1997 Wigan Warriors season

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1997 Wigan Warriors season
Super League II Rank4th
Play-off resultWon Premiership Final
Challenge Cup 4th round
1997 recordWins: 14; Draws: 0; Losses: 8
Points scoredFor: 683; Against: 398
Team information
Stadium Central Park
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The 1997 Wigan Warriors season was the 102nd season in the club's rugby league history and the second season in the Super League. Coached by Eric Hughes, the Warriors competed in Super League II and finished in 4th place, but went on to win the Premiership Final at Old Trafford against St. Helens. The club also competed in the 1997 Challenge Cup, and were knocked out in the fourth round by St Helens.



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2 Broncoscolours.png London Broncos 221534616418+19833
3 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 221417592506+8629
4 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 221408683398+28528
5 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 221318544463+8127
6 Redscolours.svg Salford Reds 2211011428495-6722
7 Faxcolours.svg Halifax Blue Sox 228212524549-4918
8 Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 229013415574-15918
9 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 228014437647-21016
10 Cascolours.png Castleford Tigers 225215334515-18112
11 France colours.svg Paris Saint-Germain 226016362572-21012
12 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Bears 224117461631-1709
Champions Relegated


Source: [1]

Players marked * left the club during the season.

1 Kris Radlinski 33150060
2 Jason Robinson 31200080
3 Va'aiga Tuigamala *10000
4 Gary Connolly 28150060
5 Rob Smyth 00000
6 Henry Paul 2774036
7 Shaun Edwards *10000
8 Neil Cowie 272008
9 Mick Cassidy 332008
10 Terry O'Connor 281004
11 Simon Haughton 31150060
13 Andy Farrell 3391464332
14 Craig Murdock 1840016
15 Andy Johnson 31160064
16 Danny Ellison 12100040
17 Stephen Holgate 310000
18 Stuart Lester 80000
20 Nigel Wright 142019
21 Daryl Cardiss 1630012
22 Paul Johnson 102008
23 Ian Sherratt 00000
24 Sean Long *40000
25 Gaël Tallec 2830012
26 Doc Murray 80000
27 Martin Hall 1821010
28 Paul Koloi 51004
29 Lee Hansen 250000
30 Tony Smith 23160064
31 Ian Talbot 31004
32 Neil Baynes 20000
33 Lee Gilmour 10000
34 Jon Clarke 91004



Tony Smith Scrum half Castleford Tigers £150,000March 1997
Lee Hansen Prop forward Widnes Vikings ExchangeApril 1997
Paul Koloi Centre Canterbury Cardinals May 1997
Denis Betts Second-row Auckland Warriors May 1997
Tony Mestrov Prop forward London Broncos November 1997
Mark Bell Winger St. George Dragons November 1997
Robbie McCormack Hooker Hunter Mariners November 1997
Danny Moore Centre Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles December 1997


Kelvin Skerrett Prop forward Halifax FreeJanuary 1997
Va'aiga Tuigamala Centre Newcastle Falcons £500,000February 1997
Shaun Edwards Scrum half London Broncos UndisclosedMarch 1997
Sean Long Scrum half Widnes Vikings ExchangeApril 1997
Matthew Knowles Widnes Vikings ExchangeApril 1997

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