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St Helens ****'Ex Terra Lucem'**** St Helens

"Out of the earth came forth light"

St Helens, Northwest England, United Kingdom.

As I have said on some of my other pages and sites, I am originally from St Helens, in the Northwest of England, so I thought that I would create this page to describe to any visitors about my home town. St Helens is in the Northwest of England approximately 20 kilometres East of Liverpool and 30 kilometres West of Manchester. In the UK, St Helens is famous for two things, firstly, it is famous for the glass industry, which was developed here a very long time ago and St Helens became the centre for glass products and development by Pilkingtons for UK and the world, 'Fibreglass' was first developed and first named here.

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Map of Northwest England showing St Helens and surrounding areas.

The second thing that St Helens is famous for is not just limited to the UK. St Helens Rugby League Club, the 'Saints' are one of the most famous and successful rugby league teams in the world. This year alone 2007, they won the Rugby League World Club Championship and recently the Carnegie Challenge Cup, again! Their prior successes date back more than 50 years.

 

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Saints rugby team The SAINTS Saints rugby team

Rugby ChampionsEvening match for the Saints and supporters

Rugby trophies

Some of the Saints team with their trophies outside the St Helens Town Hall

A new stadium has been proposed for the Saints on the site of a now disused glass factory. The new stadium has been designed to house 18,000 supporters comfortably, a structure befitting the most successful club in modern rugby league history and with associated plans will also provide one of the biggest economic development initiatives in the recent history of the borough.

Champion's stadium

Images of the proposed new stadium

Champion's stadium

For more detailed information about the Saints and their new stadium, please visit their official website by clicking on the link here: St Helens

Saints latest:

Carnegie Challenge Cup Final - 25th Aug, 2007 - Wembley Stadium
Match comments and photos courtesy of http://msnsport.skysports.com
http://www.sthelensstar.co.uk and http://www.telegraph.co.uk

St Helens overcame an error-strewn start to crush Catalans Dragons 30-8 and retain the Carnegie Challenge Cup on the final's return to its spiritual home. Both sides seemed overawed by their surroundings at the new Wembley for the first 30 minutes, but almost inevitably it was Saints who were able to step up another couple of gears as the game progressed. They gradually wore down the stubborn French defence and ran in three second half tries to ensure they remain on course for an unprecedented second successive treble.
The game was played in searing energy-sapping heat and fittingly it was the Dragons who started the brighter, helped by six St Helens penalties in the first 16 minutes. But the smothering Saints defence was able to cope with a degree of ease with everything a rather flat-running Catalans attack was able to muster.

Gidley

The champions finally burst into life at the end of the first quarter when Australian centre Matt Gidley was forced into the corner by three defenders. Moments later Jason Crocker had a try ruled out by the video referee for a hand over the dead ball line, but by now the traffic was almost all one way. Ade Gardner knocked on in the corner when he should have scored and Leon Pryce was twice halted in the space of three minutes as he went for the line. It was left to substitute James Roby to finally break the deadlock after 32 minutes, as he darted from dummy half 20 metres out and shrugged off four would-be tacklers on his way to scoring beneath the crossbar. To the Dragons' credit they roared straight back, Adam Mogg catching Gardner drifting in off his wing and floating a miss-pass for Younes Khattabi to score in the corner. But crucially, St Helens had the last word of the half 14 second before the hooter, as Gardner made amends by taking Gidley's - clearly forward - pass and running over Clinton Greenshields to score in the corner. Sean Long's second conversion put Saints 12-4 ahead at the break and Paul Wellens quickly stretched that by touching down Long's clever kick after a mix-up between Stacey Jones and Greenshields.

Fourth try

On 50 minutes Saints had their fourth try after Long's initial break, the ball shipped out wide for Paul Clough to score. The floodgates looked set to open but Catalans showed impressive resolve in standing firm, even hitting back with the next try when Jon Wilkins' pass was intercepted by Justin Murphy, who sprinted in at the corner. After Ade Gardner's break from deep, Catalans conceded a penalty and Saints showed their opponents plenty of respect when Long called for the kicking tee. The game drifted to a close in its dieing minutes, with Saints happy to sit on their lead and the Dragons content not to ship many more points.
They had to take six more before the hooter, Wellens offloading brilliantly to send Gardner in for his second try.

Saints Rugby League champions'Champions again'Saints win the cup again

Challenge cup

St Helens (Saints) Team

1. Paul Wellens
5. Francis Meli
2. Ade Gardner
4. Willie Talau
3. Matthew Gidley
6. Leon Pryce
7. Sean Long
11. Lee Gilmour
12. Jon Wilkin
9. Keiron Cunningham
15. Mike Bennett
10. Jason Cayless
8. Nick Fozzard

Substitutes
22. Paul Clough
14. James Roby
17. James Graham
23. Maurie Fa'asavalu

The Saints (champions) arrive home to St Helens to a very warm welcome from all their fans and supporters

Saints home with the cup** * Saints and fans

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Photos courtesy of St Helens Star newspaper

 

I now have my own web log with the St Helens newspaper, The St Helens Star. To visit this newspaper and read about St Helens please click the link here: St Helens Star

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