St. Helens Rugby League Football Club are a professional Rugby League club from St. Helens in Merseyside in the North West of England. They currently play in the professional English Super league and are nicknamed the Saints. This article gives a brief guide on the club.
History of the club
St Helens is one of the oldest members of the Rugby football League. It was founded as St Helens Football Club on November 19th, 1873 at the Fleece Hotel by William Douglas Herman and they played their first ever match on 31st January 1874 against Liverpool Infirmiry. Originally, the club competed in blue and white stripes before converting to the red and white that they are known for today. In total, it have won the national championship, including the Super league 12 times and also the Challenge Cup 12 times. On top of this, it has also been World Club champions on two seperate occasions.
In the Present day (2011) the club play in its red and white colours and play at Halton stadium. It is only playing at Halton Stadium for the 2011 stadium as their new ground, The new St. Helens Stadium' is being built on the site of what had been its previous home for 110 years, Knowsley Road. Its average attendance for the 2010 season was just over 11,000. It has a good following and has numerous famous supporters including ex England cricketer Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff, Comedian Johnny Vegas and former boxer Ricky Hatton. The team is currently coached by Eamonn McManus and finished runners up in the Super league in the 2010 season as it lost in the grand final to Wigan Warriors.
St Helens has a few major rivalries with fellow Super League clubs. Its most notable rivalry is with Wigan Warriors. This local derby is regarded by many to be the biggest game in Super League and it is also one of the oldest rivalries in the sport dating back to the 1800's. Other big rivalries include the rivalry that St. Helens has with the Leeds Rhinos, the Bradford Bulls and the Warrington Wolves. All of the rivalries are mainly due to the clubs' close geographical location to each other.