23rd April 1960: Swinton 13 Wigan 38
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Swinton 14 Wigan 16 - Saturday 23rd April 1960
Venue: Station Road, Swinton
Competition: League
Kick Off: 3:00pm


1. Fred Griffiths, 2. Billy Boston, 3. Eric Ashton, 4. Keith Holden, 5. Mick Sullivan, 6. Syd Fenton, 7. Brian Scrivens


8. John Barton, 9. Frank Wright, 10. Brian McTigue, 11. Roy Evans, 12. Geoff Lyon, 13. Tommy Smales

WiganlTries:l Brian McTigue, Tommy Smales
WiganlGoals:l Fred Griffiths 5


1. Gowers, 2. Stopford, 3. Critchley, 4. Smethurst, 5. Ayres, 6. Norburn, 7. Thomas


8. Thompson, 9. T.Roberts, 10. Moses, 11. K.Roberts, 12. Smith, 13. Blan

SwintonlTries:l Blan, Stopford
SwintonlGoals:l Blan 4

To qualify for the play offs, Wigan needed to win here whilst hoping Hull and Featherstone failed in their remaining games. They were made to sweat here by Swinton without Dave Bolton, Bill Sayer and Frank Collier who were injured. In fact their refusal to announced their team before kick off was described as "childish". Wigan took the lead when Mick Sullivan slipped an offload away to get Brian McTigue over and then failure by Swinton to dead with a kick allowed Tommy Smales to score another try. This helped Wigan into a 12-4 lead after just 25 minutes. Swinton thought fought back to 12-12 before half time but Griffiths kicked a penalty goal right before the whistle to restore Wigan's lead. In the second half Swinton levelled the scores up at 14-14 but Wigan re-established a slender lead when a penalty goal from Griffiths hit the bar and still went over. That proved to be enough for Wigan to win, with that being defended out somehow until the end.

Half Time:l Swinton 12 Wigan 14