1988–89 League Cup (rugby league)

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1988–89 League Cup
StructureNational knockout championship
Teams18
Winners Wigan
Runners-up Widnes
Seasons

The 1988–89 John Player Special Trophy was the eighteenth season for the competition (named as such due to sponsorship from John Player & Sons).

Contents

Wigan won the final, beating Widnes by the score of 12-6. The match was played at Burnden Park, Bolton, Greater Manchester. The attendance was 20,709 and receipts were £94874.

Background

This season saw no changes in the entrants, no new members and no withdrawals, the number remaining at thirty-six
Huddersfield dropped the "Barracuda" suffix and the ground reverted to the traditional Fartown name, much to the relief of most of the fans - and - Springfield Borough moved to Chorley after only one season and re-branded themselves Chorley Borough, playing at Victory Park, the home of Chorley FC

Competition and Results

[1] [2]

Preliminary Round

[3] Involved 4 matches and 8 Clubs

Game NoFixture DateHome TeamScoreAway TeamVenueAttRecNotesRef
1Sun 30 Oct 1988 Featherstone Rovers 46-2 Hunslet Post Office Road 1972
2Sun 30 Oct 1988 Wigan St Patricks 36-2Elland (Halifax) Central Park 25101, 2
3Sun 30 Oct 1988 Workington Town 2-28 Castleford Derwent Park 1502
4Sun 6 Nov 1988 Bramley 56-10 Fulham McLaren Field850

Round 1 - First Round

[3] Involved 16 matches and 32 Clubs

Game NoFixture DateHome TeamScoreAway TeamVenueAttRecNotesRef
1Sat 12 Nov 1988 Leeds 12-21 Castleford Headingley 10006
2Sun 13 Nov 1988 Bradford Northern 34-18 Dewsbury Odsal 2555
3Sun 13 Nov 1988 Bramley 32-6 Mansfield Marksman McLaren Field1151
4Sun 13 Nov 1988 Halifax 22-4 Salford Thrum Hall 6661
5Sun 13 Nov 1988 Huddersfield 4-22 Chorley Borough Fartown 1120 [4]
6Sun 13 Nov 1988 Hull F.C. 26-10 Batley Boulevard 4054 [5]
7Sun 13 Nov 1988 Hull Kingston Rovers 40-0 Keighley Craven Park (1) 3319
8Sun 13 Nov 1988 Leigh 42-14 Barrow Hilton Park 3256
9Sun 13 Nov 1988 Rochdale Hornets 26-20 Whitehaven Athletic Grounds 888
10Sun 13 Nov 1988 Runcorn Highfield 2-92 Wigan Central Park 72333, 4, 5 [2]
11Sun 13 Nov 1988 Sheffield Eagles 80-8 Wigan St Patricks Owlerton Stadium 621
12Sun 13 Nov 1988 Swinton 13-16 Doncaster Station Road 2182
13Sun 13 Nov 1988 Wakefield Trinity 34-14 Carlisle Belle Vue 2513 [6]
14Sun 13 Nov 1988 Warrington 21-14 Oldham Wilderspool 5528 [7]
15Sun 13 Nov 1988 Widnes 37-12 Featherstone Rovers Naughton Park 52996 [8]
16Sun 13 Nov 1988 York 6-14 St. Helens Clarence Street3082 [9]

Round 2 - Second Round

[10] Involved 8 matches and 16 Clubs

Game NoFixture DateHome TeamScoreAway TeamVenueAttRecNotesRef
1Sat 26 Nov 1988 Wigan 20-16 Halifax Central Park 10826 [2]
2Sun 27 Nov 1988 Castleford 18-19 Bradford Northern Wheldon Road 7688
3Sun 27 Nov 1988 Chorley Borough 22-36 Hull Kingston Rovers Victory Park 983
4Sun 27 Nov 1988 Leigh 40-8 Doncaster Hilton Park 4321
5Sun 27 Nov 1988 St. Helens 16-13 Hull F.C. Knowsley Road 7485 [5] [9]
6Sun 27 Nov 1988 Sheffield Eagles 9-32 Widnes Owlerton Stadium 2716 [8]
7Sun 27 Nov 1988 Wakefield Trinity 38-12 Rochdale Hornets Belle Vue 2486 [6]
8Sun 27 Nov 1988 Warrington 42-10 Bramley Wilderspool 3274 [7]

