“For a club like Sheffield to come up against mighty Wigan was a dream come true.”
This week, we welcomed Keith Senior to the sofa and, whilst it didn’t make the show, we couldn’t let him leave without speaking to him about one of the biggest shocks in the sport’s history – the 1998 Challenge Cup Final.
Senior played in a pivotal role in the John Kear-led Sheffield Eagles’ side who completed a giant-killing against Wigan Warriors to lift the Challenge Cup for the first time.
“Previous to that, I think Wigan had been on a ten-year winning streak. Sheffield were mid-table in the Super League at that time and I think that was the beauty of it – the fact that we were written off.”
“We were massive underdogs but that just goes to show that there’s always a chance. We were confident and pulled it out on the day thankfully.”
Currently working back at the Eagles under former teammate & 1998 Lance Todd Trophy winner, Mark Aston, Keith is hoping to return to Wembley for the first time since this infamous victory as he prepares the team for the semi-finals of the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup.
Standing in their way are the first-ever winners of the Challenge Cup, Batley Bulldogs. Both semi-finals will be shown live on the OurLeague App from 2pm on Sunday (28 July).
Key to Keith’s memory of the 1998 day was walking out of the tunnel for the first time.
“I think that was the best bit – to walk out of that tunnel, take in the atmosphere, see all of the spectators and really enjoying it. I think that that’s something I took more than anything out of it and something that I took with me for the rest of my career.”
You too can enjoy the atmosphere of the Challenge Cup Final with a ticket package from Rugby AM. Guests will be treated to a premium Club Wembley seat plus pre- & post-match access to a private bar.
https://rugbyam.co.uk/wp-admin/post.php?post=2725&action=edit#On the day, you’ll be joined by Rugby AM favourites Alex Simmons & Wayne “Wagga” Godwin who’ll be interviewing legends of the game and introducing you to members of the Jamaica Rugby League team.
Plus, on the day, you’ll have the chance to win a ‘money can’t buy’ experience.