2nd April 1930: Wigan 10 St Helens 22
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Wigan 10 St Helens 22 - Wednesday 2nd April 1930
Venue: Mather Lane, Leigh
Competition: Challenge Cup Semi Final Replay
Kick Off: 3:30pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Jim Sullivan, 2. Johnny Ring, 3. Tommy Parker, 4. Roy Kinnear, 5. Lou Brown, 6. Arthur Binks, 7. Syd Abram
WiganlForwards:l 8. Frank Stephens, 9. Tom Beetham, 10. Wilf Hodder 11. Len Mason, 12. George Dixon, 13. John Sherrington

WiganlTries:l Tom Beetham, Johnny Ring
WiganlGoals:l

Jim Sullivan 2


StlHelenslBacks:l 1. Charlie Crooks, 2. Roy Hardgrave, 3. Bill Mercer, 4. George Lewis, 5. Alf Ellaby, 6. Les Fairclough, 7. Walter Groves
StlHelenslForwards:l 8. Lou Hutt, 9. Bill Clarey, 10. Lou Houghton, 11. Trevor Hall, 12. Ben Halfpenny, 13. Bob Harrison

StlHelenslTries:l Alf Ellaby 2, Trevor Hall, Bill Mercer
StlHelenslGoals:l

George Lewis 5


Summary:l

"One of the best cup ties in recent years" but it was St Helens who made the progression to Wembley by "out-playing" Wigan. They dominated the first half to lead 10-0 after tries from Alf Ellaby and Trevor Hall and two conversions from George Lewis. Another try from Ellaby, plus two more goals from Lewis, extended that lead to 17-0 before Wigan managed to get on the score sheet. Wigan got back to 17-7 after a try from Tom Beetham and two goals, one a penalty, from Jim Sullivan but Saints killed the tie with a converted try from Bill Mercer. Johnny Ring claimed a consolation with a great try for Wigan in the last minute, in which he scored from half way, but it was too little, too late. 24,000 attended this replay and like they had done on the Saturday, they set a new ground record, this time for Leigh's Mather Lane which was their home until 1940. 1,600 was added to the Rugby League Council's coffers, on top of the 4,300 the two semi finals on the Saturday had brought them. I'm sure they were made up!.

1929-1930 Challenge Cup Semi Final Replay Results

Wednesday 2nd April 1930
Replay: Wigan 10 St Helens 22 (at Mather Lane, Leigh)

1929-1930 Challenge Cup Final Result

Saturday 3rd May 1930
Widnes 10 St Helens 3 (at Wembley Stadium, London)