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Off the Ball: A just reward for fans, team and board

St Helens Star:

10:35am Thursday 18th September 2014

THANK goodness all the players who went out on to the field at the weekend are still driven by personal and professional pride and did not simply look at a league table and play for position.

Updated with pictures: Tables turned as 12-man Saints suffer drop goal agony at Huddersfield

St Helens Star:

12:09am Saturday 13th September 2014

SAINTS’ cruel, late defeat at Huddersfield means that the destiny of the League Leaders’ Shield is now out of their hands.

Saints must win at Giants to avoid losing shield at final hurdle

St Helens Star:

11:22am Thursday 11th September 2014

SAINTS are without broken jaw victim Shannon McDonnell and have doubts over prop Alex Walmsley for Friday night’s must-win game at Huddersfield Giants.

Off the Ball: Still a lot of hard work needed to lift the League Leaders' Shield

St Helens Star:

11:31am Thursday 4th September 2014

THERE’S many a slip twixt the cup and the lip – and maybe some of the post Leeds match coverage basically saying that Saints had the League Leaders’ Shield wrapped up was a little premature.

World Club spot gives Saints an added incentive to lift shield

St Helens Star:

10:58am Thursday 4th September 2014

SAINTS could clinch their first piece of silverware since 2008 tonight (Thursday) when they tackle Warrington at Langtree Park – and the club may have been thrown an added incentive to finish top of the pile.

Lance drops Saints to victory at Leeds

St Helens Star:

10:25pm Friday 29th August 2014

SAINTS pulled themselves off the canvas following an unconvincing first half to take the scalp of Challenge Cup winners Leeds.

Fired-up Saints aim to take advantage of cup fatigue

St Helens Star:

8:10am Thursday 28th August 2014

THE last time Saints travelled to Headingley the week after a Challenge Cup final, a team featuring such legendary names as Iro, Sculthorpe, Long, Fairleigh, Cunningham and Joynt came out on the wrong end of a 74-16 hiding.

Luke Walsh: It will be hard but Saints can still do it

St Helens Star:

7:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

INJURED scrum-half Luke Walsh believes Saints can still surprise a few people and go on and win the Super League.

Steve never forgot the support Frank Barrow gave him

St Helens Star:

1:35pm Thursday 21st August 2014

STEVE Prescott loved playing for his hometown team and in his autobiography he describes his elation at signing – but he never forgot the support he had along the way.

The day Steve Prescott's world was turned upside down

St Helens Star:

1:21pm Thursday 21st August 2014

STEVE Prescott’s autobiography, entitled One in a Million, is launched at Wembley on Saturday.

Off the Ball: Working with Steve on One in a Million was an absolute privilege

St Helens Star:

12:10pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A COUPLE of weeks ago RFL communications manager John Ledger asked me to pen 700 words for Saturday’s Wembley programme describing what it was like to help Steve Prescott write his story.

Brown pleased with Saints and McDonnell

St Helens Star:

8:14am Saturday 16th August 2014

Nathan Brown was happy with his side’s seven-try win over Wakefield Trinity.

McDonnell bags two as Saints stay top of the pile

St Helens Star:

11:52pm Friday 15th August 2014

SAINTS remain on top of the Super League after the re-jigged side posted a convincing win over Wakefield.

Saints make a move for Travis Burns

St Helens Star: Win the VIP treatment to watch Saints play Widnes

12:53pm Thursday 14th August 2014

SAINTS’ move for Hull KR stand off Travis Burns for next season will not affect the status of current number six Lance Hohaia, who still has a year to run on his contract at Langtree Park.

Saints to tweak halves to play to their strengths

St Helens Star: Paul Wellens slips through for a try

11:02am Thursday 14th August 2014

SAINTS boss Nathan Brown has used the weekend off to adjust the team’s strategy of coping with the absence of their key half backs for the season run-in.

Match reaction: Luke Walsh has either dislocated ankle or a compound leg fracture

St Helens Star:

12:40am Saturday 26th July 2014

SAINTS boss Nathan Brown said the injury to Luke Walsh meant the 44-22 win over Widnes was at some cost.

Off the Ball: No shortage of rugby league books these days

St Helens Star:

12:48pm Thursday 24th July 2014

WHEN I was a kid in the 70s my mam regularly took me to Horace Street library to 'get a book on rugby'.

