16th April 1954: Wigan 8 St Helens 14
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Wigan 8 St Helens 14 - Good Friday 16th April 1954
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: League
Kick Off: 3:00pm


1. Don Platt, 2. Billy Boston, 3. Jack Broome, 4. Ernie Ashcroft, 5. Bert Ralph, 6. Jack Cunliffe, 7. Tommy Parr


8. Ken Gee, 9. Ronnie Mather, 10. Jimmy Featherstone, 11. Nat Silcock, 12. Roy Williams, 13. Harry Street

WiganlTries:l Ernie Ashcroft, Billy Boston
WiganlGoals:l Jack Cunliffe 1
St HelenslBacks:l 1. Glyn Moses, 2. Steve Llewellyn, 3. Duggie Greenall, 4. Bill Finnan, 5. Gordon Ratcliffe, 6. Peter Metcalfe, 7. John Dickinson
St HelenslForwards:l

8. Alan Prescott, 9. Reg Blakemore, 10. Eric Ayles, 11. George Parsons, 12. Billy Bretherton, 13. Ray Cale

St HelenslTries:l Duggie Greenall. Steve Llewellyn,
St HelenslGoals:l Peter Metcalfe 4

Saints made it five derby victories in a row with this one at Central Park but it was a game full of drama. During the second half Wigan 10. Jimmy Featherstone and St Helens 13. Ray Cale were sent off during the second half in separate incidents. The referee had incensed one supporter so much that he ran on to the field and "attempted to punch the head of the referee". In the ensuing scrimmage, a police sergeant was "bowled over". Also during this game a Fire broke out in the Popular Stand which required two fire engines to attend and extinguish.

Half Time:l Wigan 5 St Helens 7
Referee:l A.Hill (Dewsbury)
Attendance:l 35,090