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Harold Poynton

Harold Poynton

Harold Poynton is one of Trinity's all time greats. His genius on the field was obvious to all who saw him play. Nicknames such as "Prince of Bamboozlers" and "Poynton the Pippin" were created by the press to capture his essence.

This is the report in the Sunday Mirror after Poynton was awarded the Lance Todd Trophy.

Harold Poynton, Wakefield Trinity's dynamic stand-off half smashed mighty Wigan to dramatic and utter defeat yesterday in one of the finest Challenge Cup finals ever seen. He stepped in to score a brilliant try at exactly the right moment... when Wigan were striving to bolster their sagging hopes in a bid to draw level.
And his darting, jinking non-stop display earned the Lance Todd Trophy as the game's outstanding player.
Poynton meant POWER. He was a real pippin!
And his try, in the 67th minute knocked all the stuffing out of Wigan. It couldn't have been more dramatic or devastating.

Wigan were just beginning to regain their pose with the return of full-back Dave Bolton, who was knocked out on the stroke of half-time and missed the first 17 minutes of the second half.
It was Bolton, still dazed, who started a break from his own '25' line. Wigan hearts began to thump. Then tragedy for the gallant Lancastrian.
He moved the ball inside, but Poynton intercepted like streak lightening and raced away for a try that was improved by international Neil Fox from 12-7 the score leapt to 17-7 and Wigan were finished.

Even so, they still managed to push Trinity back into their own half, and Frank Carlton zoomed in a try to restore the faintest glimmer of hope.
But inside six more minutes, Wakefield were wild with two more tries by Gert Coetzer - what a fine game the springbok winger had and 19 year old Ian Brooke who could hardly contain his delight at scoring on his first Wembley appearance.

For the first 20 minutes Wigan threw everything they had - and that means plenty of 'beef' at Wakefield.
Frank Collier was a trojan for Wigan in those early stages and Roy Evans made several promising breaks, but never the complete one.
Trinity skipper Derek Turner moved into the second row and played havoc with the Wigan pack. Jack Wilkinson on his fifth Wembley visit, had probably his best game ever with some solid work.
And above all the big Wakefield gamble on youth paid off.
Keith Holiday, as shrewd as ever made the first vital try for Wakefield in the 38th minute. He managed to wriggle through and hand over to Mel Sampson to go over under the posts.
Fox who like Wigan skipper Eric Ashton, was sadly off target with his first half kicking, added the points this time.
Despite the absence of Bolton immediately on the resumption Wigan stormed back into the game with a dashing try in the cornerby Frabk Pitchford, but Ashton still hadn't found his kicking touch.
Wigan were perhaps beginning to feel the strain of trying to contain Wakefield with only 12 men. When Coetzer streaked through for a shock try in the 48th minute and Fox kicked the goal beautifully from the touchline.
Wakefield ahead 10-3 then Bolton returned. Ashton at last found length and direction with a penalty to make it 10-5, then it was 12-5 to Trinity with a Fox goal. Another Ashton goal..... 12-7

Then the Poynton pay-off try that clinched the trophy for the third time for Derek Turner and his gallant men.

Harold Poynton now spends his time running his newsagents' shop in Lupset.

See also Wakefield Trinity

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