26th March 1966: Wigan 17 St Helens 8
Posted by cherryandwhite on December 14 2012 - 18:53

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Wigan 17 St Helens 8 - Saturday 26th March 1966
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: League
Kick Off: 5:30pm


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


8. Danny Gardiner, 9. Colin Clarke, 10. Brian McTigue, 11. Tony Stephens, 12. Laurie Gilfedder, 13. Harry Major

WiganlSubs Used:l 14. Chris Hesketh (replaced Frank Parr), 15. Geoff Lyon (replaced Tony Stephens)

WiganlTries:l Trevor Lake 2, Billy Boston

Laurie Gilfedder 4


1. Frank Barrow, 2. Tom Pimblett, 3. John Mantle, 4. Billy Benyon, 5. Len Killeen, 6. Peter Harvey, 7. Tommy Bishop

StlHelenslForwards:l 8. Albert Halsall, 9. Bill Sayer, 10. Cliff Watson, 11. John Warlow, 12. Ray French, 13. Doug Laughton
StlHelenslSubs Used:l Kel Coslett (replaced Doug Laughton)

StlHelenslTries:l John Mantle, Billy Benyon

Len Killeen 1


Wigan were in the headlines over TV coverage with them refusing to allow BBC Grandstand to cover the following Saturday's Cup Tie away at Bradford. The fear of televised sport affecting attendances was highlighted here by the match kicking off in the evening at 5:30pm because the BBC were televising both the Grand National and Boat Race during the afternoon. Several clubs on this day opted for a later kick off believing those events would harm the attendance. A healthy crowd of over 22,000 attended though to see this game that had been frozen off at Christmas. Saints had both Tom van Vollenhoven and Alex Murphy missing injured and although they took a 3-0 lead with a John Mantle try, they trailed 15-3 by half time with two tries from Trevor Lake and one try from Billy Boston contributing. The only try of the second half was scored by Saints but it wasn't enough to make Wigan sweat on their victory.

Half Time:l Wigan 15 St Helens 3

D.T.H Davies (Manchester)




Match had been Previously Postponed on Monday 27th December 1965 (2:30pm) due to Frozen Pitch