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I am a rugby fan and being from st.helens its only right thats who i support.
At the moment we have just been beated by Leeds Rhinos in the super league grand final at Old Trafford. Which has happened 2 years on the row unfortunatley.
Saint rugby league team were founded in 1873 and have up to now won more than 50 major tropheys and competitions. We have players in the rugby league hall of fame, players that have captained great Britain and England squads and players that have won man of steal and player of the year.
Our ground is based at Knowsley road and is a little worse for wear. We are currently undergoing the construction of a new ground which has mixed reviews from fans. It is meant to be built by 2011 which will cost around £25 million and be able to hold 18,000 fans.
At the current stadium, on match day there is a variety of entertainments from bouncy castles to cheerleading and singers. There is a number of bars, food stalls and 3 lots of turnstills. There is disabled access and spaces for visitors needing these facilities.
Our fans are known for being great fans and supporting their team through good or bad. You can often hear them chanting and singing from miles away from the ground on match day.
If they win a final they will perade the town centre, usualy on an open top bus and go back to either the town hall or saints ground to speak to the fans.
We have been winers of Super League in the prevoius year: 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006
World club challenge winners: 2001, 2007
Challenge cup winners: 1996, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008
Super league league leaders: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Sport: Rugby League
Stadium name: Knowsley Road (now called GPW Recruitment Stadium)
Captain: Keiron Cunningham
Nickname: The Saints
~ Overview ~
It has to be said that St Helens RLFC are one of the most successful rugby league teams in the UK. They have won 12 championships, 12 Challenge Cups and 2 world club champion cups. The stadium holds up to 17,500 and tends to be filled when Wigan Warriors come to town as this game has a lot of tradition and rivalry as it is a local derby game.
The Saints are looking to build a new stadium in the near future to ensure that it remains one of the biggest and most successful clubs in rugby league history. The average attendance tends to be around 8,000 and tends to increase year on year as the game becomes more popular. It is a family game and unlike football rarely sees violence.
~ Why do I support the Saints? ~
I have been an avid Saints fan since the day I was born as I was brought up in St Helens and so I have supported my local team through good and tough times. I never used to go to watch games when I was young but do try to go to see games whenever I can.
The whole club is family orientated and well run most of the time. The atmosphere during gameplay can be electric especially for big games or cup finals it is the best feeling in the world when Saints win a cup and cheering on the boys. Another reason why I support this club is that the youth system is well maintained and lots of local talent get the chance to make it big.
~ Ticket Prices ~
Adult prices tend to be around £16 and OAP's do get in cheaper which is how it should be. Children's tickets are also cheaper and watching the Saints is a great way of spending time as a family and bonding with people you have never met.
~ Who is the current coach? ~
The current Saint's coach is Mick Potter who is from Australia. He was appointed from Catalan Dragons of France as he was very successful with them leading them to a Challenge cup final only to be defeated by the Saints which a great achievement considering that Catalan Dragons have only been going a few seasons in Super League.
He took over from Daniel Anderson who had been very successful with the St Helens Team and I thought he had done a very good job and did us proud. My impression of the new coach is that he is doing a good solid job at the moment as we are sitting top of the Super League and into the semi-finals of the challenge cup so I give him top marks so far.
~ Best ever game I have seen ~
The best game has to be the 'Wide to West 'game which was St Helens Versus Bradford Bulls which at the time both teams were good enough to win the Super League. I refer to 'Wide to West' as the Saints looked all but beat and had to keep the ball alive with no time remaining and had to score a try to win the game.
What happened was that the Saints team kept passing the ball around trying not to get tackled if they did they were out as Bradford were leading and the final whistle wont go until a player is tackled even though 80 minutes were up.
Sean Long passes the ball to Dwayne West then he makes a break on the wing and he passes inside to Chris Joynt and he runs with it as Anthony Sullivan shouts for the ball but there was no way he was going to pass as he raced over the line to score and give saints a victory which sent them to the final of Super League and went on to win another championship in the final as if it was meant to be.
It was that good people were hugging each other who didn't know each other and it was an all round fabulous end to a classic super league encounter.
~ The Home kit ~
The Saints have a traditional pattern design on their kit. They have a red vee on the shirt which is always a trademark of the Saints. The other parts of the kit like the shorts and socks always tend to be white with a few red markings.
~ Current Squad Members ~
Ade Gardner Matthew Gidley Francis Meli Leon Pryce Sean Long (Vice Captain) Jason Cayless Keiron Cunningham (Captain) James Graham Lee Gilmour Jon Wilkin Chris Flannery James Roby Bryn Hargreaves Tony Puletua Paul Clough Kyle Eastmond Chris Dean Gareth Frodsham Gary Wheeler Sean Magenniss Maurie Fa'asavalu Andrew Dixon Jamie Foster Andy Yates Jamie Ellis Matty Ashurst Tom Armstrong Jonny Lomax Jacob Emmitt
~ Favourite Players ~
It is sad to see so many greats in the team such as Sean Long and Keiron Cunningham but sadly these players are getting older now and will soon retire or leave the club. It is starting to happen with the recent news of Sean Long transferring to Hull RLFC as he wanted a longer contract but Saints could only him a one year deal.
My favourite player who would have to be Jamie Lyon who was a great player and didn't stay long but had a big impact on the Saints team when he was there. My current favourite player would have to be Leon Pryce as he had power, skill and is not a stranger to controversy.
~ Club & Player Records ~
Highest scoring game: 112-0 against Carlisle in 1986
Heaviest defeat: 78-6 against Warrington Wolves in 1909
Most tries in a season: Tom Van Vollenhoven in1958
Most Goals in a season: Kel Coslett in 1971
Most career appearances: Kel Coslett with 519 and 12 as a substitute. 1961 to 1976
Well as a leeds rhinos fan it pains me to have to say this but i expect st helens to win the super league title in 2000, having seen them take leeds apart on fridaythe 1st of september i was mightily impressed. they exploited every one of leeds weaknesses to the full. With a goal kicker like long who can kick from anywhere and also has the speed to catch any player on the field theyre on to a winner, and now that paul newlove is back theyre going to be unstoppable, lets just hope im wrong and leeds pull it off.