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Last Updated: Friday, 27 February, 2004, 20:56 GMT
Golden Moments
Wigan's record-breaking run of Challenge Cup wins from 1988 to 1995 left its mark on a lot of people - and fans were left with a ton of memories to bask in.

BBC Sport asked you to send in your favourite moments from that golden era. Here are just a selection of the hundreds of emails we received.


So many to choose from... Edwards playing the whole match with a fractured cheekbone/hand, Ellery Hanley running "crab-like" through about five St Helens defenders, Offiah going the length of the field against Leeds.
Chris Galbraith, Didsbury, Manchester

The 27-0 win against Saints in 1989. Hanley fending off Vautin and the entire team to dive over for a wonder try. And Ray French's comments: "The Black Pearl they call him in Australia." It was my first Wembley and will never be forgotten.
Neil Ormshaw, Wigan

Katrina Robinson (right) was just two when she was pictured with the Challenge Cup following Wigan's success in 1990 or 1991 - she is not sure which
Katrina Robinson was just two when she was pictured with her brother and the Challenge Cup following Wigan's success in 1990 or 1991
My favourite moment was the length-of-the-field try my Mark Preston in the win against Warrington. People talk about Offiah and Lydon being fast but that lad could run.
Patrick Murphy, Lewisham

Steve Hampson punching the air with delight after he scores in the 1989 final. He missed out on previous finals through horrendous injuries. Sums up the character of the Cup and what it means to finally play in the final.
Glyn McKay, Newton-Le-Willows

I'm not sure where to start, as there as so many great memories at Wembley over the years. Unfortunately I never made to see Wigan at Wembley but lived every moment in front of my TV at home. The players that have played for Wigan in the Challenge Cup reads like a Who's Who of rugby league. So many great players and so many great games. My outstanding memory however has got to be Martin Offiah and his try from one end of the pitch to the other. I can still remember the hairs on the back of my neck standing up as he raced down the pitch. Even watching it today sends a shiver down my spine.
Neil Davies, Shrewsbury

The magnanimous way in which Wigan took defeat at Salford after the superb, eight-year run. It saw rugby league lead the sport news on the TV and in the printed media. Far more than any of the victories did.
Iain, Bury

Hanley's fitness test in 1991.... the great man could not walk but him just being there won it for us that day.
Chris Daly, Wigan

Being an exiled Wigan fan for the last 20-plus years, I can well remember travelling to Salford in 1996 and watching our illustrious Challenge Cup run come to a magnificent end. We were well beaten on the day by a determined, co-ordinated and spirited effort by a Salford team that were just not prepared to accept defeat. We thought we had a divine right to extend our Wembley run, but Salford outplayed us on the day and fully deserved their brilliant win.
Raymond Goldstrong, Huddersfield

My first ever trip to Wembley was to watch Wigan without my parents in 1994. The whole experience from start to finish was amazing and still makes me tingle with excitement. The following year was good but not as memorable as 1994. Brilliant atmosphere; pre-match entertainment was excellent; and the match was end-to-end-action. Easily one the best days of my life.
Alison Rimmer, Lancashire

I'm not a Wigan fan, but Offiah's length-of-the-field try in 1994 is one of the greatest, even though I was watching as a Leeds fan. It really did cap the golden age of British rugby league.
Phill, Leeds

Hanley's fitness test in 1991.The great man could not walk but him just being there won it for us that day.
Chris Daly, Wigan

Dean Bell preparing to lead out the team at Wembley in 1992 against Castleford is a special memory of mine
V LaMonicca, Wigan

My favourite memory is the tackle by Joe Lydon on Paul Bishop in the 1990 final against Warrington. Nobody doubted that the tackle was legal but boy was it hard. Bishop left the pitch - his legs could not support him - and he didn't return. Also, what about Shaun Edwards playing with a shattered eye socket in the same match?
David Ormshaw, Wigan

My favourite memory is the 27 - 0 win over Saints, our biggest rivals. To go through an entire 80 minutes at Wembley without conceding a point was a great achievement. I remember their full-back, the 17-year-old Gary Connolly having a nightmare game. He became one of the best defensive centres and win numerous trophies at Wigan, including the World Club Challenge against Brisbane.
David Winstanley, Wigan

Dean Bell preparing to lead out the team at Wembley in 1992 against Castleford is a special memory of mine. I have never seen a captain look more determined before a Cup final. That is when I knew we would win the game, which we did 28-12.
V LaMonicca, Wigan





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