23rd March 1965: St Helens 6 Wigan 10
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St Helens 6 Wigan 10 - Tuesday 23rd March 1965
Venue: Knowsley Road, St Helens
Competition: League
Kick Off: 7:15pm


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


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

WiganlSubs Used:l

15. Geoff Lyon (replaced Cliff Hill)

WiganlTries:l Frank Parr 2

Laurie Gilfedder 2


1. Frank Barrow, 2. Tom van Vollenhoven, 3. Cen Williams, 4. Billy Benyon, 5. Len Killeen, 6. Peter Harvey, 7. Alex Murphy

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


StlHelenslTries:l (None)

Len Killeen 3


This derby had been postponed at Christmas and with the match having now been re-arranged two months after Knowsley Road had switched on their brand new floodlights, it would thus be the first derby to be played under lights. Wigan had been without a match for ten days and in the interim Saints had joined them joint top of the table with three matches still in hand so the stakes were high, particularly after Wigan had knocked Saints out of the cup a few weeks earlier. Saints had missed an early opportunity to score, with a knock on from Peter Harvey near the line, before Wigan took the lead before good work from Danny Gardiner and Gilfedder sent Frankie Parr over for a try. Gilfedder converted for a 5-0 lead after 13 minutes. Two penalties from Len Killeen reduced that lead to 5-4 but Gilfedder kicked a penalty just before half time for a 7-4 break scoreline. Saints had battered Wigan for 25 minutes in the second half but amazing didn't score a try. They had found a penalty goal for 7-6 but Wigan eventually punished Saints failures with a second try for Parr, who beat Alex Murphy for pace in the process of scoring. Conversion was missed but Wigan hung on for the win. The victory proved a fitting tribute to Danny Hurcombe (199 Wigan appearances between 1919 and 1926) who had died the previous week Age 70.

Half Time:l

St Helens 4 Wigan 7

Referee:l H.Pickersgill (Castleford)



Match had been Previously Postponed on Monday 28th December 1964 (2:30pm) due to Frozen Pitch.