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Mike Critchley

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Off the ball: One win can spark season back to life

St Helens Star:

12:32pm Thursday 27th August 2015

THE last four weeks have not been great, have they?

Euro loss fuels Liv Hussey's desire to bounce back

St Helens Star:

5:20pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

FIFTEEN-year-old Wildcard ABC fighter Liv Hussey returned from home from Hungary on Sunday evening after two weeks of intense international boxing duties culminating in the prestigious junior European Championship In her first round draw against an vastly more experienced boxer from the host country, judges edged a tight 30-29 decision to the Hungarian fighter.

The task facing Saints to make the top four

St Helens Star:

10:28am Friday 21st August 2015

SAINTS’ battle to make the inaugural top four play offs intensified with their loss to Huddersfield last night.

Cunningham's reaction: We have not capitulated, the season is not over

St Helens Star:

1:26am Friday 21st August 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham saw improvement despite their fourth loss and defiantly declared that “the season is not over”.

UPDATED with pictures: Saints fall to Giants to put play off place in peril

St Helens Star:

10:27pm Thursday 20th August 2015

SAINTS fell to their fourth defeat in a row, losing 28-22 to Huddersfield to leave them looking anxiously over their shoulders for the top four semi spot.

Makinson back, Amor recalled and a possible new job for Turner

St Helens Star:

10:54am Thursday 20th August 2015

TOMMY Makinson makes a welcome return to the Saints squad after a 10-week absence with a broken leg.

Cunningham answers: I have to improve the players, the squad and get that balance right

St Helens Star:

3:53pm Wednesday 19th August 2015

AFTER the angry volley he launched at his players immediately post match, Keiron Cunningham had time to reflect on the performance and see the response on the training ground.

Off the ball: No easy way back on the horse after back-to-back defeats

St Helens Star:

3:41pm Wednesday 19th August 2015

ONE of the side-effects of Saints’ poor start to the Super 8s has been to throw the qualification for the semi-finals back into the melting pot.

Tommy Makinson returns for Giants clash

St Helens Star: Tommy Makinson's winner

3:06pm Tuesday 18th August 2015

SAINTS have included wing Tommy Makinson in the squad for Thursday night's clash against Huddersfield - and he is looking for the first time since his leg break in June.

Cunningham warning after Hull debacle: Big earners can earn money sat in the stand

St Helens Star:

1:21am Saturday 15th August 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham initially said he was stuck for words to sum up the team's disappointing performance against Hull.

WITH PICTURES: Awful Saints rocked 32-22 by Hull

St Helens Star:

9:56pm Friday 14th August 2015

SAINTS produced their worst performance of the season at home to Hull FC - going down 32-22.

Josh Jones has Saints business to finish off before his Exeter challenge

St Helens Star:

1:23pm Friday 14th August 2015

VERSATILE back rower or centre Josh Jones looked like he was auditioning for the part of Jacob Marley from A Christmas Carol when he was bandaged up following Saturday’s head on meeting with Ben Pomeroy.

Cunningham issues warning shot to under-performing stars

St Helens Star:

5:28pm Wednesday 12th August 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham is not panicking after Saturday’s opening Super 8s loss in France, but has nevertheless vowed to ring the changes after some tired individual performances.

Off the ball: Sad to see the drift away from Sunday rugby league

St Helens Star: George Nicholls makes a tackle

5:03pm Wednesday 12th August 2015

“BE sure your sins will find you out!”

Keiron Cunningham Answers: Catalans, off days and the need to freshen up the team

St Helens Star:

3:56pm Wednesday 12th August 2015

SAINTS coach Keiron Cunningham pulled no punches when analysing the side's defeat, in conversation with the Star's Mike Critchley.

Cunningham senses a determination to play well against Hull

St Helens Star:

3:10pm Wednesday 12th August 2015

FORECASTERS predict thunderstorms across Britain on Friday night, but Saints’ concern will be to make sure lightning does not strike twice at Langtree Park.

Saints go down 26-16 to Catalans

St Helens Star:

8:10pm Saturday 8th August 2015

SAINTS' Super 8 campaign got off to a losing start in France with Keiron Cunningham's men unable to beat the 12 men of the Catalans Dragons.

