Tigers aiming to repeat 1969 Wembley win over Salford

1969 Challenge Cup Final

Castleford captain Alan Hardisty scores his team's second try in the 1969 RL Challenge Cup final against Salford at Wembley.
1969 Challenge Cup Final Castleford captain Alan Hardisty scores his team's second try in the 1969 RL Challenge Cup final against Salford at Wembley.

Older Castleford supporters will have fond memories of the club’s Challenge Cup clash against Salford 47 years ago.

Castleford lifted the cup for the second time in their history by beating Salford 11-6 at Wembley on May 17, 1969.

They will aim to repeat that victory when the teams meet at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle in today’s sixth round tie (2.30pm kick-off).

Derek (Rocky) Turner, the ex-Wakefield Trinity and Great Britain loose-forward, took over as Castleford’s first-team coach before the start of the 1968-69 season, replacing George Clinton.

To reach Wembley in 1969, Castleford defeated Hunslet away 19-7, Wigan at home 12-8, Leeds at home 9-5 and Wakefield Trinity 16-10 in the semi-final at Headingley.

Castleford’s try scorers in the final were captain Alan Hardisty, his half-back partner Keith Hepworth and centre Keith Howe, with second-rower Mick Redfearn kicking one goal.

Salford’s points came from three penalty goals by former Castleford player Ron Hill, who had been transferred to them earlier in the season.

Castleford’s team that day was Derek Edwards, Trevor Briggs, Keith Howe, Tony Thomas, Alan Lowndes, Alan Hardisty, Keith Hepworth, Dennis Hartley, Clive Dickinson, Johnny Ward, Mick Redfearn, Brian Lockwood and Malcolm Reilly.

Castleford’s substitutes, neither of whom played, were Dennis Harris and Frank Fox.

Reilly won the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match.

Salford’s team was Ken Gwilliam, Bill Burgess, Stuart Whitehead, Chris Hesketh, Paul Jackson, David Watkins (captain), Jack Brennan, Terry Ogden, Martin Dickens, Charlie Bott, Mike Coulman, Colin Dixon and Ron Hill.

The attendance at the final was 97,939 and the receipts were £58,848.

The cup was presented by Sir Denis Blundell, High Commissioner for New Zealand.

Castleford returned to Wembley the following season when they beat Wigan 7-2 in the final on May 9, 1970.