27th February 1988: Wigan 10 Widnes 1
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Wigan 10 Widnes 1 - Saturday 27th February 1988
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: Silk Cut Challenge Cup Quarter Final
Kick Off: 3:00pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Steve Hampson, 2. Henderson Gill, 3. Kevin Iro, 4. Ged Byrne, 5. Tony Iro, 6. Shaun Edwards, 7. Andy Gregory
WiganlForwards:l 8. Brian Case, 9. Nicky Kiss, 10. Adrian Shelford, 11. Graeme West, 12. Ian Potter, 13. Andy Goodway
WiganlSubslUsed:l 15. Ian Lucas (replaced Shaun Edwards - 77th Minute)


Tony Iro, Steve Hampson

WiganlGoals:l Kevin Iro 1

WidneslBacks:l 1. John Myler, 2. Rick Thackray, 3. Andy Currier, 4. Darren Wright, 5. Martin Offiah, 6. Barry Dowd, 7. David Hulme
WidneslForwards:l 8. Derek Pyke, 9. Phil McKenzie, 10. Steve O'Neill, 11. Kurt Sorensen, 12. Mike O'Neill, 13. Richie Eyres
WidneslSubslUsed:l (None)





WidneslDrops:l John Myler 1

Wigan had already beaten Second in the Table Bradford and third placed Leeds in the cup so far, now they had to face league leaders Widnes and all before the Semi Finals. Wigan were buoyed by their victory at Naughton Park in the league the previous Sunday but were still absent of the transfer listed Ellery Hanley. The pitch at Central Park was heavily sanded, after being a mud bath in recent weeks, and this slowed the teams down into a gruelling forwards battle. Widnes did well to survive losing David Hulme in the sin bin for a late hit on Andy Gregory and with limited scoring action they decided to kick a drop goal through John Myler in the 35th Minute for a 1-0 lead.

Widnes started the second half far the better side and on 55 minutes they had a "try" by Mike O'Neill controversially disallowed because Richie Eyres had been deemed in touch when TV Replays suggested Wigan got a lucky call off the touch judge. Then, a couple of minutes later, Eyres himself looked like he'd scored near the posts but referee Jim Smith called him held up with Ged Byrne seemingly having pulled off an amazing try saving tackle.

The game ended up turning Wigan's way on the hour when Edwards avoided Rick Thackray's tackle to get a scruffy kick away towards the posts. Myler fumbled it and from the scrum, Gregory fed Steve Hampson, who's long looping pass got Tony Iro in the left corner. Henderson Gill's conversion was woefully wide but Wigan had a crucial 4-1 lead. That score held right until the 76th Minute when Steve Hampson's dummy beat Andy Currier for the try, Kevin Iro converting to seal a 10-1 success.

Half Time:l

Wigan 0 Widnes 1




Jim Smith (Halifax)


Live Coverage on BBC 1 during "Grandstand"

1987-1988 Silk Cut Challenge Cup Quarter Final Results

Saturday 27th February 1988
Wigan 10 Widnes 1 (BBC Grandstand)

Sunday 28th February 1988
Hull 27 Doncaster 12
Hull Kingston Rovers 4 Halifax 26
Salford 22 St Helens 18

BBC 1 - Saturday 27th February 1988
6:45am Open University
8:25am Saturday Starts Here with Comers
8:40am Roland's Rat Race
9:00am Kissyfur
9:30am Going Live!
12:15pm Grandstand including....
12:20 Winter Olympic Highlights
12:30 Football Focus
12:55 Rallying: British Open First Round
1:15 Rugby League Preview
1:25 Boxing
1:45, 2:15, 2:45 Horse Racing from Punchestown, Ireland
1:55, 2:25 Hockey
2:55, 3:50 Rugby League: Challenge Cup - Wigan v Widnes
3:45 Football Half Times
4:30 Rugby Union Round Up
4:40 Final Score
5:05pm News, Weather, Sport, North West News
5:20pm First Class (Debbie Greenwood presents a video quiz for Schools)
5:45pm Jim'll Fix It with Jimmy Savile
6:20pm The Little and Large Show (Comedy with Sid Little & Ernie Large)
6:55pm Sorry! (Sitcom with Ronnie Corbett)
7:25pm The Paul Daniels Magic Show
8:10pm Film: "That Lucky Touch" (from 1975 starring Roger Moore & Susannah York)
9:40pm News, Sport, Weather
9:55pm Carrott Confidential (Satire with Jasper Carrott)
10:30pm Winter Olympics from Calgary, Canada
11:00pm Bette Midler: Art or Bust (Stand Up Comedy from University of Minnesota)
Midnight Film: "We're Fighting Back"
1:30am Weather, National Anthem, Closedown