WHILE thousands of Saints supporters will descend down Wembley way on Challenge Cup final day there will be one fanatic cheering them on from his living room on the other side of the globe.

Jim Kelly grew up on Eldon Street, Croppers Hill and followed the Saints, going to Knowsley Road for matches with his dad.

Despite moving to New Zealand in 1971, with wife Jennifer, from Carr Mill, his dedication and love for the Saints has not dissipated in the slightest, and he is able to follow the team's fortunes through technology.

Jim, 74, lives in Waipu, on the North Island of New Zealand and will celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary next year.

Jim got in touch with the Star to offer his best wishes to the side ahead of the cup final showdown with Warrington.

Jim, who also supports the Auckland-based NRL side New Zealand Warriors, has ordered a shirt from the Saints store online to ensure he is in appropriate dress as he catches the match in the early hours from his home.

Jim said: "Moving to New Zealand in the 70s, I still have the Saints in my heart and am thrilled that through technology I can watch most of the matches and listen to Red Vee TV.

"There is also a special connection as I do support the (New Zealand) Warriors, I'm a rugby league fan to the end and it’s great to see the transfers of players between the Super League and the NRL.

"I would like to offer my sincere best wishes to the club for reaching the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley this year."

Jim added: "I will certainly have a tear in my eye 'when the Saints go marching in'.

"Go the Saints!"