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13th May 1950: Wigan 20 Huddersfield 2 (Championship Final)
Posted by cherryandwhite on November 23 2012 - 04:33
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Wigan v Huddersfield (1st Place v 2nd Place) - 1949-1950 Championship Final.
Saturday 13th May 1950. Kick Off 3:00pm at Maine Road, Manchester.


This was a remarkable success for Wigan with eight first team regulars absent. Ernie Ashcroft, Tommy Bradshaw, Jackie Cunliffe, Joe Egan, Ken Gee, Jack Hilton, Gordon Ratcliffe and Martin Ryan were all on the boat sailing to Australia and New Zealand for Great Britain's tour. That was how they travelled pre air flying and tourists often missed the end and start of seasons.

Huddersfield themselves had Dave Valentine (for whom the Under 19s man of the match is named in his honour) and James Bowden but for Wigan to win this game so handsomely was still a big shock. It was not expected given Wigan's absentee list.

Wigan took the lead quickly when Cec Mountford threw a looping pass over two defenders to send Nat Silcock over for a third minute try in the right corner. Ted Ward converted for 5-0. The second try came on 15 minutes when Brian Nordgren intercepted Jeff Bawden for a 10-0 score after Ward again converted.

The only reply to that quick start was a penalty goal from Bawden by Huddersfield just after half time but it was only the 68th Minute when Wigan sealed the title. The third try came with Jack Broome going on a "outward swerving run" before dummying to get over. Ward converted for 15-3 with 12 minutes left and Huddersfield had no hope.

Wigan glossed the performance with Ted Slevin getting Billy Blan over for the fourth try and Ward kept up a great afternoon's kicking with a fourth conversion for 20-2.

The win sealed Wigan's seventh title success, keeping up their record of having been champions the most. One newspaper reflected that only Wigan of modern sides could achieve such a triumph with so many top players absent. It was an superb accomplishment.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Huddersfield 1
1 Ted Ward Full Back Johnny Hunter 1
2 Nat Silcock Winger Dick Cracknell 2
3 Jack Broome Centre Jeff Bawden 3
4 George Roughley Centre Pat Devery 4
5 Brian Nordgren Winger Lionel Cooper 5
6 Cec Mountford Stand Off Russ Pepperell 6
7 Johnny Alty Scrum Half Billy Banks 7
8 Ted Slevin Prop John Daly 8
9 Harold McIntyre Hooker James Mundy 9
10 Frank Barton Prop Arthur Wilmot 10
11 Bill Hudson 2nd Row Ken Morrison 11
12 Jack Large 2nd Row Bob Nicholson 12
13 Billy Blan L.Forward Ike Owens 13

Score Sheet

Wigan 20 --- Huddersfield 2
Tries (4):
Nat Silcock
Brian Nordgren
Jack Broome
Billy Blan
--- Tries (0):
Ted Ward 4
--- Goals:
Jeff Bawden 1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

3rd Minute Wigan 03 Huddersfield 00 Try: Nat Silcock
3rd Minute Wigan 05 Huddersfield 00 Conversion: Ted Ward
15th Minute Wigan 08 Huddersfield 00 Try: Brian Nordgren
15th Minute Wigan 10 Huddersfield 00 Conversion: Ted Ward
Half Time Wigan 10 Huddersfield 00
42nd Minute Wigan 10 Huddersfield 02 Penalty Goal: Jeff Bawden
68th Minute Wigan 13 Huddersfield 02 Try: Jack Broome
68th Minute Wigan 15 Huddersfield 02 Conversion: Ted Ward
75th Minute Wigan 18 Huddersfield 02 Try: Billy Blan
75th Minute Wigan 20 Huddersfield 02 Conversion: Ted Ward
Full Time Wigan 20 Huddersfield 02

Match Attendance

Referee: Matt Coates (Leeds)
Hot Sunshine.

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