14th December 1985: Leigh 8 Wigan 36
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Leigh 8 Wigan 36 - Saturday 14th December 1985
Venue: Knowsley Road, St Helens
Competition: John Player Special Trophy Semi Final
Kick Off: 2:15pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Steve Hampson, 2. Colin Whitfield, 3. David Stephenson, 4. Ellery Hanley, 5. Henderson Gill, 6. Steve Ella, 7. Mike Ford
WiganlForwards:l 8. Greg Dowling, 9. Nicky Kiss, 10. Shaun Wane, 11. Nick Du Toit, 12. Andy Goodway, 13. Ian Potter
WiganlSubs Used:l 14. Martin Dermott (replaced Nicky Kiss - 73rd Minute), 15. Graeme West (replaced Ian Potter - 78th Minute)


Greg Dowling 3, Steve Ella, Ellery Hanley, Nicky Kiss

WiganlGoals:l David Stephenson 6

LeighlBacks:l 1. Chris Johnson, 2. Des Drummond, 3. John Henderson, 4. Robert Henson, 5. Phil Fox, 6. Trevor Cogger, 7. Phil Johnson
LeighlForwards:l 8. Bryan Gelling, 9. Ray Tabern, 10. Derek Pyke, 11. Tony Cottrell, 12. Jeff Clarke, 13. John Westhead
LeighlSubs Used:l 14. John Kerr (replaced Trevor Cogger - 55th Minute), 15. Peter Mayoh (replaced Bryan Gelling - 65th Minute)


Phil Johnson, Phil Fox

LeighlGoals:l (None)

The John Player Semi Final draw saw Wigan get Second Division leaders Leigh in a tie that was to be played at Knowsley Road in St Helens. It proved to be an afternoon of few worries for Wigan as they saw off Leigh with relative ease. Wigan quickly built up a 12-0 lead with tries from Aussies Steve Ella and Greg Dowling but Phil Johnson's try reduced the lead to 12-4. Before Half Time though a second try from Greg Dowling would have Wigan 18-4 in front. It was a bit of a shock early second half with first Phil Fox scoring to reduce the lead to 18-8 before Colin Whitfield was sent off for a high tackle on Rob Henson. But even with 12 men Wigan recovered to kick on despite increasingly muddy conditions. Just as BBC Commentator Ray French remarked at how "ineffective" Ellery Hanley had been he was sent under the sticks for 24-8 and that finished Leigh off. Late in the game, Nicky Kiss scored for 30-8 before Dowling completed his hat-trick and the 36-8 win. After the game, Wigan announced the signings of South Africans Rob Louw and Ray Mordt which full parade for the South African SABC film crew in attendance.

Half Time:l

Leigh 4 Wigan 18




Fred Lindop (Wakefield)

Red Card:l

Wigan 2. Colin Whitfield was Sent Off in the 49th Minute for a High Tackle

Live Coverage on BBC 1 during "Grandstand" - Commentary: Ray French & Alex Murphy

1985-1986 John Player Special Trophy Semi Final Results

Saturday 14th December 1985
Leigh 8 Wigan 36 (at Knowsley Road, St Helens - Live Coverage on BBC 1)

Saturday 21st December 1985
St Helens 4 Hull 22 (at Headingley, Leeds - Live Coverage on BBC 1)

BBC 1 - Saturday 14th December 1985
8:30am Cartoon: The Family-Ness
8:35am Children of Fire Mountain
9:00am Saturday Superstone (with Mike Read and Guests: Les Dennis, Dustin Gee)
12:15pm Grandstand presented by Desmond Lynam including.....
12:20 Football Focus with Bob Wilson
12:45, 1:15, 1:50 Horse Racing from Ascot
1:30 Trampolining: The Hermesetas World Cup from Crystal Palace
2:05 Rugby League: Leigh v Wigan
3:50 Half Time Scores
3:55 Showjumping from Olympia
4:20 Skiing from Val Gardena, Italy
4:40 Final Score
5:05pm News with Jan Leeming
5:15pm Sport, North West News
5:20pm The Krankies Elektronik Komik (Guests: The Great Sopendo, The Three Degrees)
5:50pm The Noel Edmonds Late, Late Breakfast Show
6:40pm Bob's Full House (Bingo Quiz with Bob Monkhouse)
7:15pm Juliet Bravo
8:05pm Only Fools and Horses: "Watching the Girls Go By" (Comedy with David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Buster Merryfield)
8:35pm News & Sport with Jan Leeming, Weather
8:50pm Film: "Missing Pieces" (from 1983 starring Elizabeth Montgomery, Ron Karabatsos)
10:25pm International Showjumping (presented by David Vine)
11:40pm Film: "They Call Me Trinity" (from 1972 starring Terence Hill, Bud Spencer)
1:30am Weather, National Anthem, Closedown