BBC to show Challenge Cup classics this weekend

James Gordon

The BBC will show Challenge Cup classic this weekend, including the legendary watersplash final from 1968.

With changes to their schedule due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, BBC Sport have added two rugby league programmes to their channels for the weekend ahead.

On Saturday April 4, Mark Chapman looks back through the BBC Sport archive and introduces five classic Challenge Cup finals.

First up, Mark takes us back to the dramatic 1978 Final between Leeds and St Helens. Viewers can then relive the incredible Wembley showcase between Wigan and Hull from 1985 before a lookback at the high scoring to-and-fro final between St Helens and Bradford from 1996.

The 2003 Cardiff final between Bradford and Leeds is next from the video vault and we finish with a cracker between Hull FC and Warrington from 2016.  As finals go, these five were all packed full of sensational tries and full of sporting drama.

The programme is on from 1.15pm to 2.30pm on Saturday on BBC One.

Then on Sunday April 5, BBC Two will show highlights from the 1968 Challenge Cup final between Leeds and Wakefield, which produced one of the most dramatic moments ever seen at a major sporting event.

With what looked like the easiest of kicks to win the Wembley showpiece, Don Fox of Wakefield somehow missed it. Leeds won 11-10 – and so began one of the most talked about and replayed scenes of all time in British sport.

This documentary, as told by Dave Woods, looks back at that amazing match and he speaks to members of both teams, including Don’s legendary brother Neil – who talks about the impact that fateful miss had on Don’s life and career.

The programme starts at 1.15pm.