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4th May 1946: Wakefield 13 Wigan 12 (Challenge Cup Final)
Posted by cherryandwhite on November 14 2012 - 00:33
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Wakefield 13 Wigan 12 - Saturday 4th May 1946
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
Competition: Challenge Cup Final
Kick Off: 3:30pm

Wigan Backs:l 1. Jack Cunliffe, 2. Brian Nordgren, 3. Gordon Ratcliffe, 4. Ernie Ashcroft, 5. Stan Jolley, 6. Reg Lowrey, 7. Tommy Bradshaw
Wigan Forwards:l 8. George Banks, 9. Jack Blan, 10. Frank Barton, 11. Harry Atkinson, 12. Eddie Watkins, 13. Billy Blan

WiganlTries:l Brian Nordgren 2, Jack Blan, Stan Jolley
WiganlGoals:l (None)

Wakefield Backs:l 1. Billy Teall, 2. Ron Rylance, 3. Billy Stott, 4. Jim Croston, 5. Dennis Baddeley, 6. Johnny Jones, 7. Harry Goodfellow
Wakefield Forwards:l 8. Harry Wilkinson, 9. Len Marson, 10. Jim Higgins, 11. Mick Exley, 12. Derek Howes, 13. Len Bratley

Wakefield Tries:l Billy Stott 2, Jim Croston
Wakefield Goals:l Billy Stott 2


The first half of Wigan's double attempt was the Cup Final at Wembley. Martin Ryan, Ted Ward, Ken Gee, Joe Egan and Jack Blan had all been a big part of Wigan's progression to the final but they played the big day without them because they were en route to Australia by boat with the Great Britain touring party. Wigan though didn't miss them early with a fantastic start having them 6-0 up after 20 minutes. The first try saw a cross field "punt" by Tommy Bradshaw touched down by Jack Blan before Brian Nordgren scored a try. Nordgren was also on goal kicking but unfortunately he failed to convert either try and missed a penalty which left the score at 6-0 rather than a possible 12-0. That looked costly when Wakefield reduced the lead to 6-5 by half time by first a try from Billy Stott and although he failed to convert his own try, he kicked a penalty goal just before the interval.

Early in the second half, Wigan steadied themselves with Stan Jolley returning a loose ball half the length of the field to claim a third try, but Nordgren missed the extras again! Wakefield soon hit back themselves with another Billy Stott try making it 9-8 but Wigan retaliated to that with Jackie Cunliffe returning a long punt down the middle of the field to send Nordgren over for his second try that made it 12-8 but once again he couldn't convert. Wakefield just wouldn't go away and when Derek Howes sent Jim Croston over the score was at 12-11 to Wigan with them missing the extras.

That score carried until the 79th Minute when Wigan got penalised 25 metres from their own posts. Stott would kick a penalty that would make it 13-12 to Wakefield but Wigan still had a chance to hit back with a penalty of their own. Trouble was it was Nordgren still attempting from 54 metres having missed six kicks during the afternoon. This seventh miss meant 14 points having gone begging for Wigan and poor Nordgren was left to declare himself "the unhappiest man in London".

Half Time:l

Wakefield 5 Wigan 6


A.Hill (Wakefield)

Lance Todd:l

Billy Stott (Wakefield)


54,730 (Gate Reciepts: £11,993)

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