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11th May 1963: Wakefield 25 Wigan 10 (Challenge Cup Final)
Posted by cherryandwhite on December 10 2012 - 14:22
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Wakefield Trinity 25 Wigan 10 - Saturday 11th May 1963
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
Competition: Challenge Cup Final
Kick Off: 3:00pm


1. Dave Bolton, 2. Billy Boston, 3. Eric Ashton, 4. Alan Davies, 5. Frank Carlton, 6. Stan McLeod, 7. Frank Pitchford


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


Frank Pitchford, Frank Carlton

WiganlGoals:l Eric Ashton 2


1. Round, 2. Greenwood, 3. Brooke, 4. Fox, 5. Coetzer, 6. Poynton, 7. Holliday


8. Wilkinson, 9. Kosanovic, 10. Sampson, 11. Vines, 12. Turner, 13. Pearman


Coetzer 2, Brooke, Poynton, Sampson

WakefieldlGoals:l Fox 5

Wakefield made it three cup wins in the last four seasons with this victory over Wigan at Wembley. The finger after the game was being pointed towards the average age of the Wigan side being too high. The first half though had been incredibly tight with no score occurring until the 38th Minute when a try by Malcolm Sampson was converted by Neil Fox for 5-0. Wigan went in at half time then not only having suffered conceding that try but Dave Bolton at Full Back was literally dragged off the field knocked out with concussion.

Bolton wasn't able to recover in time to take to the field at the restart and thus Wigan were down to 12 men. They actually did well initially without Bolton. Frank Pitchford returned an offload by Frank Carlton 40 metres in the left corner, but it was only 5-3 with Ashton missing the extras. Wakefield though soon scored again with a try from Gert Coetzer that was converted off the left touchline by Fox for a 10-3 lead.

Then followed a series of penalty goal shots. First Ashton for Wigan made it 10-5 before Fox made it 12-5 and Ashton again made it 12-7. Then Bolton returned in the 57th Minute and Wigan would perhaps have been pleased to be just a converted try behind at this point.

Unfortunately Bolton's return turned into a negative. Looking to complete a run around move with Ashton, his pass was intercepted by Harold Poynton and all of a sudden it was now 17-7 to Wakefield. Wigan still kept fighting with a try soon after for Frank Carlton but perhaps crucially a second missed conversion of the game by Ashton left them still two scores down at 17-10.

Time was against Wigan now and a second try from Coetzer made it 20-10 before Ian Brooke wrapped up the win with a try under the posts that was obviously easily converted to complete a 25-10 Wakefield success. Wigan left to think how much the temporary absence of Bolton cost them.

Half Time:l Wakefield 5 Wigan 0
Attendance:l 85,000

D.T.H Davies (Manchester)

Television:l Live Coverage on BBC Television in Black and White during Grandstand. Commentator: Eddie Waring.
Radio:l Live Commentary on BBC Home Service in Northern Regions between 2:35 and 4:40pm.

BBC Television - Saturday 11th May 1963
Public Service Announcements
1:00pm Grandstand including....
Boxing from America
Golf: The Swallow-Penfold Tournament
Horse Racing from Kempton Park
Athletics: Oxford v Cambridge from White City Stadium
Rugby League Challenge Cup Final: Wakefield Trinity v Wigan
Sports Results and News Service
5:00pm Circus Boy
5:25pm The Last Man Out
5:50pm News, Today's Sport
6:00pm Juke Box Jury
6:35pm The Third Man
7:00pm Laramie
7:45pm Andy Stewart Show
8:30pm Film: "Beat the Devil"
10:00pm News, Weather
10:10pm Six More Faces of Jim
10:40pm The Call of the Isles
11:20pm Saturday Sport
11:45pm National Anthem, Closedown

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