21st September 1986: Bradford 10 Wigan 20
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Bradford Northern 10 Wigan 20 - Sunday 21st September 1986
Venue: Odsal Stadium, Bradford
Competition: Stones Bitter Championship
Kick Off: 3:30pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Steve Hampson, 2. Dean Bell, 3. David Stephenson, 4. Joe Lydon, 5. Henderson Gill, 6. Ellery Hanley, 7. Shaun Edwards
WiganlForwards:l 8. Graeme West, 9. Martin Dermott, 10. Brian Case, 11. Rob Louw, 12. Ian Potter, 13. Andy Goodway
WiganlSubs Used:l 15. Shaun Wane (replaced Graeme West)

WiganlTries:l

Henderson Gill, Ian Potter, Joe Lydon, Steve Hampson

WiganlGoals:l David Stephenson 1, Joe Lydon 1

BradfordlTries:l

Mal Graham

BradfordlGoals:l John Woods 3
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Summary:l

Wigan and Bradford came into this game with 100% records for the league season so far. The match was played at Odsal a day after the ground had hosted the football derby between Bradford City and Leeds United in which Leeds fans had rioted, injuring a policeman, and set fire to a fish and chip stall. The Sickest case of hooliganism at a time when Bradford City were forced to play at Odsal following the terrible fire at their Valley Parade ground just over a year earlier that had seen 56 supporters burnt alive and injured 265 more. 60 arrests had occurred on the Saturday but the ground was declared fit for the rugby on the Sunday and Wigan had to work hard to maintain their winning start to the season. Tries from Henderson Gill and Ian Potter helped them into a 10-4 half time lead but Bradford hit back with a try from Mal Graham early in the second half. The match was level for a long while before late tries from Joe Lydon and Steve Hampson got Wigan home.

Half Time:l

Bradford 4 Wigan 10

Attendance:l

11,277

Referee:l

Geoff Berry (Batley)

Top of the First Division - After This Match
1st Place:l St Helens - Played - 4 - Won - 4 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 0 - Points: - 8 - (Pts Diff: +108)
2nd Place:l Wigan - Played - 4 - Won - 4 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 0 - Points: - 8 - (Pts Diff: +87)
3rd Place:l Castleford - Played - 4 - Won - 4 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 0 - Points: - 8 - (Pts Diff: +52)
4th Place:l Widnes - Played - 4 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 1 - Points: - 6 - (Pts Diff: +65)
5th Place:l Bradford - Played - 4 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 1 - Points: - 6 - (Pts Diff: +31)
6th Place:l Halifax - Played - 4 - Won - 2 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 1 - Points: - 5 - -