Saints to Tour the Town in Challenge Cup Homecoming Parade

Following yesterday's victory in the Betfred Challenge Cup Final, both the men’s and women’s Saints teams will take part in an open-top bus homecoming parade to celebrate!

We secured our 13th Challenge Cup Triumph, defeating the Castleford Tigers 26-12 at Wembley to bring the trophy back to the Town for the first time since 2008.

The Saints Women secured their first ever trophy beating York City Knights in the Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup Final back in June.

The Homecoming will see two teams pass through various locations around the borough, starting at 6:00pm on the evening of Monday 19th July.

The route can be found below.

The Tour will include a vintage St.Helens area bus supplied by the Northwest Transport Museum based in St.Helens, the same bus that has been used for other Cup homecoming celebrations including in 1996.

Saints CEO Mike Rush said “We are hugely proud to be able to parade both of the Challenge Cup trophies together around the Town.

The support of our loyal fans is what drives us to continue to be successful and win trophies and we hope all fans can enjoy and savour the occasion.”

From Monday 19 July, most national restrictions will be lifted. However, with infection rates still extremely high here in St.Helens Borough, residents who turn out to show their support to the club are encouraged to play their part to help reduce the number of positive cases.

This includes:

  • Taking a lateral flow test before the parade
  • Continue to practice social distancing and avoid crowds
  • Be respectful of others who may wish to wear face coverings

St Helens Borough Council Leader David Baines said:

“It’s a unique achievement for Saints to hold both the men’s and women’s Challenge Cups and speaks volumes about the efforts and desire of everyone at the club. Both teams put in brilliant performances – they are tremendous role models and fly the flag impeccably for our borough.

“It’s only right that this achievement for the club is recognised with an open-top bus parade, and with most national restrictions ending on Monday it’s perfect timing.

“This will be one of the most high-profile event to take place in St Helens borough for the past 18-months and I hope as many people as possible will be able to enjoy this special moment.

“Covid hasn’t gone away so please remember to get tested, get vaccinated when you’re offered it, and where possible keep practicing the basics like ‘hands, face, space’ to stop the virus spreading, and let’s enjoy this historic double safely.”

Homecoming Route:

Penny Lane, Church Road, Clipsley Lane, West End Road, Blackbrook Road, Park Road to Fingerpost to Parr Stocks Road, Fleet Lane, Concourse Way, Berrys Lane, Watery Lane, Junction Lane, Station Road, Robins Lane, Scorecross, Linkway, Sherdley Road, Elton Head Road, Rainhill Road, Nutgrove Road, Thatto Heath Road, Lugsmore Lane, Prescot Road, Dunriding Lane, Knowsley Road, Mill Brow, Millbrook Lane, Kiln Lane, Greenfield Road, Boundary Road, Kirkland Street.

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