17 October 2020 08:34

IT is Wembley day; a Challenge Cup Final with no fans, no Saints and no Pimblett's party pack.

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IT is Wembley day; a Challenge Cup Final with no fans, no Saints and no Pimblett's party pack. But we have a Challenge Cup Final quiz to tackle. 1. Batley dropped one goal when they defeated Saints in the first Challenge Cup final in 1897 – how many points was that goal worth? 2. Saints' second Challenge Cup Final as staged at which ground? 3. Which side did Saints lose to in their first Wembley Challenge Cup Final appearance?

4. Who scored two tries and won the Lance Todd Trophy on his 19th birthday to help Huddersfield beat Saints in the 1953 Final? 5. What year did Saints win the Challenge Cup Final for the first time? 6. Who was the first Saints skipper to lift the Challenge Cup? 7. Tom van Vollenhoven famously inter-passed with which player en route to a spectacular length of the field touchdown in the 1961 final? 8. Vinty Karalius - Saints skipper in the 61 final – returned to Wembley three years later to guide which team to victory? 9. Which future Saints coach made the most Wembley appearances as captain – six in total? Whose 65-yard penalty goal was part of his 13-point haul in the 1966 Final? Complete the Valentine Alex Murphy sent to Wigan after 1966 "Roses are red, Violets are blue….? Which Saint scored the fastest ever Wembley try in the 1972 Final? Saints' 1976 team was given the nickname based on which BBC comedy series? Saints used neither of their subs in the 1978 final - who were they? Who dislodged the ball from Mark Elia's grasp to foil Saints' Wembley dreams in 1987? Who skippered Saints in the 1989 defeat by Wigan? Who scored Saints' only try of the 1991 final defeat by Wigan? Who scored Saints' opening two tries in the 1996 Challenge Cup final? Which two professional teams played an abbreviated curtain before the 1997 Challenge Cup Final? Who presented Saints with the Challenge Cup in 2001? Who won a Challenge Cup winners medal in 2002 AND 2004? Which pair of brothers played in the 2004 final? Who did Saints thrash in the semis to reach the 2006 final? Who scored the first try at the new Wembley in 2007? Who did Saints defeat in the final the last time they won at Wembley? Leeds Rhinos fans cling to their rituals to cheer on their team hundreds of miles from Wembley One end of Wembley should have been a sea of blue, white and yellow today but Covid-19 restrictions mean Leeds Rhinos will be battling to win the Challenge Cup against Salford Red Devils in front of an empty stadium. By Ben McKenna Saturday, 17th October 2020, 8:00 am Leeds Rhinos fan Phil Abrahamson The Rhinos have won on their last two visits to the famous arch, as they were roared onto victory against Castleford Tigers and Hull Kingston Rovers by their army of supporters in 2014 and 2015, respectively. There had been hopes of fans attending today's final in limited numbers but a return to stricter measures to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 in recent weeks put paid to those plans. Sign up to our daily newsletter The i newsletter cut through the noise Sign up Thanks for signing up! Sorry, there seem to be some issues. Please try again later. Submitting... It means that most of the Rhinos faithful will be watching their side attempting to win a 14th Challenge Cup trophy against Salford from behind a television screen. Leeds Rhinos fan, John Hall, who will be watching the final with his wife John. Leeds fan John Hall, who has travelled to every Cup final since 1977 – barring the 1983 contest – will be trying to keep his usual final tradition alive. With his wife Dianne, they will have breakfast at their local Morrisons, usually they would visit Ace Cafe in London, and that will be followed by a couple of pints in the West End, which is something they usually enjoy at Station 31 in Wembley. Instead of heading into Wembley, they will go home and watch the contest while proudly adorning their Leeds Rhinos shirts. "I have been down to every final since 1977, apart from 1983 when Featherstone Rovers beat Hull FC," said Hall. Leeds Rhinos fan, Dianne Hall, who will be watching the final with her husband John. "We are just trying to keep it like we would have done in London but using local things. "We got our hopes up at the beginning of September when they said they would be looking to bring fans in by October, so we thought we would have been going. "I think it will be an open game, there will probably be plenty of points in it but I think we will just shade it because we have got that little bit more experience." Matt Dearnley and his teenage son Finley had attended the last four of Leeds's Challenge Cup finals together but will instead watch today's showpiece from the sofa. Missing out: Father and son Matthew and Finley Dearnley, keen Leeds Rhinos fans. The father and son are sad to be missing the final but Matt also feels for the players, who will play in one of the biggest games of their careers without supporters. However, it could be a day of double celebration for Matt, who also celebrates his birthday. "We will just be watching it on the TV and then heading out for a meal, hopefully to celebrate," he said. "It is my birthday, nothing normally happens on my birthday because the season is already over so this would have been the first time I could have gone on my birthday. "Me and Finley have been to the last four finals that Leeds have been to, we always try to get there if Leeds are there. "I feel bad for the players, more than us, because at least we can watch it on TV. "Luke Gale has never been to the final as a player but the first one he gets to, his parents can't go and watch him." Another Rhinos fan, Phil Abrahamson, had already booked the day off from work in the hope that supporters would be allowed to attend the final. A season ticket holder at Leeds, he had applied for the ballot to attend the Rhinos' Super League fixture with Catalans Dragons at the end of last month. A series of pilot events were due to take place across the top flight, with 1,000 supporters set to be in attendance at matches, but those plans were soon dashed by the Government's decision to delay the return of fans to sporting events. Abrahamson will be watching from his sofa as Leeds aim to win another Challenge Cup, proudly wearing his Rhinos jersey with Rob Burrow's name on the back. "Originally, they were going to hold the pilot events, so you had to apply for it by email and I had got the acknowledgement back on that and was getting a little bit excited," he said. "Unfortunately, the Government decided to pull the plug on everything. With Leeds getting to Wembley, I had booked the day off, hoping and praying they would allow some fans in. "Wembley is a big stadium and I thought they might even allow 5,000 supporters in but sadly it didn't happen." Support The Yorkshire Post and become a subscriber today. 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