On Saturday 25th March we get our own version of the “Camino de Santiago”, as the Saints travel from St James End to St James’ Park for the game against Newcastle Falcons. SSC Coach travellers are reminded that departure is at 10.30am from Franklin’s Gardens; those not making the pilgrimage can catch the action on BTSport1.
St James’ Park is officially known as the Sports Direct Arena these days, though I doubt that anybody in Newcastle uses that name. Home of Newcastle United, the ground becomes a Rugby Union haven this Saturday with Newcastle University v Northumbria University at 3pm ahead of the Falcons v Saints game at 5.15pm. Match tickets cover admission to both games.
After years spent in the bottom half of the table and with the odd relegation, the Falcons currently sit in 4th place, whilst the Saints are bumping along in 10th. Love him or hate him, Dean Richards has finally moulded a winning team since his arrival in the North East in 2012 after serving a ban for Bloodgate. Going to be difficult to predict anything other than a home win for this, but the Saints have sprung a couple of surprises this year – at home to Clermont-Auvergne being the best example.
The Falcons will wear a unique shirt for this game based on the traditional Newcastle United black & white stripes. It’s being done to support ex-player Doddie Weir and his “My Name’5 Doddie Foundation”, which raises funds for research into Motor Neurone Disease.
This week’s picture shows the modern-day logo for the Camino de Santiago (look it up). You can find a variation of it on the Saints badge.