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.
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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)
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.
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