Not yet registered? Create a OverBlog!

Create my blog

A fan's guide to St. Helens RLFC

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.

Present day

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.

Same category articles Rugby

A guide to Bath Rugby Club

A guide to Bath Rugby Club

Founded in 1865, Bath Rugby Football Club is one of the oldest rugby union clubs in the world. The club plies its trade in England's top rugby league, the Aviva Premiership, and has generated scores of internationally acclaimed players throughout its many years of existence. The club is based at the 12,300 capacity Recreation Ground, more commonly known as "The Rec".
What to look for in a rugby league shirt

What to look for in a rugby league shirt

For those who enjoy playing rugby league, you need to make sure that you have the right kit for the game. This includes things like rugby shirts, rugby shorts and general rugby equipment. There are various things to consider when buying for rugby league, especially with rugby jerseys. So, what do you need to look for in a rugby league shirt? Read this article to find out.
How to cope with rugby big hits

How to cope with rugby big hits

Big tackles are part of the attraction when it comes to rugby, and as the sport’s popularity around the world continues to grow, so too does the amount of rugby players sitting on the sidelines injured as a result of a big hit. What then is the best way to cope with rugby big hits?