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Radio 5 Live: Saturday 14 April 2007

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Well when the challenge cup was the challenge cup only 2 amateur clubs got in so who made the most appearances in 1st Round and have any Amateur Clubs beaten League sides ?? Lock Lane made it 4 times

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Well when the challenge cup was the challenge cup only 2 amateur clubs got in so who made the most appearances in 1st Round and have any Amateur Clubs beaten League sides ?? Lock Lane made it 4 times

 

When was the Challenge Cup not the Challenge Cup? 


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I recall one of the Hull (Ace Amateurs?) sides knocking Batley out of a cup comp. but it may have been the John Player.


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There's a few got to the last 16 - Egremont spring to mind for some reason - don't think anyone's got further.

 

Twelve Apostles might have done better with a full team. :)

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I remember Sharlston Rovers winning away to Dewsbury despite them being 5 divisions higher. IIRC Thornhill's trip to Catalans was in the last 16

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In 1998 there were 2 amateur clubs from West Cumbria in the last 16 - Ellenborough Rangers and Egremont Rangers.


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I remember Sharlston Rovers winning away to Dewsbury despite them being 5 divisions higher.

 

Sharlston beat Workington 12-7 in the cup in Town's inaugural season as a pro club in 1945/6. Unfortunately for them the early rounds of the cup were over 2 legs in those days and Town saw them off easily in the return leg to progress to the next round.


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Pilkington recs gave both Cas and Wigan a game in the late 70s. Only losing by a score to each.

 

I recently saw the programme for that Pilks against Wigan game in 1977, Wigan were 3-2 up at half-time and won 10-4, with 11 000 in attendance, bigger than nearly all of the first division crowds from that season (for context, some of Wigan's crowds were below 4000.) The following season, it was 22-23 against Cas (and Dewbsury Celtic 5 Wigan 15 at Mount Pleasant).

 

Few other amateur successes from the olden days.

 

Risehow & Gillhead beat Keighley 10-2 (10-13 Agg) in 1947-48.

 

Rochdale Mayfield drew 5-5 at Hunslet in1973-4. Leigh Miners held Warrington to 16-12, at Wilderspool in 1975-6

 

Some good names looking back - Uno's Dabs  in 1932-33 and 1928-9 and the famous Twelve Apostles in 1927-8.

 

Haven't kept count, but I think Pilkingtons, Dewsbury Celtic & Leigh Miners would be ahead of Lock Lane in terms of numbers of appearances.

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FWIW, from olden days, Lock Lane played professional opposition in the Challenge Cup as follows:

 

1972-3  L 9-37 vs Wigan

1969-70  L10-15 vs Huddersfield

1957-8 L 5-50 vs York

 

plus a 1st round game against Walney Central (L 5-10) in 1960

 

(also L 32-6 vs Whitehaven in 1974-5 John Player)

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Do Toulouse count?


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Do Toulouse count?

 

They were semi-pro - same as most clubs in Challenge Cup history?

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dudley hill beat keighley in 2004 when they were a championship side, think its the only time an amateur team have beaten a side from the championship as opposed to championship 1

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The amateurs of Beverley knocked professional side Ebbw Vale out of the cup in 1908/09. The late 20th century incarnation of the club repeated the feat in 1995, knocking Highfield out.


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dudley hill beat keighley in 2004 when they were a championship side, think its the only time an amateur team have beaten a side from the championship as opposed to championship 1

Sharlston winning at Dewsbury I think in 2003 was the other time

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