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.
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.
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