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1988–89 Rugby Football League season

The 1988–89 Rugby Football League season was the 94th season of professional rugby league football in Britain. Fourteen teams competed from August, 1988 until May, 1989 for the Stones Bitter Championship, Premiership Trophy and Silk Cut Challenge Cup.

1988–89 Rugby Football League season
LeagueStones Bitter Championship
1988–89 Season
ChampionsWidnes colours.svg Widnes
Premiership winnersWidnes colours.svg Widnes
Man of Steel AwardWigancolours.svg Ellery Hanley
Top try-scorer(s)Widnes colours.svg Martin Offiah 60
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from Second DivisionLeigh colours.svg Leigh
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles
Relegated to Second DivisionOldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Faxcolours.svg Halifax
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
Second Division
ChampionsLeigh colours.svg Leigh
Top point-scorer(s)Sheffeagles colours.svg Mark Aston 307
Top try-scorer(s)Leigh colours.svg Derek Bate 34


Season summaryEdit

Springfield Borough (previously Blackpool Borough) relocated were renamed Chorley Borough.

Huddersfield Barracudas reverted to their original name Huddersfield.

Wigan beat Salford 22–17 to win the Lancashire County Cup, and Leeds beat Castleford 33–12 to win the Yorkshire County Cup.

League TablesEdit


Challenge CupEdit

Wigan defeated St. Helens 27-0 in the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium before a crowd of 78,000.[1] Ellery Hanley, Wigan's loose forward, was awarded the Lance Todd Trophy for his man-of-the-match performance.[2] This was the first time a side had been held scoreless in a Challenge Cup final.

Lancashire CupEdit

First Round Second Round Semi Finals Final
Barrow 10
Wigan 14
Wigan 36
Rochdale Hornets 4
Rochdale Hornets 25
Fulham 14
Wigan 14
Widnes 10
Widnes 32
St. Helens 24
Widnes 38
Swinton 4
Swinton 24
Leigh 14
Wigan 22
Salford 17
Oldham 64
Workington Town 2
Oldham 2
Salford 18
Salford 42
Whitehaven 8
Salford 15
Warrington 2
Runcorn Highfield 4
Warrington 42
Warrington 34
Carlisle 18
Carlisle 17
Chorley Borough 7

Yorkshire CupEdit

The following chart excludes any preliminary round fixtures/results

First Round Second Round Semi Finals Final
Leeds 24
Bradford Northern 21
Leeds 15
Wakefield Trinity 10
Wakefield Trinity 46
Dewsbury 20
Leeds 12
Hull F.C. 8
Hull F.C. 53
Hunslet 0
Hull F.C. 18
Featherstone Rovers 0
Featherstone Rovers 38
Doncaster 8
Leeds 33
Castleford 12
Halifax 36
Batley 14
Halifax 24
Hull Kingston Rovers 2
Keighley 22
Hull Kingston Rovers 28
Halifax 8
Castleford 12
Castleford 94
Huddersfield 12
Castleford 40
York 14
York 25
Mansfield Marksman 4

John Player Special TrophyEdit


  1. ^ Winners 1897 - present Archived 2010-09-10 at the Wayback Machine at
  2. ^ Lance Todd Trophy Winners Archived 2010-11-28 at the Wayback Machine at