The agony and the ecstasy: Warriors’ past Grand Finals

Wigan's victorious dressing room in 2013
Wigan's victorious dressing room in 2013

AHEAD of tonight’s Old Trafford title showdown, we look back on Wigan’s previous seven Grand Final appearances.

1998: Wigan 10 Leeds 4

Jason Robinson’s stellar try from dummy half just before the break was the highlight of a tense inaugural Super League Grand final. Rhino Richie Blackmore had the honour of scoring the first try.

2000: St Helens 29 Wigan 16

Saints upset the top-placed side to take the title for a second year in a row. Tries by Fereti Tuilagi and Tim Jonkers ensure Jason Robinson – who played full-back – would leave Wigan with a loser’s medal.

2001: Bradford 37 Wigan 6

A disaster of a final saw Wigan 26-0 down at the break. The relentless wave of Bull’s scores still has some Wigan fans hearing “Bully Bully” before they go to sleep. Adrian Lam grabbed a consolation.

2003: Bradford 25 Wigan 12

Wigan’s winning run under Mike Gregory came to a halt. They led 6-4 at the break but after Leon Pryce sent Wigan winger Brian Carney crashing to the deck with concussion, the Bulls powered away to win.

2010: Wigan 22 St Helens 10

A first final since the Challenge Cup decider of 2004. Under Michael Maguire’s watch, white-hot Wigan raced into a 16-0 lead inside 20 minutes thanks to two Martin Gleeson tries and one from Darrell Goulding.

2013: Warrington 16 Wigan 30

At 16-2 down after half an hour, Wigan fans may have feared the worse. But they roared back to life and Blake Green – playing with a nasty facial injury – and departing Pat Richards made it a comeback to remember.

2014: St Helens 14 Wigan 6

Wigan went into the derby showdown as favourites, but Ben Flower’s early dismissal changed the complexion. Joe Burgess scored their sole try before half-time, but they ran out of steam against a manful Saints side coached – for the last time – by Nathan Brown.