RETROSPECTIVE THURSDAY: Saints team hosting Australian tourists in 1978

THIS 1978 shot of the Saints was taken to a full house on Knowsley Road ahead of their game against the Australian tourists.

It was taken before the heavens absolutely opened up!

16,352 was a big crowd in the late ’70s – but the game against the Kangaroos was always a prestigious game, with the Saints boasting a proud record against the tourists – by 1973 they had a string of victories.

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But not on this occasion, as the Saints lost 26-4 to the Green and Golds with just a few penalties from skipper Geoff Pimblett (above).

It had been a close game, with Saints trailing 9-4 at the break.

But torrential rains in the second half, some of which poured through the roof of the popular side, couldn’t stop the Australians from tearing the Saints apart as the game progressed.

One event stood out. When Australia kicked for penalties the kicker twisted it wide but as Peter Glynn waited to collect and Green and Gold Flash smashed in to collect and land.

Viewers had to wonder if this was a deliberate ploy or an instinctive consequence of the watchful Aussies.

It must have stung Saints, who lost 7-3 at Rochdale the following week and then slumped at home to Huddersfield.

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As for the team pictured: Back row: Roy Mathias, John Knighton, Graham Liptrot, Bill Francis, Dave Chisnall, Tony Bolton, Mel James.

Front row: Harry Pinner, Peter Glynn, Les Jones, Ken Gwilliam, Geoff Pimblett, Neil Holding.

Pictures by Eddie Whitham

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Brian Ashcraft

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