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17th December 1968: Wigan 7 St Helens 4 (BBC Floodlit Trophy Final)
Posted by cherryandwhite on December 20 2012 - 09:25

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Tuesday 17th December 1968

Wigan 7 St Helens 4
Central Park, Wigan
BBC Floodlit Trophy Final

Kick Off 7:15pm


 (Second Half)

Wigan Team

Colin Tyrer


Bill Francis


Eric Ashton


Bill Ashurst


Peter Rowe


Cliff Hill


Johnny Jackson


John Stephens


Colin Clarke


Keith Mills


Terry Fogerty


Kevin O'Loughlin

13.  Doug Laughton    


Sub.  Geoff Lyon    

St Helens 

1. Ken Williams, 2. Frank Wilson, 3. Bill Benyon, 4. Frank Myler, 5. John Wills, 6. Alan Whittle, 7. Tommy Bishop, 8. John Warlow, 9. Bill Sayer, 10. Cliff Watson, 11. John Mantle, 12. Brian Hogan, 13. Kel Coslett.

Tries: (None)
Goals: Kel Coslett 2


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 and both were sent off by referee Eric Clay. 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 looked like the viewers would see no points and that St Helens won win the final by that narrow 4-2 scoreline 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 Cliff Hill who 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 Floodlit Trophy success.

Half Time: 

Wigan 2 St Helens 4


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