1986–87 Rugby Football League season
|1986–87 Rugby Football League season|
|League||Stones Bitter Championship|
|Man of Steel||Ellery Hanley|
|Top point-scorer(s)||Paul Loughlin 424|
|Top try-scorer(s)||Ellery Hanley 63|
|Promotion and relegation|
|Promoted from Second Division|| Hunslet
|Relegated to Second Division|| Oldham
|Top try-scorer(s)||Derek Bate 31|
Stones Bitter League Champions were Wigan for the tenth time in their history, losing only two league games all season - both to Warrington. Oldham, Featherstone Rovers, Barrow and Wakefield Trinity were relegated. A one-off 'two-up, four-down' promotion was used to reduce the top division to 14 clubs.
|6||Hull Kingston Rovers||30||16||0||14||446||531||32|
Wigan’s 10-8 defeat to Oldham in Round One this season, would be their last Challenge Cup defeat until February 1996.
Halifax and St Helens reached the final with 'Fax coming out victorious with a 19-18 win at Wembley before a crowd of 91,267. A desperate tackle by Halifax's John Pendlebury was seen as instrumental in giving his side the victory, which was their fifth in twelve Final appearances.
The months of October and November also saw the appearance of the Australian team in England on their 1986 Kangaroo Tour. Other than the three test Ashes series against Great Britain (won 3–0 by Australia), The Kangaroos played and won matches against 9 Championship teams (Wigan, Hull KR, Leeds, Halifax, St Helens, Oldham, Widnes, Hull, and Bradford Northern) and one county side (Cumbria).
Dual-rugby international Michael O'Connor of the St George Dragons was the leading point scorer on the tour with 170 from 13 tries and 59 goals. Canterbury-Bankstown stand-off / loose forward Terry Lamb was the leading try scorer with 19, including scoring 5 against Hull Kingston Rovers at Craven Park on 15 October. Lamb also became the first player to appear in every match of a Kangaroo Tour.
The 1986 Kangaroos became known as The Unbeatables after their second successive unbeaten Kangaroo Tour.
|1||12 October||Australia def. Wigan 26–18||Central Park, Wigan||30,622|
|2||15 October||Australia def. Hull Kingston Rovers 46–10||Craven Park, Hull||6,868|
|3||19 October||Australia def. Leeds 40–0||Headingley, Leeds||11,389|
|4||21 October||Australia def. Cumbria 48–12||Craven Park, Barrow-in-Furness||4,233|
|5||25 October||Australia def. Great Britain 38–16||Old Trafford, Manchester||50,583|
|6||29 October||Australia def. Halifax 36–2||Thrum Hall, Halifax||7,193|
|7||2 November||Australia def. St. Helens 32–8||Knowsley Road, St Helens||15,381|
|8||4 November||Australia def. Oldham 22–16||The Watersheddings, Oldham||5,678|
|9||8 November||Australia def. Great Britain 34–4||Elland Road, Leeds||30,808|
|10||12 November||Australia def. Widnes 20–4||Naughton Park, Widnes||10,268|
|11||16 November||Australia def. Hull 13–7||The Boulevard, Hull||8,231|
|12||18 November||Australia def. Bradford Northern 38–0||Odsal Stadium, Bradford||10,633|
|13||20 November||Australia def. Great Britain 24–15||Central Park, Wigan||20,169|
- Raymond Fletcher; David Howes (1995). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1995-1996. London: Headline Book Publishing. p. 191. ISBN 0-7472-7817-2.
- news.bbc.co.uk (27 February 2004). "Cup heroes: John Pendlebury". BBC News. UK: BBC. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
- "1986-87 Season summary". Archived from the original on 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2009-08-08.