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Wigan Rugby League History - 1994-1995 Season
Posted by cherryandwhite on November 06 2013 - 22:28
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1995-1996 Centenary Season

 

Wigan took a clean sweep of all the trophies on offer in 1994-1995 to complete a Grand Slam. In doing so they lost just two matches, both away at Leeds and Halifax. Ironically Wigan scored more tries than their opponents in both defeats but it was the goal kicking of ace kicker Frano Botica which cost them a 100% record. However Botica still managed to beat his own goals kicked in a season record despite missing 12 of Wigan's 45 matches.

Wigan Final League Position: 1st (Coach: Graeme West)
Stones Bitter League Champions:
Wigan (16)
Silk Cut Challenge Cup Winners: Wigan (16 - 30-10 v Leeds)
Regal Trophy Winners: Wigan (7 - 40-10 v Warrington)
Stones Bitter Premiership Trophy Winners: Wigan (4 - 69-12 v Leeds)
2nd Division Champions: Keighley Cougars

1994-1995 Stones Bitter Championship CC = Challenge Cup RT = Regal Trophy PT = Premiership Trophy Tour = Tour Match
Date Opposition Venue KO Resultl Tries Goals Report Att Referee TV
Sun 21 Aug Featherstone Rovers Away 3:30 Won 36-24 Botica 2, Atcheson, Betts, Robinson, Skerrett Botica 6 Click Here 5504 D.Campbell

(D)

Sun 28 Aug Sheffield Eagles Home 3:00 Won 40-16 Offiah 3, Edwards 3, McDermott Botica 6 Click Here 13807 C.Morris
Sun 4 Sept Oldham Away 3:00 Won 58-10 Offiah 4, Edwards 2, Robinson 2, Tuigamala 2, Betts Paul 7 Click Here 6222 D.Campbell
Fri 9 Sept Leeds Home 7:30 Won 38-06 Robinson, Offiah 2, McDermott, Connolly, Edwards Paul 7 Click Here 16314 R.Smith
Sun 18 Sep Widnes Home 3:00 Won 46-12 Betts 3, Robinson 3, Edwards, Hall, McDermott Paul 3, Farrell 2 Click Here 14354 S.Presley
Fri 23 Sept Castleford Away 7:30 Won 31-28 Paul 2, Offiah, Robinson, Tuigamala Botica 3, Farrell 2
Edwards DG
Click Here 6646 D.Campbell
Sun 2 Oct Wakefield Trinity Home 3:00 Won 46-00 Connolly 3, Offiah 2, Paul 2, Murdock Botica 4, Farrell 3 Click Here 12890 D.Atkin
Sat 8 Oct Tour: Australia Home 3:00 Lost 20-30 Connolly, Offiah, Robinson, Tuigamala Botica 1, Farrell 1 Click Here 20057 D.Campbell

1

Wed 12 Oct Workington Town Away 7:30 Won 30-06 Connolly 2, Farrell, Offiah, Tuigamala Botica 5 Click Here 6242 J.Holdsworth
Sun 16 Oct Salford Home 3:00 Won 52-22 Betts 2, Offiah 2, Robinson 2, Tuigamala 2, Connolly Farrell 8 Click Here 12779 S.Cummings
Fri 28 Oct Hull Away 7:30 Won 19-12 Offiah 2, Hall Farrell 3, Lydon DG Click Here 5450 G.Annesley
Sun 6 Nov Featherstone Rovers Home 3:00 Postponed Due to Great Britain v Australia Test Call Ups - - - -
Fri 11 Nov Sheffield Eagles Away 7:30 Won 36-20 Atcheson, Hall, Lydon, Offiah, Skerrett, Tuigamala Farrell 6 Click Here 3012 D.Campbell
Wed 23 Nov Featherstone Rovers Home 7:30 Won 30-06 Betts, Cassidy, Offiah, Radlinski, Skerrett Farrell 5 Click Here 10826 S.Cummings
Sun 27 Nov Oldham Home 3:00 Won 46-00 Connolly 2, Atcheson, Betts, Edwards, Haughton, Paul, Radlinski, Tuigamala Farrell 5 Click Here 13456 R.Smith
Sun 4 Dec RT R2: Rochdale Home 3:00 Won 34-12 Radlinski 3, Edwards, Farrell, Offiah Farrell 5 Click Here 7493 B.Galtress
Sun 11 Dec Leeds Away 3:00 Lost 28-33 Betts, Cowie, Hall, Offiah, Robinson, Tuigamala Botica 2 Click Here 20053 S.Cummings

