The objective of the Saints Supporters Club is to develop the bond between the rugby club and its supporters, ensuring that they can express their support in a variety of ways. This is achieved by the provision of affordable coaches for away matches, and the organisation of social functions where members can get to know one another. It should be noted that the Saints Supporters Club is run independently of Northampton Saints and offers no priorities for match ticket bookings.
The Saints Supporters’ club has been around in one form or another for 70 years. From contributing to the
building of the 1st brick changing rooms to gathering supporters together for crucial away games, the supporters club has evolved to the organisation that it is today, with social media and online presences, working to support the club and particularly the Junior Saints Academy, which represents the future of our club
Find Us on Match Days at Franklin’s Gardens
For most home games the Supporters Club mans a table in the Rodber Suite, opposite the main bar. This is open 1 hours before kick-off for an hour; for membership queries, sales of event tickets, badges, and away coach bookings. The table also opens for an hour after the match.
We also host visiting supporters clubs at our Supporters Club Pub, The Thomas a Becket in Weedon Road. We like to present Pennants when we visit other Clubs or they come to us, for significant matches
Events and Entertainment
A few weeks before Christmas the Supporters Club organises a Prize Draw night for its members. This takes place in the Sturtridge Pavilion and admission is free, with anything up to 100 prizes on offer. Members of the Saints squad usually come along to help with the draw and presenting the prizes. The evening is a wonderful opportunity to have a chat with some of the players, meet up with friends old and new, and go home with some goodies – possibly even some exclusive kit donated by the Saints!
The Supporters Club now has an end of season dinner, in support of our chosen focus, the Junior Saints Academy This evolved to provide a supporter friendly but quality event at which we can recognise the “Saintsman of the year” and the “Supporter of the year”. All members receive a vote regarding who they would like to see awarded the “Saints Supporters Club Player of the Year” and this is presented at the dinner – use it wisely!
Coaches to Away Games
The Supporters Club endeavours to run one or more coaches to all Saints First Team fixtures that take place on the British mainland. For popular games we run more than one coach.
Discounted fares are available to Juniors (under 16 as at 1st August) and to Seniors (65 or over at 1st August). Priority is given to bookings by Supporters Club members, but if spaces are available non-members are also welcome – subject to a premium of £3 per person on top of the relevant members’ fare. Anyone making three or more away trips in a season will, therefore, find it cheaper overall to become a Supporters Club member.
Coaches may be booked at the Rodber Suite table, or over the Internet (www.saintssupportersclub.co.uk).
During the regular season, coaches leave from the “Tackle” statue in front of the Tetley Stand at Franklin’s Gardens. Cars can be left in the VIP Car Park, accessed from the Weedon Road entrance. For those games where a large number of coaches are being run: Twickenham, etc; the departure point for our coaches may be moved to one of the car parks located off Edgar Mobbs Way.
The Supporters Club and the Internet
The Supporters Club has its own web site at www.saintssupportersclub.co.uk, where information relating to the club’s activities can be found. The web site can be used to book coaches and to apply for membership. If you want to know what the Supporters Club committee looks like this is the place to go!
The Supporters Club does not run its own Bulletin Board, but have a presence on Facebook – search for “Northampton Saints Supporters Club”. You will find announcements there relating to our activities. Feel free to start off some discussions or post Saints-related photographs.
The Supporters Club sends out occasional e-mails to keep members up to date with events, such as changes to away game kick-offs that affect the departure time of the coaches.
The address, phone and e-mail details that you included on your membership form are treated as confidential and will be used for Supporters Club business only. They will not be disclosed to outside organisations or individuals without your prior permission. If you have any queries about membership of the Supporters Club please contact the Membership Secretary, whose details appear on the next page.
Why join the Supporters’ Club?
The SSC has a Facebook presence, and many people feel that that is a good way to signify their support for the club. As far as it goes, that is good, and some stimulating and lively debate occurs on the site. Belonging to this site, however, does not confer the benefits or privileges that full membership offers. These include:
- Reduced cost for the away coaches that the SSC runs to all major mainland away matches (and some further afield!)
- Entry to the annual “Grand Draw” at Christmas.
- Reduced entry to SSC run events throughout the season.
- Specially priced tickets to our Annual Dinner where we vote for our own player of the season.