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14th August 2018, 10:10 | champion_schools

The Steven Mullaney Memorial Game

The Steven Mullaney Memorial Game

This year is the 32nd anniversary of this remarkable Champion Schools performance.

Thirty-two years ago, Steven Mullaney, a schoolboy Rugby League player, thrilled television viewers across the country by scoring a superb solo try as Wakefield Schools defeated St Helens 17-0 in the traditional Year 7 Boys curtain-raiser at Wembley, before the 1986 Challenge Cup Final.

Tragically, Steven died in a road traffic accident the following year.

As a tribute to him, the English Schools' Year 7 Boys (under 12s) game, was renamed the The Steven Mullaney Memorial Game.

Since then, generations of young players have carried on his joy of playing Rugby League by taking part in what has become an integral part of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final day.

Steven Mullaney's Wembley 1986 highlights, including THAT try

And some of those young players have gone on to make their mark on both the professional and international stage.

Famous Year 7 Boys Finalists include Mike Ford, Denis Betts, Phil Clarke, Chev Walker, Kevin Sinfield, Ryan Hampshire and many others.

The showcase fixture will be taking place again in 2018, as Widnes' Wade Deacon and St John Fisher from Wigan face off on the Wembley turf.

The Year 7 Boys Final will kick off at 1pm on Challenge Cup Final Day

Champion Schools is the world's biggest Rugby League knockout competition

As the curtain-raiser to the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final between Catalans Dragons and Warrington Wolves on Saturday, August 25, the game kicks off at 1pm.