League - Match 28 of 34
(Previously Postponed on Monday 28th December 1964)
Kick Off 7:15pm
1. Frank Barrow, 2. Tom van Vollenhoven, 3. Cen Williams, 4.
Billy Benyon, 5. Len Killeen, 6. Peter Harvey, 7. Alex Murphy,
8. John Tembey, 9. Bob Dagnall, 10. Cliff Watson, 11. Mervyn
Hicks, 12. John Mantle 13. Doug Laughton.
Goals: Len Killeen 3
This derby had been postponed at Christmas and with the
match having now been
re-arranged two months after Knowsley Road had switched on their brand new
floodlights, it would thus be the first derby to be played under floodlights.
Wigan had been without a match for ten days and in the interim Saints had
joined them joint top of the table with three matches still in hand so the
stakes were high, particularly after Wigan had knocked Saints out of the cup
a few weeks earlier. Saints had missed an early opportunity to score, with a knock on from Peter
Harvey near the line, before Wigan took the lead before good work from Danny
Gardiner and Gilfedder sent Frankie Parr over for a try. Gilfedder converted
for a 5-0 lead after 13 minutes. Two penalties from Len Killeen reduced that
lead to 5-4 but Gilfedder kicked a penalty just before half time for a 7-4
break scoreline. Saints had battered Wigan for 25 minutes in the second half
but amazing didn't score a try. They had found a penalty goal for 7-6 but
Wigan eventually punished Saints failures with a second try for Parr, who
beat Alex Murphy for pace in the process of scoring. Conversion was missed
but Wigan hung on for the win. The victory proved a fitting tribute to Danny
Hurcombe (199 Wigan appearances between 1919 and 1926) who had died the
previous week Age 70.
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