1987–88 Rugby Football League season
|Stones Bitter Championship|
|Man of Steel||Martin Offiah|
|Top point-scorer(s)||John Woods 351|
|Top try-scorer(s)||Martin Offiah 44|
|Promotion and relegation|
|Promoted from Second Division|| Oldham
|Relegated to Second Division|| Leigh
|Top point-scorer(s)||Kevin Pape (Carlisle) 23|
During the season, defending champions Wigan hosted NSWRL champions, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in the 1987 World Club Challenge match. Wigan were World Club Champions for the first time when they beat Manly-Warringah 8-2 at Central Park, Wigan on 7 Oct 1987 before a crowd of 36,895 
At the end of the season players from the League were selected to go on the 1988 Great Britain Lions tour.
Championship Final Standings
Wigan had reached the final by beating Bradford Northern 2-0 in Round One at home on 30 Jan; Leeds 30-14 in Round Two at home on 14 Feb; Widnes 10-1 in the Quarter Final at home on 27 Feb and Salford 34-4 in the semi-final played at Bolton on 12 Mar.
Wigan beat Halifax 32-12 in the final played at Wembley before a crowd of 94,273.
Fred Lindop (Wakefield)
Joe Lydon; Tony Iro; Kevin Iro; Dean Bell; Henderson Gill; Shaun Edwards; Andy Gregory; Brian Case; Nicky Kiss; Adrian Shelford; Andy Goodway; Ian Potter; Ellery Hanley; Subs: Ged Byrne and Shaun Wane
Wigan's scorers were K.Iro (2 tries), T.Iro (1 try), Lydon (1 try, 1 goal), Gill (1 try), Bell (1 try), Hanley (1 try) and Gregory (1 goal).
Graham Eadie; Martin Meredith; Tony Anderson; Ian Wilkinson; Colin Whitfield; Bob Grogan; Steve Robinson; Neil James; Seamus McCallion; Keith Neller; Les Holliday; Paul Dixon; John Pendlebury; Subs: Mick Scott and Dick Fairbank.
Halifax's scorers were Tony Anderson (1 try), Neil James (1 try) and Colin Whitfield (2 goals).
This was Wigan’s ninth Challenge Cup Final win in eighteen Final appearances. It was the start of their record breaking eight Challenge Cup Final wins in a row.
- 1987-88 Rugby Football League season at wigan.rlfans.com
- The Challenge Cup at The Rugby Football League website