L06-22 FoylT Greenall Butler Davies Hornby Kei.O'LoughlinlT Bolton O'Neill T.Karalius Boyd Hollingsworth Clough Rennox - Coyle
Sun 9 Sept Hull (H) W19-15 Foy Ramsdale Butler StockleylT3lG HornbylTlG Kei.O'Loughlin Coyle O'Neill T.Karalius Boyd MellinglT Clough Hollingsworth Bolton -
Sun 16 Sep Pilk R (A) W(JPTR1) Bolton RamsdalelT ButlerlT Stockley FarnworthlG3 Kei.O'Loughlin Coyle O'NeilllT T.Karalius ReganlT Melling Boyd Hollingsworth Greenall -
Sun 23 Sep Hun (A) L10-16 Bolton FarnworthlG2 StockleylT Ramsdale Hornby Kei.O'LoughlinlT Coyle O'Neill T.Karalius Regan Melling Boyd Hollingsworth Wood Clough
Sun 29 Sep Cas (A) L(JPTR2) Stockley FarnworthlG2 Coyle Ramsdale HornbylT2 Kei.O'Loughlin Bolton O'Neill Pendlebury Campbell Wood Melling Hollingsworth Rennox Clough
Sun 7 Oct Lei (H) L07-32 FairbairnlG2 Clough Ramsdale Stockley Hornby Kei.O'Loughlin Bolton O'Neill Pendlebury ReganlT Melling Hollingsworth Rennox - Campbell
Tue 9 Oct Salf (A) L(BBCR1) FairbairnlGlDG Clough Ramsdale Kei.O'Loughlin Sivori Bolton Coyle O'Neill Kiss Boyd Connaughton Rennox Pendlebury Foy CampbelllT
Sun 14 Oct York (A) L08-15 FairbairnlTlG Sivori Kei.O'Loughlin Stockley RamsdalelT Bolton Coyle O'Neill Kiss Regan Melling Boyd Rennox Foy Clough
Sun 28 Oct Hull (A) L10-27 FairbairnlG2 Sivori Kei.O'LoughlinlT Foy HornbylT Bolton Coyle O'Neill Kiss Regan Campbell Boyd Rennox Smith Clough
Sun 4 Nov Bla (H) W23-10 FairbairnlG5lDG SivorilT Kei.O'Loughlin Ramsdale Hornby FoylT Bolton Breheny SmithlT2 Campbell Nanyn O'Neill Boyd - Regan
Fri 9 Nov Sal (A) L13-29 FairbairnlG3lDG Sivori Foy RamsdalelT Hornby Kei.O'Loughlin Bolton Breheny Smith Campbell O'Neill Regan NanynlT Coyle Clough
Sun 11 Nov Cas (H) D10-10 FairbairnlG2 Clough Kei.O'Loughlin Ramsdale Hornby FoylT BoltonlT Breheny Smith Campbell Melling O'Neill Boyd Greenall Hollingsworth
Sun 18 Nov War (H) W15-13 FairbairnlG3 Clough Greenall Ramsdale Hornby FoylT2 Bolton Breheny SmithlT Campbell Melling O'Neill Boyd - Hollingsworth
Sun 25 Nov Wid (A) L09-24 FairbairnlG3 CloughlT Kei.O'Loughlin Ramsdale Hornby Foy Bolton Breheny Smith Campbell Melling O'Neill Hollingsworth Greenall Stockley
Tue 4 Dec Bra (H) L02-13 FairbairnlG Clough Greenall Ramsdale Hornby Kei.O'Loughlin Bolton Breheny Smith Campbell Melling O'Neill Nanyn Regan Stockley
Sat 8 Dec Lee (A) L01-38 FairbairnlDG Clough Greenall Stockley Hornby Kei.O'Loughlin Bolton Breheny Kiss Campbell Melling O'Neill Nanyn Foy Hollingsworth
Sun 23 Dec Bla (A) L15-17 FairbairnlG3 Ramsdale Kei.O'LoughlinlT Stockley Hornby Foy Bolton BrehenylT Smith Campbell O'Neill Clough Melling - T.Karalius
