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22nd September 1985: Wigan 32 Widnes 10
Posted by cherryandwhite on February 05 2013 - 15:42
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Wigan 32 Widnes 10 - Sunday 22nd September 1985
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: Slalom Lager Championship
Kick Off: 3:00pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Steve Hampson, 2. Gary Henley-Smith, 3. David Stephenson, 4. Ellery Hanley, 5. Colin Whitfield, 6. Shaun Edwards, 7. Mike Ford
WiganlForwards:l 8. Brian Case, 9. Paul O'Neill, 10. Shaun Wane, 11. Nick Du Toit, 12. Andy Goodway, 13. Ian Potter
WiganlSubs Used:l 14. Jimmy Fairhurst (replaced David Stephenson - Half Time)


Andy Goodway, Colin Whitfield 2, Steve Hampson, Mike Ford, Jimmy Fairhurst

WiganlGoals:l David Stephenson 1, Colin Whitfield 3

WidneslBacks:l 1. Mick Burke, 2. John Basnett, 3. Joe Lydon, 4. Steve Rogers, 5. Andy Currier, 6. Tony Myler, 7. David Hulme
WidneslForwards:l 8. Steve O'Neill, 9. Keith Elwell, 10. Scott Barrow, 11. Mike O'Neill, 12. John Fieldhouse, 13. John Myler
WidneslSubs Used:l 14. David Lyon (replaced Steve Rogers - 13th Minute), 15. Ian Gormley (replaced Steve O'Neill - 41st Minute)


Andy Currier, Joe Lydon

WidneslGoals:l Mick Burke 1

On the Monday prior to this visit of Widnes, Wigan had completed the signing of Ellery Hanley from Bradford Northern. Wigan spent £85,000 on Hanley with both Phil Ford and Steve Donlan moving to the Odsal club.. A massive crowd turned up for the contest but the match would not just be remembered for Hanley's debut, but also because both Widnes' Steve Rogers and Steve O'Neill suffering broken legs during the game. Rogers, a former Australian international centre, was actually making his Widnes debut on a winter contract from Cronulla until 31st March, but the leg break in the 13th Minute proved to be so bad that it actually ended his playing career!

Amongst all the Hanley's hype, it was perhaps easy to forget that Wigan started the game bottom of the table having lost all three of their opening league games. After a slow start, Wigan had built up a 10-0 lead at half time but Widnes began to look visibly shaken when the second broken leg incident occurred just after half time. That helped Wigan push on with Hanley, getting cheered every time he touched the ball, sending Mike Ford over for one try. The score had been at 26-0 before Widnes found two consolation tries in the 75th and 77th minute but that still left time for Jimmy Fairhurst to score and wrap up Wigan's first league win of the campaign.

Half Time:l

Wigan 10 Widnes 0

Attendance:l 17,143


Jim Smith (Halifax)

Top of the Slalom Lager Championship - After This Match
1st Place:l Hull KR - Played - 4 - Won - 4 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 0 - Points: - 8
2nd Place:l Hull - Played - 5 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 2 - Points: - 6
3rd Place:l Leeds - Played - 3 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 0 - Points: - 6
4th Place:l St Helens - Played - 4 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 1 - Points: - 6
5th Place:l Castleford - Played - 4 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 1 - Points: - 6


11th Place:l Wigan - Played - 4 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 3 - Points: - 2

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