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13th December 1970: St Helens 16 Wigan 15
Posted by cherryandwhite on December 28 2012 - 00:33

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Sunday 13th December 1970

St Helens 16 Wigan 15
Knowsley Road, St Helens
BBC Floodlit Trophy Semi Final Replay
Kick Off 2:30pm

Wigan Team

Colin Tyrer


Keri Jones


Kevin O'Loughlin


Bill Francis


Stuart Wright


David Hill


Frank Parr


Brian Hogan


Bob Burdell

10.  Geoff Fletcher    
11.  Bill Ashurst    G2 
12.  Dave Robinson    
13.  Doug Laughton    



Keiron O'Loughlin


St Helens 

1. Frank Barrow, 2. Les Jones, 3. Billy Benyon, 4. Johnny Walsh, 5. Frank Wilson, 6. Alan Whittle, 7. Jeff Heaton, 8. Albert Halsall, 9. Tony Karalius, 10. Eric Chisnall, 11. John Mantle, 12. Eric Prescott, 13. Kel Coslett. Sub: Graham Rees.

Tries: Les Jones, Billy Benyon
Goals: Kel Coslett 4, Johnny Walsh 1


With just seven days between the original BBC Floodlit semi final date and the Final that was scheduled on Tuesday December 15th, fitting in the replay was quite difficult. It ended up being played on this Sunday Afternoon without TV coverage and would become the first derby to be played on a Sunday Afternoon (matches on Sunday's were banned until 1967). Whilst a day fixture goes against the "Floodlit" Trophy idea, it was December and thus it would be pretty dark and dull anyway, so the floodlights would have been on.

The replay was another tight match that had seen a mixture of penalty and drop goals for 4-0, 4-2, 6-2, 6-4, 8-4, 8-6, 8-8, 10-8 and 10-10 scores before the games first try was scored by Les Jones 15 minutes from the end to give Saints a 13-10 lead. Then on 70 Minutes Wigan led for the first time, 15-13, following a try from Keri Jones and a conversion from Colin Tyrer. But Saints retook the lead with a try from Billy Benyon five minutes from full time and time ran out for Wigan. Saints had now knocked out Wigan in both Lancashire Cup and BBC Floodlit Trophy Semi Finals.

Half Time: 

St Helens 6 Wigan 4




1970-1971 BBC 2 Floodlit Trophy Semi Final Replay

Sunday 13th December 1970
St Helens 16 Wigan 15

1970-1971 BBC 2 Floodlit Trophy Final

Tuesday 15th December 1970
Leeds 9 St Helens 5 (Second Half Live on BBC 2)

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