Grand Slam season in numbers

Grand Slam season in numbers

On Friday Wigan Warriors revealed the official 2020 hummel home kit.

Drawing influence from the Club’s illustrious past, hummel’s first offering as Wigan Warriors’ official technical kit partner is an iconic look back to the 90s, with the shirt featuring a strong influence from Wigan’s iconic Grand Slam season of 1994-95.

We asked Club Historian, Keith Sutch, to delve into the record books and pull out some stats from the historic, record-breaking season that has inspired Wigan’s 2020 hummel home kit design.

Bevan French and Zak Hardaker reveal the 2020 home shirt.

Wigan R.L.F.C - Season 1994-95

  • The 1994–95 Rugby Football League season was the 100th ever season of professional rugby league football in Britain.

  • Sixteen teams competed from August 1994 until May 1995 for a number of titles, primarily the Stones Bitter Championship.

  • Graeme West, from 08/05/1994 to 01/06/1994, took over from John Dorahy as Caretaker Coach.

  • From 21/08/1994 to 08/02/1997 he became full-time coach.

The 1994-95 Season saw Wigan play 45 games, winning 41, drawing one and losing just three.

With West in charge, Wigan took a clean sweep of all the trophies on offer in 1994-1995 to complete a Grand Slam.

  • Final league position: 1st

  • Stones Bitter League Champions
Wigan lift the Challenge Cup.
  • Regal Trophy Winners: (40-10 vs Warrington)

  • Stones Bitter Premiership Trophy Winners: 69-12 vs Leeds)

  • The 1995 Man of Steel Award for the Player of the Season went to Wigan’s Denis Betts.

Wigan also set a new record for most points in all matches in one season with 1,735 from 45 matches:

  • Division One Championship: 1,148 (from 30 games)

  • Challenge Cup: 230 (from 6 games)

  • Regal Trophy: 170 (from 5 games)

  • Premiership Trophy: 167 (from 3 games)

  • Tour match (Australia): 20 (from 1 game)

  • Top point-scorer: Frano Botica - 408 (186 goals, 9 tries)

  • Top try-scorer: Martin Offiah – 53
Martin Offiah.
  • Gary Connolly was the only ever present with a total of 45 games - 43 apps, 2 subs

  • Wigan scored 19 hat-tricks in all competitions - the most the Club has recorded in its history. Offiah got nine of them…

In Season 1994-95, Wigan had three games with crowds over 20,000 at Central Park:

  • 8th October vs Australia - 20,057

  • 8th January vs St Helens, Regal Trophy - 23,278

  • 14 April vs St Helens, League - 26,334

Debuts in Season 1994-95 were:

  • Heritage Number 889 - Barrie McDermott - 21st August 1994, Featherstone Rovers - Sub

  • Heritage Number 890 - Henry Paul - 28th August 1994, Sheffield Eagles - Sub

  • Heritage Number 891 - Terry O’Connor - 4th September 1994, Oldham - Prop forward

  • Heritage Number 892 - Matthew Knowles - 12th October 1994, Workington Town - Second row

  • Heritage Number 893 - Andy Johnson - 12th October 1994, Workington Town - Sub

  • Heritage Number 894 - Sean Long - 27th November 1994, Oldham - Sub

  • Heritage Number 895 - Scott Quinnell - 4th December 1994, Rochdale Hornets - Second row

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