St.Helens will host Leigh Leopards on Friday, 8th September which will be the Club's Heritage Celebration match in our 150th anniversary year, with kick-off scheduled for 8pm.
This fixture between the Saints and the Leopards has also been selected for broadcast by Sky Sports.
The World Club Champions will play host to the Challenge Cup holders in what promises to be a mouth-watering affair as both sides seek a strong end to the regular season with the play-offs just around the corner.
Celebrating our 150th year, St.Helens all season long has been celebrating its long and gloriously storied history of the Club, culminating in the anniversary of its founding by William Douglas Herman in the Fleece Hotel, Church Street on the 19th of November 1873.
As part of the anniversary year, all Saints’ teams have worn the famous ‘Red V’ strip with an adaptation of our Club Crest which incorporated; a special scroll displaying ‘150 years’ and both ‘1873’ and ‘2023, plus gold edging on the outer border to signify all the trophies and honours won – to which we’ve added the World Club Challenge and Women’s Challenge Cups to this year already.
Back in May, the Saints also revealed a Special Edition 150 Heritage Kit to acknowledge the bygone days before Saints had ever worn the famous ‘Red V’, blending together a celebration of History, the Club and the Town into one.
Our Heritage Kit was worn for the first time at Magic Weekend in Newcastle at the start of June, where Paul Wellens’ men dominated the Huddersfield Giants to win 48-6. The Special Edition strip will be worn again as part of our Heritage Celebration on Friday, 8th September.
On the night, there will be a parade of former players too, offering supporters the chance to cheer and thank those who have proudly represented our Club.
We encourage fans to wear the 150 Heritage Kit if they have it, or to wear your favourite retro shirt from yesteryear!
Furthermore, this game will also be the Saints’ annual Tribute Game where we as a Club will have a period of reflection ahead of kick-off, with names of supporters, players and staff that have passed away in the last 12 months read out in remembrance and followed by a minute’s applause – more details can be found here.