(D)

Sun 18 Dec RT R3: Hull Away 3:15 Won 38-14 Offiah 3, Edwards, Farrell Botica 9 Click Here 6203 R.Smith
Mon 26 Dec St Helens Away 11:30 Won 32-25 Tuigamala 2, Betts, Edwards, Offiah Botica 6 Click Here 17300 R.Smith
Sun 1 Jan Warrington Home 7:30 Won 30-12 Botica, Farrell, Robinson, Offiah, Haughton Botica 5 Click Here 14618 J.Holdsworth
Sun 8 Jan Halifax Away 3:00 Postponed Due to Regal Trophy Quarter Final - - - -
Sun 8 Jan RT QF: St Helens Home 3:00 Won 24-22 Paul 2, Skerrett Botica 6 Click Here 23278 D.Campbell
Wed 11 Jan Halifax Away 7:30 Postponed Due to Regal Trophy Semi Final - - - -
Sun 15 Jan RT SF: Castleford Home 12:50 Won 34-06 Offiah 3, Hall, Robinson Botica 7 Click Here 13006 S.Cummings

2

Sun 15 Jan Doncaster Home 3:00 Postponed Due to Regal Trophy Semi Final - - - -
Fri 20 Jan Bradford Northern Away 7:30 Won 14-10 Atcheson, Botica, Paul Botica 1 Click Here 6425 C.Morris
Tue 24 Jan Doncaster Away 7:30 Won 28-10 Robinson 2, Atcheson, Betts Botica 6 Click Here 4506 R.Tennant
Sat 28 Jan RT Final: Warrington Hudds 3:00 Won 40-10 Tuigamala 2, Botica, Connolly, McDermott, Offiah Botica 8 Click Here 19636 S.Cummings

1

Sun 29 Jan Widnes Away 3:00 Postponed Due to Regal Trophy Final - - - -
Sun 5 Feb Castleford Home 3:00 Won 46-06 Offiah 3, Connolly 2, Cowie, Radlinski Botica 9 Click Here 14515 D.Campbell

(D)

Sat 11 Feb CC R4: St Helens Home 3:00 Draw 16-16 Tuigamala, Betts, Hall Botica 2 Click Here 15714 J.Holdsworth

1

Wed 15 Feb CC R4 Replay: St Helens Away 7:30 Won 40-24 Offiah 3, Clarke, Connolly, Paul, Robinson Botica 6 Click Here 17300 J.Holdsworth

(H)

Sun 19 Feb Wakefield Trinity Away 3:30 Won 20-12 Cassidy, Offiah, Paul Botica 4 Click Here 5303 R.Smith

(H)

Sun 26 Feb CCR5: Batley Away 3:15 Won 70-04 Offiah 3, Paul 2, Cassidy, Clarke, Connolly, Edwards, Skerrett, Tuigamala Botica 10, Paul 3 Click Here 3800 C.Morris
Sun 5 Mar Workington Town Home 3:00 Won 38-00 Cassidy, Connolly, Offiah, Paul, Quinnell, Robinson Botica 7 Click Here 14405 J.Holdsworth
Sat 11 Mar CC QF: Widnes Away 2:15 Won 26-12 Betts, Cowie, Hall, Offiah Botica 5 Click Here 6981 R.Smith

1

Wed 15 Mar Widnes Away 7:30 Won 46-12 Offiah 3, Cowie 2, Clarke, Mather, Tuigamala Botica 6, Edwards 1 Click Here 4693 C.Morris
Sun 19 Mar Salford Away 3:00 Won 42-08 Connolly 2, Atcheson, Cassidy, Murdock, Radlinski, Tuigamala Paul 5, Long 2 Click Here 7091 D.Campbell
Sat 25 Mar CC SF: Oldham Hudds 3:00 Won 48-20 Connolly 3, Betts 2, Tuigamala 2, Edwards, Mather Botica 6 Click Here 12749 R.Smith

