2010 Carnegie Challenge Cup to commemorate historic 1985 final
6 March 2010 08:36am
A match widely regarded as the greatest Challenge Cup final of all time will be celebrated in August when Rugby League's oldest and most prestigious knockout competition returns to the national stadium.
Twenty five years after they played their part in a memorable match, stars of the Wigan and Hull FC teams who featured in the 1985 Challenge Cup Final will be guests of honour at Wembley for the 2010 Carnegie Challenge Cup Final.
The 1985 final was won 28-24 by Wigan who had to withstand a stunning fightback by Hull FC, whose five missed conversions cost them dear in front of a Wembley crowd of 97,801.
Some of the most famous names involved at Wembley on May 4, 1985 included the then Australia Test half-back pairing of Peter Sterling, who played at scrum-half for Hull FC, and Wigan stand-off Brett Kenny, who became the first Australian to win the coveted Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match.
Hull's ranks also included the Kiwi quartet of Gary Kemble, Dane O'Hara, Fred Ah Kuoi and James Leuluai, the father of current Wigan scrum-half Thomas Leuluai, as well as Great Britain internationals Lee Crooks, Steve Norton and Garry Schofield.
The victorious Wigan side featured players who were to become household names on both sides of the world, including Shaun Edwards, Henderson Gill and Graeme West, who would go on to captain a Wigan side which was the dominant force in British Rugby League for much of the next decade.
The commemoration of the historic 1985 final will begin on Monday March 8 when Graeme West and Garry Schofield will carry out the draw for the fourth round of the 2010 Carnegie Challenge Cup at Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Tickets for the 2010 Carnegie Challenge Cup Final are currently on sale, priced from just £21. Until Friday March 26, the RFL is offering complimentary upgrades on all ticket bands, with the exception of £76 tickets, for the Wembley showdown. For example, anyone purchasing a £31 ticket will automatically be upgraded to a £41 ticket.
To book your Wembley seat at the historic 2010 Carnegie Challenge Cup Final contact the RFL ticket office on 0844 856 11 13 or visit www.carnegiechallengecup.co.uk