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7th October 1987: Wigan 8 Manly-Warringah 2 (World Club Challenge)
Posted by cherryandwhite on February 27 2013 - 22:15

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Wednesday 7th October 1987
Wigan 8 Manly-Warringah 2
Central Park, Wigan
Fosters World Club Challenge
Kick Off: 7:45pm

Wigan Team
1.  Steve Hampson    
2.  Richard Russell    
3.  David Stephenson    G4 
4.  Joe Lydon    
5.  Henderson Gill    
6.  Shaun Edwards    
7.  Andy Gregory    
8.  Shaun Wane    
9.  Nicky Kiss    
10.  Brian Case    
11.  Andy Goodway    
12.  Ian Potter    
13.  Ellery Hanley    
Sub.  Ian Lucas    

Unused Wigan Subs 

14. Ged Byrne, 15. Graeme West, 16. Ian Gildart


1. Dale Shearer, 2. David Ronson, 3. Darrell Williams, 4. Michael O'Connor, 5. Stuart Davis, 6. Cliff Lyons, 7. Des Hasler, 8. Phil Daley, 9. Mal Cochrane, 10. Ian Gately, 11. Ron Gibbs, 12. Owen Cunningham, 13. Paul Vautin. Subs: 14. Mark Brokenshire, 15. Jeremy Ticehurst, 16. Mark Pocock (not used), 17. Paul Shaw.

Tries: (None)
Goals: Michael O'Connor 1


Their had been a match between Eastern Suburbs and St Helens in 1976 but this match between Wigan v Manly was the first of what would be a run of World Challenges over the next few years. Played at Central Park on a dry Wednesday Night, a huge crowd of 36,895 packed into the ground and the visit was of such standard that Australian Network Ten were over to cover the game Live back to Australia. It was a bruising encounter with no tries being scored. Wigan were quickly penalised for an illegal tackle and then caught offside for Michael O'Connor to kick Manly 2-0 ahead. Wigan quickly levelled with a penalty on 5 minutes with Des Hasler penalised for stamping on Shaun Wane. The only other first half scoring was a 23rd Minute from Stephenson for a 4-2 half time lead. Wigan then went 6-2 up straight after the interval with Manly penalised for Holding Down and then the visitors were reduced to 12 men after Ron Gibbs was sent off for an elbow on Joe Lydon. Stephenson then dispatched the resulting penalty for 8-2 and that proved to be that in terms of scoring. Manly began to get desperate as time wore on and another flare up in the 66th Minute saw Brian Case sin binned. Despite it being back to 12 v 12 for 10 of the last 14 minutes, Manly couldn't find the try and conversion needed to level and Wigan hung on for a massive success.

Half Time:  

Wigan 4 Manly 2

Attendance:   36,895 (Gate Reciepts: £131,000)
Referee:   John Holdsworth (Kippax)
Television:   Match was broadcast by Australia's "Network Ten" -  Commetary: David Fordham, Graham Eadie & Max Krilich

Match Scoring Pattern

2nd Minute Wigan 00 Manly 02 Penalty Goal: Michael O'Connor
5th Minute Wigan 02 Manly 02 Penalty Goal: David Stephenson
23rd Minute Wigan 04 Manly 02 Penalty Goal: David Stephenson
Half Time Wigan 04 Manly-Warringah 02
41st Minute Wigan 06 Manly 02 Penalty Goal: David Stephenson
44th Minute Manly Red Card Ron Gibbs (Elbow on Joe Lydon)
45th Minute Wigan 08 Manly 02 Penalty Goal: David Stephenson
66th Minute Wigan Sin Bin Brian Case (Fighting)
Full Time Wigan 08 Manly-Warringah 02

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