WITH all the talk of Liverpool FC playing two games in two days, can you remember the last time The Wire did the same?

They actually did it twice at the back end of the 1980-81 season due to a fixture clog, so Liverpool's Carabao Cup quarter-final and Club World Cup ties are more like a walk in the park!

The Wire played Widnes in the Challenge Cup semi-finals on Saturday, March 28, 1981, and then Bradford away in the league the following day, losing both.

The 17-9 cup loss at Central Park, Wigan, preceded the 26-7 fall at Odsal.

Full-back Steve Hesford, winger Mike Kelly, stand-off Ken Kelly, hooker Tony Waller, prop Brian Case, second-rower Tommy Martyn and loose-forward Andy Holbrook started both games.

Earlier in the month, they faced Wakefield in the cup on Saturday, March 14, and Halifax in the league on March 15 - and won them both.

The fixture jam was the result of Warrington enjoying a fine season.

They reached the finals of the Lancashire Cup (losing to Wigan) and the John Player Trophy (beating Barrow) as well as the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup.

This meant they had 14 knockout matches to fit in with the league programme and the punishing schedule of 13 games in 38 days at the back end of the campaign ended their title hopes after being in the mix all season.