1

Sun 26 Mar Doncaster Home 3:00 Postponed Due to Challenge Cup Semi Final - - - -
Wed 29 Mar Halifax Away 7:30 Lost 16-18 Edwards 2, Connolly Botica 2 Click Here 7685 P.Lee
Sun 2 Apr Halifax Home 3:00 Won 62-06 Clarke 2, Edwards 2, Botica, Cassidy, Connolly, Mather, Radlinski,
Robinson, Tuigamala
Botica 6, Farrell 3 Click Here 15771 S.Cummings

(D)

Wed 5 Apr Doncaster Home 7:30 Won 44-04 Johnson 2, Radlinski 2, Connolly, Long, Paul, Quinnell Farrell 6 Click Here 9886 J.Holdsworth
Sun 9 Apr Bradford Northern Home 7:05 Won 60-34 Hall 3, Clarke 2, Mather 2, Atcheson, Betts, Connolly, Tuigamala Botica 8 Click Here 14078 D.Campbell
Fri 14 Apr St Helens Home 3:00 Won 34-18 Paul 2, Betts, Hall, Offiah, Tuigamala Botica 5 Click Here 26334 J.Holdsworth

(D)

Mon 17 Apr Warrington Away 12:30 Won 34-00 Botica 2, Radlinski 2, Connolly, Tuigamala Botica 3, Farrell 1,
Murdock 1
Click Here 6687 S.Cummings
Sun 23 Apr Hull Home 3:00 Won 66-16 Quinnell 3, Murdock 2, Offiah 2, Cowie, Farrell, Long, Mather, O'Connor Farrell 9 Click Here 11494 C.Morris
Sat 29 Apr CC Final: Leeds Wembley 2:30 Won 30-10 Robinson 2, Hall, Paul, Tuigamala Botica 5 Click Here

78550

R.Smith

1

Sun 7 May PT QF: Sheffield Home 3:00 Won 48-16 Offiah 3, Radlinski 2, Botica, Haughton, Paul Botica 8 Click Here 9668 D.Campbell
Fri 12 May PT SF: Warrington Home 7:30 Won 50-20 Edwards 2, Robinson 2, Betts, Connolly, Offiah, Radlinski Botica 9 Click Here 8426 D.Campbell
Sun 21 May PT Final: Leeds MUFC 4:00 Won 69-12 Connolly 3, Radlinski 3, Betts, Edwards, Hall, Paul, Haughton, Skerrett Botica 10, Farrell DG Click Here

