11th January 1986: Wigan 11 Hull KR 8 (John Player Special Trophy Final)
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Wigan 11 Hull Kingston Rovers 8 - Saturday 11th January 1986
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds
Competition: John Player Special Trophy Final
Kick Off: 2:15pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Steve Hampson, 2. Ray Mordt, 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. Graeme West, 12. Andy Goodway, 13. Ian Potter
WiganlSubs Used:l 14. Shaun Edwards (replaced Henderson Gill - 74th Minute), 15. Nick Du Toit (replaced Ian Potter - Half Time)

WiganlTries:l

Shaun Wane, Mike Ford

WiganlGoals:l David Stephenson 1
WiganlDrops:l Greg Dowling 1

Hull KRlBacks:l 1. John Lydiat, 2. Garry Clark, 3. Mike Smith, 4. John Dorahy, 5. David Laws, 6. Gordon Smith, 7. Paul Harkin
Hull KRlForwards:l 8. Peter Johnston, 9. David Watkinson, 10. Asuquo Ema, 11. Chris Burton, 12. Andy Kelly, 13. Gavin Miller
Hull KRlSubs Used:l 14. Ian Robinson (replaced Peter Johnston - 74th Minute)

Hull KRlTries:l

John Lydiat, David Laws

Hull KRlGoals:l (None)
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Summary:l

Wigan were looking for their second silverware of the season in this John Player Trophy Final against current holders Hull KR at Elland Road. Referee John Holdsworth had to break up pushing and shoving between Steve Hampson and John Dorahy after just 90 seconds but the game eventually settled down into a tough battle. The opening score came in the 11th Minute with Greg Dowling kicking a drop goal for a 1-0 lead. That score until the 29th Minute when Shaun Wane made a cheeky dart from dummy half to score under the posts. That left an easy conversion for David Stephenson to make it 7-0. A minute before half time though, Wigan's good first half work was undone slightly by John Lydiat scoring in the right corner for a 7-4 break score.

That score held until the 57th Minute when a long pass from Dorahy allowed David Laws to score in the left corner. Conversion was missed but it allowed Rovers to lead 8-7. They only led for three minutes though because Wigan quickly responded with Henderson Gill and Steve Ella combining to get Mike Ford over. Conversion missed but the 11-8 lead would remain for the final 19 minutes with Rovers day being impounded by Chris Burton being sent off four minutes from time.

Half Time:l

Wigan 7 Hull KR 4

Attendance:l

17,573

Referee:l

John Holdsworth (Kippax)

Note:l

Hull KR 11. Chris Burton was sent off in the 76th Minute for an off the ball elbow on Shaun Wane.

Television:l

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

BBC 1 - Saturday 11th January 1986
8:30am Cartoon: Willo the Wisp
8:35am Hunter's Gold
9:00am Saturday Superstore
12:15pm Grandstand presented by Desmond Lynam including.....
12:20 Football Focus with Bob Wilson
1:10, 1:45 Boxing
1:30, 2:05, 3:00 Horse Racing from Leopardstown
2:15. 3:10 Rugby League - John Player Trophy Final: Wigan v Hull KR
3:50 Football Half Times
3:55 Boxing and Skiing
4:40 Final Score
5:05pm News, Weather, Sport, North West News
5:20pm Jim'll Fix It
5:55pm The Noel Edmonds Late Late Breakfast Show
6:45pm Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
7:20pm Strike it Rich
8:10pm The Two Ronnies
9:00pm News, Sport, Weather
9:15pm Film: "How to Beat the High Cost of Living" (from 1980 starring Jessica Lange, Susan St James, Jane Curtin)
11:00pm Film: "Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter" (from 1972 starring Horst Janson)
12:30am Weather, National Anthem, Closedown)