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23rd June 2017, 17:49

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Lucky 7s: Leeds v Bradford, Challenge Cup Final 1947

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West Yorkshire took a day out as favourites Bradford Northern played local rivals Leeds at the iconic Wembley Stadium, in front of a then world record crowd of 77,605.

Leeds were contesting their 8th Final, their second time at Wembley, having won the trophy six times previously.

On the way to reaching the Final, Leeds had managed to not concede a single point in the previous five rounds of the tournament.

This was Bradford’s first time at Wembley, but their fourth final, having already won the trophy twice, most recently in 1944.

The teams were greeted by the Duke of Gloucester, before Leeds kicked the game off to a great roar from the excited fans and it was Leeds who opened the scoring through a Cook penalty from the touchline.

The score stayed 2-0 to Leeds until half-time.

Bradford came out strongest in the second half with Walters and Davies combining to send Walters diving over in the corner to score the game’s first try and put Bradford 3-2 up.

Cook restored the Lioners lead a few minutes later with his second penalty of the match from just over 20m out.

In a frantic second half, the lead changed hands moments later when Ernest Ward slotted over a drop goal for Bradford.

Victory was assured for Bradford when, in the closing minutes, Trevor Foster captialised on a Leeds mistake to score.

Willie Davies, Bradford Northern's stand-off, was named the winner of the Lance Todd Trophy for his man of the match performance.