30160

S.Cummings

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1994-1995 Season Team Sheets List
alaaDatealaa Opponent aIResultIL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 (Sub) 15 (Sub)
Sun 21 Aug Fea (A) W36-24 AtchesonlT RobinsonlT Tuigamala Connolly Offiah BoticalT2lG6 Edwards SkerrettlT Hall Cowie BettslT Cassidy Farrell Radlinski McDermott
Sun 28 Aug Shef (H) W40-16 Atcheson Robinson Tuigamala Connolly OffiahlT3 BoticalG6 EdwardslT3 Skerrett Hall Cassidy Betts Farrell Clarke Paul McDermottlT
Sun 5 Sept Old (A) W58-10 Atcheson RobinsonlT2 TuigamalalT2 Connolly OffiahlT4 PaullG7 EdwardslT2 O'Connor Hall Cassidy BettslT Farrell Clarke Radlinski Haughton
Fri 9 Sept Lee (H) W38-06 Atcheson RobinsonlT Tuigamala ConnollylT OffiahlT2 PaullG7 EdwardslT Skerrett Hall O'Connor Betts Farrell Clarke Cassidy McDermottlT
Sun 18 Sep Wid (H) W46-12 Atcheson RobinsonlT3 Tuigamala Connolly Offiah PaullG3 EdwardslT O'Connor HalllT McDermottlT BettslT3 FarrelllG2 Clarke Radlinski Cassidy
Fri 23 Sep Cas (A) W31-28 Atcheson RobinsonlT TuigamalalT Connolly OffiahlT PaullT2 EdwardslDG O'Connor Hall McDermott Betts FarrelllG2 Clarke BoticalG3 Cassidy
Sun 2 Oct Wak (H) W46-00 PaullT2 Robinson Tuigamala ConnollylT3 OffiahlT2 BoticalG4 MurdocklT Cowie Hall McDermott Betts FarrelllG3 Clarke Atcheson Cassidy
Sat 8 Oct Aus (H) L(Tour) ConnollylT RobinsonlT Paul TuigamalalT OffiahlT BoticalG Edwards Skerrett Hall Cowie Betts FarrelllG Clarke Atcheson McDermott
Wed 12 Oct Wor (A) W30-06 Atcheson Robinson TuigamalalT ConnollylT2 OffiahlT BoticalG5 Edwards Cowie Hall O'Connor Cassidy Knowles FarrelllT Paul A.Johnson
Sun 16 Oct Sal (H) W52-22 Atcheson RobinsonlT2 TuigamalalT2 ConnollylT OffiahlT2 Paul Edwards Cowie Hall O'Connor BettslT2 FarrelllG8 Clarke Lydon Cassidy
Fri 28 Oct Hull (A) W19-12 Atcheson Robinson Tuigamala Connolly OffiahlT2 Paul Murdock Cowie HalllT McDermott Betts Cassidy FarrelllG3 LydonlDG Mather
Fri 11 Nov Shef (A) W36-20 AtchesonlT Robinson TuigamalalT Connolly OffiahlT Paul Murdock SkerrettlT HalllT Cowie McDermott Cassidy FarrelllG6 LydonlT Mather
Wed 23 Nov Fea (H) W30-06 Atcheson RadlinskilT Tuigamala Connolly OffiahlT Paul Edwards SkerrettlT Hall Cowie BettslT McDermott FarrelllG5 Lydon CassidylT
Sun 27 Nov Old (H) W46-00 AtchesonlT RadlinskilT TuigamalalT ConnollylT2 Offiah PaullT EdwardslT Skerrett Hall Cowie BettslT HaughtonlT FarrelllG5 Long O'Connor
Sun 4 Dec Roc (H) W(RTR2) Atcheson RadlinskilT3 Tuigamala Connolly OffiahlT Paul EdwardslT Cowie Hall O'Connor Quinnell Haughton FarrelllTlG5 Long A.Johnson
Sun 11 Dec Lee (A) L28-33 Atcheson RobinsonlT TuigamalalT Connolly OffiahlT Paul Edwards Skerrett HalllT CowielT BettslT Haughton Farrell BoticalG2 O'Connor
Sun 18 Dec Hull (A) W(RTR3) Paul Radlinski Tuigamala Connolly OffiahlT3 BoticalG9 EdwardslT Skerrett Hall Cowie Betts Cassidy FarrelllT Haughton O'Connor
Mon 26 Dec St H (A) W32-25 Paul Robinson TuigamalalT2 Connolly OffiahlT BoticalG6 EdwardslT Skerrett Hall Cowie BettslT Cassidy Farrell Haughton O'Connor
Sun 1 Jan War (H) W30-12 Atcheson RobinsonlT Paul Connolly OffiahlT BoticalTlG5 Murdock Skerrett Hall Cowie Betts Cassidy FarrelllT HaughtonlT O'Connor
Sun 8 Jan St H (H) W(RTQF) Atcheson Robinson PaullT2 Connolly Offiah BoticalG6 Edwards SkerrettlT Hall Cowie Betts Cassidy Farrell Clarke O'Connor
Sun 15 Jan Cas (H) W(RTSF) Paul RobinsonlT Tuigamala Connolly OffiahlT3 BoticalG7 Edwards O'Connor HalllT Cowie Betts Farrell Clarke Atcheson Cassidy
Fri 20 Jan Bra (A) W14-10 PaullT Robinson Tuigamala Connolly Offiah BoticalTlG Murdock O'Connor Hall Cowie Betts Farrell Clarke AtchesonlT Cassidy
