Welcome to the Saints supporters page

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"A HOOLIGANS SPORT PLAYED BY GENTLEMEN"

This is the home page of the Northampton Rugby Football Club. It includes some current news and statistics aswell as a look at future and previous games this season. Information is available on the following:

There is also a Five Nations section with a look at the season ahead. It includes facts and photos of the matches aswell as opions on the game.

NORTHAMPTON RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB


Northampton Rugby Football Club Ltd as they are now officially known, was established in 1880 under the original title of Northampton St. James (Saints) by Rev Samuel Wathen Wigg.His original concept was to promote 'order' to his younger parish members by creating a youth rugby club, with the philosophy of a 'hooligan sport designed to turn them into gentlemen'. Little did he know that his youth team would become one of the biggest rugby clubs in Britain.


The Saints home ground is Franklins Gardens, approximate capacity 7,500 (1995) and is situated in the South West of Northampton Town. The club has produced many World Class rugby players throughout the years, such as:


The 1995/96 spell in Courage League Division 2 has been one of the momentous seasons in Northampton Rugby Football Clubs history. It began with a series of record-breaking victories in the league, averaging 50 points a game. Then in the late Autumn the club became a Limited Company following Keith Barwell's unanimous buy-out of the club membership. And most recently no less than 8 Saints players have been involved in Five Nations Rugby.The quartet of Bayfield, Rodber, Dawson & Grayson for England, Townsend & Dods for Scotland and Bell & Clarke for Ireland.


Much of the success in the last season has been due to the Director of Rugby, Ian McGeechan (Ex Scotland & Lions coach). He revitalised a downbeat team newly relegated to Division 2 by injecting badly needed confidence in the team and inspiring them to play an open expansive style of rugby not unlike that played in the Southern Hemisphere.Team performance and recent international caps support Ian McGeechan's vision:"I want this club to be the best, not only in the UK, but also in Europe."


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