1975–76 Challenge Cup

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1975–76 Challenge Cup
Duration 5 Rounds
Number of teams 32
Highest attendance 89,982
Broadcast partners BBC
Winners Saintscolours.svg St Helens
Runners-up Widnes colours.svg Widnes
Lance Todd Trophy Saintscolours.svg Geoff Pimblett

The 1975–76 Challenge Cup was the 75th staging of rugby league's oldest knockout competition, the Challenge Cup. The final was contested by St Helens and Widnes at Wembley.

St Helens beat Widnes 20–5 at Wembley in front of a crowd of 89,982.[1]

The winner of the Lance Todd Trophy was St Helens full back, Geoff Pimblett.[2]

This was St Helens’ fifth Cup Final win in eight Final appearances.[3]

First Round[edit]

Date Team One Team Two Score
14 Feb Castleford Salford 3-25
14 Feb Huddersfield Leeds 10-34
15 Feb Bramley Wigan 5-10
15 Feb Doncaster Barrow 13-9
15 Feb Featherstone Rovers Wakefield Trinity 23-9
15 Feb Halifax Keighley 9-13
15 Feb Hull FC St Helens 3-5
15 Feb Hull Kingston Rovers Whitehaven 21-12
15 Feb Huyton Oldham 4-16
15 Feb Leigh Pointer Panthers 37-8
15 Feb New Hunslet Blackpool 17-12
15 Feb Rochdale Hornets Bradford Northern 2-15
15 Feb Warrington Leigh Miners W. 16-12
15 Feb Widnes Batley 26-4
15 Feb Workington Town Swinton 10-7
15 Feb York Dewsbury 25-15

Second Round[edit]

Date Team One Team Two Score
28 Feb Leeds Bradford Northern 30-12
29 Feb Featherstone Rovers Hull Kingston Rovers 25-10
29 Feb Keighley Workington Town 17-12
29 Feb Leigh Doncaster 29-6
29 Feb New Hunslet Warrington 4-17
29 Feb Oldham York 6-5
29 Feb Salford St Helens 11-17
29 Feb Widnes Wigan 7-5

Quarter Finals[edit]

Date Team One Team Two Score
13 Mar Warrington Widnes 0-6
14 Mar Featherstone Rovers Leeds 33-7
14 Mar Keighley Leigh 13-7
14 Mar St Helens Oldham 17-9

Semi Finals[edit]

Date Team One Team Two Score
27 Mar Widnes Featherstone Rovers 15-9
03 Apr Keighley St Helens 4-5

Final[edit]

8 May 1976
St Helens 20 – 5 Widnes
Try: Glynn (2), Cunningham, Heaton
Goal: Pimblett (3)
Drop goal: Pimblett (2)
Report Goal: Dutton (2)
Drop goal: Elwell
Wembley, London
Attendance: 89,982
Referee: R. Moore (Wakefield)[4]
Man of the Match: Geoff Pimblett
FB 1 Geoff Pimblett
RW 2 Les Jones
RC 3 Eddie Cunningham
LC 4 Derek Noonan
LW 5 Roy Mathias
SO 6 Billy Benyon Substituted off 44'
SH 7 Jeff Heaton
PR 8 John Mantle Substituted off 78'
HK 9 Tony Karalius
PR 10 Kel Coslett (c)
SR 11 Eric Chisnall
SR 12 George Nicholls
LF 13 David Hull
Substitutions:
IC 14 Peter Glynn Substituted in 44'
IC 15 Mel James Substituted in 78'
Coach:
Eric Ashton
FB 1 Ray Dutton
RW 2 Alan Prescott Substituted off 64'
RC 3 Eric Hughes
LC 4 Mick George
LW 5 Dave Jenkins
SO 6 David Eckersley
SH 7 Reg Bowden (c)
PR 8 Nick Nelson
HK 9 Keith Elwell
PR 10 John Wood
SR 11 John Foran Substituted off 55'
SR 12 Mick Adams
LF 13 Doug Laughton
Substitutions:
IC 14 Dennis O'Neill Substituted in 64'
IC 15 Barry Sheridan Substituted in 55'
Coach:
Frank Myler

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RFL Challenge Cup Roll of Honour". Archived from the original on 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
  2. ^ Fletcher, Raymond; Howes, David (1995). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1995-1996. London: Headline Book Publishing. p. 199. ISBN 0-7472-7817-2.
  3. ^ "RFL Challenge Cup Roll of Honour". Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
  4. ^ Mather, Harold (10 May 1976). "Saints' 'old men' prove their staying power". The Guardian. London. p. 22.

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