What’s your favourite Wembley rugby moment?

Started by: wigvet (3491)

Mine must be the final whistle at the 85 final having witnessed an incredible game – relief all round as Hull were finishing the stronger side

Best non Wigan moment was David Hobbs second try in 1983 as we watched Featherstone Rovers, as underdogs, beat Hull 14-12

Started: 24th Aug 2011 at 08:21

Posted by: groucho (28) 

I still remember trevor lake's corner dive in 1965 against Hunslet. Now, thanks to Wiganer1983, i can enjoy it again via youtube: Wigan V Hunslet 1965

Replied: 24th Aug 2011 at 09:19

Posted by: groucho (28) 

This is also an enjoyable video from the previous year:
Widnes v Hull KR 1964

Replied: 24th Aug 2011 at 09:26

Posted by: kellysdad (inactive)

89 when wigan battered saints 27 nil

Replied: 24th Aug 2011 at 09:39

Posted by: rio caroni (5077) 

wigvet loads of great memories from the '85 final including fergie's 2nd try. Main memory from '84 was the day after, about two hundred Wiganers around the St James's Tavern off Piccadilly. Chucking out time was 2.00pm and the Salvation Army band was playing outside, at roughly 2.15pm they started to march off along Regent St followed by the said 200 Wiganers. Flanked by a couple of bobbies who were having a laugh with us all, we paraded up to Oxford Circus and then all got the tube back to Euston. Brilliant

Replied: 24th Aug 2011 at 09:49

Posted by: wigvet (3491)

groucho- just watched the 1965 video - thanks - 'theyll not catch this fellow' - priceless

rio - was there with you at St James (which was always our Sunday afternoon place, before we found the Cock Tavern) and I remember a load of Japanese tourists taking photos of what they perceived as an English custom

Replied: 24th Aug 2011 at 10:11

Posted by: peter g (3093) 

Offiahs length of the field try versus Leeds,Also Murphys remark about John Fergusons try against Hull when he said "Thats the fastest man (James Leiulli) in rugby league he's just ran past", classic Murphy

Replied: 24th Aug 2011 at 13:14

Posted by: farrie50 (1710) 

best wembley weekend by far *84 .was also on the "sally army march"mick snee got reprimanded by an old lady soldier for holding hands (and trying to snog)a young female recruit priceless memories and we lost !!!

Replied: 24th Aug 2011 at 19:22

Posted by: brynkiwi (717) 

Groucho was that the final where Cliff Hill just about took Gabbitas,s ears of when Gabbitas tackled him round the ankles just short of the line.i was in the croud just at the back of the posts

Replied: 24th Aug 2011 at 22:03

Posted by: kenny (inactive)


Murphy said he was watching Ferguson coming out of the "tunnil" for the second half,and he was "carrying a leg" next thing you know he's gone half the length of the field


My favourite as well...Trevor Lake's try in the corner

Replied: 25th Aug 2011 at 06:55

Posted by: chatty (8819) 

Sarries beating Northampton Saints 19-16, Sept 2009.
Considered by the throng to be an absolute classic!

Replied: 25th Aug 2011 at 15:04

Posted by: rio caroni (5077) 

Are you Tacking the Pass

Replied: 25th Aug 2011 at 15:46

Posted by: chatty (8819) 

Wished i'd not contributed now.

Replied: 25th Aug 2011 at 16:51

Posted by: pisolivadi (1812) 

Nil-ing Saints in '89 takes some beating.

Killing time before opening one saturday morning , ambling round the City, takin' in the sights and one of the lads turnin' to me sayin' that's a bonny town hall , Billy , eh?
...'Yeh , St Paul's Cathedral, Mossy.'

Replied: 25th Aug 2011 at 17:48
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Posted by: pisolivadi (1812) 

....being outside the Dolphin at Kings X Half ten saturday mornin' and an owd St Judes lad opening a Morrison's bag full of black puddings , mustard , platic paltes and forks.. was like a plague o' locusts movin' in ...

top of the same Street, same time, a buch of Yorkshire lads playin pitch and toss outstde Mabel's Tavern

Pigeons overhead ... only the whippets missin' to complete the living sterotype

Goin' to the bookies and backin' Longy for the Lance Todd ( again!!).. all the same mornin.

Replied: 25th Aug 2011 at 18:04

Posted by: rio caroni (5077) 

Another popular watering hole that was frequented by one or two Wiganers on the Wembley trips was the Lion and Lamb. Only five minutes from Euston, not sure if it's still there or not. May have gone to make way for the new British Library, I know they knocked down the Eliza Doolittle for said building
Think the Rising Sun on Euston Rd is still open, a few pints were supped in there as well before the obligatory game of tick and pass, while waiting for the train

Replied: 25th Aug 2011 at 23:24

Posted by: groucho (28) 

I can vaguely remember a try-saving tackle from that game, but not the actual players involved.I do remember, however, walking down Library Street in the summer of that year, and seeing the Challenge Cup on display in Timberlakes' showroom.I actually went in and had the pleasure of seeing it close up and handling it.Did anyone else have that same experience ?
The first final i attended was 1970 against Castleford when Colin Tyrer was viciously assaulted in broad daylight by one Keith Hepworth.

Replied: 26th Aug 2011 at 09:02

Posted by: wigvet (3491)

Groucho - that would be 1958 - Will be enshrined in Wigan rugby history for the covering tackle Norman Cherrington made in the Challenge Cup Final of 1958 when Wigan beat Workington by 13 points to 9. The Workington winger looked certain to score in the corner when out of nowhere came the covering second row giant that was Norman Cherrington to bundle the winger into touch and save the day for Wigan

Replied: 26th Aug 2011 at 09:18

Posted by: wigvet (3491)

and here is the homecoming for that year!!

link to this someone please - its a cracker!

Replied: 26th Aug 2011 at 14:26

Posted by: groucho (28) 

Replied: 28th Aug 2011 at 16:39

Posted by: groucho (28) 

One or two dramatic wembley moments included in this entertaining BBC documentary about Eddie Waring.

Eddie Waring: Mr Rugby League

Replied: 28th Aug 2011 at 16:44

Posted by: farrie50 (1710) 

youreright wigvet cracking video

Replied: 28th Aug 2011 at 18:21

Posted by: wigvet (3491)

are you on it farrie?

Replied: 28th Aug 2011 at 18:33

Posted by: farrie50 (1710) 

could well be was 8 at the time

Replied: 28th Aug 2011 at 18:55

Posted by: phil.c (422)

I reckon the Shaun Edwards try saving tackle on Lee Crooks in the '85 final against Hull takes some beating,how he stopped a 17st Crooks was amazing,considering a 17 year old Shaun had been named at full back to replace the injured Steve Hampson,stopping Crooks on the line,"try saver".

Replied: 29th Aug 2011 at 14:42

Posted by: groucho (28) 

For anyone who's interested, Saturday's final is available to watch on the BBC iplayer until next Saturday.

Challenge Cup Final 2011

In my opinion, Clare Balding is an excellent television presenter, and she certainly seems to have a genuine interest in rugby league.

Replied: 29th Aug 2011 at 21:29
Last edited by groucho: 29th Aug 2011 at 21:36:42


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