SAINTS and silverware is not a modern day phenomenon - and today's Throwback Thursday photograph from 1976 shows Eric Ashton's team with a table groaning with trophies.

This was the final year of that Dad's Army team before it began to break up with the likes of props Kel Coslett and John Mantle moving on and scrum half Jeff Heaton retiring.

But what a season to go out - with Saints winning three of the knockout cups.

First up was the BBC2 Floodlit Trophy - a televised Tuesday night staple until it was scrapped in 1979. 

Saints comfortably saw off Dewsbury 22-2 in the final at Knowsley Road in December 1975, in front of a modest gate of 3,858.

Try scorers that day were Welshmen Roy Mathias, 2, and Frank Wilson with centres David Hull and Billy Benyon also crossing the whitewash.

Five months later and the scene was set at Wembley with the experienced outfit taking on the more youthful Challenge Cup holders Widnes in front of 89,495 fans at Wembley.

The game was tight, with Eddie Cunningham grabbing Saints' first half try in the baking heat.

Jeff Heaton's score was a bit of a game-breaker with Peter Glynn coming off the bench to score two tries and make sure of the spoils against his hometown team in the 20-5 victory.

Full back Geoff Pimblett kicked three goals and collected the Lance Todd for the  man of the match.

And Saints made it three cup a fortnight later when they defeated newly-crowned League Champions Salford 15-2 at Station Road in the Premiership Final.

Tries came from Peter Glynn, Tony Karalius and Eric Chisnall, with three goals and two drops coming from Pimblett.

George Nicholls won the Harry Sunderland Award for the man of the match.

And that collection of trophies can be seen at this gathering of some all time great players and coaches.

So talk of of trophy town pre-dates Super League.

If you have any happy memories of that season please leave comments in the comments section below.

We will have another nostalgic picture next week in the #ThrowbackThursday feature.