Eight years after winning the trophy for the first time, Hull were back in the final and looking to get their hands on the cup again.
Not for the first time and not for the last either, Hull went into the final as favourites to beat a Rochdale side regarded by the press at the time as inferior.
Hull still had Billy Batten in their ranks and the Great Britain great was a major factor in the game remaining so close with his tackling holding back wave after wave of Rochdale attacks.
Hull took the lead after 10 minutes when Kennedy charged down a kick by Heaton and the centre gathered the ball to run clear and score.
Attempting to convert his own try, he hit the posts and the ball rebounded back at him, a miss that would ultimately cost Hull.
The Hornets hit back with Welsh forward Dicky Paddon kicking two penalties, before Tommy Fitton squeezed in at the corner.
At 7-3 down Hull came back thanks to Batten sending Prescott over, but the lead was soon extended again as Fitton got a second.
The Airlie Birds staged another comeback with second-row forward Bob Taylor going over in the dying minutes. At just one-point behind the conversion would win it, but Billy Stone missed and the Hornets celebrated.