TRIBUTES have poured in for long-standing Saints fan Barbara Wainwright who passed away earlier this month aged 81.

Barbara was a Saints fan and season ticket holder of more than 70 years and was a regular of the Knowsley Road Popular Side often caught by the Sky TV cameras during televised matches.

Hundreds of comments have been posted on Facebook on fans’ pages since her passing demonstrating the popularity of the lady Stevo once dubbed the ‘old lady of Super League.’

Barabara’s funeral was held at St David’s Church at Carr Mill with bright colours and Saints shirts the dress code for the occasion.

A statement of thanks from Barbara’s grandson, Stuart read:

“I would like to thank everyone for their kind messages for my Gran. She lived and breathed the Saints. From Murrayfield, Scotland to France, she followed them everywhere. I don't think there was a ground left unturned by her 70 plus years of support.

“I'll carry many memories of watching Saints with her the most memorable being that famous night in September 2000. Stood beside her when after the ball had been kicked and lobbed around, it finally went ‘wide to West’ and tears of happiness streamed down her face when big Chris Joynt steamed over the line.

“Her passion was second to none. Even as she went into her final hours she was listening to Saints on the radio. She'll be greatly missed and it's astonishing to see just how many friends she had at the rugby.

“She'll no doubt be taking her seat in the clouds to watch the next game.”