Throwback Thursday: Alex Murphy threatens to sack every Wigan player

In the 1982/83 season Wigan were coached by the legendary Alex Murphy in the days of working class lads, midweek matches, win pay, beers and boggy pitches.

But as is the case now, winning was everything and the fans expected success in a proud rugby league town.

Just four days after a disappointing 17-7 defeat in the first round of the Challenge Cup to Castleford, Wigan hosted Hull KR in the league.

Sitting in fifth position, a win would take the cherry and whites up to second and as they prepared for the big game, Granada TV’s RL Action filmed inside the changing room.

Murphy addressed the Wigan players with an expectant attitude after their cup exit and demanded a response against a strong Rovers team.

Unfortunately he didn’t get it and as the TV cameras were again given access to the sheds at Central Park, Murphy unleashed on his players after the 21-5 defeat.

Wigan would draw their next match 6-all against eventually Premiership winners Widnes, as they finished the 1982/83 campaign in third position.

They did however win the John Player Trophy that season, beating Leeds 15-2 in the final at Elland Road.

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