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Wigan RL History - 1980-81 Season
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In the 1980-1981 Wigan competed in Division Two for the only time in their history.

Wigan Final League Position: 2nd - Promoted from Division 2 (Player Coach: George Fairbairn)
Slalom Lager League Champions:
Bradford Northern
Three Fives Challenge Cup Winners: Widnes (18-9 v Hull KR)
John Player Trophy Winners: Warrington (12-5 v Barrow)
Lancashire Cup Winners: Warrington (26-10 v Wigan)
Slalom Lager Premiership Trophy Winners: Hull Kingston Rovers (11-7 v Hull)
2nd Division Champions: York

1980-1981 Northern Rugby Football League Second Division CC = Challenge Cup JPT = John Player Trophy LC = Lancashire Cup
Date Opposition Venue KO Resultl Tries Goals Report Att Referee TV
Sun 17 Aug LC R1: Rochdale Home 3:00 Won 25-10 Hornby 2, Coyle, Foy, Ramsdale Fairbairn 5 Click Here 3562 M.Beaumont
Sun 24 Aug LC R2: Whitehaven Away 3:30 Won 13-10 Boyd, O'Neill Fairbairn 3, O'Neill DG Click Here 3910 T.Court
Sun 31 Aug York Away 3:00 Lost 17-22 Greenall, Pendlebury Pendlebury 5, Melling DG Click Here 2474 C.Hodgson
Sun 7 Sept Batley Home 3:00 Won 37-12 Melling 3, Hornby 2, Clough, Coyle, Davies, Vigo Fairbairn 5 Click Here 3236 R.Moore
Wed 10 Sep LC SF: Widnes Away 7:30 Won 14-10 Pendlebury, Smith Fairbairn 4 Click Here 6563 B.Thompson
Sun 14 Sept Fulham Away 3:00 Lost 05-24 Coyle Fairbairn 1 Click Here 9552 F.Lindop
Sun 21 Sept Huyton Home 3:00 Won 47-08 Foy 3, Hornby 2, Clough 2, Fairbairn, Nanyn, Pendlebury, Smith Fairbairn 4, Pendlebury 3 Click Here 3216 S.Wall
Sun 28 Sept Doncaster Away 3:00 Won 43-11 Clough 2, Pendlebury 2, Bolton, Fairbairn, Greenall, Smith, Stockley Fairbairn 8 Click Here 676 K.Spencer
Sat 4 Oct LC Final: Warrington St Helens 2:45 Lost 10-26 Fairbairn, Ramsdale Fairbairn 2 Click Here 6279 G.Kershaw

(2H)

