16th April 1965: Wigan 8 St Helens 16
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Wigan 8 St Helens 16 - Good Friday 16th April 1965
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: League
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. Danny Gardiner, 12. Geoff Lyon, 13. Laurie Gilfedder

WiganlSubs Used:l

Tony Stephens (replaced John Barton in the 18th Minute who broke an arm)

WiganlTries:l (None)

Laurie Gilfedder 3, Eric Ashton 1


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

StlHelenslForwards:l 8. John Tembey, 9. Joe Egan (Jnr), 10. Cliff Watson, 11. John Warlow, 12. Mervyn Hicks, 13. Doug Laughton
StlHelenslSubs Used:l


StlHelenslTries:l Alex Murphy, Len Killeen

Len Killeen 4, Mervyn Hicks 1


This was a match that was huge towards the destiny of who finished top (albeit the champion would be decided by play off) and also which of the two sides won the Lancashire League trophy. Wigan had beaten Saints in both league and cup earlier in the season but it would be Saints who would take this Easter derby. Injuries were proving a problem for Wigan. Roy Evans had "severly" cut his thumb the day before the game and was replaced by Geoff Lyon. Then during the match, John Barton suffered a broken arm after just 18 minutes that would later rule him out of playing the Cup Final at Wembley. Ray Ashby, Laurie Gilfedder and Colin Clarke were also limping about during this game and it was proving that Wembley was very much on the minds. Saints took the lead when Billy Benyon sent Alex Murphy under the posts for Len Killeen to convert for 5-0.

Half Time:l Wigan 4 St Helens 12
Referee:l D.T.H Davies (Manchester)
Attendance:l 34,796