Round 3 -Quarter Finals

[11] Involved 4 matches with 8 clubs

Game NoFixture DateHome TeamScoreAway TeamVenueAttRecNotesRef
1Sat 3 Dec 1988 Widnes 16-7 Warrington Naughton Park 6449 [7] [8]
2Sun 4 Dec 1988 Bradford Northern 6-0 Leigh Odsal 3975
3Sun 4 Dec 1988 Hull Kingston Rovers 16-16 Wigan Craven Park (1) 7142 [2]
4Sun 4 Dec 1988 St. Helens 34-18 Wakefield Trinity Knowsley Road 7602 [6] [9]

Round 3 -Quarter Finals - Replays

Involved 1 match with 2 clubs

Game NoFixture DateHome TeamScoreAway TeamVenueAttRecNotesRef
1Wed 7 Dec 1988 Wigan 30-0 Hull Kingston Rovers Central Park 13278 [9]

Round 4 – Semi-Finals

[12] Involved 2 matches and 4 Clubs

Game NoFixture DateHome TeamScoreAway TeamVenueAttRecNotesRef
1Sat 10 Dec 1988 Widnes 20-18 St. Helens Wigan ??6755 [8] [9]
2Sat 17 Dec 1988 Wigan 16-5 Bradford Northern Leeds ??6809 [2]

Final

Game NoFixture DateHome TeamScoreAway TeamVenueAttRecNotesRef
Saturday 7 January 1989 Wigan 12-6 Widnes Burnden Park 20709948747 [8] [13] [14] [15]

Teams and Scorers

[13] [14] [15] [16]

Wigan Widnes
teams
Steve Hampson 1 Alan Tait
Dean Bell 2 Rick Thackray
Kevin Iro 3 Andy Currier
Joe Lydon 4 Darren Wright
Tony Iro 5 Martin "Chariots" Offiah
Ged Byrne 6 Tony Myler
Shaun Edwards 7 David Hulme
Adrian Shelford 8 Kurt Sorensen
Martin Dermott 9 Phil McKenzie
Shaun Wane 10 Joe Grima
Denis Betts 11 Mike O'Neill
Ian Potter 12 Emosi Koloto
Ellery Hanley 13 "Richie" Eyres
Andy Gregory (for Joe Lydon 51 min)14?? Not used
Andy Goodway (for Adrian Shelford 20 min)15 Paul Hulme (for Emosi Koloto 44 min)
Graham Lowe Coach Doug Laughton
12score6
6HT6
Scorers
Tries
Kevin Iro (1)TDarren Wright (1)
Ellery Hanley (1)T
Goals
Joe Lydon (2)GAndy Currier (1)
Referee John Holdsworth (Kippax)
Man of the match Ellery Hanley - Wigan - loose forward
Competition Sponsor John Player Special

Scoring - Try = four (4) points - Goal = two (2) points - Drop goal = one (1) point

Timeline in the final

TimeIncidentScore
incidentsincidentsscore
6th MinuteTry: Kevin Iro4-0
13th MinuteTry: Darren Wright4-4
Conversion: Andy Currier4-6
21st MinutePenalty Goal: Joe Lydon6-6
Half Time6-6
42nd MinutePenalty Goal: Joe Lydon8-6
69th MinuteTry: Ellery Hanley12-6
Full Time12-6

Prize Money

As part of the sponsorship deal and funds, the prize money awarded to the competing teams for this season is as follows :-

Finish PositionCash PrizeNo. receiving prizeTotal Cash
Winner?1?
Runner-up?1?
semi-finalist?2?
loser in Rd 3?4?
loser in Rd 2?8?
Loser in Rd 1?16?
Loser in Prelim Round???
Grand Total

Note - the author is unable to trace the award amounts for this season. Can anyone help ?

