Over a two—legged game, St Helens won 92—11 on aggregate.
They also won the Premiership in the same season with a 36–16 victory over defending champions Hull Kingston Rovers at Elland Road in Leeds.
The Challenge Cup was launched in 1897 and it was St Helens who contested its first final with Batley, at Headingley, Leeds.
St Helens now had two professional rugby league teams.In both sides first year in co—existence, St Helens finished yet again in a disappointing low mid—table finish.They became known as St Helens Rangers up until the 1880s.The club moved from the City Ground in 1890 where they had shared with St Helens Recs when neither were members of the Northern Rugby Football Union. St Helens are founding members of the Super League and are one of only four teams to have appeared in every season since its creation in 1996.
Formed in 1873, St Helens are one of the 22 original members of the Northern Rugby Football Union and have been league champions on 13 occasions.
They also won the 1953 Lancashire Cup, beating Wigan 16-8 at Swinton, the first time the two old rivals had clashed in a major final, Saints.
Sullivan took Saints to their first victory in the Challenge Cup final (against Halifax in 1956), Perhaps the golden era of the club came in the 1960s, as well as more lately in the Super League era.
Under Sullivan, St Helens reached, and lost, the 1952—53 Challenge Cup final.
The 1953 Championship final against Halifax was held at Manchester City’s Maine Road ground; in front of a crowd of over 50,000, Saints won their second Championship 24-14.
Since 1961 the club's home colours have been white, with a red "V" on the jersey.