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5th May 1984: Widnes 19 Wigan 6 (Challenge Cup Final)
Posted by cherryandwhite on January 24 2013 - 16:08
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Widnes 19 Wigan 6 - Saturday 5th May 1984
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
Competition: State Express Challenge Cup Final
Kick Off: 3:00pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Shaun Edwards, 2. Dennis Ramsdale, 3. David Stephenson, 4. Colin Whitfield, 5. Henderson Gill, 6. Mark Cannon, 7. Gary Stephens
WiganlForwards:l 8. Kerry Hemsley, 9. Howie Tamati, 10. Brian Case, 11. Graeme West, 12. Mick Scott, 13. John Pendlebury
WiganlSubs Used:l 14. Wayne Elvin (replaced Colin Whitfield - 46th Minute), 15. Brian Juliff (replaced Brian Case - 67th Minute)

WiganlTries:l

Kerry Hemsley

WiganlGoals:l Colin Whitfield 1

WidneslBacks:l 1. Mick Burke, 2. Stuart Wright, 3. Eric Hughes, 4. Joe Lydon, 5. John Basnett, 6. Keiron O'Loughlin, 7. Andy Gregory
WidneslForwards:l 8. Steve O'Neill, 9. Keith Elwell, 10. Kevin Tamati, 11. Les Gorley, 12. Mike O'Neill, 13. Mick Adams
WidneslSubs Used:l 14. David Hulme (replaced Eric Hughes - 72nd Minute), 15. Fred Whitfield (replaced Mike O'Neill - 72nd Minute)

WidneslTries:l

Joe Lydon 2, Keiron O'Loughlin

WidneslGoals:l Mick Burke 3
WidneslDrops:l Steve O'Neill 1
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Summary:l

Wigan were playing their first Wembley cup final since 1984 against a Widnes side that was contesting their fourth final in the previous six years. They'd claimed three wins and a draw in those previous Wembley trips, losing a replay at Elland Road in 1982, so had bags of experienced compared to Wigan and it showed. Wigan had taken the lead with a Colin Whitfield penalty but Widnes scored two tries before half time. John Basnett offloaded to get Keiron O'Loughlin over before Les Gorley's offload sent Joe Lydon racing the full length of the field for a 12-2 half time lead.

Lydon then repeated his dose second half. He gobbled up a lose ball by Gary Stephens and returned it for an 18-2 lead. Wigan did find a try six minutes from time by Kerry Hemsley but it was too little, too late. Steve O'Neill's drop goal completed the 19-6 Widnes success. Wigan had looked over-awed with one newspaper reporter saying they had been "inadequate, fragmented, error-ridden and uncommitted". Ouch!

Half Time:l Widnes 12 Wigan 2
Attendance:l 80,116
Referee:l Billy Thompson (Huddersfield)
Lance Todd:l Joe Lydon (Widnes)
Television:l Live Coverage on BBC 1 during "Grandstand" - Commentary: Ray French & Allan Agar

BBC 1 - Saturday 5th May 1984
6:20am Open University (till 8:25am)
8:45am Saturday Picture Show (presented by Mark Curry - Guests: David Copperfield, Peter Powell, Kajagoogoo)
10:55am Film: "Barnaby and Me" (from 1977 starring Sid Caesar, Juliet Mills)
12:27pm Weather
12:30pm Grandstand presented by David Coleman including....
12:35 Football Focus with Bob Wilson
1:00, 4:25 Embassy World Snooker Championships: Semi Finals
1:25, 1:55, 2:25 Horse Racing from Haydock Park
1:40 Synchronised Swimming: Diners Club International Sporing Seven from Crystal Palace
2:10 Judo: European Championships from Liege, Belgium
2:40 Rugby League: Challenge Cup Final - Widnes v Wigan
4:50 Final Score
5:05pm The Dukes of Hazzard
5:55pm News with Jam Leeming, Weather, North West News, Sport
6:10pm Film: "Airport 77'" (from 1977 starring Jack Lemmon, James Stewart, Brenda Vaccaro, Christopher Lee)
8:00pm 1984 Eurovision Song Contest - presented by Terry Wogan Live from Theatre Municipal, Luxembourg
10:30pm News and Sport with Jan Leeming
10:45pm Film: "The Bounty Hunters" (from 1970 starring Yul Brynner, Dean Reed)
12:30am Weather, National Anthem, Closedown

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