SAINTS' Wembley homecoming tour received a rapturous reception when it reached the famous rugby league hot-bed of Thatto Heath.

The pictures in this gallery capture the section of the route that took in Sutton Heath, Nutgrove, Thatto Heath and then down Prescot Road to the Bird I'th Hand.

Among those coming out to cheer was Saints legend and previous captain to lift the trophy back in 2008 - Keiron Cunningham.

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At the other end of the rugby career spectrum was a gathering of young Thatto Heath Crusaders.

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Big turn out at The Boars Head

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and the Black Horse

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The York 

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And the Bird.

Pictures: Bernard Platt. 

We will put the Haydock, Blackbrook, Sutton, Eccleston and Dentons Green legs of the homecoming up tomorrow.