Watersplash documentary to be re-shown by BBC this Sunday as part of weekend of Challenge Cup action
The fantastic documentary made by the BBC two years ago to mark the 50th anniversary of the Watersplash Final will be broadcast again this Saturday for fans to enjoy.
Dave Woods presents a look back at the 1968 Rugby League Challenge Cup final between Leeds and Wakefield Trinity, which witnessed 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 stepped up but somehow missed. Leeds won 11-10, and so began one of the most talked about and replayed scenes of all time in British sport.
The programme looks back at that amazing match – which was played in horrific and wet conditions, hence becoming known as the Watersplash Final. Dave speaks to surviving members of both teams, including Don’s brother Neil, who talks about the impact that fateful miss had on Don’s life and career.
It also sparked one of the most famous commentary lines by Eddie Waring as the BBC grandstand cameras captured all the drama – ‘He’s missed it, he’s missed it… He’s a poor lad.’
The programme, which is on BBC 2 this Sunday at 1.15pm, is part of a weekend of Rugby League action on the BBC. On Saturday, on BBC One from 1.15pm Mark Chapman looks back through the BBC Sport archive and picks out five Rugby League Challenge Cup finals that were absolute classics.
This special goes back to the dramatic 1978 final between Leeds and St Helens, relives arguably the greatest ever Wembley showcase between Wigan and Hull from 1985 and then looks at the high-scoring to-and-fro final between St Helens and Bradford in 1996.
The 2003 Cardiff final between Bradford and Leeds is next from the video vault, and the programme finishes with a cracker between Hull FC and Warrington from 2016. As finals go, these five were all packed full of sensational tries and sporting drama.