With Barrow Raiders set to go head-to-head with Bradford Bulls in the 1895 Cup tonight, Paddy McAteer looks back on Barrow’s famous 5-4 Challenge Cup quarter final victory over the then-named Bradford Northern in March 1951.

A Willie Horne penalty goal three minutes from time secured a semi-final spot with Leeds at Odsal, but the final result could have gone the other way a minute from time when New Zealander Joe Phillips hit the upright with a 25-yard kick at goal.

The massive crowds arrived early at Craven park as they poured into the ground with over 3,000 Northern followers. In total, over 21,000 crammed on to the terraces.

It was nip and tuck throughout with Barrow doing the early pressing, which saw Jimmy Lewthwaite race down the wing before stepping into touch.

Phillips had two opportunities to edge Northern ahead, but first his attempted drop kick sailed wide before he failed to convert a penalty after Ted Toohey was penalised at a play the ball.

Brad Radford sustained a broken collar bone on eight minutes but soldiered on till half-time and it was a real tussle in the scrums between Barrow’s Jack McKinnell and Hartley, with the Barrow man coming out on top.

When Lewthwaite again threatened, Radford pushed him into touch and McLean then made a telling break, heading for the line before Harry Stretch pulled off a try-saving tackle.

Barrow went ahead when Horne passed to Castle and the winger raced over, 3-0. The Barrow flyer then tested the Northern defence zig-zagging his way through only to fall short.

Phillips narrowed the gap with a penalty goal minutes before the break and as half-time approached, Lewthwaite and Castle combined to half Ward, who was into his stride.

The second half was also closely contested, with Barrow applying most of the pressure only for Northern to stand firm. On 52 minutes the Yorkshire side took the lead with a second Phillips penalty.

Barrow looked destined to regain the lead when Castle went haring down the wing, only for Phillips to force him into touch. Tyler did cross but his effort was ruled out prior to Ward missing with a drop kick.

McGregor almost crossed for Barrow but failed to hold on to the ball. However, Horne then sent over that winning penalty goal prior to Phillips missing with his attempt, as the crowd went wild.

Barrow: Stretch, Lewthwaite, Jackson, Goodwin, Castle, Horne, Toohey, Longman, McKinnell, Hartley, Grundy, Atkinson, McGregor.

Bradford: Phillips, Batten, E Ward, Mageen, McLean, Hastings, D Ward, Day, Haley, Radford, T Foster, Tyler, K Trail.

Attendance: 21,389.