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7th January 1989: Wigan 12 Widnes 6 (John Player Trophy Final)
Posted by cherryandwhite on September 23 2013 - 11:24
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Wigan 12 Widnes 6 - Saturday 7th January 1989
Venue: Burnden Park, Bolton
Competition: John Player Special Trophy Final
Kick Off: 2:15pm


1. Steve Hampson, 2. Dean Bell, 3. Kevin Iro, 4. Joe Lydon, 5. Tony Iro, 6. Ged Byrne, 7. Shaun Edwards

WiganlForwards:l 8. Adrian Shelford, 9. Martin Dermott, 10. Shaun Wane, 11. Denis Betts, 12. Ian Potter, 13. Ellery Hanley
WiganlSubslUsed:l 14. Andy Gregory (replaced Joe Lydon - 49th Minute), 15. Andy Goodway (replaced Adrian Shelford - 20th Minute),
18. Adrian Shelford (returned to replace Ian Potter - 33rd Minute), 14. Joe Lydon (returned to replace Ged Byrne - 64th Minute)


Kevin Iro, Ellery Hanley

WiganlGoals:l Joe Lydon 2


1. Alan Tait, 2. Rick Thackray, 3. Andy Currier, 4. Darren Wright, 5. Martin Offiah, 6. Tony Myler, 7. David Hulme

WidneslForwards:l 8. Kurt Sorensen, 9. Phil McKenzie, 10. Joe Grima, 11. Mike O'Neill, 12. Emosi Koloto, 13. Richie Eyres
WidneslSubslUsed:l 15. Paul Hulme (replaced Emosi Koloto - 43rd Minute)


Darren Wright
WidneslGoals:l Andy Currier 1


Andy Gregory settled his differences with Graeme Lowe in the midweek and withdrew his transfer request. He only returned on the bench though for this John Player Trophy Final against Widnes at Burnden Park in Bolton. This was a tight final with the first score being claimed after Widnes had lost the ball in their own quarter. Shaun Edwards sent Ged Byrne bursting through and his pass back on the inside to Kevin Iro created the finish. Only 4-0 after the conversion was missed. Wigan then gifted Widnes a try themselves in the 13th Minute. Edwards poor pass on half way was gobbled up by Darren Wright for a score near the posts. Andy Currier converted to put Widnes 6-4 ahead after 13 minutes. The only scores for the next 56 minutes of the contest were two Joe Lydon penalty goals that put Wigan 8-6 ahead. Conditions had began to get really muddy and heavy and the match was decided when Andy Gregory, off the bench, sent Ellery Hanley over in the right corner and although the conversion missed, Wigan held on the final ten minutes to win the trophy. Widnes fans consolation was news of Welsh Rugby Union International Jonathan Davies joining them.

Half Time:l

Wigan 6 Widnes 6



John Holdsworth (Kippax)


Ellery Hanley (Wigan)


Live Coverage on BBC 1 during "Grandstand" - Commentators: Ray French & Alex Murphy

Scoring and Incident Pattern
6th Minute Wigan 04 Widnes 00 Try: Kevin Iro
13th Minute Wigan 04 Widnes 04 Try: Darren Wright
- Wigan 04 Widnes 06 Conversion: Andy Currier
21st Minute Wigan 06 Widnes 06 Penalty Goal: Joe Lydon
Half Time Wigan 6 Widnes 6
42nd Minute Wigan 08 Widnes 06 Penalty Goal: Joe Lydon
69th Minute Wigan 12 Widnes 06 Try: Ellery Hanley
Full Time Wigan 12 Widnes 6

BBC 1 - Saturday 7th January 1989
8:15am Saturday Starts Here
8:40am Chucklevision
9:00am Going Live!
12:12pm Weather
12:15pm Grandstand including....
12:20 Football
12:40, 1:10, 1:40 Horse Racing from Haydock Park
1:00 Rugby League Preview
1:25, 1:55 Skiing
2:10, 3:05 Rugby League: John Player Trophy Final - Widnes v Wigan from Bolton
2:55 Ski Jumping
3:50 Half Time Scores
4:00 Cyclo-Cross: National Championships from Birmingham
4:40 Final Score
5:05pm News, Weather, North West News
5:20pm The Flying Doctors
6:05pm Jim'll Fix It with Jimmy Savile
6:40pm Bobs Full House (Bingo Based Quiz)
7:15pm 'Allo 'Allo (Wartime Sitcom)
7:40pm The Paul Daniels Magic Show
8:25pm Columbo (Episode: "Murder by the Book")
News, Sport, Weather
9:55pm Match of the Day - The Road to Wembley: Sutton v Coventry, Bradford v Tottenham & West Brom v Everton
10:55pm Film: "A Man Called Horse" (from 1970 starring Richard Harris)
0:45am Weather, National Anthem, Closedown

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