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1987–88 Rugby Football League season

1987–88 Rugby Football League season
Northern Rugby League
1987–88 Season
Champions Widnes
Premiership Widnes
Man of Steel Martin Offiah
Top point-scorer(s) John Woods (Warrington) 351
Top try-scorer(s) Martin Offiah (Widnes) 44
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from Second Division Oldham
Featherstone Rovers
Wakefield Trinity
Relegated to Second Division Leigh
Second Division
Champions Oldham
Top point-scorer(s) Kevin Pape (Carlisle) 23
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The 1987–88 Rugby Football League season was the eighty-fifth season of rugby league football in Britain.

Season summary

The League Champions were Widnes for the second time in their history, exactly ten years after their first. Leigh, Swinton and Hunslet were relegated.

During the season, defending champions Wigan hosted NSWRL champions, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in the 1987 World Club Challenge match.

The Challenge Cup winners were Wigan who beat Halifax 32-12 in the final.

John Player Special Trophy winners were St. Helens who beat Leeds 15-14 in the final.

Rugby League Premiership Trophy Winners were Widnes who beat St. Helens 38-14 in the final.

2nd Division Champions were Oldham. Featherstone Rovers and Wakefield Trinity were also promoted. Blackpool Borough changed their name to Springfield Borough.

Wigan were World Club Champions for the first time when they beat Manly-Warringah 8-2 at Central Park, Wigan on 7 Oct 1987 before a crowd of 36,895 [1]

Wigan beat Warrington 28–16 to win the Lancashire Cup, and Bradford Northern beat Castleford 12–12 (replay 11–2) to win the Yorkshire Cup.

League Tables

Challenge Cup

Wigan had reached the final by beating Bradford Northern 2-0 in Round One at home on 30 Jan; Leeds 30-14 in Round Two at home on 14 Feb; Widnes 10-1 in the Quarter Final at home on 27 Feb and Salford 34-4 in the semi-final played at Bolton on 12 Mar.

Wigan beat Halifax 32-12 in the final played at Wembley before a crowd of 94,273.[2]

Fred Lindop (Wakefield)

Joe Lydon; Tony Iro; Kevin Iro; Dean Bell; Henderson Gill; Shaun Edwards; Andy Gregory; Brian Case; Nicky Kiss; Adrian Shelford; Andy Goodway; Ian Potter; Ellery Hanley; Subs: Ged Byrne and Shaun Wane

Wigan's scorers were K.Iro (2 tries), T.Iro (1 try), Lydon (1 try, 1 goal), Gill (1 try), Bell (1 try), Hanley (1 try) and Gregory (1 goal).

Graham Eadie; Martin Meredith; Tony Anderson; Ian Wilkinson; Colin Whitfield; Bob Grogan; Steve Robinson; Neil James; Seamus McCallion; Keith Neller; Les Holliday; Paul Dixon; John Pendlebury; Subs: Mick Scott and Dick Fairbank.

Halifax's scorers were Tony Anderson (1 try), Neil James (1 try) and Colin Whitfield (2 goals).

This was Wigan’s ninth Challenge Cup Final win in eighteen Final appearances. It was the start of their record breaking eight Challenge Cup Final wins in a row.

The Wigan Scrum Half, Andy Gregory, won the Lance Todd Trophy for his man-of-the-match performance.



  • 1987-88 Rugby Football League season at
  • The Challenge Cup at The Rugby Football League website
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