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16th April 1990: Wigan 34 Leigh 6
Posted by cherryandwhite on September 29 2013 - 20:15

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Easter Monday 16th April 1990

Wigan 34 Leigh 6
Central Park, Wigan
Stones Bitter Championship - Round 26 of 26
Kick Off: 3:00pm

Wigan Team
1.  Steve Hampson  T   
2.  Ged Byrne  T   
3.  Joe Lydon    
4.  Dean Bell    
5.  Mark Preston    
6.  Phil Clarke    
7.  Andy Gregory    
8.  Ian Lucas    
9.  Martin Dermott    
10.  Adrian Shelford    
11.  Denis Betts    
12.  Ian Gildart    
13.  Andy Goodway  T2   
Sub.  Ellery Hanley  T   
Sub.  Bobby Goulding  T   G5 


1. Ledger, 2. Standish, 3. Stephenson, 4. Burrill, 5. Round, 6. Jeffrey, 7. Donohue, 8. Dunn, 9. Ropati, 10. Potter, 11. Westhead, 12. Collier, 13. Platt. Subs: Street, Cottrell.

Tries: Alan Platt
Goals: Alan Platt 1


Wigan had done all the hard work the previous Tuesday in seeing off Leeds but their Good Friday 35-10 loss to Saints meant they still hadn't wrapped up the title. The scenario was simple. Wigan win or draw, they were champions. Wigan lose and then Leeds would win on points difference if they beat Castleford. Leigh though needed victory themselves to avoid relegation at the expense of Sheffield, so it perhaps wasn't all so simple after all.

Wigan had certainly looked jaded in recent weeks and the appearance of youngster Phil Clarke at Stand Off highlighted continuing injury problems. That contributed perhaps to a sluggish first quarter but they got some help when Leigh's John Westhead was sent off for jumping in feet first at Mark Preston. A minute after that red card, Andy Goodway scored and Wigan were off. Three tries in the final seven minutes of the half from Steve Hampson, Goodway, again, and a 70 metre dash by Ged Byrne made it 22-2 by half time with Leigh's only response being an Alan Platt penalty goal.

The lead was comfortable enough against 12 men but the news was good from Wheldon Road also. Castleford were beating Leeds 24-6 and their would be no comeback with a 38-18 final score. So Wigan were going to be champions regardless of their efforts here but they continued to be get their own job done. In the 57th Minute, Andy Goodway sent Bobbie Goulding clear for a try and after Leigh found a try from Alan Platt, Ellery Hanley finished the win with a try in his 10 minute cameo appearance near the end.

So Wigan had won their second title in four years with John Monie winning at the first attempt as coach. They may have been pushed all the way by Leeds, when it looked like it would be far more comfortable, but they won the games that mattered, those being both home and away clashes against Leeds. Those four points were the difference in the end league table. Leigh incidentally were relegated on points difference.

Half Time: 

Wigan 22 Leigh 2




Kevin Allatt (Southport)

Final Stones Bitter Championship Table

1st Place:l Wigan - Played - 26 - Won - 20 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 6 - Points: - 40 - (Diff: +350)
2nd Place:l Leeds - Played - 26 - Won - 18 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 8 - Points: - 36 - (Diff: +321)
3rd Place:l Widnes - Played - 26 - Won - 16 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 8 - Points: - 34 - (Diff: +228)
4th Place:l Bradford - Played - 26 - Won - 17 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 8 - Points: - 34 - (Diff: +201)
5th Place:l St Helens - Played - 26 - Won - 17 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 9 - Points: - 34 - (Diff: +178)
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