Sun 12 Oct Hunslet Home 3:00 Won 25-19 Hornby 2, Ramsdale 2, Coyle Fairbairn 5 Click Here 3484 B.Thompson
Sun 26 Oct Dewsbury Away 3:30 Won 15-09 Boyd, Foy, Hornby Fairbairn 3 Click Here 2000 C.Hodgson
Sun 9 Nov Keighley Home 3:00 Won 36-17 Ramsdale 3, Bolton, Butler, Nanyn, Pendlebury, Walsh Fairbairn 6 Click Here 3501 R.Whitfield
Sun 16 Nov Hunslet Away 2:30 Won 16-09 Bolton, Pendlebury, Ramsdale, Walsh Pendlebury 1, Walsh 1 Click Here 1328 K.Spencer
Sun 23 Nov JPT R1: Salford Away 3:00 Lost 09-17 Ramsdale Fairbairn 2, Pendlebury 1 Click Here 3715 G.Kershaw
Sun 30 Nov Fulham Home 3:00 Won 15-02 Bolton, Ramsdale, Stockley Fairbairn 2, Pendlebury 1 Click Here 8100 B.Thompson
Sun 14 Dec Huyton Away 2:30 Won 28-05 Bolton, Butler, Pendlebury, Ratcliffe, Stockley, B.Williams Fairbairn 5 Click Here 850 S.Wall
Sun 21 Dec Doncaster Home 3:00 Postponed Due to Central Park hosting John Player Trophy Semi Final - - - -
Fri 26 Dec Swinton Away 3:30 Lost 03-10 Pendlebury - Click Here 3925 T.Court
Thu 1 Jan Blackpool Borough Home 3:00 Draw 13-13 Stockley 2, Bolton Walsh 2 Click Here 4800 M.Beaumont
Sun 4 Jan Batley Away 2:30 Won 36-03 Bolton 2, Pendlebury 2, Nanyn, O'Neill, Ramsdale, B.Williams Walsh 6 Click Here 1438 R.Whitfield
Sun 11 Jan Bramley Home 3:00 Won 24-06 Pendlebury 2, Ramsdale 2, Stockley 2 Walsh 3 Click Here 4400 A.Givvons
Sun 18 Jan Rochdale Hornets Away 3:00 Won 21-10 Bolton, Butler, Campbell, Walsh, B.Williams Fairbairn 3 Click Here 1916 G.Kershaw
Sun 25 Jan York Home 3:00 Won 12-04 Fairbairn, Ramsdale Fairbairn 3 Click Here 7112 J.Holdsworth
Sun 8 Feb Whitehaven Away 3:30 Draw 07-07 Ramsdale Fairbairn 2 Click Here 3953 F.Robinson
Sun 15 Feb CC R1: Halifax Away 3:30 Lost 02-03 - Fairbairn 1 Click Here 8360 V.Moss
Sun 22 Feb Dewsbury Home 3:00 Won 35-11 Fairbairn 2, Bolton, Bowman, Butler, Stephens, Stockley Walsh 7 Click Here 3146 P.Massey
Sun 1 Mar Whitehaven Home 3:00 Won 11-10 Butler, Stephens, Stockley Fairbairn 1 Click Here 4718 H.Hunt
Sun 8 Mar Rochdale Hornets Home 3:00 Won 19-09 Ramsdale 3, Foy 2 Fairbairn 2 Click Here 4682 D.Fox
Sun 15 Mar Huddersfield Away 2:30 Lost 07-09 Foy Fairbairn 2 Click Here 2687 V.Moss
Sun 22 Mar Bramley Away 3:30 Postponed Due to Waterlogged Pitch - - - -
Sun 29 Mar Doncaster Home 3:00 Won 34-05 Foy 2, Smith 2, Heaney, Nanyn, Ramsdale, Stockley Fairbairn 3, Walsh 2 Click Here 3321 Auriolle
Sun 5 April Huddersfield Home 3:00 Won 23-09 Stockley 2, Foy, Nanyn, B.Williams Fairbairn 3, Walsh 1 Click Here 5541 F.Lindop
Wed 8 Apr Bramley Away 7:30 Won 26-17 Bowman, Butler, Fairbairn, Heaney, Smith, Stockley Fairbairn 4 Click Here 1175 R.Moore
Sun 12 April Keighley Away 3:15 Draw 07-07 Stockley Fairbairn 2 Click Here 2100 D.Fox
Fri 17 April Swinton Home 3:00 Lost 12-17 Stockley, Foy Fairbairn 1, Walsh 2 Click Here 7167 J.Holdsworth
Mon 20 Apr Blackpool Borough Away 3:00 Won 23-08 Stockley 2, Butler, Kiss, Nanyn Walsh 4 Click Here 1550 T.Court

