Connolly Has Magic Memories

Connolly Has Magic Memories

Murrayfield holds a special place in the heart of Gary Connolly thanks to Wigan's famous 2002 Challenge Cup Final win.

But the former Great Britain star believes the Edinburgh stadium is also rapidly becoming a favourite with all Engage Super League players thanks to Magic Weekend, which stage seven games on May 1 and 2.

Connolly said: "All the players like the weekend because Murrayfield is such a fantastic stadium.

"Not every player gets to experience playing in a big final in a huge stadium but Magic Weekend gives everybody the chance to experience what it's like.

"It's fantastic for both the players and the fans. All the supporters I talk to love it and go back every year because it is such a superb weekend."

Murrayfield was the venue for the final that will long be remembered as the ‘Kris Radlinski Cup final', a match that Connolly admits is "one of the games I always look back on as one of the favourites in my career."

St Helens were favourites to win, especially with Radlinski expected to be ruled out after spending a week in hospital with a foot infection.

Radlinski famously declared himself fit; shortly before kick off, and went on to win the Lance Todd Trophy in the 21-12 victory.

"It's certainly a game I remember very fondly. I scored one of the tries and it was just a fantastic occasion," said Connolly.

"Saints were favourites, especially because we had a few injuries and because Kris wasn't expected to play.

"I had trained all week at full back and it was only an hour and a half before kick off that Kris said he could play, with me moving into the centres.

"It caused a bit of disruption to the team, going into the game, but it was great having Kris in. I don't think we would have won the game without him."

Connolly has highlighted Wigan's clash with Huddersfield on Sunday (4.00) as the pick of this weekend's fixtures.

But he believes the whole weekend is tremendous for the fans, saying: "You definitely get your money's worth.

"You can come and go as you want, watching all seven games and it's a great atmosphere. Fans have a lot of banter and mix without any problem.

"There is nothing else like this in any other sport. Rugby League have always been first to try new things and Magic Weekend is definitely a positive thing."

Tickets for The Magic Weekend are still available with full weekend passes priced from just £30 and £15 for concessions. Season ticket holders are entitled to a 50 per cent discount.

Wigan Warriors fans can purchase tickets from the DW Stadium Ticket Office or by calling 0871 66 33 552 until 5pm on Thursday.

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