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26th December 1974: St Helens 20 Wigan 7
Posted by cherryandwhite on January 05 2013 - 03:08

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Boxing Day Thursday 26th December 1974

St Helens 20 Wigan 7
Knowsley Road, St Helens
League Division 1 - Round 15 of 30
Kick Off 3:00pm

Wigan Team

Bill Francis

2.  Green Vigo    
3.  Dave Willicombe    
4.  Keiron O'Loughlin    
5.  George Fairbairn  T   
6.  Bernard Coyle    

Jimmy Nulty


Brian Hogan

9.  Colin Clarke    
10.  Geoff Fletcher    

John Gray


Brian Gregory

13.  Bob Irving    



David Hill


St Helens 

1. Geoff Pimblett, 2. Frank Wilson, 3. Billy Benyon, 4. Johnny Walsh, 5. Roy Mathias, 6. David Eckersley, 7. Jeff Heaton, 8. John Warlow, 9. Tony Karalius, 10. John Mantle, 11. George Nicholls, 12. Eric Chisnall, 13. Kel Coslett.

Tries: Kel Coslett, Frank Wilson, Billy Benyon, Roy Mathias
Goals: Kel Coslett 4


This was a match between the top two in the First Division but Saints began the game six points clear of everyone else and were looking far superior to all comers. They proved it in this derby against a Wigan side described as "bitterly disappointing". Wigan competed well first half but fell away after Bill Francis was sent off in the 53rd Minute for a late tackle on Geoff Pimblett. Wigan's only try by George Fairbairn came late in the contest and furthermore Wigan's Geoff Fletcher and Saints' David Eckersley had been sent off after the final hooter for fighting. Referee Alec Givvons said he hadn't heard the hooter but that didn't make any difference to his decision. The result saw Wigan drop down to fifth.

Half Time:  St Helens 7 Wigan 4
Attendance:  10,613
Referee:  Alec Givvons (Oldham)

Top of the First Division - After This Match
1st Place:l St Helens - Played - 15 - Won - 13 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 1 - Points: - 27
2nd Place:l Leeds - Played - 14 - Won - 9 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 4 - Points: - 19
3rd Place:l Widnes - Played - 14 - Won - 9 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 4 - Points: - 19
4th Place:l Castleford - Played - 14 - Won - 8 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 4 - Points: - 18
5th Place:l Wigan - Played - 14 - Won - 9 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 5 - Points: - 18

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