1989-90 season: In stats

After concluding our rewind to the 1989-90 season on Wigan TV this week, Club Historian Keith Sutch provides all the key stats and facts from the year Wigan won the treble. 

General facts

  • John Monie was Wigan’s Head Coach 
  • Ellery Hanley was Club Captain
  • Wigan won the Regal Trophy, Championship title and Challenge Cup during the 1989-90 season
  • It was the first year the league cup was named as the Regal Trophy (previously John Player Special Trophy) 
    • Wigan played Halifax at Headingley and won 24-12 – Ellery Hanley scored a hat-trick 
  • With 20 wins from 26 games in the league, Wigan finished top of the table and won the Championship title – Shaun Edwards was awarded the Man of Steel
  • Wigan beat Warrington 36-14 at Wembley to lift the Challenge Cup and complete the treble – Andy Gregory was named the Lance Todd Trophy winner 
  • During the season, Wigan played at four different football stadia 
    • Anfield, Liverpool for the Charity Shield match against Widnes 
    • Hillsborough, Sheffield for a league game against Sheffield 
    • Clarement Road, London for a Lancashire Cup game against Fulham 
    • Old Trafford, Manchester for the Challenge Cup Semi-Final vs St Helens 
  • Wigan scored six hat-tricks throughout the season – Mark Preston (x2), Kevin Iro, Shaun Edwards, Andy Goodway and Ellery Hanley all scored hat-tricks
  • Wigan’s biggest win of the season came at Barrow in the league on 1stOctober 1989 – the visitors won 0-66 with Ged Byrne, Shaun Edwards, John Gilfillan and Ged Stazicker all scoring twice, while Dean Bell, Phil Blake, David Marshall and Mark Preston all went over for one each
    • Wigan thrashed Barrow again 14 days later and recorded their second biggest victory of the season – a 62-6 win at Central Park with Mark Preston scoring five tries, Shaun Edwards touching down for four and Les Davidson and Andy Goodway going over for one each
  • As part of the Kiwis Tour 1989 series, Wigan hosted New Zealand on 8thOctober and won 24-14 


Games (all competitions) 

  • 44 games overall 
    • 26 league games
    • Three games in the Lancashire Cup
    • Six games in the Regal Trophy 
    • Five games in the Challenge Cup 
    • Two games in the Premiership Trophy 
    • Charity Shield match (vs Widnes)
    • Tour match (vs New Zealand) 

League stats 

  • 26 games 
  • Won 20 
  • Drawn 0 
  • Lost 6
  • 40 points  
  • Points For: 699
  • Pont Against: 349 
  • Points difference: 350

League table 

  1. Wigan 
  2. Leeds 
  3. Widnes 
  4. Bradford Northern
  5. St Helens
  6. Hull FC
  7. Castleford
  8. Warrington
  9. Wakefield 
  10. Featherstone
  11. Sheffield 
  12. Leigh (relegated)
  13. Salford (relegated)
  14. Barrow (relegated) 

(Hull KR, Rochdale and Oldham were promoted)

Player stats (all competitions) 

  • Top tryscorer 
    • Mark Preston: scored 32 tries in 41 games (played most games in Wigan squad)
    • Shaun Edwards came second in the list with 25 tries
  • Top goalscorer 
    • Joe Lydon: converted 83 goals
  • Top pointscorer 
    • Joe Lydon: scored ten tries and converted 83 goals = 206 points

Wigan’s 30-man squad 

  • Dean Bell
  • Denis Betts 
  • Phil Blake 
  • Ged Byrne 
  • Phil Clarke 
  • Les Davidson 
  • Martin Dermott 
  • Shaun Edwards 
  • Mike Forshaw 
  • Ian Gildart 
  • John Gilfillan 
  • Henderson Gill 
  • Andy Goodway  
  • Bobbie Goulding 
  • Andy Gregory 
  • Steve Hampson 
  • Ellery Hanley 
  • Kevin Iro 
  • Nicky Kiss 
  • Ian Lucas 
  • Joe Lydon 
  • David Marshall 
  • Gus O’Donnell
  • Andy Platt  
  • Mark Preston 
  • Adrian Shelford 
  • Ged Stazicker 
  • Shaun Tyrer 
  • Shaun Wane 
  • Graeme West 
The 1990 Challenge Cup Final winning team.


  • Four players made their debut for Wigan during the season 
    • John Gilfillan  
    • Phil Blake (scored on debut)
    • Les Davidson 
    • Mike Forshaw 


  • Wigan’s highest attendance for a league home game came against St Helens on Boxing Day 1989 where 27,075 watched at Central Park
  • The Regal Trophy Final saw 17,180 fans in attendance at Headingley
  • 77,729 fans were in attendance at Wembley for the Challenge Cup Final 
Saturday 06 June 2020