Plaque Unveiled

ST.HELENS is one of the special national sites chosen to commemorate key events in the 120 year history of rugby league.

A series of blue plaques is being unveiled during the autumn as part of the RFL’s celebration of 120 years since the founding of rugby league in 1895. The St Helens plaque was the final one to be unveiled.

“St Helens has played a significant role in the history and development of Rugby League. It is fitting that this contribution should be recognised with a commemorative blue plaque in this special year for our sport” said Nigel Wood, RFL Chief Executive.

“As we celebrate our heritage we acknowledge the special role St Helens has played in the history of Rugby League.”

The plaque was unveiled by Nigel Wood on behalf of the RFL, with other representatives from the club and community in attendance.

Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus said: “Knowsley Road will always be an integral part of our and the sport’s history. It will never be forgotten. When we moved to Langtree Park we wanted to take the spirit and heritage of our ground with us.

“We have done that in several ways at our new home and this plaque will ensure Knowsley Road is truly remembered.”

Susan Irving, sales manager for Taylor Wimpey North West, said: “Our Cunningham Grange development was actually named after local club hero Keiron Cunningham so we couldn’t be happier to be welcoming St Helens Rugby League Club for the unveiling the final commemorative plaque.

“St Helens is well known for being a huge rugby town and our homeowners here at the development are no different.”

St Helens Council Leader, Councillor Barrie Grunewald added: “Rugby League is one of the foremost things that unites St Helens residents. Throughout all the victories, dramas and rivalries, we remain steadfast League supporters and are always proud of St Helens RLFC.

“The old Knowsley Road grounds – where Cunningham Grange now sits – was home to Saints for over a century. There’s no better place to pay tribute to 120 years of the sport’s history.”

On August 29 1895 at an historic meeting at the George Hotel in Huddersfield, 22 clubs broke away from the RFU to form the Northern Union which became Rugby League.

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