- Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints Full name Northampton Rugby Football Club Nickname(s) Jimmies, Saints Founded 1880 Ground(s) Franklin's Gardens Capacity 13,591 Chairman Leon Barwell Coach(es) Jim Mallinder Captain(s) Dylan Hartley Most caps Ron Jacobs 470 Top scorer Paul Grayson 1,278 Most tries Teddy Cook 219 League(s) Aviva Premiership 2010–11 4th (lost playoff semi-final)1st kit2nd kit Largest win Saints 96 – 3 Sedgley Park
Largest defeat London Wasps 54 – 12 Saints
Official website www.northamptonsaints.co.uk
Northampton Saints are a professional rugby union club from Northampton, England. The Northampton Saints were formed in 1880. They play in green, black and gold colours. They play their home games at Franklin's Gardens, which has a capacity of 13,591.
The club won their first major trophy when they defeated Munster in the 1999-2000 Heineken Cup final. Recent success has involved winning The 2008–09 European Challenge Cup, The 2009–10 LV Cup and consistently maintaining a playoff position in the Aviva Premiership. The Saints reached the final of the 2010–11 Heineken Cup.
Their biggest rivals are Leicester Tigers. "The East Midland Derby" is one of the fiercest rivalries in English Rugby Union.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadium
- 3 Current standings
- 4 Kit
- 5 Players
- 6 Internationals
- 7 Transfers 2011–12
- 8 International caps in the club's history
- 9 Hall of Fame
- 10 Club honours
- 11 Seasons summary
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
The club was established in 1880 under the original title of Northampton St. James (Saints) by Rev Samuel Wathen Wigg, a local clergyman and curate of St. James who was a resident of the nearby village of Milton Malsor in the house known as 'Mortimers'. This is how the club got its two nicknames of The Saints or Jimmies. 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".
It was not long before Northampton had one of the major rugby union teams in the country. Twenty years after its establishment, the first Saints player, local farmer Harry Weston, was awarded an England cap.
As the club progressed through the early years of the 20th century one player dominated this era for the club, Edgar Mobbs. Edgar was a hero throughout the town. He was the first Northampton player to captain his country but is best remembered for his exploits in World War I. After initially being turned down as too old, Edgar raised his own "Sportsman's" battalion otherwise known as Mobbs Own. Edgar was sadly killed in battle, leading his battalion over the top by kicking a rugby ball into No-Mans land on 29 July 1917 attacking a machine gun post and his body was never found. The club arranged the Mobbs Memorial Match as a tribute. It had been played every year since 1921 between the Barbarians and East Midlands at Franklin's Gardens.
In this postwar period the Saints continued to grow, and they started to produce some of the best players in England, some of whom went on to captain their country. They were one of the driving forces in the English game for the next 60 years producing players such as Butterfield, Jeeps, Longland, White and Jacobs but hard times were ahead.
The club failed to keep pace with movements within the game and top players were no longer attracted to the Gardens, where a 'them and us' mentality had built up between the players and those in charge of the club. Some former players formed their own task force which swept out the old brigade in the 1988 'Saints Revolution' and put a plan into action which would put the club back at the top of the English game.
In 1990, Northampton Rugby Union Football Club gained promotion to the then First Division and the following year made their first trip to Twickenham to play Quins in the Pilkington Cup Final. They lost in extra time but the foundations of a good Saints line-up were beginning to show in the following few seasons.
In 1994, Ian McGeechan took over as Director of Rugby, and although the club were relegated in his first season, they returned in style the next season, winning every single game of their campaign and averaging 50 points a game. This season is referred to by many fans of the club as the "Demolition Tour of Division Two".
In 1995, rugby union turned professional and the club was taken over by current chairman local businessman Keith Barwell.
In 1999, Saints came runners-up in the Allied Dunbar Premiership, their league campaign climaxing with a crucial home local derby with eventual winners Leicester Tigers which they lost 15–22. Ian McGeechan had left the club at the end of the previous season to return to coach Scotland, and was replaced by former Saints player John Steele who had done well on a limited budget at London Scottish. Steele relied on the foundations laid by McGeechan, as well as the inspirational captaincy of Samoan Pat Lam to lead the club to European success the following season.
In 1999–2000, the club became a Public Limited Company (Plc) and shares were issued to the public; in this season the Saints lost in the Tetley's Bitter Cup Final to Wasps, but beat Munster 9–8 in the European Cup Final to win their first major trophy.
After a poor start to the 2001/2002 season, former All-Black coach Wayne Smith was appointed as Head Coach. He went on to transform the club in five short months. A team who looked down and out in November were moulded into a side that reached the Powergen Cup final and again qualified for the Heineken Cup. Travis Perkins became the club's main sponsor in 2001.
