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5th September 1914: Broughton 5 Wigan 7
Posted by Bilko on December 11 2014 - 02:16
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Broughton Rangers 5 Wigan 7 - Saturday 5th September 1914
Venue: The Cliff, Broughton
Competition: League

WiganlBacks:l 1. William Jolley, 2. Lew Bradley, 3. Frank Walford, 4. David Evans, 5. Billy Curran, 6. George Owens, 7. Johnny Thomas
WiganlForwards:l 8. Charlie Seeling (Snr), 9. Arthur Francis, 10. Rees Richards, 11. George Hayward, 12. Bill Melling, 13. James Haigh


George Curran


Johnny Thomas 2


The 1914-1915 season began in difficult circumstances because a month earlier on August 4th, Britain had declared war on Germany in what was to become known now as The First World War. A meeting of the Northern Union general committee a week later on August 11th decided that the season would go ahead as planned but the closer the kick off to the season come, the more mass hysteria was setting into the country and enlisting to the war effort was building. It wasn't until after this opening day fixture though that another meeting was gathered to once again discuss whether play should be suspended. So Wigan began the campaign with this narrow victory over Broughton at The Cliff. Their 7-2 half time lead was enough in the end with Broughton missing a conversion to draw level. So the season had begun but "a gloomy outlook" was the headline in one paper which reported on attendances suffering on this opening day under the cloud of the war, which also on this day had seen a big battle being in Marne, France in which the Anglo-French would defeat the Germans, but a startling 81,700 soldiers would be killed over the next week.

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