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16th April 1965: Wigan 8 St Helens 16
Posted by cherryandwhite on December 13 2012 - 08:03

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Good Friday 16th April 1965

Wigan 8 St Helens 16
Central Park, Wigan
League - Match 32 of 34
Kick Off 3:00pm

Wigan Team

Ray Ashby

2.  Billy Boston    

Eric Ashton

4.  Keith Holden    

Trevor Lake

6.  Cliff Hill    

Frank Parr


John Barton


Colin Clarke

10.  Brian McTigue    

Danny Gardiner


Geoff Lyon


Laurie Gilfedder




Tony Stephens


St Helens 

1. Frank Barrow, 2. Tom van Vollenhoven, 3. Cen Williams, 4. Billy Benyon, 5. Len Killeen, 6. Alex Murphy, 7. Wilf Smith, 8. John Tembey, 9. Joe Egan (Jnr), 10. Cliff Watson, 11. John Warlow, 12. Mervyn Hicks, 13. Doug Laughton.

Tries: Alex Murphy, Len Killeen
Goals: Len Killeen 4, Mervyn Hicks 1


This was a match that was huge towards the destiny of who finished top (albeit the champion would be decided by play off) and also which of the two sides won the Lancashire League trophy. Wigan had beaten Saints in both league and cup earlier in the season but it would be Saints who would take this Easter derby. Injuries were proving a problem for Wigan. Roy Evans had "severely" cut his thumb the day before the game and was replaced by Geoff Lyon. Then during the match, John Barton suffered a broken arm after just 18 minutes that would later rule him out of playing the Cup Final at Wembley. Ray Ashby, Laurie Gilfedder and Colin Clarke were also limping about during this game and it was proving that Wembley was very much on the minds. Saints took the lead when Billy Benyon sent Alex Murphy under the posts for Len Killeen to convert for 5-0 before a penalty goal made it 7-0. Laurie Gilfedder had kicked two goals to reduce that to 7-4 towards half time but Saints found a sucker punch right on the hooter. John Tembey broke out of a Geoff Lyon tackle to send Killeen over for a 12-4 half time score. All the second half points came from kicks with the sides kicking a penalty and drop goal each.

Half Time: 

Wigan 4 St Helens 12




D.T.H Davies (Manchester)
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