Wed 26 Dec St H (H) L10-16 FairbairnlG3 Ramsdale Foy Stockley HornbylT BoltonlT Flowers O'Neill Smith Campbell Clough Nanyn Melling Greenall T.Karalius
Sun 30 Dec Wid (H) W13-05 FairbairnlG3 Ramsdale StockleylT2 Foy Hornby BoltonlDG Flowers Breheny Smith Campbell O'Neill Clough Melling - T.Karalius
Sun 6 Jan Hun (H) W16-05 FairbairnlTlG5 Ramsdale Stockley Foy HornbylT Bolton Flowers Breheny T.Karalius Campbell O'Neill Clough Melling - Nanyn
Sun 13 Jan HKR (A) W23-14 FairbairnlG5 Vigo StockleylT Foy HornbylT Bolton Flowers Breheny T.Karalius CampbelllT O'NeilllDG Nanyn MellinglT - Kiss
Sun 3 Feb Lei (A) W11-05 FairbairnlG4 Vigo Stockley Foy Hornby Bolton Flowers BrehenylT T.Karalius Campbell O'Neill Boyd Melling - -
Sat 9 Feb HKR (H) L(CCR1) FairbairnlG5 Vigo StockleylT Foy Hornby Bolton Flowers Breheny T.Karalius Campbell O'Neill Boyd Melling Kiss Nanyn
Sun 17 Feb Wak (H) L16-23 FairbairnlTlG Clough Stockley Greenall FarnworthlG Bolton FlowerslT2 Breheny Kiss CampbelllT O'Neill Boyd Melling Butler Nanyn
Sun 24 Feb Wor (A) L10-15 FairbairnlG2 Clough Butler Stockley HornbylT2 Bolton Flowers Breheny Kiss Campbell O'Neill Boyd Melling Greenall Nanyn
Sun 2 Mar York (H) D17-17 FairbairnlG4 Sivori ButlerlT StockleylT Hornby BoltonlT Flowers Breheny Kiss Clough O'Neill Nanyn Boyd Williams Walsh
Sun 9 Mar Wor (H) D11-11 FairbairnlG2lDG2 Williams Stockley FoylT Hornby Butler Bolton Breheny Kiss O'Neill Melling Boyd Walsh Flowers -
Sun 16 Mar War (A) L05-29 WalshlG Ramsdale Butler Foy Hornby Bolton Flowers Breheny Kiss O'Neill MellinglT Clough Boyd Norris Rennox
Sun 30 Mar Bra (A) L05-16 FairbairnlG Ramsdale Davies Butler Hornby Foy Bolton Breheny Kiss O'Neill MellinglT Hollingsworth Walsh Smith Campbell
Fri 4 Apr St H (A) L17-20 FairbairnlG2 WilliamslT2 Davies ButlerlT Ramsdale Foy Bolton Breheny KisslT O'Neill MellinglDG Hollingsworth Walsh Clough Campbell
Mon 7 Apr Sal (H) W18-15 FairbairnlG3 Williams Butler GreenalllT Ramsdale Foy BoltonlT Breheny Kiss O'Neill Melling Campbell HollingsworthlT - -
Fri 11 Apr Cas (A) L13-21 FairbairnlG5 Williams Greenall Ramsdale Hornby FoylT Bolton Breheny Kiss O'Neill Melling Campbell Hollingsworth - Clough
Wed 16 Apr HKR (H) W21-13 FairbairnlTlG4lDG Ramsdale Greenall Foy HornbylT2 Bolton FlowerslT Breheny Kiss O'Neill Campbell Melling Hollingsworth Coyle -
Sun 20 Apr Lee (H) L12-20 FairbairnlG3 Clough Williams Ramsdale Hornby Bolton FlowerslT Breheny Kiss O'Neill Melling Hollingsworth PendleburylT Coyle Regan

