On This Day: Saints lift Challenge Cup in 1996!

Each day whilst we are all in Lockdown we will recall a famous Saints moment from the current day thanks to Saints Heritage Society.

27th April 1996

Challenge Cup Final: St. Helens 40-32 Bradford Bulls at Wembley Stadium.

The comebacks of all comebacks as Saints overcame a 14 point deficit to lift our first Challenge Cup for 20 years in front of a crowd of 78,550.

This iconic game was regarded by many as being the best-ever final.

Trailing 26-12 in the 57th minute, the comeback was surely in the realms of dreams, but it became a reality when Squadron Leader Bobbie Goulding started his aerial bombardment of the Bradford line, causing absolute mayhem, resulting in three key tries.

It was and still is the biggest marginal comeback in Challenge Cup final history for a winning team, to prevail by 40-32 and is the highest-scoring Challenge Cup final in history.

St Helens 40Bradford Bulls 32
Tries (8):
D. Arnold (2)
S. Prescott (2)
S. Booth
k. Cunningham
A. Perelini
I. Pickavance
Tries (5):
R. Paul (3)
B. Dwyer
J. Scales
Goals (4):
B. Goulding
Goals (6):
P. Cook

What a welcome home it was!

Read more about that iconic Final right here on Saints Heritage site. 

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