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Posted by rubber duckie on Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:09 pm
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https://youtu.be/mjLC_vqhfZ0
Warrington vs Wigan...WW111!
Exactly 30 years ago....
I was there and has such great day....
Younger fans watch and enjoy...older fans please share your memories.
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Posted by rubber duckie on Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:23 pm
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The game kicked off 9 mins late too. So many fans wanting to get in.
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Posted by lefty goldblatt on Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:07 pm
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We should have walked that game
Instead it was an "honourable" draw
From memory, we didn't do much in the second half.
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Posted by sally cinnamon on Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:39 pm
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Shame there are only 1st half highlights there but then again maybe not as we didn't score in the second half and they clawed back a 15-15 draw out of it.

What a player Les Boyd was. You don't see props play that way any more - playing at second receiver running at the defence at an angle, drawing men in to him then putting someone through a gap. Some of it will be down to defences being better organised and faster off the mark these days but he was a rare player with such power and ball skills.

I remember reading Cullen saying he was in the best form of his career around this time and Mal Reilly who was GB coach at the time was at this game and any chance he had of playing for GB disappeared after the Goodway incident. I think the GB centres at that time were Paul Loughlin and David Stephenson.

Wigan were already a great side by this point but they hadn't started hoarding everyone else's top players to build the squad depth they had later, so fixture congestion caused by them doing well in cups could bite them at this sort of time. They were missing a few players in this game: Joe Lydon, Henderson Gill, Dean Bell, Nicky Kiss and their line up doesn't seem as strong as it would be later on. This was the era when Widnes nicked a couple of championships off them.

It was also an era where Warrington wins over that Wigan side were still common. The season before, Wigan had gone through the whole season losing only two league games - home and away to us. In this season, although the WW3 game is the one everyone remembers, we beat Wigan twice at Central Park in the second half of this season, including in the Premiership playoffs.

But by the start of 1988, Warrington were not the team they had been a couple of years earlier in the peak Tony Barrow era. Around this time we were starting to get the kind of frustrating inconsistency that would hang around Wire for years. We went in to this game having just lost the derby to Widnes, and our next two games we lost to Hunslet and Hull. We were 2nd in the table on New Year's Day but finished 6th. The next year, despite big signings in Steve Roach and Phil Blake for his second spell, we finished 11th, one place above relegation.
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Posted by Wires71 on Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:36 pm
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sally cinnamon wrote:
What a player Les Boyd was. You don't see props play that way any more - playing at second receiver running at the defence at an angle, drawing men in to him then putting someone through a gap. Some of it will be down to defences being better organised and faster off the mark these days but he was a rare player with such power and ball skills.


Full 80 mins too, barring yellow/red cards.

Defences may be quicker but there was only a 5 yard mark in those days I think, hence creative halfbacks.
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Posted by Superblue on Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:46 am
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I was sat up in the main stand, not far from the bloke who spent most of every match shouting “knock his yed off”.

When goodway got his orders I remember thinking we’ve won this now, but then Felt the numbness taking hold as Cullen started and continued his suicide run after goodway.
It’s the only thing I recall from the game, what a prick Cullen was
Posted by Snaggletooth on Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:12 am
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After the game Andy Gregory fuming that he only got losing pay for a draw at Wigan, when it was winning pay at Warrington. He was on a proper tantrum.
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Posted by Wires71 on Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:58 am
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Superblue wrote:
I was sat up in the main stand, not far from the bloke who spent most of every match shouting “knock his yed off”.

When goodway got his orders I remember thinking we’ve won this now, but then Felt the numbness taking hold as Cullen started and continued his suicide run after goodway.
It’s the only thing I recall from the game, what a prick Cullen was


I remember that as clear as day, it was like time stood still. Everyone in the stadium could see it coming, everyone except Goodway of course.
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Posted by rubber duckie on Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:22 am
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I saw Cullen turn his head slightly so he could see Goodway pass.
Still the funniest moment was the frustration of Tony Barrow. You can see him on the clip proper throwing his toys out, knowing Cullen through away our advantage.
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one of my all time favourite games...even though it was a draw and we should have won (Cullen brain fart cost us...although being stamped on deliberately is hard to ignore). Boyd was immense. The try from Johnno under the sticks was pure class...still gives me goose bumps listening to that. The commentator always makes me chuckle....you can really hear him suffering in the cold weather on top of snookers...he probably ended up with pneumonia after that.

I remember walking up into the Fletcher street end and seeing the steam coming off the crowd.

This was a time when "we all hate wigan" really meant something.
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