Squad

Appearances

Scoring

Player

Starts Subs Total Tries Goals Drops
Steve O'Neill 35 - 35 2 - 1
Les Bolton 34 1 35 4 - 1
Jimmy Hornby 29 - 29 11 1 -
Bill Melling 29 - 29 5 - 1
George Fairbairn 28 - 28 4 78 7
John Clough 18 8 26 1 - -
Martin Foy 22 3 25 7 - -
Danny Campbell 21 4 25 3 - -
Steve Breheny 24 - 24 2 - -
Dennis Ramsdale 24 - 24 3 - -
Trevor Stockley 18 2 20 9 1 -
Dennis Boyd 18 - 18 - - -
Terry Hollingsworth 15 3 18 2 - -
Keiron O'Loughlin 17 - 17 4 - -
Nicky Kiss 15 2 17 1 - -
Ness Flowers 12 1 13 4 - -
John Butler 11 1 12 3 - -
Alan Greenall 8 5 13 1 - -
Tony Karalius 9 3 12 - 4 -
Malcolm Smith 9 2 11 4 - -
Bernard Coyle 7 4 11 - - -
Mick Nanyn 7 4 11 1 - -
Dave Regan 7 3 10 2 - -
Mike Rennox 5 2 7 - - -
Martin Sivori 6 - 6 1 - -
Barry Williams 5 1 6 2 - -
David Walsh 4 1 5 - 1 -
Steve Davies 4 - 4 - - -
Ray Farnworth 4 - 4 - 8 -
Green Vigo 4 - 4 - - -
John Pendlebury 3 - 3 1 - -
John Wood 1 1 2 - - -
Martin Connaughton 1 - 1 - - -
Anthony Karalius 1 - 1 - - -
Geoff Norris - 1 1 - - -

Top Try Scorers

Player

Tries
Jimmy Hornby 11
Trevor Stockley 9
Martin Foy 7
Bill Melling 5
Les Bolton 4
George Fairbairn 4
Ness Flowers 4
Keiron O'Loughlin 4
Malcolm Smith 4
John Butler 3
Danny Campbell 3
Dennis Ramsdale 3
Steve Breheny 2
Terry Hollingsworth 2
Steve O'Neill 2
Dave Regan 2
Barry Williams 2
John Clough 1
Alan Greenall 1
Nicky Kiss 1
Mick Nanyn 1
John Pendlebury 1
Martin Sivori 1

Top Goal Kickers

Player

Goals
George Fairbairn 78
Ray Farnworth 8
Tony Karalius 4
Jimmy Hornby 1
Trevor Stockley 1
David Walsh 1

First Division

- Team P W D L F A Pts
1 Bradford Northern 30 23 0 7 448 272 46
2 Widnes 30 22 1 7 546 293 45
3 Hull 30 18 3 9 454 326 39
4 Salford 30 19 1 10 495 374 39
5 Leeds 30 19 0 11 590 390 38
6 Leigh 30 16 1 13 451 354 33
7 Hull Kingston Rovers 30 16 1 13 539 445 33
8 St Helens 30 15 2 13 505 410 32
9 Warrington 30 15 2 13 362 357 32
10 Wakefield Trinity 30 14 2 14 362 357 30
11 Castleford 30 13 2 15 466 475 28
12 Workington Town 30 12 2 16 348 483 26
13 Wigan 30 9 3 18 366 523 21
14 Hunslet 30 7 1 22 346 528 15
15 York 30 6 1 23 375 647 13
16 Blackpool Borough 30 5 0 25 230 613 10

Wigan, Hunslet, York and Blackpool Borough were demoted to the Second Division.

Second Division

 1 Featherstone Rovers  26 21  2  3  -  724  280       44
 2 Halifax              26 19  3  4  -  463  213       41
 3 Oldham               26 19  3  4  -  513  276       41
 4 Barrow               26 18  1  7  -  582  280       37
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 5 Whitehaven           26 15  1 10  -  397  276       31
 6 Dewsbury             26 13  2 11  -  408  343       28
 7 Rochdale Hornets     26  9  5 12  -  315  373       23
 8 Swinton              26 11  1 14  -  331  436       23
 9 Batley               26 10  2 14  -  232  370       22
10 Bramley              26 10  1 15  -  330  451       21
11 Keighley             26 10  0 16  -  342  396       20
12 Huddersfield         26 10  0 16  -  363  423       20
13 Huyton               26  5  0 21  -  209  555       10
14 Doncaster            26  1  1 24  -  196  733        3
                                   (R.L.Yearbook 1995-96)

Featherstone Rovers, Halifax, Oldham and Barrow were promoted to the First Division.




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