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24th February 1979: Widnes 21 Wigan 5
Posted by cherryandwhite on January 14 2013 - 09:41

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Saturday 24th February 1980

Widnes 21 Wigan 5
Naughton Park, Widnes
State Express Challenge Cup Round 2

Kick Off 2:45pm


(Second Half)

Wigan Team
1.  Trevor Stockley    

Dennis Ramsdale

3.  John Butler    
4.  Alan Greenall    

Jimmy Hornby

 T   G 
6.  Keiron O'Loughlin    

Les Bolton


Maurice Platt

9.  Tony Karalius    
10.  Steve O'Neill    
11.  Bill Melling    
12.  John Foran    
13.  Dennis Boyd    


Sub.  Cliff Sayer    
Sub.  David Regan    


1. David Eckersley, 2. Stuart Wright, 3. Mal Aspey, 4. Derek George, 5. Eric Hughes, 6. Mick Burke, 7. Reg Bowden, 8. Brian Hogan, 9. Keith Elwell, 10. Jim Mills, 11. Mike O'Neill, 12. Alan Dearden, 13. Mick Adams.

Tries: Jim Mills 2, Derek George, Mick Burke, Stuart Wright
Goals: 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:  Widnes 11 Wigan 2
Attendance:  (Unknown)

1978-1979 State Express Challenge Cup Round 2

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 Finals

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 Finals

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

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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