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17th December 1968: Wigan 7 St Helens 4 (BBC 2 Floodlit Trophy Final)
Posted by cherryandwhite on December 20 2012 - 09:25
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Wigan v St Helens - 1968-1969 BBC 2 Floodlit Trophy Final.
Tuesday 17th December 1968, Kick Off 7:15pm at Central Park, Wigan.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position St Helens -
1 Colin Tyrer Full Back Ken Williams 1
2 Bill Francis Winger Frank Wilson 2
3 Eric Ashton Centre Bill Benyon 3
4 Bill Ashurst Centre Frank Myler 4
5 Peter Rowe Winger John Wills 5
6 Cliff Hill Stand Off Alan Whittle 6
7 Johnny Jackson Scrum Half Tom Bishop 7
8 John Stephens Prop John Warlow 8
9 Colin Clarke Hooker Bill Sayer 9
10 Keith Mills Prop Cliff Watson 10
11 Terry Fogerty 2nd Row John Mantle 11
12 Kevin O'Loughlin 2nd Row Brian Hogan 12
13 Doug Laughton L.Forward Kel Coslett 13
- - - - -
14 Geoff Lyon Substitute Eric Prescott 14
15 A.N Other Substitute Eric Chisnall 15

Score Sheet

Wigan 7-4 St Helens
Cliff Hill
Colin Tyrer 2


Kel Coslett 2

Other Information

Attendance: 13,479

Television:l BBC 2 - Live Coverage of the Second Half in Colour (8pm to 8:50pm) - Commentator: Eddie Waring


On a muddy night at Central Park, the BBC 2 Floodlit Trophy final was contested between Wigan and St Helens. St Helens held a 4-2 lead at Half Time after Kel Coslett had kicked two penalty goals to one from Colin Tyrer. But just before half time came an almighty fight between Wigan's Bill Ashurst and St Helens Brian Hogan. Both were sent off by referee Eric Clay. A massive irony of that was that four days later Brian Hogan transferred to Wigan from St Helens. In fact he would be sent off for Wigan against Saints in a league derby 27 days after this game. The fact both sides came out for the second half in fresh shirts highlighted how muddy the pitch was, but that was probably also for the benefit of BBC 2 viewers who would now get to see the Second Half Live, as was standard for the majority of Floodlit Trophy ties. It look like the viewers would see no points and that St Helens won win the final by that narrow 4-2 but in the 77th Minute came a crucial moment. St Helens prop Cliff Watson, in trying to pass, knocked on and the loose ball was pounced upon by Wigan Stand Off Cliff Hill and he scored a try that put Wigan 5-4 ahead. Colin Tyrer added the extras for a 7-4 score and Wigan saw out the remaining two minutes to claim what proved to be their only BBC 2 Floodlit Trophy success.

BBC 2 - Tuesday 17th December 1968
11:00am Play School: Skitter, Hope and Camberley (till 11:20am)
7:30pm Newsroom, Weather
8:00pm Floodlit Rugby League: BBC 2 Trophy Final - Wigan v St Helens
8:50pm Colourful Cookery with Fanny Cradock (Part 12)
9:05pm Impact: That Time in Havana
9:55pm Europa (Black & White)
10:25pm News Summary
10:30pm Late Night Line Uplllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

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