7th October 1987

7th October 1987

Today mark’s the 30th anniversary of one of the most famous nights in Rugby League history when Wigan became World Club Champions for the first time.

Played on a Wednesday night with a 7:45pm kick-off, a huge crowd of 36,895 packed into Central Park to see the Cherry and Whites take on the Australian champions.

Neither side were able to score a try in an ill-tempered affair but David Stephenson’s four penalty goals helped Wigan confirm their place amongst the greats of the game.

See below a collection of images from the game.

The Manly team take to the field at a packed out Central Park.
Ellery Hanley competes with Paul Shaw for a high ball.
A Michael O’Connor penalty goal put Manly in front early on.
Henderson Gill goes looking for the ball.
Ellery Hanley takes on the Manly defence.
Nicky Kiss is stopped in his tracks.
Joe Lydon looks to find a way through.
Graham Lowe salutes the Wigan fans at full time.
The Wigan team celebrate a famous win.

Match details


1 Steve Hampson, 2 Richard Russell, 3 David Stephenson 4G, 4 Joe Lydon, 5 Henderson Gill, 6 Shaun Edwards, 7 Andy Gregory, 8 Brian Case, 9 Nicky Kiss, 10 Shaun Wane, 11 Andy Goodway, 12 Ian Potter, 13 Ellery Hanley.

Substitutes: 14 Ged Byrne (dnp), 15 Graeme West (dnp), 16 Ian Gildart (dnp), 17 Ian Lucas


1 Dale Shearer, 2 David Ronson, 3 Darrell Williams, 4 Michael O’Connor 1G, 5 Stuart Davis, 6 Cliff Lyons, 7 Des Hasler, 8 Paul Vautin, 9 Owen Cunningham, 10 Ron Gibbs, 11 Ian Gately, 12 Mal Cochrane, 13 Phil Daley.

Substitutes: 14 Mark Brokenshire, 15 Jeremy Ticehurst, 16 Mark Pocock (dnp), 17 Paul Shaw

Sin bin: Lyons (Manly), Case (Wigan)

Sent off: Gibbs (Manly)

HT: 4-2

Attendance: 36,895

Referee: John Holdsworth

Images - Varley Picture Agency

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