AS an antidote to the 30 years since Wembley 1989 report we carried earlier this week, here is a flashback to four years later when the tide had slowly begin to turn and the Saints were back as contenders again.

The 1992-93 season had been nip and tuck all year, with Saints losing the last ever Lancashire Cup Final by the odd point in nine to the Riversiders, getting their revenge on Boxing Day with a thumping 41-6 win.

Wigan knocked Saints out of the Challenge Cup, and then all the focus was on the Championship - something they had not won since 1975.

But after an 8-8 all draw at Central Park on Good Friday Wigan shaded the title on points difference.

Having run Wigan so close all year, it would have been an absolute travesty had Mike McClennan's men come away from that season empty handed.

Their last throw chance was the Premiership Final at Old Trafford.

A crowd of 36,598 saw Saints triumph 10-4, with tries from centres Paul Loughlin and Gary Connolly, plus two Gus O'Donnell drop goals.

Saints line-up: Lyon; Riley, Connolly, Loughlin, Hunte; Ropati, O'Donnell; Neill, Dwyer, Mann, Joynt, Nickle, Cooper. Subs: Griffiths, Veivers.