15th August 2018, 12:00 | ChallengeCup

30 Years Ago: 1988 Challenge Cup Final

30 Years Ago: 1988 Challenge Cup Final

Over 90,000 spectators packed into Wembley to witness Wigan Warriors win the 1988 Challenge Cup Final, they would go onto win eight successive finals in the years to come. 

The 1987 Challenge Cup winners Halifax were looking to win back-to-back Challenge Cup’s after beating St Helens in a closely fought 19-18 win the year before.

Halifax got to the final after two tight encounters with Hull, the first game finished with a rare 0-0 draw, with drop goals at the end of the game both being missed by the two sides.

The replay was played at Elland Road four days later in another tight competitive battle, Hull took a 3-0 lead after a penalty and drop goal, Halifax snatched the win after centre Tony Anderson pounced on a loose ball over the Hull try line to win 4-3.

Wigan’s route to the final was more convincing beating Widnes 10-1 in the quarter-final and dispatching Salford in the semi-final with a 34-4 victory.

It was a similar story for Wigan in the final as they eased to victory, starting their Rugby League superiority by compiling one of the greatest teams over the years that dominated both the Challenge Cup and Championship.

The final saw the rise of Wigan but the demise of Halifax, a year later they were relegated to the second division after winning the Challenge Cup two years earlier and becoming Rugby League champions in 1986.

Tickets for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final at Wembley on Saturday, August 25th– with tickets starting at just £15, and are available here.