Tue 24 Jan Don (A) W28-10 AtchesonlT RobinsonlT2 Tuigamala Paul Radlinski BoticalG6 Murdock McDermott Hall Cassidy BettslT Quinnell Clarke Connolly Haughton
Sat 28 Jan War (N) W(RTF) Paul Robinson TuigamalalT2 ConnollylT OffiahlT BoticalTlG8 Edwards Skerrett Hall Cowie Betts Cassidy Clarke Atcheson McDermottlT
Sun 5 Feb Cas (H) W46-06 Paul RadlinskilT Tuigamala ConnollylT OffiahlT3 BoticalG9 Edwards McDermott Hall CowielT Haughton Cassidy Clarke Atcheson Skerrett
Sat 11 Feb St H (H) D(CCR4) Paul Robinson TuigamalalT Connolly Offiah BoticalG2 Edwards Skerrett HalllT Cowie BettslT Farrell Clarke Atcheson Cassidy
Wed 15 Feb St H (A) W(CC4R) PaullT RobinsonlT Tuigamala ConnollylT OffiahlT3 BoticalG6 Edwards Skerrett Hall Cowie Betts Farrell ClarkelT Atcheson Cassidy
Sun 19 Feb Wak (A) W20-12 Atcheson Robinson Tuigamala Connolly OffiahlT PaullTlG4 Botica Quinnell Hall CassidylT Haughton Stevens Betts Edwards Radlinski
Sat 25 Feb Bat (A) W70-04 PaullT2lG3 Robinson TuigamalalT ConnollylT OffiahlT3 BoticalG10 EdwardslT SkerrettlT Hall Cowie Betts CassidylT ClarkelT Atcheson Cassidy
Sun 5 Mar Wor (H) W38-00 PaullT RobinsonlT Tuigamala ConnollylT OffiahlT BoticalG7 Edwards O'Connor Dermott QuinnelllT Betts CassidylT Clarke Craig Mather
Sat 11 Mar Wid (A) W(CCQF) Paul Robinson Tuigamala Connolly OffiahlT BoticalG5 Edwards Skerrett HalllT CowielT BettslT Cassidy Clarke Atcheson Mather
Wed 15 Mar Wid (A) W46-12 Atcheson Robinson TuigamalalT Connolly OffiahlT3 BoticalG6 EdwardslG O'Connor Dermott CowielT2 MatherlT Cassidy ClarkelT Paul Quinnell
Sun 19 Mar Sal (A) W42-08 AtchesonlT Mather TuigamalalT ConnollylT2 RadlinskilT PaullG5 MurdocklT Skerrett Hall O'Connor Betts CassidylT Farrell LonglG2 Cowie
Sat 25 Mar Old (N) W(CCSF) Paul Robinson TuigamalalT2 ConnollylT3 Offiah BoticalG6 EdwardslT Skerrett Hall Cowie BettslT2 Cassidy Clarke MatherlT Farrell
Wed 29 Mar Hal (A) L16-18 Paul Robinson Tuigamala ConnollylT Radlinski BoticalG2 EdwardslT2 O'Connor Hall Cowie Betts Farrell Clarke Atcheson Mather
Sun 2 Apr Hal (H) W62-02 Paul RobinsonlT TuigamalalT ConnollylT RadlinskilT BoticalTlG6 EdwardslT2 Skerrett Hall O'Connor Betts CassidylT ClarkelT2 MatherlT FarrelllG3
Wed 5 Apr Don (H) W44-04 Atcheson Robinson Mather ConnollylT RadlinskilT2 LonglT Murdock Skerrett Dermott Cowie QuinnelllT Cassidy FarrelllG6 PaullT A.JohnsonlT2
Sun 9 Apr Bra (H) W60-34 Paul MatherlT2 TuigamalalT ConnollylT Radlinski BoticalG8 Edwards O'Connor HalllT3 Cowie BettslT Cassidy ClarkelT2 AtchesonlT Farrell
Fri 14 Apr St H (H) W34-18 PaullT2 Radlinski TuigamalalT Connolly OffiahlT BoticalG5 Edwards O'Connor HalllT Cowie BettslT Cassidy Farrell Atcheson Mather
Mon 17 Apr War (A) W34-00 Atcheson RadlinskilT2 TuigamalalT ConnollylT Mather BoticalT2lG3 MurdocklG O'Connor Hall Cowie FarrelllG Haughton A.Johnson Paul Quinnell
Sun 23 Apr Hull (H) W66-16 Atcheson Radlinski Tuigamala MatherlT OffiahlT2 LonglT MurdocklT2 Skerrett Hall CowielT QuinnelllT3 Cassidy FarrelllTlG9 Connolly O'ConnorlT
Sat 29 Apr Lee (N) W(CCF) PaullT RobinsonlT2 TuigamalalT Connolly Offiah BoticalG5 Edwards Skerrett HalllT Cowie Betts Cassidy Clarke Atcheson Farrell
Sun 7 May Shef (H) W(PTR1) PaullT Robinson RadlinskilT2 Connolly OffiahlT3 BoticalTlG8 Edwards O'Connor Hall Cowie Betts Quinnell Farrell A.Johnson HaughtonlT
Fri 12 May War (H) W(PTSF) Paul RobinsonlT2 RadlinskilT ConnollylT OffiahlT BoticalG9 EdwardslT2 Skerrett Hall Cowie BettslT Quinnell Haughton Atcheson O'Connor
Sun 21 May Lee (N) W(PTF) PaullT Robinson RadlinskilT3 ConnollylT3 Offiah BoticalG10 EdwardslT SkerrettlT HalllT Cowie BettslT FarrelllDG Clarke HaughtonlT Cassidy

