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What is the purpose of Magic weekend?

St Helens Star:

11:06am Thursday 20th November 2014

WHAT IS the point of Super League’s Magic event?

'Invincible Golovkin' talk is meat and drink to challenger Martin Murray

St Helens Star:

10:18am Thursday 20th November 2014

FINGERPOST fighter Martin Murray is back in training and getting ready to give unbeaten world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin the fight of his life.

Long's appointment will add something special

St Helens Star:

9:54am Thursday 20th November 2014

SEAN Long’s return to the club where he won virtually every team and individual honour has been welcomed as a masterstroke by the fans who believe the mercurial former number seven can sprinkle some of his magic dust across the defending champions’ line-up.

Berman: Martin Murray will be Golovkin's first challenger who won't be overwhelmed

St Helens Star:

11:37am Thursday 13th November 2014

GOLDEN Gloves promoter Rodney Berman believes St Helens middleweight Martin Murray will give unbeaten world champion Gennady Golovkin the fight of his life.

Ade Gardner excited by challenge of new role with strength and conditioning

St Helens Star:

10:30am Thursday 13th November 2014

SAINTS wing Ade Gardner says he feels like a weight has been lifted off his shoulders after his decision to hang up his boots and join the club’s backroom staff.

St Helens darters have high hopes in Grand Slam knockout stages

St Helens Star:

5:06pm Wednesday 12th November 2014

IT HAS been a case of so far, so good for the St Helens trio in the SINGHA Beer Grand Slam of Darts.

Sean Long released by Salford

St Helens Star: Sean Long plotting for Salford

11:47am Friday 7th November 2014

SPECULATION that former Saints scrum half Sean Long is returning to his old club intensified this morning after Salford's owner Marwan Koukash tweeted that they had reluctantly agreed to let him go.

Why James' Sit Down will always make Saints fans stand up with pride

St Helens Star:

11:32am Thursday 6th November 2014

'I sing myself to sleep

Martin Murray is up for the biggest challenge of his career against champ Gennady Golovkin

St Helens Star:

10:08am Thursday 6th November 2014

WORLD title contender Martin Murray says he will be drawing on the inspirational words of Steve Prescott when he prepares for the biggest battle of his life in February.

Off the ball: Spotlight set to fall on our town's finest

St Helens Star:

3:27pm Thursday 30th October 2014

THE eyes of the sporting world are going to be on St Helens’ finest for what is building up into an absolutely amazing sporting weekend on February 21/22.

Keiron Cunningham: I have earned my stripes

St Helens Star:

11:04am Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE coronation of ‘King Keiron’ will give champions Saints continuity as they seek to build on the work put into place by departing boss Nathan Brown.

Nathan Brown's hard calls have left Saints with a golden legacy

St Helens Star:

10:46am Thursday 23rd October 2014

AS one door opens, another one closes with the now former Saints boss Nathan Brown shortly returning to Australia with his wife and young family.

Spada stands in the way of Martin Murray's next title tilt

St Helens Star:

10:19am Thursday 23rd October 2014

TWO-TIME World middleweight contender Martin Murray got his hands on one title last week – but his eyes are still fixed firmly on his own success.

Keiron Cunningham: “I am not the finished product but all I have known since I was seven years old is rugby league."

St Helens Star:

10:20am Tuesday 21st October 2014

KEIRON Cunningham described being given the job coaching the side he watched from the terraces as a seven-year-old as “the pinnacle”.

Ten things that made the 2014 Grand Final so memorable

St Helens Star:

12:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

Saints pulled off a memorable 14-6 win over old foe Wigan to end their Old Trafford hoodoo. The incident-packed game had plenty of highlights - and one low point.

Off the Ball: Saints' young team gives reasons to be cheerful

St Helens Star:

10:36am Thursday 16th October 2014

THERE is something depressingly predictable about the endeavour of 17 blokes, overcoming the odds to throw the words of the critics back in their faces to be crowned champions being overshadowed by the bad news story.

Departing coach Nathan Brown praises winning culture of Wellens, Roby and Wilkin

St Helens Star:

FORGET about that other incident, the sight of Paul Wellens dropping to his knees at the final hooter should go down as the iconic image of the 2014 Grand Final.

Brown: My job is done

St Helens Star:

1:41am Sunday 12th October 2014

SAINTS boss Nathan Brown will return to Australia as a champion after guiding them to 14-6 Grand Final victory over Wigan.

Just champion! Saints win a victory for self belief and determination

St Helens Star:

9:28pm Saturday 11th October 2014

SAINTS have been crowned champions after seeing off rivals Wigan in an eventful, nerve-jangling Grand Final at Old Trafford.

COMMENT: Wear your Saints badge with pride today

St Helens Star:

10:53am Saturday 11th October 2014

WHEN I left St Helens in September 1989 my mate Paul gave me a badge - a simple stickman - and for 12 years down in Brum I wore it with pride to the puzzlement of the locals.

Big men hold key to Grand Final success

St Helens Star: Nathan Brown answers: A big contribution from Mose Masoe, Sia Soliola and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook

7:47am Thursday 9th October 2014

SAINTS' big man have a massive part to play if they are to topple Wigan and bring home the title for the first time since 2006.

Lance Hohaia set to join the select band of finalists on both sides of the globe

St Helens Star: Lance Hohaia returns

4:36pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

SAINTS half back Lance Hohaia will join the select band of players who have appeared in Grand Finals on both sides of the world when he runs out at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Man of Steel contender James Roby looking to get one over Wigan

St Helens Star:

4:21pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

ONE of the key battles of Saturday evening’s Grand Final will come at dummy half when the duel between two hookers of contrasting styles will take centre stage.

Adopted St Helener Sia Soliola talks tears, family and Project Lazarus

St Helens Star:

11:19am Tuesday 7th October 2014

SAINTS’ powerhouse packman Sia Soliola was pretty emotional when, with his son Israel upon his shoulders, he took the ovation from the west stand after his final appearance at Langtree Park.

Saints complete transition from no hopers to contenders

St Helens Star:

12:20am Friday 3rd October 2014

SEVEN weeks ago Saints were not given a snowball in hell's chance of making any sort of progress in the Super League play offs.

Saints move into Grand Final after slaying Dragons

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

10:30pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Saints marched into their tenth Super League Grand Final with a 30-12 win over Catalan Dragons.

Amor anticipates 'last man standing' battle

St Helens Star:

10:32am Thursday 2nd October 2014

SAINTS will have to meet fire with fire if they are to nullify the flames of the rampant Dragons and make it through to Old Trafford.

Saints face a tough 80 minute hurdle to first Grand Final since 2011

St Helens Star:

10:14am Thursday 2nd October 2014

SAINTS’ season reaches its make-or-break point tonight when 80 minutes of football will determine whether they make it through to their first major final since 2011.

Martin Murray ready to make sacrifices for long term gain

St Helens Star:

11:43am Thursday 25th September 2014

WORLD middleweight hopeful Martin Murray is likely to move his training camp to South Africa ahead of his latest fight in Monte Carlo.

Luke Walsh looking forward to teaming up with his mate Travis Burns

St Helens Star:

10:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

SAINTS have signed a natural footballer with a little bit of niggle to his game in Travis Burns.

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.


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