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12th April 1963: Wigan 4 St Helens 24
Posted by cherryandwhite on December 10 2012 - 03:13
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Wigan 4 St Helens 24 - Good Friday 12th April 1963
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: League First Division
Kick Off: 3:00pm


1. Dave Bolton, 2. Trevor Lake, 3. Eric Ashton, 4. Alan Davies, 5. Frank Carlton, 6. Eric Ashton, 7. Frank Pitchford


8. Jimmy Belshaw, 9. Bill Sayer, 10. Brian McTigue, 11. Frank Collier, 12. Jack Gregory, 13. Geoff Lyon



WiganlGoals:l Eric Ashton 2


1. Kel Coslett, 2. Tom van Vollenhoven, 3. Wilf Smith, 4. Brian McGinn, 5. Mick Sullivan, 6. Keith Northey, 7. Alex Murphy


8. John Tembey, 9. Peter Goddard, 10. Cliff Watson, 11. Ray French, 12. Dick Huddart, 13. Bill Major


Brian McGinn, Mick Sullivan, Alex Murphy, Tom van Vollenhoven

StlHelenslGoals:l Kel Coslett 6

It was deemed that Wigan had "more than one eye" on their Challenge Cup Semi Final against Hull KR which was to follow in eight days time. They were well beaten here on Good Friday with Saints taking the lead after just five minutes with a Brian McGinn try. That was 5-0 after Kel Coslett converted and after Eric Ashton had reduced that to 5-2 with a penalty, Tom van Vollenhoven was causing damage down the right and from a quick play the ball, eight Saints players had a touch before Mick Sullivan, ex of Wigan, finished on the other side of the field. That was 10-2 after Coslett converted again but although Ashton reduced that back to 10-4, Saints found a third first half try from Alex Murphy, again converted. So that was 15-4 at the break and Wigan's task made all the harder by Brian McTigue withdrawing from the rest of the game with an ankle injury. They had little hope of chasing Saints down thereafter and a further try came from van Vollenhoven later in the game.

Half Time:l

Wigan 4 St Helens 15

Attendance:l 40,996
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