Welcome to the Saints Supporters Club for the 2013-2014 Season.
The objective of the Saints Supporters Club is to develop the bond between the rugby club and its supporters, so that they are able to express their support in a variety of ways: provision of affordable coaches for away matches, the match-day Tote at Franklin’s Gardens, social functions where members can get to know one another, and participation in the Saints Liaison Group. It should be noted that the Saints Supporters Club is run independently of Northampton Saints and offers no priorities for match ticket bookings.
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. It opens 1½ hours before kick-off for an hour; to deal with membership queries, sales of Tote tickets and away coach bookings. It’s also open for an hour after the match.
The Match Day Tote
The tote is one of the Supporters Club’s main sources of income and the proceeds are used in a variety of ways, including donations to the Saints, to players’ testimonials and to Rugby related charities. Tickets are 5 for £1 and are on sale before each home game: from the table in the Rodber Suite and from sellers located in various parts of the ground.
The results of the Tote are announced over the public address at Half Time and also appear on the scoreboard. Several cash prizes are there to be won, with the top prize being £100. Additional prizes are supplied by local businesses, to which the Supporters Club expresses its thanks. Prizes can be claimed from the table in the Rodber Suite about 10 minutes after the final whistle.
The Supporters Club is always looking for additional Tote Ticket sellers – if you would like to help out (even if only occasionally) please get in touch. As a reward, ticket sellers get a discount off the adult fare for coaches to most away games.
Events and Entertainment
Just before Christmas Supporters Club members are invited to a Prize Draw night at Franklin’s Gardens. Admission is free and up to 100 prizes are 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, and go home with some goodies – possibly even kit donated by the Saints!
The Supporters Club also puts on occasional post-match entertainment in the Rodber Suite. We usually have a band playing after the last home league game (when our Player of the Year Trophy is presented), and after one or two other games during the season. All members receive a vote regarding who they would like to see awarded the “Saints Supporters Club Player of the Year” – use it wisely.
Coaches to Away Games
The Supporters Club endeavours to run coaches to all Saints First Team fixtures that take place on the British mainland. For the 2013-2014 season that looks likely to include England and Wales. For popular games we endeavour to run as many coaches as required – but can only do so if members book well in advance.
Discounted fares apply to Juniors (under 18 as at 1st August 2013) and to Seniors (65 or over at 1st August 2013). 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 member 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 online on this site here the Rodber Suite table, by phone (01604-722316) As internet bookings require a credit or debit card there is a small additional charge to cover the cost that we incur from the processing company.
For most trips, 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. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the advertised departure time.
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 if you want to talk about the Saints and other Rugby matters on-line you can do so via two unofficial boards run by Saints enthusiasts: “www.comeonyousaints.com” and “www.saintsfansonline.tk”. The Come On You Saints forum also organises the annual “Saints With Heart” sponsored walk (“www.saintswithheart.co.uk”).
We are also 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.
You will receive these e-mails only if you have advised us of your e-mail address, and specifically stated that you would like to receive them. If you haven’t done this but would now like to receive these e-mails please contact the Membership Secretary.
The address, phone and e-mail details on your membership application 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.
Supporters Liaison Group
As a means of improving communication between the Rugby Club and its supporters, the Saints are introducing a new Supporters Liaison Group this season, with the formal launch towards the end of September 2013.
It is intended that this group will meet three times per year and the Supporters Club is one of the organisations that has been invited to send a number of representatives to speak on behalf of the ordinary supporters. If there is any subject that you would like to bring to the attention of the Liaison Group please contact the Supporters Club committee and we will do our best to include it in the Group’s discussions. It would be appreciated if you could make your submission in writing or by e-mail rather than just as a verbal communication.
Saints Supporters Club Contacts
Saints Fixtures 2013-2014
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