Sarge writes a pre-match column on the Facebook page before each match – Heres this week’s

Saturday heralds the start of the Saints 2017-18 Aviva Premiership campaign. First up is a trip to Twickenham to take on Saracens as the opening game in the London Double-Header (London Irish v Harlequins being part 2). Kick off is at 2pm with TV Coverage on BT Sport 1. For those travelling on the Support


ers Club coach – it departs at 10am from the Tackle Statue in the VIP Car Park. Don’t get mixed up with the Saints official coches!

Normally at this point I would do a match preview of sorts, but instead I’m going to look back. This marks the 10th anniversary of our relegation season, when we spent our time travelling the length and breadth of England to take on National Division 1 opposition. For the opening fixture in 2007 Saints were at home to London Welsh, coming out as 44-11 victors. Two tries by Bruce Reihana and one each for Simon Emms, Damien Browne, Paul Tupai and Chris Ashton. Bruce kicked two conversions, with Barry Everitt putting two more conversions and two penalties over.

For many supporters that year was most enjoyable as it provided a chance to visit many new grounds – and just how many weekends away did some people take in the West Country? Visiting smaller grounds with old-fashioned club houses was a treat and I think there was only one football ground share. At the back of all our minds though was the serious purpose of getting promotion at first attempt – as SSC member Alan Taylor said at the time: “ND1. Nice place to visit, wouldn’t want to live there”

The Frank Jeffs cartoon in the match-day programme for that London Welsh fixture seemed to sum up the attitude that the travelling Saints support had a decade ago…

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