11th December 1912: Wigan 21 Rochdale 5 (Lancashire Cup Final)
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Wigan 21 Rochdale Hornets 5 - Wednesday 11th December 1912
Venue: The Willows, Salford
Competition: Lancashire Cup Final

WiganlBacks:l 1. Jim Sharrock, 2. Lew Bradley, 3. Bert Jenkins, 4. Lance Todd, 5. Robert Curwen, 6. Fred Gleave, 7. Johnny Thomas
WiganlForwards:l 8. Charlie Seeling (Snr), 9. Dick Ramsdale, 10. Arthur Francis, 11. Percy Coldrick, 12. Tom Whittaker, 13. Dick Silcock

WiganlTries:l

Lew Bradley 2, Lance Todd, Charlie Seeling, Percy Coldrick

WiganlGoals:l

Jim Sharrock 2, Johnny Thomas 1

Summary:l

This Lancashire Cup Final had previously been postponed at The Willows on Saturday 30th November 1912 due to a Frozen Pitch, so was re-arranged for 2:30pm on this Wednesday Afternoon. Wigan could not have been in better form coming into the match but they started slowly with Rochdale wasting one opportunity before building a 5-0 lead. First Paddon kicked an amazing penalty goal from inside his own half for 2-0 before a try from Robinson made it 5-0. But Wigan hit back with a try from Percy Coldrick, to which Jim Sharrock converted for 5-5. Then Fred Gleave, Johnny Thomas and Lance Todd combined to get Lew Bradley over for a score that was again converted by Sharrock for a 10-5 Wigan lead. That lead was held until half time but Rochdale suffered a blow when they lost West to injury and they had to play the Second Half with only 12 men. Wigan had begun to look too strong anyway but with the man advantage the result was a foregone conclusion. A second try for Bradley increased that lead to 13-5 before further tries from Lance Todd and Charlie Seeling wrapped up Wigan's fourth Lancashire Cup success. They received their medals from the deputy mayor of Salford and when they returned to Wigan later in the evening, thousands had gathered in the town centre for a parade that was led by the Wigan Borough Brass Band.