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6th April 1968: Leeds 25 Wigan 4
Posted by cherryandwhite on December 19 2012 - 22:16

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Saturday 6th April 1968

Leeds 25 Wigan 4
Station Road, Swinton
Challenge Cup Semi Final

Kick Off 3:00pm


 (Part First/Full Second Half)

Wigan Team

Colin Tyrer

2.  Billy Boston    

Eric Ashton


Peter Rowe


Bill Francis


David Hill


Frank Parr


John Stephens


Colin Clarke


Ronnie Webb


Terry Fogerty


Geoff Lyon

13.  Doug Laughton    


1. Risman, 2. Smith, 3. Watson, 4. Hynes, 5. Atkinson, 6. Shoebottom, 7. Seabourne, 8. Clark, 9. Crosby, 10. K.Eyre, 11. Ramsey, 12. A.Eyre, 13. Batten. Sub: Joyce.

Tries: Atkinson, Hynes, Ramsey, Seabourne, Watson
Goals: Risman 4


Wigan had knocked Leeds out of the cup in five or the last nine seasons whilst also being unbeaten in six Challenge Cup Semi Finals they had played at Swinton since the war. 30,329 were in attendance to see that form turned on it's head with Leeds, the league leaders, trashing Wigan and pretty much ending the long standing era of Billy Boston and Eric Ashton. They still had some hope in the league but reality would prove this to be the last waltz for that long standing formidable partnership. In sunny conditions, Wigan did kick 2-0 ahead with a 12th Minute Colin Tyrer penalty but Risman soon made it 2-2 with one of this own and Leeds forged ahead from there. A crucial moment came on the half hour when Boston attempted but missed an interception opportunity and Atkinson scored instead for Leeds. That put Leeds 7-2 up and further irony came when they scored an interception try when Watson went under the posts for 12-2. Tyrer kicked a goal for 12-4 but it was not the right choice with Leeds scoring twice more through Ramsey and Hynes to stretch that led to 20-4. Wigan had little hope and Leeds scored again through Seabourne to send them to what would become the famous Watersplash final against Wakefield at Wembley,.

Half Time: 

Leeds 7 Wigan 2


Fred Lindop (Wakefield)


1967-1968 Challenge Cup Semi Finals

Saturday 30th March 1968
Huddersfield 0 Wakefield Trinity 0 (at Odsal Stadium, Bradford - Second Half Live on BBC 1)

Wednesday 3rd April 1968
Replay: Wakefield Trinity 15 Huddersfield 10 (at Headingley, Leeds)

Saturday 6th April 1968
Leeds 25 Wigan 4 (at Station Road, Swinton - Live on BBC 1)

1967-1968 Challenge Cup Final

Saturday 11th May 1968
Leeds 11 Wakefield Trinity 10 (at Wembley Stadium, London - Live on BBC 1)




BBC 1 - Saturday 6th April 1968
12:23pm Weather
12:25pm Whoosh!
12:45pm Grandstand including.....
12:55, 1:40, 2:10 Motoring: The Television Trophy Trial
1:15 Test Cricket: West Indies v England
1:50, 2:20, 2:55, 3:25 Horse Racing from Ascot
2:35, 4:30 Gymnastics: Great Britain v Belgium
3:10, 3:45 Rugby League Cup Semi Final: Leeds v Wigan
4:58 Results Service
5:15pm Dr. Who
5:40pm The Monkees
6:05pm News
6:15pm Dee Time (Simon Dee)
7:00pm Daktari: Judy Strikes Back (Animal Adventure)
7:50pm Film: "The Story on Page One"
9:50pm News
10:00pm 1968 Eurovision Song Contest from Royal Albert Hall, London
11:45pm Match of the Day: Manchester United v Liverpool
12:30am Weather, National Anthem, Closedown

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