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Big Mal Meninga finds a place at Langtree Park
5:11pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Sport
MAL Meninga’s input into reviving the fortunes of the Saints in the mid 1980s has been recognised in a mural on the stairway inside Langtree Park.
Put together by Vinyline and sponsored by comedian Johnny Vegas, the eye-catching piece of artwork will be seen by visitors walking upstairs to the lounges and offices.
It has also been placed on the walls on the north west concourse.
Saints had been in the doldrums and had not won any silverware for seven years– at a time when there were several cups to play for – when Big Mal was captured for the 1984-85 season.
Meninga’s showed his touch immediately – crowds increased significantly and by October Saints had their first trophy with Big Mal scrong two tries in the Lancashire Cup final win over Wigan at Central Park.
He marked his last game for Saints with another two try performance, helping the Saints to Premiership success over Champions Hull KR at Elland Road.
Although it was always rumoured that Big Mal would return, he never did as a player.
Although he was the club’s guest at the first game back at the new Wembley in 2007.
The mural carries Meninga’s words from 1995: “St Helens will always be special to me, they are truly great people, it is one of my regrets that I never returned to play there....”
Meninga will be coming to see the mural for himself when he speaks at a dinner at Langtree Park on November 6.