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1st January 1988: Warrington 15 Wigan 15
Posted by cherryandwhite on September 20 2013 - 17:06
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Warrington 15 Wigan 15 - New Years Day Friday 1st January 1988
Venue: Wilderspool, Warrington
Competition: Stones Bitter Championship
Kick Off: 3:00pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Steve Hampson, 2. David Marshall, 3. Kevin Iro, 4. Ellery Hanley, 5. Ged Byrne, 6. Shaun Edwards, 7. Andy Gregory
WiganlForwards:l 8. Adrian Shelford, 9. Martin Dermott, 10. Brian Case, 11. Graeme West, 12. Ian Gildart, 13. Andy Goodway
WiganlSubslUsed:l 14. Richard Russell (replaced David Marshall), 15. Ian Lucas (replaced Graeme West)

WiganlTries:l

Ellery Hanley 2, Steve Hampson

WiganlGoals:l Kevin Iro 1
WiganlDrops:l Andy Gregory 1

WarringtonlBacks:l 1. Johnson, 2. Drummond, 3. Cullen, 4. Ropati, 5. Lyon, 6. Woods, 7. Crompton
WarringtonlForwards:l 8. Boyd, 9. Tamati, 10. Humphries, 11. Jackson, 12. Duane, 13. McGinty
WarringtonlSubslUsed:l 14. Sanderson, 15. Roberts

WarringtonlTries:l

Billy McGinty, Brian Johnson

WarringtonlGoals:l John Woods 3
WarringtonlDrops:l John Woods 1
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Summary:l

Wigan began 1988 looking to recover from a miserable December, that had seen them lose twice in the league and be eliminated form the John Player Trophy by Leeds, against Warrington who were second in the table. It was played an a very rain day, which left a heavy pitch, and the Wilderspool ground was so packed, some supporters were locked outside. They missed a game that would be well remembered for years afterwards but not necessarily for the right reasons.

Brawls marred most of the first half with it being described as "World War Three" or a "Chamber of Horrors" in the press. Adrian Shelford and Les Boyd had already come together at each other in the first minute but it was the eighth minute when the first brawl occurred. Referee Kevin Allatt wasted no time in sending off Shelford and Warrington's Tony Humphries whilst Boyd was also sin binned.

A second incident then erupted in the 20th Minute when Andy Goodway had taken Paul Cullen out off the ball. Cullen lied prostrate on the ground as Goodway became the second Wigan player to be sent off and once he had walked past Cullen on the ground, Cullen got up and subsequently smacked Goodway from behind. The brawl that ensued ended up almost down the tunnel. Cullen ended up being Sent Off as well which meant both sides were now down to 11 men each, Boyd having returned from the sin bin before the second brawl.

After that incident, the game actually settled down into a rugby match, helped by a great solo try from Ellery Hanley that got Wigan 4-0 ahead. However in the ten minutes before half time, Warrington turned the 4-0 deficit into a 13-4 lead with tries from Billy McGinty and Brian Johnson plus two conversions and then a drop goal from John Woods which was kicked right on half time.

So Wigan had work to do second half but in the end considering the half time deficit they would have been happy to battle back for a 15-15 draw. Hanley got a second and Steve Hampson claimed tries with only a penalty goal from Woods being added to the Warrington score.

The disciplinary hearing for the this game was only heard on January 14th. Adrian Shelford was given "Sending Off Sufficient" but both Tony Humphries and Paul Cullen were given two matches suspensions. Andy Goodway meanwhile was suspended for four games. A week later on 20th January both clubs were given record fines of £3,000 each with £500 payable immediately and £2,500 suspended if they steered clear of trouble between then and the end of the season. Maurice Lindsay re-acted by saying "We accept the committee's decision and now want to get on with playing the game". Warrington secretary Ron Close meanwhile offered what was described as a "curious reaction" in one newspaper after he told reporters he had "No Fucking Comment".

Half Time:l

Warrington 13 Wigan 4

Attendance:l

10,056

Referee:l

Kevin Allatt (Southport)

Note:l

Warrington 10. Tony Humphries and Wigan 8. Adrian Shelford were Sent Off in the 8th Minute for Fighting.
Warrington 8. Les Boyd was sin binned in the 8th Minute for Fighting.
Wigan 13. Andy Goodway was Sent Off in the 20th Minute for an off the ball hit on Paul Cullen.
Warrington 3. Paul Cullen was Sent Off in the 20th Minute for Punching Andy Goodway as he was walking off the field.

Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match
1st Place:l Widnes - Played - 13 - Won - 12 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 1 - Points: - 24
2nd Place:l Leeds - Played - 12 - Won - 8 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 2 - Points: - 18
3rd Place:l Warrington - Played - 13 - Won - 8 - Drawn - 2 ` Lost - 3 - Points: - 18
4th Place:l Wigan - Played - 12 - Won - 7 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 3 - Points: - 16
5th Place:l Bradford - Played - 13 - Won - 8 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 5 - Points: - 16

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