|Andy Platt, against St Helens at Wembley signed for £140,000|
Thursday, 19 March 2020
8 in a Row: 1988/89
"This is the best club in the world, thankyou for having me as your coach"
Wigan had now shown the world that their lavish spending and mission to be the Greatest club side there had ever been (well, cementing their place) had gone off to a fantastic start with the Challenge Cup win in April 1988. The 1987/88 season had proved a huge success for the Central Park club with the trophy cabinet boasting a Lancashire Cup, Challenge Cup and World Club Challenge in an historic game against Manly Sea Eagles. Punters were streaming through the turnstiles to see superstars Ellery Hanley, Shaun Edwards and these Iro brothers play each week, with attendances normally coming in over 10,000. Wigan were now indeed on the up, but they had only just begun. Joe Lydon and Andy Gregory had been used to Wembley, it was commonplace for them to visit North London each year with Widnes and they started to believe that it was possible to do the same with Wigan. Shaun Edwards had been before of course, in 1984 and 1985 but there was a real hunger about the place. Great British internationals like Ellery Hanley and Andy Goodway had finally got their taste of a 90,000 crowd and were wanting more. More importantly I suppose, the Wigan fans now believed that another Golden Era was upon them. The older generations had grown up with the Great post-War sides of Joe Egan and Brian TcTigue and the Boston sides but the barren times during the 70s and early 80s had whetted their thirst to see the Twin Towers even more. The game of Rugby League was evolving at a great pace, especially Down Under and a younger generation of fan was coming back to the game... and what better way to enjoy than going to Wembley eh?
Game 6: Sunday 29January 1989. Round 1 vs Doncaster @ Greyhound Stadium, Doncaster. 38-6, att: 5,274