6th September 1902: Wigan 14 Batley 8 Posted by Bilko
on December 29 2014 - 16:47
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Venue: Central Park, Wigan Competition: League First Division
1. Jack Mason, 2. Jimmy Barr, 3. Tom Eckersley, 4. J.Macauley, 5. Benny
Rouse, 6. Joe Nelson, 7. Dicky Rothwell
8. Harry Ball, 9. Jack Brown, 10. Rueben Collier, 11. Jack
Barton, 12. Jack Hilton, 13. Billy Halliwell, 14. Peter Vickers, 15. Tom
Billy Halliwell 2, Jimmy Barr, Benny Rouse
Dicky Rothwell 1
Two significant changes occurred as Wigan began the
1902-1903 season. After a year playing at Springfield Park sharing with
Wigan Borough FC, Wigan now had their own new ground of Central Park close
to the Wigan Central train station which closed in 1964. This would become
their home until they left for the current DW Stadium home in 1999.
Also the Lancashire and Yorkshire Senior Competition
merged with the clubs rejoining the top seven Lancashire and Yorkshire sides
that had broke away twelve months earlier to form their own combined league.
The new leagues were two divisions of 18 sides and Wigan were in the First
of those two divisions.
This first match at Central Park saw 9,000 attend and
Jimmy Barr had the honour of claiming the grounds first try after just three
minutes. Dicky Rothwell converted for a 5-0 lead. Further tries from Benny
Rouse and Billy Halliwell helped Wigan into a 11-5 lead at half time. Second
Half saw a nip and tuck first few minutes but a second try from Billy
Halliwell settled Wigan down at 14-5 up. Although Batley got a late
consolation try, Wigan were not to be denied a good christening of their new
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