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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 May, 2004, 16:21 GMT 17:21 UK
Cup final facts
Ten key Cup final facts ahead of Saturday's clash between St Helens and Wigan:

1. Wigan already the hold the record for most appearances and wins. They are making their 28th appearance and hoping for an 18th success.

2. St Helens are appearing in their 18th final and their fifth since the advent of Super League in 1996. They have lifted the Cup eight times in all.

Sean Long was a Lance Todd Trophy winner in 2001
Sean Long was a Lance Todd Trophy winner in 2001
3. Wigan have won 14 of 24 previous meetings in the competition going back to 1896 and have also won three of their five final clashes.

4. If Wigan prop Danny Sculthorpe plays, he will line up against Saints captain Paul Sculthorpe.

They will become the first brothers to oppose each other in a Challenge Cup final since 1950, when Albert Naughton was at centre for Warrington and his older brother Johnny was in the Widnes second row.

5. Wigan's Kris Radlinski and Sean Long of St Helens are hoping to join the elite few who have won the Lance Todd Trophy twice. Radlinski won it in Wigan's 2002 defeat of Saints and Long in the 2001 win over Bradford.

The only players to have won the award twice are Warrington's Gerry Helme and Wigan duo Andy Gregory and Martin Offiah.

6. St Helens full-back or winger Ian Hardman, who was 18 in December, is hoping to have the chance to become the youngest winner of the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match.

Peter Ramsden, of Huddersfield, holds the record after receiving it on his 19th birthday in 1953.

The evergreen Pongia has lost none of his desire and determination
The evergreen Pongia has lost none of his desire and determination
7. Wigan prop Quentin Pongia, who is two months away from his 34th birthday, is set to be the oldest man playing at the Millennium Stadium.

The oldest player to appear in a Cup final was Workington full-back Gus Risman, who was 41 when he led his side to victory over Featherstone in 1952.

8. A capacity crowd of 73,000 at the Millennium Stadium will ensure the biggest crowd since 73,242 watched the last final at Wembley between Leeds and London in 1999. It is the first sell-out for seven years.

9. Wigan captain Andrew Farrell will be appearing in his sixth final, closing in on the record held by former team-mate Shaun Edwards, who made 10 appearances for Wigan from 1984-95 and also appeared for London in 1999.

Farrell is aiming for his fifth winners' medal, which would put him four behind Edwards.

10. Wigan will be aiming to stretch their unbeaten derby run to six matches.

They beat their arch rivals in all four clashes in 2003 and forced a 21-21 draw at Knowsley Road on Good Friday.

Saints' last win over the Warriors was in the Super League final eliminator of 2002.




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