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21st May 1966: St Helens 21 Wigan 2 (Challenge Cup Final)
Posted by cherryandwhite on December 15 2012 - 10:18
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St Helens 21 Wigan 2 - Saturday 21st May 1966
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
Competition: Challenge Cup Final
Kick Off: 3:00pm


1. Ray Ashby, 2. Billy Boston, 3. David Stephens, 4. Eric Ashton, 5. Trevor Lake, 6. Cliff Hill, 7. Frank Parr


8. Danny Gardiner, 9. Tom Woosey, 10. Brian McTigue, 11. Tony Stephens, 12. Laurie Gilfedder, 13. Harry Major

WiganlSubs Used:l (None)

WiganlTries:l (None)

Laurie Gilfedder 1


1. Frank Barrow, 2. Tom van Vollenhoven, 3. Alex Murphy, 4. Billy Benyon, 5. Len Killeen, 6. Peter Harvey, 7. Tommy Bishop

StlHelenslForwards:l 8. Albert Halsall, 9. Bill Sayer, 10. Cliff Watson, 11. Ray French, 12. John Warlow, 13. John Mantle
StlHelenslSubs Used:l (None)

StlHelenslTries:l Tommy Bishop, Len Killeen, John Mantle

Len Killeen 5, John Mantle


Generally reported as a poor, awful final that was a humiliating experience for Wigan. In an era of no tackle counts, they struggled all match to get possession from scrums with ex Wigan hooker Bill Sayer for St Helens dominating his makeshift hooking opponent Tom Woosey, who had to play at 9 because Colin Clarke was suspended. Harold Mather in the Guardian described Wigan's efforts as "dreadfully disappointing" with the defence "feeble". Alas, Wigan would have to wait a full 23 years to gain revenge for this one and this results explains why the 1989 27-0 Wembley win meant so much, particularly to the Wigan fans that suffered watching on this day! Wigan's season had really fallen apart with Clarke's suspension, Saints going on to complete the league and cup double a week later against Halifax.

Half Time:l St Helens 9 Wigan 2
Referee:l H.G Hunt (Warrington)
Attendance:l 98,536 (Gate Reciepts: £60,429) - Both Figures set new records for Rugby League at Wembley
LancelTodd:l Len Killeen (St Helens)
Television:l Live Coverage on BBC 1 - Commentator: Eddie Waring
Radio:l Live Commentary on BBC Home Service in North Regions between 2:55 and 4:30pm

BBC 1 - Saturday 21st May 1966
10:15am Educational Programmes (till 11:15am)
12:40pm Public Service Announcements
12:45pm Rugby League Challenge Cup Final Grandstand including....
1:00 Golf: The Martini International Tournament
2:00, 2:30 Horse Racing from Newbury
2:45 Rugby League Challenge Cup Final: St Helens v Wigan
5:15pm Juke Box Jury
5:40pm News, Weather
5:50pm Dr. Who: The O.K Corral
6:15pm The Munsters
6:40pm Quick Before They Catch Us
7:05pm Dick Van Dyke Show
7:30pm The Western (film): The Vanquished
8:50pm Not Only . . . But Also (Comedy)
9:20pm The Troubleshooters: If You Can't Lick 'Em
10:10pm News, Sport
10:25pm Club Night from Offerton Palace Theatre Club
11:10pm The Bulls ! The Bulls ! Programme from France
11:40pm Weather, National Anthem, Closedown

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