1988–89 Rugby Football League season

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1988–89 Rugby Football League season
Stones Bitter Championship
Number of teams 14
1988–89 Season
Champions Widnes colours.svg Widnes
Premiership winners Widnes colours.svg Widnes
Man of Steel Wigancolours.svg Ellery Hanley
Top try-scorer(s) Widnes colours.svg Martin Offiah 60
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from Second Division Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles
Relegated to Second Division Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Faxcolours.svg Halifax
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
Second Division
Champions Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Top point-scorer(s) Sheffeagles colours.svg Mark Aston 307
Top try-scorer(s) Leigh colours.svg Derek Bate 34
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The 1988–89 Rugby Football League season was the 94th season of professional rugby league football in Britain. Fourteen teams competed from August, 1988 until May, 1989 for the Stones Bitter Championship, Premiership Trophy and Silk Cut Challenge Cup.

Season summary[edit]

Springfield Borough (previously Blackpool Borough) relocated were renamed Chorley Borough.

Wigan beat Salford 22–17 to win the Lancashire Cup, and Leeds beat Castleford 33–12 to win the Yorkshire Cup.

League Tables[edit]

Challenge Cup[edit]

Wigan defeated St Helens 27-0 in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium before a crowd of 78,000.[1] Ellery Hanley, Wigan's loose forward, was awarded the Lance Todd Trophy for his man-of-the-match performance.[2] This was the first time a side had been held scoreless in a Challenge Cup final.

Lancashire Cup[edit]

Main article: 1988 Lancashire Cup
First Round Second Round Semi Finals Final
                       
Barrow 10
Wigan 14
Wigan 36
Rochdale Hornets 4
Rochdale Hornets 25
Fulham 14
Wigan 14
Widnes 10
Widnes 32
St Helens 24
Widnes 38
Swinton 4
Swinton 24
Leigh 14
Wigan 22
Salford 17
Oldham 64
Workington Town 2
Oldham 2
Salford 18
Salford 42
Whitehaven 8
Salford 15
Warrington 2
Runcorn Highfield 4
Warrington 42
Warrington 34
Carlisle 18
Carlisle 17
Chorley Borough 7

Yorkshire Cup[edit]

Main article: 1988 Yorkshire Cup

The following chart excludes any preliminary round fixtures/results

First Round Second Round Semi Finals Final
                       
Leeds 24
Bradford Northern 21
Leeds 15
Wakefield Trinity 10
Wakefield Trinity 46
Dewsbury 20
Leeds 12
Hull F.C. 8
Hull F.C. 53
Hunslet 0
Hull F.C. 18
Featherstone Rovers 0
Featherstone Rovers 38
Doncaster 8
Leeds 33
Castleford 12
Halifax 36
Batley 14
Halifax 24
Hull KR 2
Keighley 22
Hull KR 28
Halifax 8
Castleford 12
Castleford 94
Huddersfield 12
Castleford 40
York 14
York 25
Mansfield Marksman 4

John Player Special Trophy[edit]

This tree excludes any preliminary round fixtures

First Round Second Round Third Round Semi Finals Final
                             
Huddersfield 4
Chorley Borough 22
Chorley Borough 22
Hull KR 36
Hull KR 40
Keighley 0
Hull KR 16(0)
Wigan 16 (30)
Runcorn Highfield 2
Wigan 92
Wigan 20
Halifax 16
Halifax 22
Salford 4
Wigan 16
Bradford Northern 5
Leeds 12
Castleford 21
Castleford 18
Bradford Northern 19
Bradford Northern 34
Dewsbury 18
Bradford Northern 6
Leigh 0
Leigh 42
Barrow 14
Leigh 40
Doncaster 18
Swinton 13
Doncaster 16
Wigan 12
Widnes 6
Sheffield Eagles 80
Wigan St Patricks 8
Sheffield Eagles 9
Widnes 34
Widnes 37
Featherstone Rovers 12
Widnes 16
Warrington 7
Warrington 21
Oldham 14
Warrington 42
Bramley 10
Bramley 32
Mansfield Marksman 6
Widnes 20
St Helens 15
York 6
St Helens 14
St Helens 16
Hull F.C. 13
Hull F.C. 26
Batley 10
St Helens 34
Wakefield Trinity 18
Wakefield Trinity 34
Carlisle 14
Wakefield Trinity 38
Rochdale Hornets 12
Rochdale Hornets 26
Whitehaven 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ Winners 1897 - present at carnegiechallengecup.co.uk
  2. ^ Lance Todd Trophy Winners at therfl.co.uk

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