IN a new regular feature, we are going to flick back through old programmes from the past to stir a few memories and trigger some talking points...

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The first one out is the St Helens ARL match against the tourists from Papua New Guinea on 31 October 1979.

St Helens made rugby league history when Knowsley Road hosted Papua New Guinea's first game on British soil.

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It was the start of a three-game tour which included matches against Great Britain (BARLA), and Cumbria after playing matches in France.

The Kumuls took on a St Helens ARL side featuring players drawn from Pilkington Recs, Blackbrook and Bold Miners.

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It was tight game - one which the sides scored three tries apiece but the homesters winning 19-17.

St Helens tries were scored by Blackbrook's Billy Woods and Alan Swift, with Recs scrum half Brian Harvey adding another.

Pilks full back Peter Glover, kicked five goals.

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The Kumuls scored through Harry Aope, Paul Kombinari and John Joseph.

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After the game the teams were entertained in the club restaurant.

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