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22nd January 1983: Leeds 4 Wigan 15 (John Player Trophy Final)
Posted by cherryandwhite on January 21 2013 - 11:31
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Leeds 4 Wigan 15 - Saturday 22nd January 1983
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds
Competition: John Player Trophy 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. Brian Juliff (replaced Henderson Gill - 61st Minute), 15. Brian Case (replaced Graeme West - 50th Minute)

WiganlTries:l

Henderson Gill (57), Brian Juliff (75)

WiganlGoals:l Colin Whitfield 4
WiganlDrops:l Colin Whitfield 1 (7)

LeedslBacks:l 1. Neil Hague, 2. Mark Campbell, 3. Ian Wilkinson, 4. Les Dyl, 5. Andy Smith, 6. John Holmes, 7. Kevin Dick
LeedslForwards:l 8. Roy Dickinson, 9. David Ward, 10. Tony Burke, 11. Andy Sykes, 12. Wayne Heron, 13. David Heron
LeedslSubs Used:l (None)

LeedslTries:l

(None)

LeedslGoals:l Kevin Dick 2
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Report:l

This was perhaps the start of the long period of success that was to follow for Wigan. Just three years after relegation to the Old Divison 2, this match announced our return to the top. Numerous Challenge Cup appearances, league titles and other successes were to follow.

Maurice Lindsay, who was the head of a new board that took over the club in 1982 said after this game "let's hope this is the start of something big". Don't think anyone that day would have predicted what was to come for Wigan.

Alex Murphy was our coach ay the time. He had been appointed during the previous off season and immediately brought success with this win.

Both sides were having decent league seasons. At the time of the final Leeds were second and Wigan fourth in the table.

The match was played at Elland Road, so arguably it was a home match for Leeds but the Wigan fans came out in great numbers. Captain Colin Whitfield said "our fans were magic" and that it was them that "lifted" them to victory.

The first half of the match was pretty dull and included the very rare scoreline of 1-0 when Whitfield kicked a drop goal for Wigan after just seven minutes.

Leeds hit back with two penalties from scrum half Kevin Dick before a penalty from Whitfield made it 3-4 to Leeds at the break.

Again not really a inspired start to the second half. Leeds did go mightily close to increasing their lead however but Les Dyl was on his back over the line. 

The game came to life on 57 minutes and it was Henderson Gill, the man who would go on to light up the 1985 Challenge Cup Final, who sent Wigan on the road to success. 

David Stephenson sent Gill racing away down the wing and he beat three defenders to score in the corner. He just managed to squeeze over for the try. It was a brave effort in which he injured himself. He was immediately substituted as Whitfield's conversion made it 8-4. 

Note it was still three points for a try. The four points rule only came into force after this season had ended. Another Whitfield penalty made it 10-4 on 64 minutes.

The game was still in the balance but it was Wigan who finished strongest. Dennis Ramsdale, Brian Case and Danny Campbell all went close to sealing it. Eventually we managed to do so. Mick Scott broke through to send substitute Brian Juliff, who had replaced previous try scorer Gill, underneath the posts to win the game in the 75th minute. 

Andy Farrell was not the first Wigan captain to play against Leeds with a broken nose as captain Whitfield played most of this match with the same injury. Perhaps his contribution with the boot was the key to this victory?

Half Time:l Leeds 4 Wigan 3
Attendance:l 19,553
Referee:l Ron Campbell
Weather:l Overcast and Damp
Television:l Delayed Highlights shown on BBC 1 during "Grandstand" between 3:55 and 4:35pm - Commentator: Ray French

BBC 1 - Saturday 22nd January 1983
9:10am The All New Pink Panther Show
9:30am Saturday Superstore (presented by Mike Read - Guests: Barbara Woodhouse, Geoff Capes)
12:12pm Weather
12:15pm Grandstand presented by David Coleman including......
12:20 Football Focus
12:55, 1:20, 1:50, 2:20 Horse Racing from Haydock Park
1:10 Skiing: Mens Downhill from Kitzbühel, Austria
1:40, 2:10 Boxing from the Royal Albert Hall including Frank Bruno v Stewart Lithgo
2:40 Darts: British Open from Rainbow Suite, Kensington
3:45 Half Time Soccer
3:55 Rugby League: Leeds v Wigan
4:35 Final Score
5:10pm News, Weather, Sport, News North West
5:25pm Rod and Emu's Saturday Special (Guests: Angie Gold, John Inman, Brother Lees, Haysi Fantayzee)
5:55pm Jim'll Fix It with Jimmy Savile
6:30pm Film: "The Glenn Miller Story" (from 1954 starring James Stewart, June Allyson)
8:20pm The Les Dawson Show (Guest: Karen Fell)
8:55pm News, Sport, Weather
9:10pm Dynasty
10:00pm Wogan (Chat Show with Terry Wogan - Guests: Len Deighton, Cilla Black, Mel Smith & Griff Rhy Jones)
10:45pm The Ballroom of Romance
11:35pm Film: "A Man called Romance" (from 1970 starring Richard Harris, Judith Anderson)
1:25am Weather, National Anthem, Closedown

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