13th May 1961: St Helens 12 Wigan 6 (Challenge Cup Final)
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St Helens 12 Wigan 6 - Saturday 13th May 1961
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
Competition: Challenge Cup Final
Kick Off: 3:00pm


1. Fred Griffiths, 2. Billy Boston, 3. Eric Ashton, 4. Geoff Bootle, 5. Frank Carlton, 6. Dave Bolton, 7. Terry Entwistle


8. John Barton, 9. Bill Sayer, 10. Brian McTigue, 11. Frank Collier, 12. Geoff Lyon, 13. Roy Evans

WiganlTries:l (None)
WiganlGoals:l Fred Griffiths 3


1. Austin Rhodes, 2. Tom van Vollenhoven, 3. Ken Large, 4. Brian McGinn, 5. Mick Sullivan, 6. Alex Murphy, 7. Wilf Smith


8. Ab Terry, 9. Bob Dagnall, 10. Cliff Watson, 11. Don Vines, 12. Dick Huddart, 13. Vince Karalius

StlHelenslTries:l Alex Murphy, Tom van Vollenhoven
StlHelenslGoals:l Austin Rhodes 3

This was a hard slog of a cup final on a hot day at Wembley. Fred Griffiths had given Wigan a 2-0 lead but Austin Rhodes equalised with a penalty of his own before Alex Murphy scored a try after good work from Dick Huddart. That put Saints 5-2 ahead at the break. Wigan dominated the first ten minutes after half time but could only find a penalty goal from Griffiths for their efforts. A try for Frank Carlton brought back for an earlier forward pass, Griffiths hit the post with a penalty goal and Billy Boston was denied a try by the corner flag. So Saints still led 5-4 and went further ahead on 21 minutes from a Wigan error. Bill Sayer knocked on ten metres from the Saints line and interchange passing between Tom van Vollenhoven and Ken Large saw the former finish despite a good chase back by Eric Ashton. That put Saints 10-4 ahead and they never looked back.

Half Time:l St Helens 5 Wigan 2
Referee:l T.W Watkinson (Manchester)
Weather:l Hot
Attendance:l 94,672 (Gate Reciepts: 35,352)
Lance Todd:l Dick Huddart (St Helens)

Television: Live Coverage on BBC Television during a Grandstand Cup Final Special. Commentator: Eddie Waring
Radio: Live Commentary on BBC Home Service in Northern Regions between 2:40 and 4:45pm.

BBC Television - Saturday 13th May 1961

1:00pm Grandstand: Rugby League Challenge Cup Final including....
1:10 Meet the Finalists
1:45, 2:15, 2:45 Horse Racing from Ayr
2:00, 2:20, 3:40 Athletics: Oxford v Cambridge
2:50 Presentation of the Teams
3:00, 3:50 The Match
5:00pm The Range Rider
5:25pm Ask Mr. Pastry
5:50pm News, Today's Sport
6:00pm Juke Box Jury
6:30pm Laramie
7:15pm The Men from Room Thirteen
7:45pm Billy Cotton Band Show
8:30pm The Valiant Years: Winston Churchill
8:55pm Perry Mason: The Case of the Lonely Heiress
9:45pm News, Weather
9:52pm Sports Special
10:30pm "No Wreath for the General"
10:55pm News, Weather, National Anthem, Closedown