The road to success

This tree excludes any preliminary round fixtures

First Round Second Round Third Round Semi Finals Final
               
Huddersfield 4
Chorley Borough 22
Chorley Borough 22
Hull Kingston Rovers 36
Hull Kingston Rovers 40
Keighley 0
Hull Kingston Rovers 16(0)
Wigan 16 (30)
Runcorn Highfield 2
Wigan 92
Wigan 20
Halifax 16
Halifax 22
Salford 4
Wigan 16
Bradford Northern 5
Leeds 12
Castleford 21
Castleford 18
Bradford Northern 19
Bradford Northern 34
Dewsbury 18
Bradford Northern 6
Leigh 0
Leigh 42
Barrow 14
Leigh 40
Doncaster 18
Swinton 13
Doncaster 16
Wigan 12
Widnes 6
Sheffield Eagles 80
Wigan St Patricks 8
Sheffield Eagles 9
Widnes 34
Widnes 37
Featherstone Rovers 12
Widnes 16
Warrington 7
Warrington 21
Oldham 14
Warrington 42
Bramley 10
Bramley 32
Mansfield Marksman 6
Widnes 20
St. Helens 15
York 6
St. Helens 14
St. Helens 16
Hull F.C. 13
Hull F.C. 26
Batley 10
St. Helens 34
Wakefield Trinity 18
Wakefield Trinity 34
Carlisle 14
Wakefield Trinity 38
Rochdale Hornets 12
Rochdale Hornets 26
Whitehaven 20

Notes and comments

1 * Wigan St Patricks are a Junior (amateur) club from Wigan [17]
2 * Elland are a Junior (amateur) club from the Halifax area of Yorkshire [18]
3 * Runcorn Highfield forfeited home advantage for a larger gate. Runcorn Players were also in dispute and the club fielded a very reduced strength team comprised a number of trialists and reserves (and coach Bill Ashurst, (an ex Wigan player) who came out of retirement especially to play, and was disappointedly sent off 12 minutes after coming off the subs bench)
4 * A Wigan record victory in this tournament
5 * The highest score, highest score by home team and highest winning margin in the competition, between all clubs to date
6 * RUGBYLEAGUEproject [1] and Widnes official archives [8] give the score as 37-12 but Wigan official archives [2] gives it as 37-2
7 * Burnden Park was the home of English football club Bolton Wanderers from 1895 to 1997. It hosted the 1900-01 FA Cup Final replay in which Tottenham Hotspur beat Sheffield United 3.1. The record attendance was for a 6th round F A Cup match with Stoke City (Stanley Matthews played for Stoke at the time) at which, although the ground capacity was set at 70,000, an estimated 85,000 fans crowded in, and when two crush barriers broke, the result was 33 fans killed and another 400 injured. The capacity at closure was a mere 25,000

General information for those unfamiliar

The council of the Rugby Football League voted to introduce a new competition, to be similar to The Football Association and Scottish Football Association's "League Cup". It was to be a similar knock-out structure to, and to be secondary to, the Challenge Cup. As this was being formulated, sports sponsorship was becoming more prevalent and as a result John Player and Sons, a division of Imperial Tobacco Company, became sponsors, and the competition never became widely known as the "League Cup"
The competition ran from 1971-72 until 1995-96 and was initially intended for the professional clubs plus the two amateur BARLA National Cup finalists. In later seasons the entries were expanded to take in other amateur and French teams. The competition was dropped due to "fixture congestion" when Rugby League became a summer sport The Rugby League season always (until the onset of "Summer Rugby" in 1996) ran from around August-time through to around May-time and this competition always took place early in the season, in the Autumn, with the final usually taking place in late January
The competition was variably known, by its sponsorship name, as the Player's No.6 Trophy (1971–1977), the John Player Trophy (1977–1983), the John Player Special Trophy (1983–1989), and the Regal Trophy in 1989.

See also

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