1980-1981 Season - Team Sheets List
aalaDatealaa Opponent allllResultlllLl 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Sub Sub
Sun 17 Aug Roc (H) W(LCR1) FairbairnlG5 RamsdalelT Willicombe Davies HornbylT2 CoylelT Bolton Breheny Pendlebury O'Neill Clough Melling Boyd FoylT Hollingsworth
Sun 24 Aug Whi (A) W(LCR2) FairbairnlG3 Ramsdale Willicombe Davies Hornby Foy Bolton Breheny Pendlebury O'NeilllTlDG Melling Hollingsworth BoydlT Ratcliffe -
Sun 31 Aug York (A) L17-22 Dickinson Ramsdale Willicombe GreenalllT Hornby Davies Coyle Smith PendleburylTlG5 O'Neill MellinglDG Hollingsworth Boyd - -
Sun 7 Sept Bat (H) W37-12 FairbairnlG5 VigolT Willicombe DavieslT HornbylT2 CoylelT Flowers Townend Pendlebury Smith MellinglT3 CloughlT Rennox Greenall Boyd
Wed 10 Sep Wid (A) W(LCSF) FairbairnlG4 Ramsdale Willicombe Davies Hornby Coyle Flowers Townend PendleburylT SmithlT Melling Clough Boyd Hollingsworth -
Sun 14 Sep Ful (A) L05-24 FairbairnlG Ramsdale Willicombe Davies Hornby CoylelT Flowers Townend Pendlebury Smith Clough Hollingsworth Boyd Bolton Melling
Sun 21 Sep Huy (H) W47-08 FairbairnlTlG4 CloughlT2 Willicombe Davies HornbylT2 FoylT3 Bolton O'Neill PendleburylTlG3 SmithlT Melling NanynlT Hollingsworth Coyle Rennox
Sun 28 Sep Don (A) W43-11 FairbairnlTlG8 Ramsdale StockleylT GreenalllT Hornby Foy BoltonlT Breheny PendleburylT2 SmithlT Melling CloughlT2 Hollingsworth Coyle Boyd
Sun 4 Oct War (N) L(LCF) FairbairnlTlG2 RamsdalelT Willicombe Davies Hornby Foy Bolton Breheny Pendlebury O'Neill Melling Clough Hollingsworth Coyle Smith
Sun 12 Oct Hun (H) W25-19 FairbairnlG5 RamsdalelT2 Willicombe Davies HornbylT2 Foy CoylelT Breheny D.Williams O'Neill Melling Nanyn Boyd Bolton Hollingsworth
Sun 26 Oct Dew (A) W15-09 FairbairnlG3 Ramsdale Butler Davies HornbylT FoylT Bolton O'Neill D.Williams Melling BoydlT Hollingsworth Pendlebury Stockley Nanyn
Sun 9 Nov Kei (H) W36-17 FairbairnlG6 RamsdalelT3 ButlerlT Davies Stockley WalshlT BoltonlT O'Neill D.Williams Campbell Boyd Hollingsworth PendleburylT Ratcliffe NanynlT
Sun 16 Nov Hun (A) W16-09 WalshlTlG RamsdalelT Butler Ratcliffe Stockley Foy BoltonlT O'Neill D.Williams Nanyn Boyd Hollingsworth PendleburylTlG - -
Sun 23 Nov Sal (A) L(JPR1) FairbairnlG2 Ramsdale Butler Davies Stockley Foy Bolton O'Neill D.Williams Campbell Boyd Hollingsworth PendleburylG Nanyn -
Sun 30 Nov Ful (H) W15-02 FairbairnlG RamsdalelT Butler Ratcliffe Stockley Bolton Stephens O'Neill D.Williams Bowman Boyd Campbell PendleburylG2 Walsh Hollingsworth
Sun 14 Dec Huy (A) W28-05 FairbairnlG5 B.WilliamslT ButlerlT RatcliffelT StockleylT BoltonlT Stephens O'Neill Aspinall Bowman Boyd Campbell PendleburylT Walsh Hollingsworth
