Former Saint, James Graham, paid a seasonal visit home and recently received an added bonus when his good friend Paul Wellens presented the former front-rower with his Saints Heritage Number certificate.
#1130 James Graham made his debut in the red vee against Castleford in 2003 and went on to play 225 games, scoring 53 tries. An integral member of the treble-winning squad of 2006, he played in a host of major finals, including the World Club Challenge against Brisbane Broncos in 2007.
James has also been an integral part of the England set-up for many years and on receiving his certificate said: “It is a proud moment for me, as I enjoyed my time at Saints so much.
“As I’ve got older, I really appreciate what playing for the Saints has meant to me and how much it shaped my life.”
So what made him such a favourite at Knowsley Road? Saints’ Historian Alex Service, of the Saints’ Heritage Society, echoes the feelings of his fellow supporters.
“The one-and-only ‘Jammer’ was a tremendous player for the club during his eight years at St Helens. He was powerful, possessed great hands and could lift his team-mates with his sheer enthusiasm and never-say-die attitude.
“If a winger made a break on the outside, it was invariably Jammer who would chase back to try and stop him. He was so conscientious and always put the team first.
“The fact that he has also been a success in Australia should not have surprised anyone. A true legend of rugby league at club and international level on both continents.”
We wish James continued success with the St George Illawarra Dragons.