Tommo is doing brilliantly - but he needs a week out

St Helens Star:

12:37pm Thursday 24th July 2014

NATHAN Brown has spelled out his reasons for leaving powerful young forward Luke Thompson out of his 19-man squad for the Widnes game – and hammered home the point that he is definitely not dropped.

Owen targets Commonwealth gold after a whirlwind return to judo

St Helens Star:

10:16am Thursday 24th July 2014

OWEN Livesey is hoping that his whirlwind return to judo is capped off with a Commonwealth Games gold medal for England.

Saints suffer blow with Lance Hohaia ruled out for eight weeks

St Helens Star:

5:05pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

SAINTS have been dealt a blow with the news that stand off Lance Hohaia will be out of action for eight to ten weeks with a foot injury.

Lance Hohaia injury puts dampener on Saints' capital success

St Helens Star:

8:22am Sunday 20th July 2014

SAINTS will know more about the injury sustained by in-form half back Lance Hohaia later on in the week.

Saints see off Broncos 58-16

St Helens Star:

6:11pm Saturday 19th July 2014

SAINTS easily saw off the challenge of relegated London Broncos to return to top spot with a series of late tries flattering the visitors.

1976: The year Dad's Army taught the Chemics a lesson

St Helens Star:

1:19pm Friday 18th July 2014

It was pleasing to see Saints legend Kel Coslett awarded with a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

No old pals act from Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook in London

St Helens Star:

12:08pm Friday 18th July 2014

LOUIE McCarthy-Scarsbrook was very sorry to see his former club London Broncos relegated last Sunday – meaning that the capital will have no representation in Super League for the first time since its inception.

Lenine and Maisie make it to Wimbledon finals

St Helens Star:

10:32am Thursday 17th July 2014

TWO Rainford Tennis Club players will be competing on the grass courts of Wimbledon next month after reaching the finals of a national competition.

Saints must be switched on and merciless for Broncos trip

St Helens Star:

3:41pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

TABLE-topping Saints will have to adopt a merciless approach when they make what could be their last Super League trip to the capital for a while on Saturday.

We were not where we need to be for 15 minutes - Brown

St Helens Star:

12:44am Saturday 12th July 2014

NATHAN Brown saw positives in the opening hour of Saints 46-22 win over Bradford, but felt the victory was spoiled by the leaking of four tries in a lackadaisical final quarter.

Saints good for an hour but last 20 minutes disappoints

St Helens Star:

10:30pm Friday 11th July 2014

SAINTS scored a comfortable 46-22 over basement side Bradford, but they will be less than pleased with last quarter of the game which saw them leak four tries.

Why it is good for rugby league to be sent to Coventry

St Helens Star: Broadcaster Jimmy Hill, pictured during his spell as Match of the Day presenter in September 1973

9:50am Friday 11th July 2014

Well I have been to prettier places, but figure any city that can spawn The Specials can’t be all that bad.

Bulls could cop the backlash - but Jimmy Lowes will have team motivated

St Helens Star: Jordan Turner try

9:34am Friday 11th July 2014

SAINTS centre Jordan Turner has vowed the team will fight tooth and nail to make sure performances like last Sunday’s defeat at Hull KR won’t happen again.

Vea fits the bill - but Saints' recruitment is not done yet

St Helens Star:

9:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

TONGAN international second rower Atelea Vea will be the man charged with filling the boots of Sia Soilola for the next two seasons.

Shocking Saints lose 40-10 at Hull KR

St Helens Star:

5:08pm Sunday 6th July 2014

SAINTS’ losing Super League run at Craven Park dating back to 2007 was added to with another year after an awful display on east Hull.

Off the Ball: The passion of a Saints Wigan derby there for all to see and hear

St Helens Star:

1:52pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

ONLY two points like any other in the 27 rounds of Super League..... pull the other one.

Martin Murray handed a massive Saints incentive

St Helens Star:

11:55am Thursday 3rd July 2014

ST HELENS middleweight Martin Murray can see the doors opening after his demolition of Ukraine’s number one Max Bursak in Monte Carlo.

