3rd April 1965: Wigan 25 Swinton 10
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Saturday 3rd April 1965

Wigan 25 Swinton 10
Knowsley Road, St Helens
Challenge Cup Semi Final

Kick Off 3:00pm


 (Second Half)

Wigan Team

Ray Ashby

2.  Billy Boston    

Eric Ashton

4.  Keith Holden  T   

Trevor Lake

6.  Cliff Hill  T   

Frank Parr


John Barton


Colin Clarke

10.  Brian McTigue    

Danny Gardiner


Roy Evans


Laurie Gilfedder



1. Gowers, 2. Speed, 3. Fleet, 4. Buckley, 5. Stopford, 6. Davies, 7. Williams, 8. Bate, 9. Clarke, 10. Halliwell, 11. Simpson, 12. Hutton, 13. Robinson.

Tries: Speed, Bate
Goals: Gowers 2


It was early season nemesis Swinton in the Challenge Cup Semi Finals at St Helens. Swinton took a 2-0 lead with a 11th Minute penalty goal from Gowers but he failed to double it with a second penalty. Wigan found the first try of the match in the 23rd Minute. Cliff Hill, Frank Parr and Eric Ashton combined to send Keith Holden over for 3-2. Five minutes later a superb pass from Roy Evans sent Colin Clarke over for 8-2 with Laurie Gilfedder converting. Later Wigan found a killer try just before half time with Trevor Lake finishing and Gilfedder converting for 13-2. Swinton came out strong second half with a try from Speed reducing the lead to 13-5 and they rallied in great hope. Those hopes became extinguished on the hour with a great from Cliff Hill being converted for 18-5 before Gilfedder also added a penalty for 20-5. Swinton were now demoralised and the tackling was weak as Lake crossed for his second with Ashton converting this time for 25-5. Swinton did find a consolation from Bate but it was too late.

Half Time: 

Wigan 5 Swinton 2


Eric Clay (Leeds)


1964-1965 Challenge Cup Semi Final Results

Saturday 3rd April 1965
Wigan 25 Swinton 10 (at Knowsley Road, St Helens - Second Half Live on BBC 1)

Saturday 10th April 1965
Hunslet 8 Wakefield Trinity 0 (at Headingley, Leeds - Live on ITV)






BBC Television - Saturday 3rd April 1965
12:40pm Public Service Announcements
12:45pm Grandstand including.....
International Athletics at the Empire Pool, Wembley
Professional Boxing: Billy Walker v Brian London
2:00, 2:30, 3:35 Horse Racing from Cheltenham
2:40 The University Boat Race: Oxford v Cambridge
3:45 Rugby League Cup (Semi Final): Wigan v Swinton
Horse Racing Summaries, Classified Football Results, Rugby Union & Rugby League Results
5:15pm Juke Box Jury
5:40pm Dr Who
6:05pm News, Weather
6:15pm Dick van Dyke Show: I'd Rather be Bald
6:40pm The Flying Swan: Trial Run
7:25pm Billy Cotton Band Show
8:10pm Sherlock Holmes: The Man with the Twisted Lip
9:00pm Hollywood and the Stars: Natalie Wood - Hollywood's Child
9:25pm The Rogues: Our Men in Marawat
10:15pm News, Sport
10:30pm Not So Much a Programme More a Way of Life
11:15pm Weather, National Anthem, Closedown