2010 Review - Part Two

2010 Review - Part Two

We look back on 2010 from June to the Grand Final win at Old Trafford, Part One can be found under yesterday's date.

June 2010

Warriors trio of Joel and Sam Tomkins and Sean O'Loughlin are named in Steve McNamara's England squad for the mid-season international with France at Leigh Sports Village.

Mick Hogan leaves the Club to take up similar position with Sale Sharks.
Wigan play their first home game in six weeks against Castleford Tigers and come out on top, 38-22. The day is a celebration with the Festival of Rugby organised by the Community Foundation.

Sam Tomkins grabs four tries as England defeat France

Wigan complete a Super League double over the Wildcats with a 48-6 success in West Yorkshire. Pryce scores three, Richards two in a nine try romp.

Wigan go down 26-24 in a close fought derby at home to Saints in front of over 20,000 spectators.

Wigan confirm they will field a side for the Carnegie Nines Tournament in August.

Goulding has his contract extended to 2011 with an option for 2012 after an impressive first half of the season.

Wigan win 36-12 away to Harlequins, Richards grabs two tries and six goals.

July 2010

Hansen returns to the Warriors squad for the first time since March for the game away to Catalans Dragons. Wigan produce a scintillating display to come away 34-16 winners in the South of France.

Pat Richards wins the Player of the Month for June.

Wigan Warriors are the first Super League Club to produce a TV ad to promote the Big One 2 home fixture with Warrington Wolves. The ad stars Sam Tomkins, Richie Myler and Warriors fans.

Charnley joins Hull KR on loan and makes an immediate impression.

Wigan run out 60-10 home winners against 12 men Salford, Goulding scores a hat-trick in the 10 try display, Richards hits ten conversions. Paul Deacon returns to the side after missing a couple of month's action with a groin injury.

The Warriors squad head to the Big One rollercoaster ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach to promote the Big One 2 against the Wolves.

Wigan go down 23-16 in the Big One 2 against Warrington, 16-23 in front of 22,701 fans.

The Warriors offer scholarship and academy terms to eight of the Club's promising players.

Wigan confirm the signings of Melbourne Storm trio, Brett Finch, Ryan Hoffman and Jeff Lima from 2011 onwards. Hoffman signs for one year with an option, Finch for 2011 and 2012 and Lima for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Shaun Wane takes charge of the games at Hull and Leeds as Michael Maguire heads home for family personal reasons. Wigan win 46-0 at the KC Stadium, Richards hat-trick and Sam Tomkins and Liam Farrell double. The Warriors back that up with a fantastic 26-12 win at Leeds to take a stranglehold on the League Leaders position. The Warriors are six points clear at the top of the table now.

August 2010

Pat Richards wins the July Player of the Month Award.

Gleeson has a hernia operation which will mean he will miss the games against Huddersfield and Hull KR this month.

The Club hold their 2010 Fan Day at the Co-operative Community Stadium which is another huge success.

Wigan lose 16-18 at home to Huddersfield Giants which means the Warriors still require one point to ensure top spot for 2010.

Wigan secure League Leaders shield with a 38-18 away win at Hull KR securing the Club's first silverware since 2002 and the first under Chairman Ian Lenagan and new Head Coach Michael Maguire. Richards grabs a 22 point haul in the game with two tries and seven goals. Hansen picks up a re-occurrence of the shoulder injury.

Wigan win the Carnegie 9's under Darren Fletcher. A side made up of 20's and 18's players defeat Hull, Jamaica, Warrington and Bradford in the Final, 20-16.

Wigan head for a three day training camp at St Andrews in Scotland to help prepare for the final run in.

Wigan confirm that Mark Riddell, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Phil Bailey and Shaun Ainscough will all be leaving the Club at the end of the season. Riddell is released from the final year of his contract for family reasons.

September 2010

Wigan Warriors receive the League Leaders Shield in front of the home fans following a 34-12 win over Bradford Bulls at the DW Stadium. Goulding and Richards cross twice in the seven try show. Pat Richards grabbed 14 points in the game to equal Andy Farrell's Super League record of 388 points in a regular season which was set in 2001. Pat also passed Kris Radlinski's record of Wigan player with most tries in a Super League season of 27 from 2001.

Wigan's best season for a decade has been recognised with the selection of four of their players in the 2010 Engage Super League Dream Team. The 13 players in the team of the year have scored a combined total of over 150 tries, more than a third of which have come courtesy of the four Wigan Warriors players selected in the 2010 Engage Super League Dream Team.The four Warriors are winger Pat Richards, loose forward Sean O'Loughlin and second row Joel Tomkins, all of whom are making their Engage Super League Dream Team debuts, plus stand-off Sam Tomkins, who was a member of the 2009 Dream Team.

After lifting the 2010 League Leaders shield in front of 17,058 fans against Bradford the Warriors took the title of Britain's Best Supported Rugby League Club. The Club have taken the title from Champions Leeds Rhinos by recording an aggregate crowd of 204,402 from 13 regular season games, an average of 15,723. The average is their second highest average crowd since the move to the JJB / DW Stadium in 1999, only beaten by the average of 16,039 which was recorded in 2007.

Wigan Warriors Prop Forwards Stuart Fielden and Andy Coley have signed new contracts with the Club. Stuart has agreed a two year contract for Seasons 2011 and 2012, whilst Andy has signed for 2011 with an option for 2012.

Pat Richards is crowned Rugby League Writers Player of the Season.

Wigan go down 26-27 in their Qualifying Play-Off tie with Leeds Rhinos at the DW Stadium. Wigan led 14-0; the Rhinos won the game with a late Kevin Sinfield drop goal. The loss means Wigan lose the right to choose Clubcall for Week 3.

Pat Richards and Sam Tomkins join Warrington's Adrian Morley in a three man shortlist for the Man of Steel.

Pat Richards and Sam Tomkins share the Albert Goldthorpe Medal (League Express)

The Warriors defeat Hull KR at home 42-18 to move within 80 minutes of a Grand Final appearance.

St Helens choose Huddersfield at Clubcall which means Wigan will travel to Leeds Rhinos in the Play-Offs in week 3.

Wigan Warriors Under 20's win the Valvoline Cup with a Grand Final win 30-22 at St Helens in the last competitive game at Knowsley Road.

Wigan book their place in the Grand Final with a 26-6 win at Leeds Rhinos. It's fourth time lucky for the Warriors who had lost at this stage in the previous three seasons against Leeds twice and St Helens. It's the Warriors first trip to Old Trafford in seven years.

The Club learn of the death of former player Terry Newton.

Fans queue for Grand Final tickets, Wigan sell out of their allocation.

Wigan sweep the Man of Steel Awards, Pat wins the top prize, Sam Tomkins, young player of the year, Michael Maguire coach of the year and the Warriors, Club of the Year at the ceremony in Manchester.

Wigan hold an open training session for fans to watch the team train at the Co-operative Community Stadium.

October 2010

Wigan Warriors are crowned 2010 Champions following a 22-10 win over St Helens at Old Trafford. Martin Gleeson grabs two tries, Darrell Goulding and Sam Tomkins also cross. Tommy Leuluai wins the Harry Sunderland Trophy for a man of the match performance. It's the Warriors first Grand Final success since 1998.

Wigan celebrate the win with an open top bus tour into the town centre, thousands turn out in appalling weather.

Wigan will play St George Illawarra in the World Club Challenge next year as the Dragons defeat Sydney Roosters in the NRL Grand Final.

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