Wembley final should be a cracker

HISTORY will be made at Wembley on Saturday, August 24 when Warrington Wolves and St Helens clash for the first time in a Challenge Cup final.

RFL officials will be rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of a full, or near full, Wembley to see these North-West derby rivals and the top two teams in Super League go head to head to get their hands on the Coral Challenge Cup.

Personal stories surrounding the final are endless, writes ROGER HALSTEAD.

Rival coaches Justin Holbrook (Saints) and Steve Price (Warrington) have been pals since they were in the same school team in Sydney, Australia.

And did you know that Saints’ young forwards Jack Ashworth and Matty Lees played their early rugby in this area, Ashworth hailing from Rochdale and Lees (21) from Newhey, where he still lives at the family home.

His dad, Carl, who works in Shaw, naturally follows his boy and Saints these days, but he retains a connection and his support for Roughyeds as a member of Oldham’s Club Cash lottery.

As a teenager, Ashworth (24) played a couple of times for the then Oldham reserves team.

Another Wembley first will be the final of the 1895 Cup between Sheffield Eagles and Widnes Vikings, which will be played after the Coral Challenge Cup, kicking off at 5.30pm.

Eagles chairman Chris Noble MBE lives and works in Tameside.

There are still a few seats available on the Oldham club’s official trip to Wembley.

For £65 you see both finals from a Club Wembley seat; enjoy executive coach travel; and if you wish take part in the big Wembley parade with fellow Roughyeds fans in which you walk around the Wembley perimeter behind the Oldham flag.

“It’s a fabulous experience,”

said the Roughyeds’ Anne Kearns.

You can book at our online store or ring the club on 07904 898 177.


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