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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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Saturday 21st May 1966

St Helens 21 Wigan 2
Wembley Stadium, London
Challenge Cup Final

Kick Off 3:00pm


Wigan Team

Ray Ashby

2.  Billy Boston    
3.  David Stephens    

Eric Ashton


Trevor Lake


Cliff Hill


Frank Parr


Danny Gardiner


Tom Woosey


Brian McTigue

11.  Tony Stephens    

Laurie Gilfedder

13.  Harry Major    

St Helens 

1. Frank Barrow, 2. Tom van Vollenhoven, 3. Alex Murphy, 4. Billy Benyon, 5. Len Killeen, 6. Peter Harvey, 7. Tommy Bishop, 8. Albert Halsall, 9. Bill Sayer, 10. Cliff Watson, 11. Ray French, 12. John Warlow, 13. John Mantle.

Tries: Tommy Bishop, Len Killeen, John Mantle
Goals: 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: 

St Helens 9 Wigan 2


98,536 (Gate Reciepts: £60,429) - Both Figures set new records for Rugby League at Wembley


H.G Hunt (Warrington)

Lance Todd: 

Len Killeen (St Helens)


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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