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In complete amazement and great relief, we saw, at first, the inexplicable sight of him spilling the ball as he was crossing the line. It was only a split second later we realised he had in fact been crash tackled (a conventional tackle would probably have meant he would have scored) by our second row forward Norman Cherrington who had come across to cover the break. Norman for a big man could run (Ike himself was certainly no slouch) and, in my opinion, Norman's fantastic effort saved Wigan that day.
The other factor that was a big influence on the game, in my opinion, was the early collision between our winger Sullivan and the Workington Town "danger man" stand-off Archer, who if reports are accurate spent the rest of the match in a daze and on the wing (there were no substitutes in those days). Sullivan went on to score a try as did, Barton and McTigue, with two goals from Cunliffe. Wigan won 13-9.
The photo on the left shows Ike charging for the line, the corner flag can just be seen at the bottom right of the photo, and Norman coming across to "meet and greet" Ike, in the second photo the ball can clearly be seen falling from Ike's grasp as Norman's impact tackle takes affect. Brilliant work Norman.
I was there Keith and i have vivid memories of this great try saving tackle.
Must have been a heart stopping moment as well for you Roy, but perhaps you had a better idea then we did watching on tv, the camera angle somehow didn't seem to pick up Norman as he ran across and we, well I, thought it a certain try and absolute astonishment to find Ike had dropped the ball - Norman was certainly Wigan's hero that day.
My Dad was in Burma doing is national service, listening to the match on a radio. And at that point of the match the radio conked out, 15 months later when he came home it was the first thing he asked, who won?