In recent times the club narrowly survived relegation from the Premiership, after the then coach (Alan Solomons) was sacked in the middle of the 2004–5 season. The coaching role was passed onto the former first team mates Budge Pountney and Paul Grayson to tide the team over. They had a slow start in the 2005–6 season, but continued to stay mainly unbeaten after the New Year. Budge retired at the start of the 2006–7 season leaving Grayson in overall control.
The Saints would again compete in the 2006-07 Heineken Cup. They finished second in their pool, behind Biarritz Olympique, the runners-up from the previous season. Northampton qualified for the quarter-finals and actually met Biarritz in Spain. Despite being in last place of the English league at the time, they defeated the French champions 7–6 to advance to the semi-finals.
On 28 April 2007, despite a 27–22 victory over London Irish at Franklin's Gardens, Northampton were relegated from the Guinness Premiership. A "behind the scenes restructure" led to the brief appointment of Peter Sloane as Head Coach, from the role of forwards coach. Paul Grayson became the skills and backs coach.
On 9 June 2007, Northampton announced that England Saxons coach Jim Mallinder would become the new head coach and Director of Rugby, with his assistant Dorian West also following as assistant coach. Peter Sloane has since left the club.
On 22 March 2008, Northampton beat Exeter Chiefs to ensure their promotion and a return to the Guinness Premiership. On 12 April 2008, Northampton beat Exeter Chiefs 24–13 at Twickenham Stadium to win the EDF trophy. On 26 April 2008 they ended their National Division One season undefeated with 30 wins from 30 games.
A new era
In the 2008–09 season, the Saints easily avoided the drop, finishing eighth on the table and only losing one game at home to Newcastle Falcons. They also lifted the European Challenge Cup, defeating French side Bourgoin 15–3 in the final on 22 May 2009 at The Stoop in London. The victory gave them a place in the 2009–10 Heineken Cup.
In March 2010, the Saints won the LV= Cup final against Gloucester Rugby 30–24, gaining them their fourth piece of silverware in three years, and a place in the following season's Heineken Cup. They also finished second in the Guinness Premiership, losing to Saracens 19–21 in the semi-final played at Franklin's Gardens, and progressed as far as the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup losing to Munster at Thomond Park, Limerick.
At the start of the new 2010/11 Aviva Premiership questions had been raised about the size of the Squad, however on the opening game against Leicester Tigers the Saints marched over the Tiger with a number of player that stood out. Saints had a excellent unbeaten run and didn't suffer when the autumn internationals came round. However around Christmas Saints struggle to find form and had six straight defeats, but after the Six Nations Saints rose from the ashes and finished fourth in the Aviva Premiership, losing to Leicester in a controversial semi-final. Saints also went undefeated into the final of the Heineken Cup, where they were beaten by Leinster 33-22, at the Millennium Stadium.
Northampton Saints have played at Franklin's Gardens since 1880, when the club was born. Franklin's Gardens is a purpose-built rugby stadium near the town centre. It is about 1,250m from the train station and about 2,000m from the bus station. The stadium holds 13,591 people. The stadium also has 40 corporate boxes. Each can hold from 8 to 24 people. The four stands are: Tetleys Stand; Burrda South Stand; Church's Stand; and Sturtridge Pavilion. It is also a multi-functional conference centre as well as the only UK Guinness Premiership ground with its own cenotaph. The Northampton board recently announced they would be applying to increase capacity to 17,000 with the redevelopment of the North Stand. It was intended this would be funded by a £40 million investment by supermarket chain Asda, who would build a new store on the land currently used as training pitches. Northampton Saints had an unbeaten home record that stretched from March 2007 to March 2009, much of this record was set during the Saints' 2007/08 promotion from the RFU Championship (previously National Division One). During the 2008/09 Guinness Premiership regular season the Saints only lost at Franklin's Gardens on one occasion, to the Newcastle Falcons.
The average attendance at the Gardens this season is 13,428.
On 24 January 2011, the club announced that their forthcoming Heineken Cup quarter final match against Ulster is to take place in the Stadium:MK in Milton Keynes, because the Franklin's Gardens ground is too small to meet the minimum 15,000 seats demanded by the organisers. It was a game they would eventually win, beating Ulster 23-13.
The Saints had previously indicated that they might play future major games at Stadium:mk as their proposal to expand Franklin's Gardens using an enabling (ASDA supermarket) development was experiencing difficulties because of conflict with national planning policy. The Saints' board has recently attracted strong criticism for choosing to move a key game against Irish team Munster to Milton Keynes, seen by many as an act of hypocrisy given their previous criticisms of the local council.