Saints hang on for a vital win against Wigan

St Helens Star: Paul Wellens

12:38am Saturday 28th June 2014

Saints held their nerve and just about kept their line intact to grab an important derby win at Wigan.

Luke and Lance impress

St Helens Star: Luke Walsh was very impressive in the win over Castleford and clicked again with Lance Hohaia. 	Picture: Bernard Platt

5:26pm Thursday 26th June 2014

SAINTS coach Nathan Brown reviews the win over Castleford and looks ahead to Friday’s clash with Wigan, in conversation with the Star’s Mike Critchley.

Saints boss vows not to surrender lead at top of table

St Helens Star: Smiles on the faces of Jon Wilkin and Lance Hohaia after a training ground move sees Paul Wellens step through for a try.	Picture: Bernard Platt

10:18am Thursday 26th June 2014

SAINTS must match Wigan physically if they are to hold on to their lead at the top of the Super League.

Saints 38 Castleford 16

St Helens Star: Saints Rugby Stadium, St Helens

4:55pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

Saints produced some sparkling rugby to bounce back to winning ways against Castleford at a sun-baked Langtree Park.

Relief as Roby is fined, but not banned

St Helens Star: James Roby

11:49am Thursday 19th June 2014

SAINTS will have James Roby available for Castleford’s visit on Sunday, but prop Alex Walmsley has been banned for a match for striking.

Saints likely to be without Lance Hohaia for Catalan trip

St Helens Star: Lance Hohaia returns

6:30am Thursday 12th June 2014

SAINTS fly out to France today for Saturday evening’s clash with Catalan Dragons in Perpignan.

Saints hopeful that Wilkin's shoulder will heal without an operation

St Helens Star: Jon Wilkin led off in agony on Friday

4:14pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

SAINTS are hopeful that Jon Wilkin’s dislocated shoulder will not need surgery and that he will back in the frame to play in four weeks.

Sia Soliola confirms family reasons behind his decision to return Down Under

St Helens Star: Sia Soliola

5:34pm Monday 9th June 2014

SAINTS powerhouse Sia Soliola has confirmed that the pull of his family back home are the reasons behind his decision to leave England at the end of the season.

A YEAR TO REMEMBER: How Saints hit opposition for six in glory year

St Helens Star: A YEAR TO REMEMBER: How Saints hit opposition for six in glory year

10:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

SAINTS and their supporters have enjoyed some special times over the decades – and invariably the most momentous of years have ended with a number six.

World Cup will pose a challenge to Super League

St Helens Star: World Cup trophy

11:36am Thursday 5th June 2014

IT was strange seeing the away end completely empty on Friday night with the pocket of travelling Salford fans clustered in the North Stand.

Wello's commitment and experience tells for Saints

St Helens Star: Paul Wellens

10:53am Thursday 5th June 2014

SAINTS boss Nathan Brown believes skipper Paul Wellens has underlined this season why it was important to keep him at Langtree Park.

Saints 32 Salford 12

St Helens Star: Paul Wellens congratulated

9:57pm Friday 30th May 2014

Paul Wellens grabbed two tries to help Saints climb to the top of the Super League.

Martin Murray hails his fresh start ahead of Monte Carlo bout

St Helens Star: Murray is happy to move up the weights to fight Carl Froch

6:09pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

WORLD middleweight title contender Martin Murray believes his change of promoter and having three fixed dates in Monaco has given him a fresh start in the ring.

Big Mose Masoe vows to keep getting better

St Helens Star: Big Mose Masoe touches down

3:39pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

FRIENDSHIP will be put on hold on Friday night when Saints’ powerhouse prop Mose Masoe comes face to face with his pal Lama Tasi, who is one of a number of big men in the Red Devils pack.

Nathan Brown answers: Addressing key issues

St Helens Star: Saints suffer misery at Magic again

9:46am Friday 23rd May 2014

SAINTS coach Nathan Brown reflected on last Sunday’s disappointment and looked ahead to Friday’s visit of Huddersfield, in conversation with the Star’s Mike Critchley.

Heat is on for Saints ahead of Huddersfield clash

St Helens Star: Heat is on for Saints ahead of Huddersfield clash

SAINTS’ capitulation to Warrington at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday has provoked plenty of soul searching at all levels of the club and its supporters.


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