Squad

Appearances

Scoring

Player

Starts Subs Total Tries Goals DG Points
Gary Connolly 43 2 45 30 - - 120
Henry Paul 38 5 43 19 25 - 126
Martin Hall 42 - 42 13 - - 52
Va'aiga Tuigamala 39 - 39 25 - - 100
Martin Offiah 38 - 38 53 - - 212
Paul Atcheson 23 15 38 7 - - 28
Denis Betts 37 - 37 20 - - 80
Andy Farrell 33 4 37 5 59 1 139
Mick Cassidy 25 12 37 6 - - 24
Neil Cowie 35 1 36 6 - - 24
Jason Robinson 35 - 35 23 - - 92
Shaun Edwards 34 1 35 20 1 1 83
Frano Botica 31 2 33 9 186 - 408
Terry O'Connor 18 9 27 1 - - 4
Phil Clarke 25 1 26 7 - - 28
Kelvin Skerrett 25 1 26 6 - - 24
Kris Radlinski 17 4 21 18 - - 72
Simon Haughton 7 7 14 4 - - 16
Barrie-Jon Mather 6 8 14 6 - - 24
Barrie McDermott 8 5 13 4 - - 16
Scott Quinnell 8 3 11 5 - - 20
Craig Murdock 10 - 10 4 1 - 18
Sean Long 2 3 5 2 2 - 12
Andy Johnson 1 4 5 2 - - 8
Joe Lydon - 4 4 1 - 1 5
Martin Dermott 3 - 3 - - - -
Matthew Knowles 1 - 1 - - - -
Paul Stevens 1 - 1 - - - -
Andy Craig - 1 1 - - - -

Top Try Scorers

Player

Tries
Martin Offiah 53
Gary Connolly 30
Va'aiga Tuigamala 25
Jason Robinson 23
Denis Betts 20
Shaun Edwards 20
Henry Paul 19
Kris Radlinski 18
Martin Hall 13
Frano Botica 9
Paul Atcheson 7
Phil Clarke 7
Mick Cassidy 6
Neil Cowie 6
Kelvin Skerrett 6
Andy Farrell 5
Scott Quinnell 5
Simon Haughton 4
Barrie McDermott 4
Craig Murdock 4
Andrew Johnson 2
Sean Long 2
Joe Lydon 1
Terry O'Connor 1

Top Goal Kickers

Player

Goals
Frano Botica 186
Andy Farrell 59
Henry Paul 25
Sean Long 2
Shaun Edwards 1
Craig Murdock 1

1994-1995 Pre Season Friendlies
Date Opposition Venue Result
Sun 14 Aug Locker Cup: Warrington Home Won 42-18

London Crusaders were bought out by the Brisbane Broncos and became the London Broncos.