PICTURES: Recalling some of Saints' dazzling three-quarters

St Helens Star:

10:56am Friday 7th August 2015

THIS week's Star Saints Extra features a selection of pictures of the club's three-quarters from the 1970s and 80s.

Paul Clough reflects on great times at the Saints

St Helens Star:

9:44am Friday 7th August 2015

FORMER Saints back row Paul Clough is carving out a new career for himself at Bradford Bulls, hoping his big game experience can rub off on his Odsal colleagues and help restore the club to their former glories.

Off the ball: All is not lost despite semi final defeat

St Helens Star:

10:15am Thursday 6th August 2015

WHEN it comes to rugby there is nothing harsher than getting knocked out in the semi finals of the Challenge Cup.

Keiron Cunningham disappointed after Saints Challenge Cup exit

St Helens Star:

1:29am Saturday 1st August 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham was understandably disapointed after seeing his side dumped out of the Challenge Cup at the semi final hurdle.

Saints' Wembley hopes dashed for another year

St Helens Star:

10:27pm Friday 31st July 2015

SAINTS' Wembley hopes have been dashed for another year after they suffered a 24-14 defeat against Leeds Rhinos at Warrington.

Kieran on target to shoot in junior Olympics

St Helens Star:

6:00am Monday 27th July 2015

MENTION St Helens and arrows and the exploits of the borough’s elite darters is the first thing to spring to mind, few people would even realise that the town has had a thriving archery base since 1974.

OFF THE BALL: My beef with Manchester fixture clash, Super League Grand Final v Rugby Union World Cup

St Helens Star: The Webb Ellis Cup. © Andrew Fosker / Seconds Left Images 2015

6:10am Sunday 26th July 2015

THERE will be plenty of folk in this rugby league heartland of ours who won’t give two hoots that the William Webb Ellis Trophy is heading to the town next week.

Murray lined up for 'big' September fight after fifth round stoppage

St Helens Star:

2:56pm Monday 20th July 2015

MARTIN Murray is being lined up for a big fight in September after his second bout at super middleweight ended with the fifth round stoppage of Croatian southpaw Mirzet Bajrektraevic in Manchester.

Murray makes swift return with Bajrektarevic fight

St Helens Star: Martin Murray buzzing at Matchroom switch and move up to super middleweight

3:09pm Friday 17th July 2015

MARTIN Murray is back in action again on Saturday just three weeks since clinically dispatching his previous opponent inside two rounds.

How the try was scored: Jordan Turner's match-winning touchdown at Warrington

St Helens Star:

1:08pm Friday 17th July 2015

IT was shades of Wide to West with Saints' never-say-die approach leading to Jordan Turner's wonder try two minutes from time which snatched another late win at Warrington.

Match reaction: Cunningham thought there didn't deserve to be a loser after seeing Saints beat Warrington

St Helens Star:

1:35am Friday 17th July 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham was delighted with the way Jordan Turner snatched the spoils at Warrington – but said there didn’t deserve to be a loser.

Jordan Turner snatches a late 20-14 win for Saints at Warrington

St Helens Star:

10:39pm Thursday 16th July 2015

JORDAN Turner's wonder try two minutes from time snatched another late win at Warrington that will add to the long list of heartbreaking defeats Saints have inflicted on the Wolves in the Super League era.

Off the ball: Roses competition still has value in rugby league despite lukewarm response in the past

St Helens Star:

12:30pm Thursday 16th July 2015

THERE appears to be no appetite among the players, coaches or supporters for an English equivalent of Australia’s State of Origin.

Cunningham Answers: Attack, defence, Quinlan and player welfare

St Helens Star:

3:38pm Wednesday 15th July 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham deals with the attacking pluses, the defensive negatives and praises the input of debutant Adam Quinlan in this week’s Q&A with the Star’s Mike Critchley.

More to come from Adam Quinlan after dream debut

St Helens Star:

3:29pm Wednesday 15th July 2015

NEW boy Adam Quinlan may have enjoyed a dream debut after a whirlwind first week in St Helens – but now his focus switches to building on that start in Thursday night’s game at Warrington.

