Legends Celebrate Birthday

SAINTS Players Association were contacted by Cheryl Myres of Rosevilla in Collins Green who told us that Monday March 2 was a special day for one of their residents – a certain Mr Brian Howard.

Brian played 131 times in the famous Red V, scoring 58 tries amassing a total of 174 points for the Saints.

He was a creative centre who will always be remembered for the part he played when tearing the Halifax defence apart before passing to Frank Carlton to score in the 1956 Challenge Cup Final win at Wembley.

Paul Sculthorpe MBE and Steve Leonard went along to Rosevilla with a couple of the Saints more recent mementos by way of the League Leaders’ Shield and the converted Super League Trophy.

“it was great to catch up with such a great player,” Paul said. “Brian gave us a real insight of what it was like to play alongside the likes of Glyn Moses, Austin Rhodes, Alan Prescott and Vinty Karalius and clearly enjoyed his time as a Saint.

“All the residents and staff joined in with Brian along with his son and granddaughter who are both big Saints fans.”

Steve Leonard said as part of the Players Association it is great to catch up with our ex-players who gave so much for us.

“We have a strong bond in the Association and believe that once you are part of the Saints family you’re a Saint for life,” he added. “Our current players embrace the history of the club and have a great respect for all that have gone before them.

“It is only fit and proper that we look after these special Saints and do all we can when we can.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who has played for this great club but is not as yet a member of the Players Association. Please get in touch with me as we are looking to expand our membership and want you to come back into our fold as a valued piece of our famous history.”


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