5th April 1987: Wigan 62 Featherstone 7
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Sunday 5th April 1987
Wigan 62 Featherstone Rovers 7
Central Park, Wigan
Stones Bitter Championship - Round 27 of 30
Kick Off: 3:00pm

Wigan Team
1.  Steve Hampson    
2.  Henderson Gill  T3   G 
3.  David Stephenson  T   G6 
4.  Dean Bell  T   
5.  Joe Lydon  T2   
6.  Shaun Edwards    
7.  Andy Gregory  T   
8.  Brian Case    
9.  Nicky Kiss    
10.  Shaun Wane    
11.  Andy Goodway    
12.  Ian Potter    
13.  Ellery Hanley  T4   
       
Sub.  Graeme West    

Featherstone 

1. Chris Bibb, 2. David Jones, 3. John Crossley, 4. Steve Quinn, 5. Paul Wild, 6. Graham Steadman, 7. Deryck Fox, 8. Martin Slater, 9. Mark Hinchcliffe, 10. Karl Harrison, 11. Paul Gearey, 12. Keith Bell, 13. Peter Smith. Subs: Mark Campbell, Nigel Barker.

Tries: Deryck Fox
Goals: Steve Quinn 1
Drop Goals: Dercyk Fox 1

Summary: 

So it came to this. Wigan's first of five attempts they would have to wrap up their first league title in 27 years since 1960! Visiting Featherstone had taken a 1-0 lead with a Deryck Fox drop goal in the 3rd Minute but Wigan soon got going with Shaun Edwards sending Andy Gregory over in the 7th Minute. Further first half tries from Ellery Hanley (2), Henderson Gill (2), Joe Lydon and Dean Bell had Wigan 34-1 up at the break and in the end Hanley would finish with four tries and Gill three. Lydon bagged another second half with David Stephenson also getting a four pointer. Fox would add a try for Featherstone but Wigan had ran them ragged all afternoon to win 62-7. So this was Wigan's first championship that had been achieved using the first past the post system rather than play offs. It was some style to have it wrapped up with four games still to spare.

Half Time:  

Wigan 34 Featherstone 1

Referee:  Robin Whitfield (Widnes)
Attendance:  

13,317

Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match

1st Place:l Wigan - Played - 26 - Won - 24 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 2 - Points: - 48 - (Diff: +642)
2nd Place:l St Helens - Played - 26 - Won - 19 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 6 - Points: - 39 - (Diff: +398)
3rd Place:l Castleford - Played - 27 - Won - 19 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 8 - Points: - 38

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(Diff: +220)
4th Place:l Warrington - Played - 26 - Won - 18 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 7 - Points: - 37 - (Diff: +230)
5th Place:l Halifax - Played - 26 - Won - 15 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 10 - Points: - 31 - (Diff: +46)
6th Place:l Hull KR - Played - 27 - Won - 14 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 13 - Points: - 28 - (Diff: -74)