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23rd March 1965: St Helens 6 Wigan 10
Posted by cherryandwhite on December 13 2012 - 05:51

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Tuesday 23rd March 1965

St Helens 6 Wigan 10
Knowsley Road, St Helens
League - Match 28 of 34
(Previously Postponed on Monday 28th December 1964)
Kick Off 7:15pm

Wigan Team
1. 

Ray Ashby

   
2.  Billy Boston    
3. 

Eric Ashton

   
4.  Alan Davies    
5. 

Trevor Lake

   
6.  Cliff Hill    
7. 

Frank Parr

 T2   
8. 

John Barton

   
9. 

Colin Clarke

   
10.  Brian McTigue    
11. 

Danny Gardiner

   
12. 

Roy Evans

   
13. 

Laurie Gilfedder

   G2 

 

Sub.  Geoff Lyon    

St Helens 

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.

Tries: (None)
Goals: Len Killeen 3

Summary: 

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.

Half Time: 

St Helens 4 Wigan 7

Attendance: 

18,500

Referee: 

H.Pickersgill (Castleford)
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