THE WATERSPLASH FINAL
The Challenge Cup Final of May ‘68
Is etched in my memory from that fateful date
Affording the chance for the Good to be Great
For some though the memory mocks
None more so than Wakey’s Don Fox.
For those unfamiliar this was the scene
The climax of which was the best ever seen
An epic Cup Final contested between
West Yorkshire’s top pedigree breeds
The pride of Wakefield and Leeds.
But it bucketed stair rods that May afternoon
The pitch being waterlogged carnage was strewn
And neither were Trinity or Leeds immune
Which made for a game full of errors
That forever would give Fox the terrors.
For most of the game Wakey held Leeds at bay
Then Leeds got a try; “We were cheated” they’d say;
A penalty too with just seconds to play
“Controversial” wasn’t the word!
Through decades the charge has been heard.
With scarcely no time for the match to restart
The Gods of the Weather would now play their part
As over the waterlogged pitch Hirst would dart
As though it was almost bone dry
To score a miraculous try.
An easy conversion would settle the game
Whoever would kick it would reap the acclaim
For ever in Wakefield they’d hallow his name
For such opportunity knocks
But once for the legend, Don Fox.
But the Gods of the Weather had not had their say
And wanted more fun in that mud and the spray
As Fox took his kick they sliced it away;
His sobs could be heard all around.
As Fox slumped in tears to the ground
The “Watersplash Final” played on cabbage patch
Remembered for plans the Gods chose to hatch;
Ironically, Fox was the Man of the Match
Though that never would ease the shocks
When nightmares awakened Don Fox.
Don Fox lived his life till 2008
Some 40 years on from that fateful date;
Despite his achievements it’s been his cruel fate
To relive in the mud and the rain
A lifetime of one second’s pain.