English Premiership Table watch · edit · discuss Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points 1 Harlequins 8 8 0 0 234 143 +91 23 13 2 0 34 2 Saracens 8 7 0 1 195 122 +73 17 12 1 1 30 3 London Irish 8 3 1 4 221 195 +26 20 18 2 4 20 4 Gloucester 8 4 0 4 167 163 +4 14 15 0 3 19 5 Sale Sharks 8 4 0 4 177 201 -24 18 19 1 2 19 6 Northampton Saints 8 4 0 4 177 136 +41 15 10 1 1 18 7 Bath 8 4 0 4 153 169 -16 12 9 0 2 18 8 London Wasps 8 4 0 4 148 169 -21 15 10 1 1 18 9 Exeter Chiefs 8 3 0 5 150 170 -20 14 17 1 4 17 10 Leicester Tigers 8 2 1 5 210 231 -21 20 25 1 3 14 11 Worcester Warriors 8 2 1 5 110 151 -41 7 13 0 2 12 12 Newcastle Falcons 8 1 1 6 130 222 -92 9 23 0 1 7
If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
- Number of matches won
- Difference between points for and against
- Total number of points for
- Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
- Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
Green background (rows 1 to 4) are play-off places, and receive berths in the 2011–12 Heineken Cup. Blue background (rows 5 and 6) are clubs that do not make the play-offs, but will receive Heineken Cup berths. Red background (row 12) to be relegated if the champion of the RFU Championship meets the requirements for promotion. Updated 09 October 2011 — Current English Leagues
In 2008, after being promoted from the championship to the premiership, Saints changed from Kooga to Rhino. After two years with Rhino, and coming second in the table, Saints switched again to BURRDA, a Swiss sports apparel company. Northampton have signed a four year deal with BURRDA which have brought back the old-fashioned ring but with a modern twist for the home shirt and the away shirt with its black and gold ring with a peppermint light green background. This is a big step for Burrda because the Saints and the Scarlets are BURRDA's first rugby teams that they have supplied kit to.
Head coach/director of rugby
- Jim Mallinder – Director of rugby
- Dorian West – Forwards coach
- Paul Grayson- Assistant coach
- Nick Johnston – Performance director
- Tom Bullough – Conditioner
- Paul Shields – Team manager
- Alan Dickens – Academy manager
- Dusty Hare – Academy recruitment and development manager
- Mark Hopley – Academy coach
- Ross Stewart – Elite Player Development Group manager
Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-IRB nationality.
Player Position Union Dylan Hartley (Captain) Hooker England* Mike Haywood Hooker England Andy Long Hooker England Brett Sharman Hooker England Paul Doran-Jones Prop England Danny Herriott Prop England Tom Mercey Prop England Brian Mujati Prop South Africa James Palmer Prop England Adam Parkins Prop England Ben Prescott Prop Scotland Soane Tonga'uiha Prop Tonga* Alex Waller Prop England Ethan Waller Prop England Tom Warren Prop England James Craig Lock England Christian Day Lock England Darrell Dyer Lock England Adam Eustace Lock England Tom Hicks Lock England Courtney Lawes Lock England* Samu Manoa Lock United States Mark Sorenson Lock New Zealand Alex Woolford Lock England Calum Clark Flanker England Phil Dowson (vice-captain) Flanker England Sam Farmer Flanker England Ben Nutley Flanker England Jamie Warr Flanker England Tom Wood Flanker England* James Ingle Number 8 England Roger Wilson Number 8 Ireland Player Position Union Stuart Commins Scrum-half South Africa Alex Day Scrum-half England Lee Dickson Scrum-half England Ryan Glynn Scrum-half England Martin Roberts Scrum-half Wales Glyn Hughes Fly-half England Ryan Lamb Fly-half England Stephen Myler Fly-half England Jon Clarke Centre England James Downey Centre Ireland Jamie Elliott Centre England Tom May Centre England George Pisi Centre Samoa* Scott Armstrong Wing England Vasily Artemiev Wing Russia* Chris Ashton Wing England* Noah Cato Wing England Paul Diggin Wing England Anders Mogensen Wing Zimbabwe Tom Collins Fullback England Ben Foden Fullback England* Charlie Sadler Fullback England César Sempere Fullback Spain Greig Tonks Fullback England
- *Will miss beginning of club season to participate in World Cup
