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13th May 1961: St Helens 12 Wigan 6 (Challenge Cup Final)
Posted by cherryandwhite on December 07 2012 - 09:48
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St Helens 12 Wigan 6 - Saturday 13th May 1961
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
Competition: Challenge Cup Final
Kick Off: 3:00pm

WiganlBacks:l

1. Fred Griffiths, 2. Billy Boston, 3. Eric Ashton, 4. Geoff Bootle, 5. Frank Carlton, 6. Dave Bolton, 7. Terry Entwistle

WiganlForwards:l

8. John Barton, 9. Bill Sayer, 10. Brian McTigue, 11. Frank Collier, 12. Geoff Lyon, 13. Roy Evans


WiganlTries:l (None)
WiganlGoals:l Fred Griffiths 3

StlHelenslBacks:l

1. Austin Rhodes, 2. Tom van Vollenhoven, 3. Ken Large, 4. Brian McGinn, 5. Mick Sullivan, 6. Alex Murphy, 7. Wilf Smith

StlHelenslForwards:l

8. Ab Terry, 9. Bob Dagnall, 10. Cliff Watson, 11. Don Vines, 12. Dick Huddart, 13. Vince Karalius


StlHelenslTries:l Alex Murphy, Tom van Vollenhoven
StlHelenslGoals:l Austin Rhodes 3
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Summary:l

This was a hard slog of a cup final on a hot day at Wembley. Fred Griffiths had given Wigan a 2-0 lead but Austin Rhodes equalised with a penalty of his own before Alex Murphy scored a try after good work from Dick Huddart. That put Saints 5-2 ahead at the break. Wigan dominated the first ten minutes after half time but could only find a penalty goal from Griffiths for their efforts. A try for Frank Carlton brought back for an earlier forward pass, Griffiths hit the post with a penalty goal and Billy Boston was denied a try by the corner flag. So Saints still led 5-4 and went further ahead on 21 minutes from a Wigan error. Bill Sayer knocked on ten metres from the Saints line and interchange passing between Tom van Vollenhoven and Ken Large saw the former finish despite a good chase back by Eric Ashton. That put Saints 10-4 ahead and they never looked back.

Half Time:l St Helens 5 Wigan 2
Referee:l T.W Watkinson (Manchester)
Weather:l Hot
Attendance:l 94,672 (Gate Reciepts: £35,352)
Lance Todd:l Dick Huddart (St Helens)

Television: Live Coverage on BBC Television during a Grandstand Cup Final Special. Commentator: Eddie Waring
Radio: Live Commentary on BBC Home Service in Northern Regions between 2:40 and 4:45pm.


BBC Television - Saturday 13th May 1961

1:00pm Grandstand: Rugby League Challenge Cup Final including....
1:10 Meet the Finalists
1:45, 2:15, 2:45 Horse Racing from Ayr
2:00, 2:20, 3:40 Athletics: Oxford v Cambridge
2:50 Presentation of the Teams
3:00, 3:50 The Match
5:00pm The Range Rider
5:25pm Ask Mr. Pastry
5:50pm News, Today's Sport
6:00pm Juke Box Jury
6:30pm Laramie
7:15pm The Men from Room Thirteen
7:45pm Billy Cotton Band Show
8:30pm The Valiant Years: Winston Churchill
8:55pm Perry Mason: The Case of the Lonely Heiress
9:45pm News, Weather
9:52pm Sports Special
10:30pm "No Wreath for the General"
10:55pm News, Weather, National Anthem, Closedown

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