27th February 1965: Wigan 7 St Helens 2
Posted by cherryandwhite on December 13 2012 - 05:04

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Wigan 7 St Helens 2 - Saturday 27th February 1965
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: Challenge Cup Second Round
Kick Off: 3:00pm


1. Ray Ashby, 2. Billy Boston, 3. Eric Ashton, 4. Keith Holden, 5. Trevor Lake, 6. Cliff Hill, 7. Frank Parr


8. John Barton, 9. Colin Clarke, 10. Brian McTigue, 11. Tony Stephens, 12. Roy Evans, 13. Laurie Gilfedder

WiganlSubs Used:l

14. Alan Davies (replaced Billy Boston at Half Time)

WiganlTries:l Roy Evans

Laurie Gilfedder 2


1. Kel Coslett, 2. Tom van Vollenhoven, 3. Keith Northey, 4. Tony Barrow, 5. Len Killeen, 6. Billy Benyon, 7. Alex Murphy

StlHelenslForwards:l 8. John Tembey, 9. Bob Dagnall, 10. Cliff Watson, 11. Ray French, 12. Mervyn Hicks, 13. Doug Laughton
StlHelenslSubs Used:l

John Warlow (replaced Cliff Watson at Half Time)

StlHelenslTries:l (None)

Kel Coslett 1


This was a huge cup tie between league leading Wigan (42 points from 26 games) and second place St Helens (40 points from 22 games). Just short of 40,000 packed into Central Park to witness a very tight tie that saw only a penalty goal from Laurie Gilfedder trouble the scoreboard in the first half. Kel Coslett kicked a penalty to equalise early after the break but the winning score ended up being set up by Brian McTigue. He made a bust towards the half way line and offloaded to send Roy Evans racing away from 45 metres. Billy Benyon was desperately chasing Evans down but he couldn't be stopped and he managed to finish with Gilfedder converting for 7-2. Saints only repost was a penalty shot from Coslett but he missed and thus no further scoring occurred. One Newspaper summed up the match by saying Saints had been "humbled" with "McTigue holding the master key".

Half Time:l

Wigan 2 St Helens 0

Referee:l R.Appleyard (Leeds)

39,938 (Gate Reciepts: 6,870)

1964-1965 Challenge Cup Second Round Results

Saturday 27th February 1965
Blackpool Borough 5 Whitehaven 2
Bradford Northern 7 Wakefield Trinity 10
Featherstone Rovers 2 Swinton 9
Hunslet 24 Batley 4
Leeds 13 Bramley 9
Warrington 16 Salford 2 (Second Half - Live on ITV)
Wigan 7 St Helens 2
Workington Town 18 Halifax 5