Hull prop, Andy Dannant was suspended for eight matches for a high shot which left Leeds’ superstar, Ellery Hanley with his jaw broken in three places.
The incident was reviewed by ‘trial by video’, a rare occurrence in those days, and one which was opposed by the directors of the Hull club. Hull took the matter as far as the High Court, but to no avail.
The off-the-ball incident occurred in a televised second round Regal Trophy (knock-out competition) match at Hull’s ground, ‘The Boulevard’, with Dannant somehow staying on the field.
Leeds won 12-4 and progressed to the final, beating Castleford 24-4 in the third round and Salford 22-15 in the semi-finals.
But without Hanley, Leeds were no match for Widnes in the final at Central Park, Wigan, with the Chemics, captained by Welsh superstar, Johnathan Davies, winning 24-0.
Man of the match was Widnes’ Cumbrian lock, Les Holliday. The Widnes pack featured Kiwi international, Kurt Sorensen and future Brisbane Broncos’ premiership winning forward, Harvey Howard, who grew up on a farm at Burtonwood near Warrington (a bit of Gordon Bray style trivia there for you).
The crowd was 15,070.
In other news of the day from the UK, the cash strapped Swinton club, from Greater Manchester, severed ties with Australian players, Craig Bellamy; captain-coach, Chris O’Sullivan and Mark Lowry. Bellamy had played 14 games for the club, O’Sullivan 11 and Lowry 15.
The new coach was St Helens born and bred, Tony Barrow.
The official records show that Bellamy, who had played for Canberra Raiders, had been signed by Swinton from the Turvey Park club in Wagga.