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13th April 1991: Leeds 8 Wigan 20
Posted by cherryandwhite on September 25 2013 - 23:48
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Leeds 8 Wigan 20 - Saturday 13th April 1991
Venue: Headingley, Leeds
Competition: Stones Bitter Championship
Kick Off: 2:45pm

WiganlBacks:l

1. Steve Hampson, 2. David Myers, 3. Andy Goodway, 4. Dean Bell, 5. Frano Botica, 6. Shaun Edwards, 7. Bobbie Goulding

WiganlForwards:l 8. Ian Lucas, 9. Martin Dermott, 10. Andy Platt, 11. Denis Betts, 12. Phil Clarke, 13. Ellery Hanley
WiganlSubslUsed:l 15. Ian Gildart (replaced Ellery Hanley - 52nd Minute)

WiganlTries:l

Andy Goodway, Martin Dermott, Denis Betts

WiganlGoals:l

Frano Botica 2

WiganlDrops:l

Bobbie Goulding 3, Ellery Hanley 1


LeedslTries:l

John Bentley

LeedslGoals:l Simon Irving 2
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Summary:l

So in the last 15 days Wigan had played Friday, Monday, Thursday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday again and now had a Saturday Afternoon match to hopefully complete the title. They had blown one opportunity in only drawing to Bradford two days earlier and they knew a loss here would be costly because Widnes' last game on the Sunday would be at home to bottom of the table Rochdale, who had won just 1 of 24 league games all season.

Both Andy Gregory and Joe Lydon missed the decider injured but Bobbie Goulding in particular was an able deputy and he opened the scoring with a drop goal to make it 1-0 after 8 minutes. Soon after an error from John Gallagher from his kick helped Andy Goodway score to make it 7-0 after Botica converted. Further drop goals from first Goulding again and then Ellery Hanley, right on half time, helped Wigan into a 9-2 half time lead with Leeds kicking a penalty in-between the two one pointers.

Wigan never looked like letting that lead slip, despite Ellery Hanley limping off during with 28 minutes still to go. Goulding completed a hat-trick of drop goals to make it 10-2 a close range try from Martin Dermott settled nerves further but Botica missed the extras, leaving the score at 14-2. That missed kicked looked a bit costly when Garry Schofield sent John Bentley over for a try that made it 14-8 but Wigan never panicked. Botica kicked a penalty to make it 16-8 and in the 74th Minute, Denis Betts crashed over to complete a remarkable title triumph for Wigan. In the end it was a good thing Wigan delayed their success by two days because the clincher was televised live by Granada Television when otherwise they'd have been showing a dead duck contest.

Attendance:l

15,313

Referee:l

John Holdsworth (Kippax)

Television:l

Live Coverage on Granada Television (ITV North West) - Commentary: Clive Tyldesley & Peter Tunks


Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match
1st Place:l Wigan - Played - 26 - Won - 20 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 5 - Points: - 42 - (Diff: +349)
2nd Place:l Widnes - Played - 25 - Won - 19 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 6 - Points: - 38 - (Diff: +271)
3rd Place:l Hull - Played - 25 - Won - 17 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 8 - Points: - 34 - (Diff: +151)
4th Place:l Castleford - Played - 25 - Won - 16 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 9 - Points: - 32 - (Diff: +118)
5th Place:l Leeds - Played - 26 - Won - 14 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 10 - Points: - 30 - (Diff: +154)

Final Top of the Stones Bitter Championship
1st Place:l Wigan - Played - 26 - Won - 20 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 5 - Points: - 42 - (Diff: +349)
2nd Place:l Widnes - Played - 26 - Won - 20 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 6 - Points: - 40 - (Diff: +295)
3rd Place:l Hull - Played - 26 - Won - 17 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 9 - Points: - 34 - (Diff: +146)
4th Place:l Castleford - Played - 26 - Won - 17 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 9 - Points: - 34 - (Diff: +136)
5th Place:l Leeds - Played - 26 - Won - 14 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 10 - Points: - 30 - (Diff: +154)

Granada Television - Saturday 13th April 1991
5:30am ITN Morning News
6:00am TV-AM
9:25am Ghost Train
11:30am The ITV Chart Show
12:30pm Saint & Greavsie (Football Preview with Ian St John & Jimmy Greaves)
1:00pm ITN News, ITV National Weather, Granada News, Granada Weather
1:10pm Grand Sportsmasters: Third Quarter Final (Sports Quiz Show hosted by Dickie Davies)
1:40pm The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams
2:35pm Rugby League Live: Leeds v Wigan (presented by Rob McCaffrey)
4:45pm Results Service
5:00pm ITN News, ITV National Weather, Granada News, Granada Weather
5:15pm The Winjin' Pom
5:45pm The A-Team
6:40pm Bobby Davro
7:10pm You Bet!
8:10pm Perfect Scoundrels (Episode: "Oh, The Sisters of Mercy")
9:10pm ITN News, Sport, ITV National Weather, Granada News, Granada Weather
9:30pm Taggart - The Movie!
Midnight Night Programmes

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