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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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St Helens 20 Wigan 7 - Boxing Day Thursday 26th December 1974
Venue: Knowsley Road, St Helens
Competition: League First Division
Kick Off: 3:00pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Bill Francis, 2. Green Vigo, 3. Dave Willicombe, 4. Keiron O'Loughlin, 5. George Fairbairn, 6. Bernard Coyle, 7. Jimmy Nulty
WiganlForwards:l 8. Brian Hogan, 9. Colin Clarke, 10. Geoff Fletcher, 11. John Gray, 12. Brian Gregory, 13. Bob Irving
WiganlSubs Used:l 14. David Hill (replaced Bernard Coyle - Half Time)


George Fairbairn

John Gray 2

StlHelenslBacks:l 1. Geoff Pimblett, 2. Frank Wilson, 3. Billy Benyon, 4. Johnny Walsh, 5. Roy Mathias, 6. David Eckersley, 7. Jeff Heaton
StlHelenslForwards:l 8. John Warlow, 9. Tony Karalius, 10. John Mantle, 11. George Nicholls, 12. Eric Chisnall, 13. Kel Coslett
StlHelenslSubs Used:l (None)


Kel Coslett, Frank Wilson, Billy Benyon, Roy Mathias
StlHelenslGoals:l 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:l

St Helens 7 Wigan 4


Alec Givvons (Oldham)




Wigan 1. Bill Francis was Sent Off in the 53rd Minute for an alleged high tackle on Geoff Pimblett
Wigan 10. Geoff Fletcher and St Helens 6. David Eckersley were Red Carded after the final hooter for Fighting.

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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