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1st January 1983: Warrington 14 Wigan 15
Posted by cherryandwhite on January 21 2013 - 10:57
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Warrington 14 Wigan 15 - New Years Day Saturday 1st January 1983
Venue: Knowsley Road, St Helens
Competition: John Player Trophy Semi Final
Kick Off: 2:15pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Barry Williams, 2. Dennis Ramsdale, 3. David Stephenson, 4. Colin Whitfield, 5. Henderson Gill, 6. Martin Foy, 7. Jimmy Fairhurst
WiganlForwards:l 8. Glyn Shaw, 9. Nicky Kiss, 10. Danny Campbell, 11. Graeme West, 12. Mick Scott, 13. John Pendlebury
WiganlSubs Used:l 14. Jeff Clare (replaced Barry Williams - 20th Minute), 15. Brian Juliff (replaced Glyn Shaw - 78th Minute)


Henderson Gill, David Stephenson, Jeff Clare

WiganlGoals:l Colin Whitfield 3

WarringtonlBacks:l 1. Finnegan, 2. Thackray, 3. Duane, 4. Hesford, 5. Ford, 6. Cullen, 7. Kelly
WarringtonlForwards:l 8. Courtney, 9. Webb, 10. Cooke, 11. Eccles, 12. Fieldhouse, 13. Gregory
WarringtonlSubs Used:l Muller (replaced Gregory - Half Time)


Duane 2, Ford, Webb

WarringtonlGoals:l Hesford 1


Wigan were the only of the four Semi Finalists in the John Player Trophy who hadn't previously won the competition. Wigan took the lead with a 5th Minute Penalty from Colin Whitfield but after Martin Foy had missed a simple looking drop goal attempt, Warrington responded with the games first try to Ronnie Duane in the 12th Minute. Phil Ford quickly got another for Warrington but they hadn't punished Wigan too much with both conversions missing for a score of 6-2. Wigan then hit back to shock Warrington with three tries before half time. Great passing from right to left saw Jeff Clare send Henderson Gill over with Whitfield kicking a touchline conversion for a 7-6 Wigan lead. Then Wigan scored in the right corner through David Stephenson. Conversion missed that time but the extras were added when Clare scored from a scrum.

So Wigan led 15-6 at the break and looked good for reaching the final but nerves were jangling when Warrington claimed the second of two second half tries to make it 15-14. In truth though that second try had come too late, Wigan had made the final.

Half Time:l Warrington 6 Wigan 15
Attendance:l 9,017
Referee:l John Holdsworth
Television:l Delayed Highlights shown on BBC 1 during "Grandstand" between 3:55 and 4:35pm - Commentators: Ray French & Keith Fielding

1982-1983 John Player Trophy Semi Final Results

Bank Holiday Tuesday 28th December 1982
Leeds 8 Widnes 2 (at Fartown, Huddersfield - Delayed Highlights on BBC 1)

New Years Day Saturday 1st January 1983
Warrington 14 Wigan 15 (at Knowsley Road, St Helens - Delayed Highlights on BBC 1)

BBC 1 - New Years Day Saturday 1st January 1983
9:10am The All New Pink Panther Show
9:30am Saturday Superstore
12:12pm Weather
12:15pm Grandstand presented by David Coleman including......
12:20 Football Focus
12:50, 1:20, 1:50 Horse Racing from Newbury
1:10, 1:40 International Basketball from Crystal Palace
2:10, 2:40 Darts: World Professional Championships from Jollees Cabaret Club, Stoke-on-Trent
3:55 Rugby League: Warrington v Wigan
4:35 Final Score
5:10pm News, Weather, Sport, News North West
5:25pm Rod and Emu's Saturday Special (Guests: Larry Grayson, Tight Fit, The Drifters)
5:55pm Film: "The Magnificent Seven" (from 1960 starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen)
8:00pm Three of a Kind (Comedy Sketch Show with Tracey Ullman, Lenny Henry, David Copperfield - Guests: Thin Lizzie)
8:30pm Val Sings and Rings in the New Year (with Val Doonican - Guests: James Galway, Stutz Bear Cats)
9:15pm News, Sport, Weather
9:30pm Dynasty
10:20pm Mr Attenborough and Mr Gandhi
11:10pm Scotch and Wry
11:50pm Men v Women (Beth Daniel v Greg Norman in a Golfing Challenge)
12:40am Weather, National Anthem, Closedown

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