19th February 1949: Leigh 4 Wigan 5 (RESULT VOID)
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Leigh 4 Wigan 5 (Aggregate: Leigh 16 Wigan 16) - Saturday 19th February 1949 - RESULT VOID
Venue: Hilton Park, Leigh
Competition: Challenge Cup First Round Second Leg
Kick Off: 3:00pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Jack Cunliffe, 2. Gordon Ratcliffe, 3. Ted Ward, 4. Ernie Ashcroft, 5. Jack Hilton, 6. Ces Mountford, 7. Johnny Alty

8. Ken Gee, 9. Joe Egan, 10. Ted Slevin, 11. Frank Barton, 12. Les White, 13. Bill Hudson

WiganlTries:l Gordon Ratcliffe
WiganlGoals:l Ted Ward 1


This match proved to be a full on sweat for Wigan who did enough to earn what they thought would be a replay. Leigh had led 4-2 at the break (16-13 aggregate) but Gordon Ratcliffe managed to find a try to level the contest on aggregate at 16-16. During the last eight minutes four penalty goal attempts were made but that deadlock couldn't be broken. In fact Ted Ward missed six goals throughout the match. So the tie finished level and a replay was set to be played at the neutral venue at Swinton. However it later came to light that the referee should have played extra time rather than called full time. On the follwoing Monday the "Rugby League Cup Committee" decided that rather than playing a replay, this match would be declared entirely null and void and it was ordered that the second leg would be replayed in full instead with the score of the tie reverting to the 12-11 lead Leigh had after the first leg. Thus because of the referee's mistake, this second leg was replayed a week later.