Fri 26 Dec Swi (A) L03-10 Walsh Ramsdale Butler Ratcliffe Stockley Bolton Stephens O'Neill D.Williams Bowman Boyd Campbell PendleburylT Greenall Hollingsworth
Thu 1 Jan Bla (H) D13-13 WalshlG2 Ramsdale Butler Ratcliffe StockleylT2 BoltonlT Stephens O'Neill D.Williams Bowman Hollingsworth Campbell Pendlebury Greenall Nanyn
Sun 4 Jun Bat (A) W36-03 WalshlG6 RamsdalelT Greenall Stockley B.WilliamslT BoltonlT2 Stephens O'NeilllT D.Williams Bowman Boyd NanynlT PendleburylT2 Hollingsworth -
Sun 11 Jan Bram (H) W24-06 WalshlG3 RamsdalelT2 Butler StockleylT2 B.Williams Bolton Stephens Campbell D.Williams Bowman Boyd Nanyn PendleburylT2 Fairbairn Grundy
Sun 18 Jan Roc (A) W21-10 FairbairnlG3 Ramsdale ButlerlT Stockley B.WilliamslT BoltonlT Stephens CampbelllT D.Williams Bowman Boyd O'Neill Pendlebury WalshlT Nanyn
Sun 25 Jan York (H) W12-04 FairbairnlTlG3 RamsdalelT Butler Stockley B.Williams Bolton Stephens Campbell Kiss Bowman Boyd Nanyn Pendlebury Walsh Grundy
Sun 8 Feb Whi (A) D07-07 FairbairnlG2 RamsdalelT Butler Foy B.Williams Bolton Stephens O'Neill Kiss Bowman Melling Boyd Pendlebury Murray -
Sun 15 Feb Hal (A) L(CCR1) FairbairnlG Ramsdale Butler Foy B.Williams Bolton Stephens Hodkinson Kiss Bowman Boyd O'Neill Pendlebury Melling Walsh
Sun 22 Feb Dew (H) W35-11 WalshlG7 StockleylT ButlerlT Foy B.Williams BoltonlT StephenslT Hodkinson Kiss BowmanlT Melling Boyd Pendlebury FairbairnlT2 O'Neill
Sun 1 Mar Whi (H) W11-10 FairbairnlG Ramsdale ButlerlT Foy StockleylT Bolton StephenslT Hodkinson Kiss Bowman Boyd O'Neill Pendlebury Heaney Melling
Sun 8 Mar Roc (H) W19-09 FairbairnlG2 RamsdalelT Butler FoylT2 Stockley Bolton Stephens Hodkinson Kiss Bowman Melling O'Neill Hollingsworth Walsh Murray
Sun 15 Mar Hud (A) L07-09 FairbairnlG2 B.Williams Butler FoylT Stockley Bolton Stephens Hodkinson Kiss Bowman Melling O'Neill Pendlebury Walsh Hollingsworth
Sun 29 Mar Don (H) W34-05 FairbairnlG3 RamsdalelT StockleylT FoylT2 HeaneylT Butler Stephens O'Neill SmithlT2 Bowman Melling NanynlT Boyd WalshlG2 Hollingsworth
Sun 5 Apr Hud (H) W23-09 FairbairnlG3 B.WilliamslT StockleylT2 FoylT Heaney Butler Stephens O'Neill Smith Bowman Boyd NanynlT Hollingsworth WalshlG Melling
Wed 8 Apr Bram (A) W26-17 FairbairnlTlG4 B.Williams StockleylT Foy HeaneylT ButlerlT Stephens O'Neill SmithlT BowmanlT Melling Nanyn Boyd Walsh Pendlebury
Sun 12 Apr Kei (A) D07-07 FairbairnlG2 B.Williams StockleylT Foy Heaney Butler Stephens Hodkinson Smith Bowman Melling O'Neill Boyd Campbell -
Fri 17 Apr Swi (H) L12-17 FairbairnlG Ramsdale StockleylT FoylT Heaney Butler Stephens Hodkinson Smith Bowman Melling Campbell Boyd WalshlG2 Nanyn
Mon 20 Apr Bla (A) W23-08 WalshlG4 StockleylT2 Ratcliffe ButlerlT Heaney Bolton Stephens Hodkinson KisslT O'Neill NanynlT Campbell Smith Fairbairn Melling