Towards the end of the season the Super League war broke out in Australia when Rupert Murdoch tried to wrest control of the competition from the Australian Rugby League. To gain an advantage he offered to inject 85 million pounds into league in Britain in return for a guarantee not to play matches against ARL teams. The result was a reorganisation of league in Britain.

At the end of the season the teams were reorganised into three divisions of 11. The Super League was formed from the top ten First Division clubs and the London Broncos (highlighted in white on table). The new First Division was formed from the other top six Second Division clubs and the rest of the First Division Clubs except Doncaster (highlighted in blue on table). Doncaster and the rest of the Second Division clubs formed the new Second Division (highlighted in black).

1994-1995 Stones Bitter Championship

- Team P W D L F A Pts
1 Wigan 30 28 0 2 1148 386 56
2 Leeds 30 24 1 5 863 526 49
3 Castleford 30 20 2 8 872 564 42
4 St Helens 30 20 1 9 893 640 41
5 Halifax 30 18 2 10 782 566 38
6 Warrington 30 18 2 10 753 570 38
7 Bradford Northern 30 17 1 12 811 650 35
8 Sheffield Eagles 30 15 0 15 646 699 30
9 Workington Town 30 12 1 17 538 743 25
10 Oldham 30 11 1 18 534 746 23
11 Featherstone Rovers 30 10 1 19 582 687 21
12 Salford 30 10 1 19 613 775 21
13 Wakefield Trinity 30 9 0 21 434 807 18
14 Widnes 30 8 1 21 481 767 17
15 Hull 30 7 1 22 594 880 15
16 Doncaster 30 5 1 24 469 1007 11

Second Division

 1 Keighley Cougars     30 23  2  5  -  974  337       48
 2 Batley               30 23  0  7  -  754  423       46
 3 Huddersfield         30 19  3  8  -  870  539       41
 4 London Broncos       30 20  1  9  -  732  480       41
 5 Whitehaven           30 19  0 11  -  766  507       38
 6 Rochdale Hornets     30 18  0 12  -  805  544       36
 7 Dewsbury             30 17  1 12  -  744  538       35
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 8 Hull Kingston Rovers 30 16  1 13  -  824  516       33
 9 Ryedale-York         30 15  2 13  -  720  602       32
10 Hunslet              30 16  0 14  -  611  783       32
11 Leigh                30 12  0 18  -  622  787       24
12 Swinton              30 12  0 18  -  576  768       24
13 Bramley              30 10  0 20  -  554  655       20
14 Carlisle             30  8  0 22  -  546  877       16
15 Barrow               30  6  0 24  -  449  811       12
16 Highfield            30  1  0 29  -  224 1604        2


With Summer Rugby on the horizon 1994-95 was the last full season of winter rugby and it would turn out to be the greatest season of Wigan's long history. They'd had so many great seasons in recent years but never had they won every trophy on offer, until now.

The Grand Slam really began at the back end of the previous season when Wigan won the world club challenge against Brisbane. Graeme West was in temporary charge that night, following the sacking of John Dorahy, but by the time 1994-95 come round he had been given the job full time.

Wigan opened the season with a 14 match unbeaten run, the only loss coming in a Tour Match to Australia. The biggest test in the run came in Round 4 when Leeds visited Central Park. Both sides came into the game with 100% starts but Wigan were so dominant they routed the Headingley club 38-6.

Leeds would get sweet revenge by inflicting Wigan's first defeat of the season with a 33-28 victory in mid December at Headingley. They defeat failed to knock Wigan off the rails as they bounced back by winning the Boxing Day derby at St Helens 32-25. In fact Wigan simply launched another unbeaten run which was to stretch to nine matches between December and late March.

