Yates' view: Memories of a classic April Wembley cup final

The sands of time move ever so quickly - and it hardly seems credible that I was heading for Wembley 25 years ago this week to watch Saints lift the 1996 Challenge Cup at the expense of West Yorkshire rivals Bradford.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 12:57 pm
Saints - 1996 Challenge Cup winners

Much water has flown under the bridge since then, along with a multitude of trophies, but no other final (apart from the Wigan-Hull 1985 classic beneath the Twin Towers) has produced as many thrills and spills interwoven with skills of the highest order.

Saints, playing in the showpiece of the season for the first time since 1991, looked on the brink of defeat as they trailed 26-12 as the clock ticked towards the 60 minute mark.

But cometh the hour, cometh the man and in stepped half back Bobbie 'Dazzler' Goulding to turn the final on its head. with some astute bombs into the late afternoon sunshine which led to Saints regaining the initiative and eventually lifting the iconic trophy 40-32.

Saints: Prescott, Arnold Gibbs,Newlove, Sullivan, Hammond, Goulding, Pereline, Cunningham, Leathem, Joynt Booth, Northey. Subs: Martyn, Pickavance, Matautia.

Bradford Bulls: Graham, Cook, Calland, Loughlin, Scales, Bradley, Paul, McDermott, Dwyer, Hamer, Donougher, Nickle, Knox..

Subs: Fairbank, Medley, Donohue, Hassan.

Referee: Stuart Cummings (Widnes).

Attendance: 75,994.

Tries - Saints: Prescott (2), Arnold (2), Cunningham, Booth, Pickavance, Pereline Goals: Goulding (4)

Bradford - tries: Paul (3), Scales, Dwyer. Goals: Cook (3).