Squad

Appearances

Scoring

Player

Starts Subs Total Tries Goals Drops
George Fairbairn 26 3 29 7 81 -
John Pendlebury 27 1 28 13 12 -
Dennis Boyd 26 2 28 2 - -
Steve O'Neill 26 1 27 2 - 1
Les Bolton 24 2 26 10 - -
Dennis Ramsdale 25 - 25 19 - -
John Butler 23 - 23 7 - -
Trevor Stockley 22 1 23 17 - -
Bill Melling 18 5 23 3 - 1
Terry Hollingsworth 13 9 22 - - -
Gary Stephens 20 - 20 2 - -
Martin Foy 19 1 20 12 - -
Eddie Bowman 19 - 19 2 - -
David Walsh 8 11 19 3 28 -
Mick Nanyn 10 6 16 6 - -
Malcolm Smith 12 1 13 6 - -
Barry Williams 12 - 12 4 - -
Steve Davies 12 - 12 1 - -
Danny Campbell 11 1 12 1 - -
Jimmy Hornby 11 - 11 9 - -
David Williams 11 - 11 - - -
Dave Willicombe 9 - 9 - - -
Bernard Coyle 6 3 9 4 - -
Alan Hodkinson 8 - 8 - - -
Nicky Kiss 8 - 8 1 - -
Alan Ratcliffe 6 2 8 1 - -
John Clough 7 - 7 5 - -
Roy Heaney 6 1 7 2 - -
Alan Greenall 3 3 6 2 - -
Steve Breheny 5 - 5 - - -
Ness Flowers 3 - 3 - - -
Jeff Townend 3 - 3 - - -
Mike Rennox 1 1 2 - - -
Tracey Grundy - 2 2 - - -
Anthony Murray - 2 2 - - -
Geoff Aspinall 1 - 1 - - -
Ged Dickinson 1 - 1 - - -
Green Vigo 1 - 1 1 - -

Top Try Scorers

Player

Tries
Dennis Ramsdale 19
Trevor Stockley 17
John Pendlebury 13
Martin Foy 12
Les Bolton 10
Jimmy Hornby 9
John Butler 7
George Fairbairn 7
Mick Nanyn 6
Malcolm Smith 6
John Clough 5
Bernard Coyle 4
Barry Williams 4
Bill Melling 3
David Walsh 3
Eddie Bowman 2
Dennis Boyd 2
Alan Greenall 2
Roy Heaney 2
Steve O'Neill 2
Gary Stephens 2
Danny Campbell 1
Steve Davies 1
Nicky Kiss 1
Alan Ratcliffe 1
Green Vigo 1

Top Goal Kickers

Player

Goals
George Fairbairn 81
David Walsh 28
John Pendlebury 12

Fulham joined the competition. They later became the London Crusaders and then the London Broncos and currently Harlequins.

1980-81 Second Division

- Team P W D L F A Pts
1 York 28 23 0 5 649 331 46
2 Wigan 28 20 3 5 597 293 43
3 Fulham 28 20 0 8 447 237 40
4 Whitehaven 28 19 1 8 409 250 39
5 Huddersfield 28 18 1 9 429 310 37
6 Swinton 28 17 2 9 440 302 36
7 Keighley 28 14 1 13 445 501 29
8 Hunslet 28 13 1 14 447 430 27
9 Bramley 28 13 1 14 433 431 27
10 Rochdale Hornets 28 13 0 15 406 418 26
12 Dewsbury 28 11 1 16 346 364 23
13 Doncaster 28 5 0 23 250 562 10
14 Blackpool Borough 28 4 1 23 212 419 9
15 Huyton 28 2 0 26 211 796 4

York, Wigan, Fulham and Whitehaven were promoted to the First Division.

1980-81 Slalom Lager Championship

- Team P W D L F A Pts
1 Bradford Northern 30 20 1 9 447 345 41
2 Warrington 30 19 1 10 459 330 39
3 Hull Kingston Rovers 30 18 2 10 509 408 38
4 Wakefield Trinity 30 18 2 10 544 454 38
5 Castleford 30 18 2 10 526 459 38
6 Widnes 30 16 2 12 428 356 34
7 Hull 30 17 0 13 442 450 34
8 St Helens 30 15 1 14 465 370 31
9 Leigh 30 14 1 15 416 414 29
10 Leeds 30 14 0 16 388 468 28
11 Barrow 30 13 0 17 405 498 26
12 Featherstone Rovers 30 12 0 18 467 446 24
13 Halifax 30 11 0 19 385 450 22
14 Salford 30 10 1 19 473 583 21
15 Workington Town 30 9 3 18 335 457 21
16 Oldham 30 7 2 21 362 563 16
Halifax, Salford, Workington Town and Oldham were demoted to the Second 
Division.
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