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naylor13 07-18-2003 11:30 PM

Just FYI, here are the original Saints......
The history of Northampton Rugby Football Club goes back to 1880. A local clergyman, the Reverend Samuel Wathen Wigg, was credited with starting the Saints. He formed a rugby team from something called the church improvement class as a way for some high-spirited boys to let off steam.

Long before his death, Rev Wigg, father to nine children, was to see the side develop into one of the main clubs in England. The clergyman was curate of St James Church, hence today’s nickname of Saints or Jimmy’s. ;)
The team that play in red and white today can trace their roots back to the club formed in 1885 by members of St. Mary's Church Young Men's association who played their football on the banks of the Itchen for 13 years before moving on.

Originally called Southampton St. Mary's, the club joined the Southern League in 1894 and won the championship for three years running between 1897-99 and again in 1901, 1903 and 1904.

[Edited on 19/7/2003 by naylor13]

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