Saints chairman Tony Hewitt celebrates wit chief executive Allan Robson at Twickenham © www.redhatphoto.com
Club News Hewitt: Saints supporters the country’s best
Chairman Tony Hewitt says the Saints support around Saturday’s Aviva Premiership success has been nothing short of remarkable.
The black, green and gold dominated the Twickenham landscape and having roared their side to a first ever English title, thousands returned to the Gardens to cheer the new champions home. A day later, they would flood the Northampton streets for the double trophy parade.
“I was staggered to see over 30,000 people lining the streets for the bus parade,” Hewitt commented. “We’ve got to have the best supporters in the country here and that also showed with the amount of people that welcomed the club back to Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday.
“It has been great to see the smiles on the faces of the people of Northampton.”
Now in his 26th year with the Saints, Hewitt is confident that 2013/14 can be the start of an era of success at Franklin’s Gardens, particularly after director of rugby Jim Mallinder committed to the club for a further five years.
“It’s taken a long time to get there but it’s absolutely fantastic. I’ve been involved since 1988 and it’s great to finally be the English champions.
“We’ve always said that success is a journey. It’s an ongoing process and that’s why our recent announcement of Jim’s new contract is such a big thing for the club. It wasn’t a knee-jerk reaction to Saturday’s final, but recognition of just how far the club has come under Jim.
“It’s an important building block for us moving forward as we look to really kick on to the road to further success.”