The Biggest Upset in Challenge Cup History
When the Sheffield Eagles defied the odds to beat Wigan in the 1998 Challenge Cup Final
The 2nd May 1998 is a historic day in the short history of the Sheffield Eagles. It was on this day, only 14 years after being formed that they defied the odds and expectations in beating Wigan Warriors 17-8 in the Challenge Cup Final. This match is often described as the biggest upset in Challenge Cup history, perhaps in British rugby league as a whole. What plans went into that day? What did it mean (and what does it still mean) to the fans, players and staff? What difference did it make to the future of The Club?
What the win means
The Road to Wembley
Read about how the Sheffield Eagles reached the Challenge Cup final here.
Read more about the Final here.
What was said at the time
For quotes from players, staff and fans at the time click here.
Celebrations - then and now
Read more about how the win was celebrated in 1998 and continues to be to this day by clicking here.
The 1998 Squad
You can find details of all the players from the 1998 squad by clicking here.
Challenge Cup Final Programme
You can read the programme for the final below, scanned in three parts.
Below are some links to other websites, featuring the historic Challenge Cup victory.
- An article in the Sheffield Star from 2016 looking back to the game. CLICK HERE.
- A Wikipedia article on the 1998 Challenge Cup. CLICK HERE.
- Match Highlights
The Wembley Return
In 2019 the Sheffield Eagles won the inaugural 1895 Cup and maintained their unbeaten record at Wembley.