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17th December 1988: Wigan 16 Bradford 5
Posted by cherryandwhite on September 23 2013 - 01:04

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Saturday 17th December 1988

Wigan 16 Bradford Northern 5
Headingley, Leeds
John Player Special Trophy Semi Final

Kick Off: 2:15pm


Wigan Team
1.  Steve Hampson    
2.  Tony Iro  T   
3.  Kevin Iro    
4.  Joe Lydon  T   G2 
5.  Mark Preston    
6.  Ged Byrne    
7.  Andy Gregory    
8.  Ian Lucas    
9.  Nicky Kiss    
10.  Adrian Shelford    
11.  Andy Platt    
12.  Ian Potter    
13.  Ellery Hanley  T   
Sub.  Denis Betts    
Sub.  Shaun Wane    


Tries: (None)
Goals: David Hobbs 2
Drop Goals: Paul Harkin 1


This John Player Semi Final at Headingley was a hard fought battle. Bradford went all out in the forwards but weren't helped by Harry Pinner spending ten first half minutes in the bin. They would chip ahead though with first a Paul Harkin drop goal making it 1-0 before David Hobbs kicked a penalty for 3-0. That lead was established with nine minutes to half time and they almost took it into the break but for Ellery Hanley scoring right on half time. Conversion missed, leaving the score at 4-3, but soon in the second half Joe Lydon kicked a penalty for 6-3. Hobbs narrowed that lead to 6-5 but Bradford ended up facing another sin bin period with Brian Noble being yellow carded this time. During that time, Joe Lydon scored under the posts for a 12-5 Wigan lead. Wigan's progression to the final was then sealed with a Tony Iro try ten minutes from the end.

Half Time: 

Wigan 4 Bradford 3



Referee:  Dave Carter (Widnes)
Television:  Live Coverage on BBC 1 during Grandstand

1988-1989 John Player Special Trophy Semi Finals

Saturday 10th December 1988
Widnes 20 St Helens 18 (at Central Park, Wigan - BBC Grandstand)

Saturday 17th December 1988
Wigan 16 Bradford Northern 5 (at Elland Road, Leeds - BBC Grandstand)

BBC 1 - Saturday 17th December 1988
8:15am Saturday Starts Here
8:40am Chucklevision
9:00am Going Live! (Guests: Bros!, Gary Lineker, Edwina Currie)
12:12pm Weather
12:15pm Grandstand including....
12:20, 2:55, 3:55 Rallycross from Brands Hatch
12:50, 1:20, 1:55 Horse Racing from Ascot
1:05 Rugby League Preview
1:30 Skiing: Mens Slalom from Yugoslavia
2:05, 3:05 Rugby League: John Player Trophy Semi Final - Bradford v Wigan from Leeds
3:50 Half Time Scores
4:20 International Show Jumping from Olympia
4:40 Final Score
5:00pm News, Weather, North West News
5:15pm The Flying Doctors
6:00pm The Noel Edmonds Saturday Roadshow
6:50pm Bobs Full House (Bingo Based Quiz)
7:25pm 'Allo 'Allo (Wartime Sitcom)
7:55pm Hearts of Gold
8:30pm Film: "The Poseidon Adventure" (from 1972 starring Gene Hackman)
News, Sport, Weather
10:40pm International Show Jumping from Olympia
11:50pm The Mountain Men (Documentary)
1:30am Weather, National Anthem, Closedown

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