24th October 1953: St Helens 16 Wigan 8 (Lancashire Cup Final)
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St Helens 16 Wigan 8 - Saturday 24th October 1953
Venue: Station Road, Swinton
Competition: Lancashire Cup Final
Kick Off: 3:00pm

WiganlBacks:l

1. Jack Cunliffe, 2. Brian Nordgren, 3. Jack Broome, 4. Ernie Ashcroft, 5. Ronnie Hurst, 6. Jack Fleming, 7. Johnny Alty

WiganlForwards:l

8. Ken Gee, 9. Ronnie Mather, 10. Nat Silcock, 11. Frank Collier, 12. Tommy Horrocks, 13. Harry Street


WiganlTries:l Harry Street, Jack Fleming
WiganlGoals:l Ken Gee 1

St HelenslBacks:l 1. Glyn Moses, 2. Steve Llewellyn, 3. Duggie Greenall, 4. Don Gullick, 5. Stan McCormick, 6. Peter Metcalfe, 7. Jimmy Honey
St HelenslForwards:l

8. Alan Prescott, 9. Reg Blakemore, 10. George Parr, 11. George Parsons, 12. Billy Bretherton, 13. Vince Karalius


St HelenslTries:l Jimmy Honey, Glyn Moses
St HelenslGoals:l Peter Metcalfe 5
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Summary:l

Wigan were aiming to win the Lancashire Cup for a seventh season in a row against a Saints side that hadn't won the trophy since 1926. Wigan had been much the better side first half with the 8-4 half time lead being quite flattering to Saints. Ken Gee had missed two penalty goals in the opening seven minutes before Saints took the lead with a penalty from Peter Metcalfe. Then Wigan found a try from Harry Street but Frank Collier had taken over the goal kicking and he too missed the goal. Then a break from Jack Fleming saw him finish for a try after a one-two combination with Brian Nordgren. Gee went back on kicking this time and converted for 8-2. With the missed kicks it could have been 14-2 but they got a slap in the face when Jonny Alty was penalised for incorrect play the ball and Metcalfe reduced that lead to 8-4. Into the second half and Wigan's goal kick woes continued. Gee missed two long range kicks and Collier a simple effort in the ten minutes after half time that all combined could of made it 20-4 and cruising instead of the 8-4 score it was. All those misses proved mightily costly in the end because Saints fought back. After a Metcalfe penalty for 8-6, Jimmy Honey scored a try that gave Saints an 11-8 lead after the conversion. Then Glyn Moses collected a cross field kick from Steve Llewellyn and a further conversion had made it 16-8. If ever the importance of goal kicking was highlighted, this final was it!

Half Time:l St Helens 4 Wigan 8
Referee:l M.Coates (Leeds)
Attendance:l 42,793
Gate Reciepts:l 6,780