LAST week's article on Leigh's Rex Mossop claiming a cheeky Christmas Day try against Saints in the early 1950s prompted a few of our readers to think back to previous keen exchanges between the sides.

This submitted picture captures a packed house at what was still then known as Kirkhall Lane, Leigh - six years before being renamed Hilton Park.

Australian forward Mossop goes close with Saints players George Parsons, Ray Cale, Alan Prescott and Jimmy Honey in attendance.

The match is the Challenge Cup quarter final clash of 14 March 1953, with a staggering gate of 31,326 shoe-horned on to the terraces.

Saints won the game 12-3 with tries from Welshmen Glyn Moses and Don Gullick helping avenge their defeat by Leigh in the Lancashire Cup Final from the autumn.

One reader suggests this the game in which Joe Egan, Leigh player-coach and former member of the GB Indomitables, badly broke his leg and ended his playing career.

Can any of our readers confirm that?

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