Whilst on that run Wigan were battling it out in both cup competitions. Victories over Rochdale and Hull set up a Regal Trophy Quarter Final tie with St Helens at Central Park. Saints made us work hard for a 24-22 win. A week later they met Castleford in the Semi Final which revenge very much in their minds. They hadn't forgotten the previous years 33-2 Regal Final defeat and duly hammered them 34-6.

In the Final we met Warrington on January 28th 1995 at the newly opened McAlpine Stadium in Huddersfield. It was a one sided affair which Wigan comfortably won 40-10. Tries scorers were Phil Clarke, Jason Robinson, Va'aiga Tuigamala (2), Frano Botica, Gary Connolly, Barrie McDermott and Martin Offiah with Botica kicking 4 goals.

Two weeks after the Challenge Cup campaign got underway with a tough start against St Helens. In the previous two years Wigan had got away with near losses at Halifax and Hull, and this was another. Saints played brilliantly to claim a 13-13 draw, hitting the cross bar with a drop goal attempt from former Wigan player Bobbie Gouldling in the dying moments. Wigan had not played well but survived to force a replay at Knowsley Road, tries from Va'aiga Tuigamala, Denis Betts and Martin Hall proving vital.

The replay was played just four days after the original tie and Wigan were not going to play that bad again. They came out and showed their superiority, winning 40-24. Tries came from Jason Robinson, Martin Offiah (3), Gary Connolly, Phil Clarke and Henry Paul.

The rest of the campaign was much easier with victories over Batley, Widnes and Oldham sending Wigan to an 8th straight final.

In the midweek after the semi final victory over Oldham, Wigan travelled to Halifax in one of their games in hand. On a cold Wednesday Night they lost 16-18 in what would be Wigan's second and final loss of the season.

Revenge would come at the earliest opportunity as next match Halifax travelled to Central Park. It was the first of four home matches in a row, which ultimately would decide the destiny of the title. Wigan absolutely battered them 62-6. Further victories over Doncaster (44-4) and Bradford Northern (60-34) meant Wigan had a chance to clinch the title in the Good Friday derby with St Helens. The Saints fans had to suffer seeing Wigan not only win the title in front of them, but also lift it at the end of a 34-18 win. So a sixth consecutive league championship was won with two matches to spare. Wigan finished on 56 points, seven clear of Leeds.

The 1995 Challenge Cup Final would turn out to be the last final of the famous 8 in a row won by Wigan. The match was a repeat of the 1994 final, with Leeds being the opponents. Wigan managed to win more convincingly than they had done the previous year with a 30-10 win, watched by 78.550. Leeds had kicked an early penalty before Wigan scored in the 18th minute as Jason Robinson finished a great 35 metre run into the corner. He beat off three defenders in doing so and Frano Botica's conversion made it 6-2. Henry Paul increased the lead on 26 minutes but Botica missed the extras that time. A penalty goal apiece made it 12-4 to Wigan at the break. Like they normally do in Wembley finals, Wigan stepped up a gear second half. Robinson claimed a second try early on before further tries from Martin Hall and Va'aiga Tuigamala cemented the win. Leeds got a late consolation but it was too little too late.

So the League Title, Challenge Cup, Regal Trophy and World Club Challenge were all locked in the Central Park trophy cabinet. That left just to Premiership Trophy to complete the set. Wigan beat Sheffield and Warrington to set up another final with Leeds, this time at Old Trafford. Leeds had been Wigan's nearest rivals all season having finished second in the league but no one could have predicted what happened in Manchester that May afternoon. Wigan recorded the biggest score ever recorded in a Rugby League Final. They embarrassed Leeds with a 69-12 victory watched by 30,160, which was actually a sell out as development work limited the Old Trafford capacity. The match saw a young Kris Radlinski emerge from the shadows of the academy into the first team with a magnificent hatrick. Gary Connolly also scored a hatrick. Other try scorers were Kelvin Skerrett, Shaun Edwards, Denis Betts, Henry Paul, Martin Hall, Andy Farrell and Simon Haughton. Goal kicker extraordinaire Frano Botica kicked 10 goals in what would be his last Wigan appearance.

So Wigan had won all five trophies on offer to them between June 1994 and 1995. A quite outstanding achievement considering they only lost 2 matches in doing so.

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