1996 Wigan Warriors season

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1996 Wigan Warriors season
Super League I 2nd
Play-off result Won Premiership Final
Challenge Cup 5th round
1996 record Wins: 19; Draws: 1; Losses: 2
Points scored For: 902; Against: 326
Team information
Chairman Jack Robinson
Head Coach Graeme West
Captain
Stadium Central Park
1995–96 List of seasons 1997 >

The 1996 Wigan Warriors season was the 101st season in the club's rugby league history and the first season in the newly formed Super League. Coached by Graeme West and captained by Shaun Edwards, the newly nicknamed Warriors competed in Super League I and finished in 2nd place, but went on the win the Premiership Final at Old Trafford against St Helens. The club also competed in the 1996 Challenge Cup, but were surprisingly knocked out in the fifth round by First Division side Salford Reds, and was the first time the club had failed to win the trophy since 1987.

In July 1996 Farrell was appointed Wigan's captain.

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 22 20 0 2 950 455 +495 40
2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 22 19 1 2 902 326 +576 39
3 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 22 17 0 5 767 409 +358 34
4 London Broncos 22 12 1 9 611 462 +149 25
5 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 22 12 0 10 569 565 +4 24
6 Faxcolours.svg Halifax Blue Sox 22 10 1 11 667 576 +91 21
7 Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 22 10 0 12 599 730 -131 20
8 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Bears 22 9 1 12 473 681 -208 19
9 Cascolours.png Castleford Tigers 22 9 0 13 548 599 -51 18
10 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 22 6 0 16 555 745 -190 12
11 Paris Saint-Germain 22 3 1 18 398 795 -397 7
12 Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town 22 2 1 19 325 1021 -696 5
Champions Relegated

Match results[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Super League[edit]

Game Date Opponent Venue Score Tries Goals Attendance Ref
Premiership Semi Final 31 August 1996 Bradford Bulls Home 42–36 Edwards (4), Ellison (2), Paul, Radlinski Farrell (5) 9,878 MR
Premiership Final 8 September 1996 St Helens Neutral 44–14 Ellison (3), Connolly, Edwards, Haughton, Murdock, Paul, Robinson Farrell (4) 35,013 MR

Challenge Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Score Tries Goals Attendance Ref
Fourth 28 January 1996 Bramley Home 74–12 Offiah (4), Farrell (2), Quinnell (2), Radlinski (2), Connolly, Cowie, Robinson, Tuigamala Hall (5), Paul (4) 4,627 MR
Fifth 11 February 1996 Salford Reds Away 16–26 Tuigamala (2), Offiah Farrell, Paul 10,048 MR

Squad[edit]

Players marked * left the club during the season.

No Player
1 Kris Radlinski
2 Jason Robinson
3 Va'aiga Tuigamala
4 Gary Connolly
5 Martin Offiah *
6 Henry Paul
7 Shaun Edwards
8 Kelvin Skerrett
9 Martin Hall
10 Terry O'Connor
11 Simon Haughton
12 Mick Cassidy
13 Andy Farrell
14 Rob Smyth
15 Danny Ellison
16 Scott Quinnell *
17 Andy Johnson
18 Craig Murdock
19 Martin Dermott
20 Daryl Cardiss
21 Nigel Wright
21 Andy Craig
22 Steve Barrow
22 Paul Johnson
23 Matthew Knowles
24 Shem Tatupu *
25 Neil Cowie
26 Sean Long
27 Neil Baynes
28 Gaël Tallec

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Player Pos From Fee Date Ref
Stuart Lester Fullback Auckland Warriors August 1996
Stephen Holgate Second-row Workington Town £100,000 December 1996
Ian Sherratt Prop forward Oldham Bears £30,000 December 1996
Doc Murray Fullback Auckland Warriors December 1996

Out[edit]

Player Pos To Fee Date Ref
Scott Quinnell Second-row Richmond £250,000 June 1996 [1]
Shem Tatupu Prop forward Northampton Saints £80,000 July 1996 [2]
Martin Offiah Winger London Broncos £300,000 August 1996 [3]
Martin Dermott Hooker Warrington Wolves September 1996
Andy Craig Centre Swinton Lions December 1996 [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huxley, John (26 May 1996). "Wigan's Strife of Bryan". Sunday Mirror (London). Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Warrington pin pounds 1.35m price tag on Harris". The Independent. 24 July 1996. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Richards, Martin (3 August 1996). "Bronco Offiah". The Mirror (London). Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Hadfield, Dave (28 December 1996). "Rugby League: Winter games' success". The Independent. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 

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