20th November 1977: Widnes 25 Wigan 0
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Widnes 25 Wigan 0 - Sunday 20th November 1977
Venue: Naughton Park, Widnes
Competition: John Player Trophy Quarter Final
Kick Off: 3:00pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. (A.N Other), 2. Martin Sivori, 3. Trevor Stockley, 4. Alan Greenall, 5. Dennis Ramsdale, 6. David Walsh, 7. Adrian Foster
WiganlForwards:l 8. Alan Doran, 9. Ray Martland, 10. Keith Gaskell, 11. Ray Dootson, 12. Steve O'Neill, 13. Mick Rennox
WiganlSubs Used:l 14. Chris Ratchford


WiganlGoals:l (None)

WidneslBacks:l 1. David Eckersley, 2. Stuart Wright, 3. Mal Aspey, 4. Derek George, 5. Paul Woods, 6. Eric Hughes, 7. Reg Bowden
WidneslForwards:l 8. William Ramsey, 9. Keith Elwell, 10. Jim Mills, 11. Mick Adams, 12. David Hull, 13. Doug Laughton
WidneslSubs Used:l 14. Alan Dearden, 15. Glyn Shaw


Mal Aspey, Eric Hughes, Glyn Shaw, Reg Bowden, Keith Elwell
WidneslGoals:l Paul Woods 5


This cup tie turned to farce because Wigan's First Team Players continued to be on strike over a bonus payment for the John Player Trophy tie win over New Hunslet. Wigan chairman Ken Broome had upped the bonus offer from 55 to 70 but the players were holding out for 75. Broome described the situation as "bordering on ridiculous", adding that: "Even if all our players walked in now dressed up, we still wouldn't play them (at Widnes). "It's beyond money now, it's become a question of whether the players are going to run the club or we are." Inevitably Widnes had easy progressed into the Semi Finals against this Wigan "A" Team.

Half Time:l

Widnes 12 Wigan 0



1977-1978 John Players Trophy Quarter Final Results

Saturday 19th November 1977
Huddersfield 0 Bradford Northern 11 (Second Half Live on BBC 1)

Sunday 20th November 1977
Featherstone Rovers 11 Warrington 14
Wakefield Trinity 12 Leigh 9
Widnes 25 Wigan 0

1977-1978 John Players Trophy Semi Final Results

Saturday 26th November 1977
Wakefield Trinity 5 Warrington 15 (Second Half Live on BBC 1)

Saturday 3rd December 1977
Widnes 14 Bradford Northern 10 (Second Half Live on BBC 1)

1977-1978 John Players Trophy Final Result

Saturday 28th January 1978
Warrington 9 Widnes 4 (at Knowsley Road, St Helens - Second Half Live on BBC 1)