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1984-85 Western Hockey League season

1984-85 Rugby Football League season

The 1984-85 Rugby Football League season was the 90th ever season of professional rugby league football in Britain. Sixteen teams competed from August, 1984 until May, 1985 for the Slalom Lager Championship.

Season summary

On 21 October 1984 Peter Wood kicked a record-equalling five drop goals for Runcorn Highfield in a match against Batley. On October 28, two tries by Mal Meninga inspire St. Helens, who beat Wigan 26-18, to win the Lancashire Cup for the first time in 16 years.

The 1985 Man of Steel award went to Bradford Northern utility back, Ellery Hanley. He also became the first man to score more than 50 tries in a season since Billy Boston, and the first non-winger to reach this figure for 70 years.

The increase of the Second Division to 20 teams meant that it would take 38 rounds to play out a full double round robin, which was too many, so a complicated fixture formula was used to reduce it to 28. For this season, Huyton RLFC changed their name to Runcorn Highfield. Huddersfield added 'Barracudas' to their name. Kent Invicta and Cardiff City were replaced by Mansfield Marksmen, Sheffield Eagles, Southend Invicta and Bridgend.

Championship

Hull Kingston Rovers finished on top of the First Division table to claim their fifth championship.

Ladder

Club P W D L PF PA '''D Pts
1 Hull Kingston Rovers 30 24 0 6 778 391 387 48
2 St. Helens RLFC 30 22 1 7 920 508 412 45
3 Wigan RLFC 30 21 1 8 720 459 261 43
4 Leeds 30 20 1 9 650 377 273 41
5 Oldham 30 18 1 11 563 439 124 37
6 Hull F.C. 30 17 1 12 733 550 183 35
7 Widnes 30 17 0 13 580 517 63 34
8 Bradford Northern 30 16 1 13 600 500 100 33
9 Featherstone Rovers 30 15 0 15 461 475 (14) 30
10 Halifax RLFC 30 12 2 16 513 565 (52) 26
11 Warrington 30 13 0 17 530 620 (90) 26
12 Castleford 30 12 1 17 552 518 34 25
13 Barrow 30 9 1 20 483 843 (360) 19
14 Leigh 30 8 2 20 549 743 (194) 18
15 Hunslet 30 7 1 22 463 952 (489) 15
16 Workington Town 30 2 1 27 297 935 (638) 5

Challenge Cup

The 1984-85 Silk Cut Challenge Cup was won by Wigan after defeating Hull in the final.

The Final was played at Wembley before a crowd of 97,801 and is arguably the greatest ever in Challenge Cup history.

Referee: Ron Campbell (Widnes)

Teams:
Wigan: S. Edwards; J. Ferguson, D. Stephenson, S. Donlan, H. Gill; B. Kenny, M. Ford; N. Courtney, N. Kiss, B. Case (D. Campbell), G. West (capt), B. Dunn, I. Potter (N. Du Toit Coaches: Colin Clarke & Alan McInnes.

Hull: G. Kemble; K. James, S. Evans, J. Leuluai, D. O'Hara (G. Schofield); F. Ah Kuoi, P. Sterling; L. Crooks (capt), S. Patrick, N. Puckering (G. Divorty), J. Muggleton, P. Rose, S. Norton. Coach: Arthur Bunting.

Wigan 28: Tries: Ferguson (2), Edwards, Kenny, Gill Goals: Gill (3), Stephenson.
Hull 24: Tries: Leuluai (2), James, Divorty, Evans. Goals: Crooks (2).

Lance Todd Trophy winner: Brett Kenny

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