Wigan 14 Cardiff City 4 – Sunday 30th January 1983
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: State Express Challenge Cup Preliminary Round
Kick Off: 3:00pm
Wigan: 1. Barry Williams, 2. Dennis Ramsdale, 3. David Stephenson, 4. Colin Whitfield, 5. Brian Juliff, 6. Martin Foy, 7. Jimmy Fairhurst, 8. Glyn Shaw, 9. Nicky Kiss, 10. Danny Campbell, 11. Brian Case, 12. Graeme West, 13. Mick Scott. Wigan Subs Used: 14. Gary Stephens, 15. Shaun Wane
Brian Juliff, Barry Williams
Wigan Goals: Colin Whitfield 4
Cardiff: Lyn Hallett, Chris O’Brien, Nigel French, Steve Fenwick, Tony Garrity, Gordon Pritchard, Paul Woods, Tommy David, Geoff Davies, Arthur Daley, Terry Nanson, Bob Fley, Paul Ringer. Subs used: Brynmor Williams, Peter Morgan.
Cardiff Tries: (None)
Cardiff Goals: Fenwick 2
With their now being 33 professional teams, a preliminary round was added in the previous season for the Challenge Cup. Only one preliminary round match was played, and it was Wigan and Cardiff who drew the short straw in this season. It wasn’t ideal for Wigan who having played in the John Player Final the weekend before were now three games behind most of their title rivals. Wigan got the job done against mid table second division Cardiff but the loss of Graeme West with a broken jaw was a big blow.
Half Time: Wigan 7 Cardiff 2
Referee: Geoff Berry