Jon Wilkin returns for Warrington Wolves clash

St Helens Star:

2:06pm Tuesday 14th July 2015

SKIPPER Jon Wilkin returns to Saints19-man squad for Thursday's Super League Round 22 clash at Warrington Wolves.

Martin Murray looking to get job done in Manchester

St Helens Star:

12:53pm Monday 13th July 2015

FRESH from his successful super-middleweight debut against George Beroshvili, St Helens boxer Martin Murray makes a swift return to the ring this Saturday.

Reaction: Cunningham praise for Walsh and Quinlan, but says much work to do on team's defence

St Helens Star:

8:01am Saturday 11th July 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham was pleased with the way his side fought to a one-point victory over form team Huddersfield.

Walsh snatches late win for Saints - as Quinlan grabs three on debut

St Helens Star:

10:01pm Friday 10th July 2015

LUKE Walsh grabbed a late drop goal to snatch the spoils 35-34 against Huddersfield.

James Roby talks double dislocation, slow rucks, kicking game and England

St Helens Star:

1:25pm Thursday 9th July 2015

WHEN James Roby describes, in such a matter of fact way, playing on with a strapped-up double dislocated finger he explains just why he is a virtual ever present on the Man of Steel shortlist.

Adam Quinlan becomes Saints full back number seven

St Helens Star:

11:58am Thursday 9th July 2015

SAINTS will hand a debut to Adam Quinlan – full back number seven – in Friday’s home game against Huddersfield Giants.

Verdict: Headingley horror show

St Helens Star:

5:39pm Wednesday 8th July 2015

ELVIS never watched any rugby league but the lyrics from his Didja Ever probably summed up Friday’s trip to Headingley.

Wilkin left out for Huddersfield game, Quinlan to make debut

St Helens Star:

5:29pm Wednesday 8th July 2015

SAINTS skipper Jon Wilkin is left out of the 19-man squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League Round 21 clash with Huddersfield Giants.

Big Mose Masoe explains family reasons behind his return to NRL

St Helens Star:

2:56pm Wednesday 8th July 2015

SAINTS prop Mose Masoe says he is returning home to play in the NRL purely for family reasons – and had it not been for that he would be stopping here.

Cunningham apologises to fans after Leeds debacle

St Helens Star:

12:16am Saturday 4th July 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham lambasted his team's performance after watching them slump to a 46-18 defeat at Headingley.

Saints suffer on an awful night at Headingley

St Helens Star:

10:26pm Friday 3rd July 2015

SAINTS produced a woeful error-strewn performance to lose emphatically to leaders and Challenge Cup semi opponents Leeds.

Murray back with a bang

St Helens Star:

12:05pm Friday 3rd July 2015

WARRINGTON-based boxer Martin Murray will make a quick return to the ring following his emphatic two-round demolition of George Beroshvili in Liverpool on his super middleweight debut, writes Mike Critchley.

Keiron Cunningham Answers: Our back five have been brilliant for us since early lull

St Helens Star:

5:33pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham praised Saints' sparkling backline when he spoke with the Star's Mike Critchley.

Saints will turn to Adam Quinlan as full back number seven

St Helens Star:

2:51pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham believes Parramatta’s Adam Quinlan fits the bill perfectly to answer the club’s latest full back SOS call.

Joe Greenwood charged, Luke Walsh cautioned for kicking out

St Helens Star:

3:12pm Monday 29th June 2015

SAINTS forward Joe Greenwood is among three players have been charged with offences committed in Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter-final ties.

Mose Masoe to join NRL's St George Illawarra Dragons

St Helens Star:

5:00am Monday 29th June 2015

SAINTS will be losing Mose Masoe to the NRL at the end of year after the man mountain agreed to join St George Illawarra Dragons next season.

Cunningham praises skipper Jon Wilkin for helping steer Saints to 'ugly' cup win

St Helens Star:

9:37pm Sunday 28th June 2015

SAINTS coach Keiron Cunningham admitted that the team had not been at its best for the Challenge Cup quarter final clash against Widnes, but was pleased with the way they came home in the final 30 minutes.

Saints beat Widnes to go through to Challenge Cup semi

St Helens Star:

6:07pm Sunday 28th June 2015

SAINTS are in the Challenge Cup semi final after overcoming a stubborn Widnes Vikings to win 36-20.

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