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30th April 1988: Wigan 32 Halifax 12 (Challenge Cup Final)
Posted by cherryandwhite on September 22 2013 - 12:29

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Saturday 30th April 1988

Halifax 12 Wigan 32
Wembley Stadium, London
Silk Cut Challenge Cup Final

Kick Off: 3:00pm


Wigan Team
1.  Joe Lydon  T   G 
2.  Tony Iro  T   
3.  Kevin Iro  T2   
4.  Dean Bell  T   
5.  Henderson Gill  T   
6.  Shaun Edwards    
7.  Andy Gregory    G 
8.  Brian Case    
9.  Nicky Kiss    
10.  Adrian Shelford    
11.  Andy Goodway    
12.  Ian Potter    
13.  Ellery Hanley  T   
Sub.  Ged Byrne    
Sub.  Shaun Wane    


1. Graham Eadie, 2. David Ronson, 3. Tony Anderson, 4. Ian Wilkinson, 5. Colin Whitfield, 6. Bob Grogan, 7. Steve Robinson, 8. Neil James, 9. Seamus McCallion, 10. Keith Neller, 11. Les Holliday, 12. Paul Dixon, 13. John Pendlebury. Subs: Mick Scott, Dick Fairbank.

Tries: Tony Anderson, Neil James
Goals: Colin Whitfield 2


The match was tight for the first twenty five minutes but four tries by Wigan before half time - two by Kevin Iro and one each for Henderson Gill and Joe Lydon blew the game wide open at 16-0 despite Wigan failing to convert any of them. Two back to back tries early after half time - first by Tony Iro then a wonderful move finished by Ellery Hanley - increased the lead to 26-0 with Andy Gregory finally converting a try at the sixth attempt.

Even when Tony Anderson's try reduced the lead to 26-6 on 55, the game never looked in doubt. Dean Bell's try sealed it on 65 minutes with Neil James response for 32-12 three minutes later being scant consolation.

Half Time: 

Halifax 0 Wigan 16


94,273 (Gate Reciepts: £1,102,247)

Referee:  Fred Lindop (Wakefield)

Scoring Pattern
26th Minute Wigan 04 Halifax 00 Try: Kevin Iro
30th Minute Wigan 08 Halifax 00 Try: Henderson Gill
32nd Minute Wigan 12 Halifax 00 Try: Kevin Iro
39th Minute Wigan 16 Halifax 00 Try: Joe Lydon
Half Time Wigan 16 Halifax 00
46th Minute Wigan 20 Halifax 00 Try: Tony Iro
48th Minute Wigan 24 Halifax 00 Try: Ellery Hanley
48th Minute Wigan 26 Halifax 00 Conversion: Andy Gregory
55th Minute Wigan 26 Halifax 04 Try: Tony Anderson
55th Minute Wigan 26 Halifax 06 Conversion: Colin Whitfield
65th Minute Wigan 30 Halifax 06 Try: Dean Bell
65th Minute Wigan 32 Halifax 06 Conversion: Joe Lydon
68th Minute Wigan 32 Halifax 10 Try: Neil James
68th Minute Wigan 32 Halifax 12 Conversion: Colin Whitfield
Full Time Wigan 32 Halifax 12

BBC 1 - Saturday 30th April 1988
6:45am Open University
8:25am Cartoon: Roobarb
8:30am Cartoon: The Family-Ness
8:35am The Muppet Babies
9:00am On the Waterfront
10:55am Snooker: World Championship from Crucible, Sheffield
12:27pm Weather
12:30pm Grandstand including....
12:30 Rugby League Preview
12:40 Football Focus
1:05 Snooker: World Championship from Crucible, Sheffield
1:30, 2:00, 2:30 Horse Racing from Haydock Park
2:05 Rugby League - Schoolboys Competition
2:35 Rugby League: Challenge Cup Final - Halifax v Wigan
4:40 Final Score
5:05pm News, Weather, Sport, North West News
5:20pm Cartoon
5:25pm First Class (Debbie Greenwood presents a video quiz for Schools)
5:50pm Help! (Scouse Sitcom)
6:20pm Film: "A Shot in the Dark" (Pink Panther Movie from 1964 starring Peter Sellers)
8:00pm 1988 Eurovision Song Contest from Dublin, Ireland
11:00pm News, Sport, Weather
11:15pm Film: "Brass Target" (from 1978 starring George Kennedy, Sophia Loren, Robert Vaughn)
1:00am Weather, National Anthem, Closedown

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