FANS and players will take away many memories from days and nights spent at Knowsley Road.

With the Saints playing their last competitive match there within the next three weeks the Star’s Mike Critchley takes a look back, in alphabetic order, at some of the things he will associate with this famous old sporting arena.

A – Alexander J Murphy OBE.

The former St Austins lad starred as a player between 1956-66 returning as coach 19 years later to a headline of Murphy the Messiah and a massive ovation along the Popular Side for his first game in charge against Dewsbury.

B – Black Bull.

The place for a final pre-match tipple to calm the nerves or the first stop off for a post match celebration pint or inquest.

C – Crispy Cod.

The chippy has been a pre-match stopping off point for thousands of hungry fans and journalist over the years, so much so that there will probably be a lobby for them to get a franchise near the new ground.

D – Dillon.

Super fan Brian Dillon, above, who would go to extraordinary lengths to get to Saints games, including hitch hiking down the M62 to get to Hull and signing himself out of hospital. Sadly Brian passed away in 1995 E – Easy, Easy!

The crowd shouted easy when Big Daddy fought Canadian wrestler Mighty John Quinn at Knowsley Road in front on the main stand. They also shouted the same when Saints posted 75-0 on Wigan.

F – Floodlit Cup Knowsley Road hosted the final of this quirky little BBC2 televised Tuesday night cup competition three times in the 70s, winning it twice - 1971 and 1975.

G – Graffiti.

In the 70s Eric Ashton’s Red and White Army adorned the back of the Popular Side in thick red paint. In the 60s Lenny the Lion Tamer was daubed on the brickwork there H – Head the ball.

Rugby league had to change the rules after 6ft7 John Harrison headed the ball over the Sheffield defence for George Mann to score at the restaurant end in 1990.

I - Ian Millward’s barmy army.

When the Saints coach was surprisingly shown the door in May 2005, fans chanted his name incessantly at the Cup game against York before hundreds stormed the main stand clutching photocopied images of the Aussie.

J – Jesus Saves!

The switch to playing from Saturdays to Sundays in the 1970s sparked a one-man protest from a gentleman who denounced all passers by as sinners waving a ‘Be sure your sins will find you out!’ placard.

K – Kangaroos.

Saints had a great record against the tourists, famously beating them in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. They blotted their copybook in 1982 when they fielded an A team and were trounced.

To add insult to injury they played a record over the tannoy of Waltzing Matilda before the game, mistakenly thinking that it was their national anthem.

L – League title.

Saints signalled the end of the era of Wigan dominance by taking the inaugural Super League title in front of a sun-baked 18,098 crowd against Warrington in August 1996.

M – Mal Meninga.

He was only here for a year but the big Aussie woke Saints from their slumber in 1984, being the catalyst for a talented young team of St Helens lads to win their first trophies in seven years – the Lancashire Cup and the Premiership.

N - Neil Holding.

A great little footballer whose kicking game and pace would have been made for summer rugby.

Holding became the club’s groundsman and made his name in Super League by providing some comical and occasionally controversial pre-match and half time routines. He was also the lead chorister in the adaptation of Three Lions in 96, with Super League’s coming home.

O – Oh When the Saints.

Chants and songs come and go, but this timeless classic has been with the team through every generation.

P – Pint.

Coach Mike McClennan was an articulate bloke and you needed a dictionary to read his Star column in the early 90s.

However words failed him after he was subjected to criticism after the Regal Trophy defeat by Warrington in December 1993 and he opened the clubhouse window and poured a pint over the fan below. He was on his way not long afterwards.

Q – Queues.

Despite phone booking and internet sales, for old time’s sake ticket office queues have been back this week. There have been some famous ticket queues at Knowsley Road over the years. The 1989 Wembley one went all the way around the training pitch, right up Dunriding Line and then up Willow Road.

R – Revolt.

When Ellery Hanley was suspended in 1999, fans protested furiously and staged an occupation after the final whistle.

The uprising rocked the club and ISSA was formed to articulate fans concerns. Hanley was reinstated and Saints went on to win the Super League Grand Final.

After a poor start, Hanley was dismissed without a whimper shortly after the start of the following year.

S - Soap Aid.

In 1986 the stars of Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale Farm, and Brookside took to the stage in front of the club house to raise money for famine victims in Ethiopa. Scottish rockers Marillion joined them but their set was disrupted by crowd trouble as a gang of towners waged a battle with the event’s security guards.

T –Training pitch.

Prior to the switch to Queens Park and then Ruskin, Saints trained every Tuesday and Thursday under the yellow floodlights in front of the ground, watched every week by stalwart John Morgan.

U – U-bends.

Saints’ toilets have come in for a fair bit of flak over the years in this strange world of misplaced priorities. In years to come the criteria for keeping Super League status won’t be how may cracking young players have come through the youth system but how efficient the ground’s toilet cisterns are.

V – Vee.

Saints have had a red vee of some description on the front of their home jerseys for the best part of half a century. However, until the early 80s etiquette in rugby league used to dictate that the home team changed strip. The red vee has been an integral part of the Saints brand although there have been some temporary aberrations – namely the spiderman kit of 1997/98.

W – Wide to West.

Chris Joynt’s last gasp winning try in the 2000 play-offs which was so good it knocked Bulls coach Matthew Elliot off his seat.

X – X-code challenge.

In 2003 Saints lost to a Sale side featuring Apollo Perelini in a game of two halves. Afterwards Ian Millward undiplomatically but correctly declared that it had been boring watching the Sale pack ‘put the ball up their backsides and walk it down the field!’ Y – You fill up my senses like a gallon of Greenalls.

John Denver’s Annie’s Song has been adapted by Saints fans – although Sheffield United got there first.

Z – Zero.

The score posted by Wigan, Warrington, Carlisle in response to Saints scoring 75, 80 and 112 points respectively in one-sided cup fixtures here.