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24th February 1979: Widnes 21 Wigan 5
Posted by cherryandwhite on January 14 2013 - 09:41
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Widnes 21 Wigan 5 - Saturday 24th February 1979
Venue: Naughton Park, Widnes
Competition: State Express Challenge Cup Second Round
Kick Off: 2:45pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Trevor Stockley, 2. Dennis Ramsdale, 3. John Butler, 4. Alan Greenall, 5. Jimmy Hornby, 6. Keiron O'Loughlin, 7. Les Bolton
WiganlForwards:l 8. Maurice Platt, 9. Tony Karalius, 10. Steve O'Neill, 11. Bill Melling, 12. John Foran, 13. Dennis Boyd
WiganlSubs Used:l 14. Cliff Sayer (replaced Dennis Ramsdale - Half Time), 15. David Regan (replaced Maurice Platt - 59th Minute)


Jimmy Hornby
WiganlGoals:l Jimmy Hornby 1

WidneslBacks:l 1. David Eckersley, 2. Stuart Wright, 3. Mal Aspey, 4. Derek George, 5. Eric Hughes, 6. Mick Burke, 7. Reg Bowden
WidneslForwards:l 8. Brian Hogan, 9. Keith Elwell, 10. Jim Mills, 11. Mike O'Neill, 12. Alan Dearden, 13. Mick Adams
WidneslSubs Used:l (None)


Jim Mills 2, Derek George, Mick Burke, Stuart Wright
WidneslGoals:l Mick Burke 3


This was a tough cup draw for Wigan away at league leaders Widnes and it proved to be a miserable afternoon with one newspaper describing the BBC televised match as a "non-event". The same article went on to describe Wigan as "astonishingly poor". Widnes led comfortable 11-2 at half time and Wigan showed no signs of recovery after the interval. Wigan did get a try back to make it 14-5 at one point but Widnes progressed to leave Wigan fighting just in the league.

Half Time:l

Widnes 11 Wigan 2
Referee:l W.H Thompson (Huddersfield)
Television:l Live Coverage of the Second Half on BBC 1 during "Grandstand" - Commentator: Eddie Waring

1978-1979 State Express Challenge Cup Second Round Results

Saturday 24th February 1979
Widnes 21 Wigan 5 (Second Half Live on BBC 1)

Sunday 25th February 1979
Barrow 25 Leigh 2
Keighley 12 Hull 33

Sunday 4th March 1979
Bradford Northern 14 Hull Kingston Rovers 7
Castleford 31 Dewsbury 15
Huddersfield 31 Bramley 12
Oldham 7 Wakefield Trinity 13
Rochdale Hornets 10 St Helens 11

1978-1979 State Express Challenge Cup Quarter Final Results

Saturday 10th March 1979
Castleford 0 St Helens 10 (Second Half Live on BBC 1)

Sunday 11th March 1979
Bradford Northern 8 Hull 8
Huddersfield 0 Widnes 14
Wakefield Trinity 8 Barrow 5

Wednesday 14th March 1979
Replay: Hull 4 Bradford Northern 8

1978-1979 State Express Challenge Cup Semi Final Results

Saturday 31st March 1979
Bradford Northern 11 Widnes 14 (at Station Road, Swinton - Second Half Live on BBC 1)

Saturday 7th April 1979
Wakefield Trinity 9 St Helens 7 (at Headingley, Leeds - Second Half Live on BBC 1)

1978-1979 State Express Challenge Cup Final Results

Saturday 5th May 1979
Wakefield Trinity 3 Widnes 12 (at Wembley Stadium, London - Live on BBC 1)


BBC 1 - Saturday 24th February 1979
9:20am Feeling Great!
9:30am Multi-Coloured Swap Shop
12:13pm Weather
12:15pm Grandstand including.....
12:20 Football Focus
12:50 World Bobsleigh Championships: Two Man Bob from Königssee, Germany
1:05 Boxing
1:20, 1:50, 2:20 Horse Racing from Kempton Park
1:40, 3:00, 4:05 Show Jumping: Lancia Championships from Park Farm, Northwood
2:10, 2:40 Indoor Hockey: Inter-Cities Championship from Crystal Palace
3:20 Rugby League: Widnes v Wigan (Second Half)
4:25 Athletics: European Indoor Championships from Vienna, Austria
4:40 Final Score
5:20pm The Pink Panther Show
5:40pm News, Weather, Sport, Look North
5:55pm Jim'll Fix It with Jimmy Savile
6:30pm Dr. Who: The Armageddon Factor (starring Tom Baker, Mary Tamm, Laila Ward)
6:55pm Film: "Pony Express" (from 1953 starring Charlton Heston, Forrest Tucker)
8:30pm The Dick Emery Show (Guest: Roy Kinnear)
9:00pm Starsky and Hutch
9:50pm News, Weather
10:00pm Match of the Day: Derby County v Liverpool & Portsmouth v Grimsby Town (presented by Jimmy Hill)
11:00pm Saturday Night at the Mill (Hosts: Bob Langley, Tony Lewis & Guests: Michel Legrand, Jimmy Young)
11:50pm Weather, National Anthem, Closedown

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