Current England Elite Squad
Superposition Name Position Date Of Birth (Age) Previous Club Notes Forwards Dylan Hartley Hooker March 24, 1986 Worcester Warriors Paul Doran-Jones Prop May 2, 1985 Gloucester Rugby Courtney Lawes Lock February 23, 1989 Youth Tom Wood Flanker November 3, 1986 Worcester Warriors Backs Chris Ashton Wing March 29, 1987 Wigan Warriors Ben Foden Full Back July 22, 1985 Sale Sharks
Current England Saxons Squad
Superposition Name Position Date Of Birth (Age) Previous Club Notes Forwards Christian Day Lock June 24, 1983 Stade Français Phil Dowson Flanker October 1, 1981 Newcastle Falcons Backs Jon Clarke Centre October 22, 1983 Bristol Rugby Stephen Myler Fly Half July 21, 1984 Salford City Reds
Internationally capped players
- Chris Ashton (England)
- Noah Cato (England)
- Ben Foden (England)
- Paul Doran-Jones (England)
- Phil Dowson (England)
- Dylan Hartley (England)
- Courtney Lawes (England)
- Stephen Myler (England)
- Tom Wood (England)
- Andy Long (England)
- Roger Wilson (Ireland)
- Brian Mujati (South Africa)
- Soane Tonga'uiha (Tonga and Pacific Islanders)
- Ryan Powell (Wales)
- Martin Roberts (Wales)
- Vasily Artemiev (Russia)
- George Pisi (Samoa)
- Samu Manoa (USA)
- César Sempere (Spain)
- Noah Cato (from Saracens) 
- James Craig (from Leeds Carnegie) 
- Paul Doran-Jones (from Gloucester) 
- Ryan Lamb (from London Irish) 
- Tom May (from Toulon) 
- Vasily Artemiev (from VVA-Podmoskovye) 
- George Pisi (from Clermont) 
- César Sempere (from Nottingham) 
- Samu Manoa (from San Francisco Golden Gate) 
- Martin Roberts (from Scarlets) 
- Danny Herriott
- James Palmer (from Cambridge R.U.F.C.)
- Ethan Waller
- Darrell Dyer
- Alex Woolford
- Jamie Warr
- Alex Day
- Daniel Vickerman (to Waratahs) 
- Matt Cornwell (to Mogliano) 
- Mark Easter (to Sale Sharks) 
- Joe Ford (to Leeds Carnegie) 
- Shane Geraghty (to Brive) 
- Dan Sanderson (to Moseley) 
- Bruce Reihana (to Bordeaux) 
- Joe Ansbro (to London Irish) 
- Regardt Dreyer 
- Ryan Powell - Retiring 
International caps in the club's history
Hall of Fame
The history of Northampton Saints is one filled with illustrious names. To recognise and honour their time in the black, green and gold the club established its Hall of Fame in 2004. To date 11 legendary players have been inducted:
- Ron Jacobs- Prop
- David Powell- Prop
- Ray Longland- Prop
- Gary Pearce- Prop
- Vince Cannon- Lock
- Don White- Flanker
- Tim Rodber- Back row
- Dickie Jeeps- Scrum-half
- Gordon Sturridge- Fly-half
- Jeff Butterfield- Centre
- Edgar Mobbs- Winger
- Heineken Cup (1)
- Winners 1999–2000
- Runners up 2010–2011
- European Challenge Cup (1)
- Winners 2008–09
- National Division One/RFU Championship (1)
- Winners 2007–08
- LV= Cup (1)
- Winners 2009–2010
- EDF Energy Trophy (1)
- Winners 2007–08
- Guinness A League (1)
- Winners 2008–09
- Middlesex 7s (1)
- Winners 2002–03
Season Domestic League Domestic Cup European Cup Competition Final position Points Competition Performance Competition Performance 2010–11 Aviva Premiership 4th 65 LV Cup 2nd in pool 2010–11 Heineken Cup Runners-up 2009–10 Guinness Premiership 2nd 71 LV Cup Winners 2009–10 Heineken Cup Quarter-finals 2008–09 Guinness Premiership 8th 49 EDF Energy Cup Semi-finalists European Challenge Cup Winners 2007–08 National Division One Winners 143 EDF Energy Trophy Winners Did Not Qualify Did Not Qualify 2006–07 Guinness Premiership 12th 33 EDF Energy Cup 4th in pool 2006–07 Heineken Cup Semi-finals 2005–06 Guinness Premiership 6th 53 Powergen Cup 2nd in pool European Challenge Cup Quarter-finals 2004–05 Zurich Premiership 11th 40 Powergen Cup N/A European Shield N/A 2003–04 Zurich Premiership 3rd 70 Powergen Cup N/A European Shield N/A 2002–03 Zurich Premiership 3rd 62 Powergen Cup Runners-up European Shield N/A 2001–02 Zurich Premiership 5th 56 Powergen Cup Runners-up European Shield N/A 2000–01 Zurich Premiership 4th 59 Powergen Cup N/A European Shield N/A 1999–00 Allied Dunbar Premiership 5th 35 Tetley Bitter Cup Runners-up 1999–00 Heineken Cup Winners
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