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Dickens: Supporters make the Gardens great

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

Alan Dickens says that the Saints can’t wait to step out at the new Franklin’s Gardens against Saracens in a week’s time and also hailed the Saints Nation for their support.

Last weekend over 20,000 followed the team to stadiummk, home for the weekend while the finishes touches were applied to the Barwell Stand.

It was by far the biggest crowd the Aviva Premiership has seen so far in 2015/16 and Saints coach Dickens spoke to the official Saints podcast about an exciting first couple of home games.

“They’ve never let us down when we’ve been to Milton Keynes,” he said. “The supporters have gone over there in their thousands and last weekend was exactly the same.

“I know it’s something the boys really appreciate.”

Next on the home agenda is the Aviva Premiership visit of last season’s champions Saracens, mouth-watering enough even before you factor in that it will be the Barwell Stand’s first game.

It marks the completion of the latest development, which keeps the Gardens at the forefront of rugby facilities around Europe.

“It’s going to be an exciting afternoon at the Gardens,” Dickens added.

“If I go back to when I first joined the club, one of the key factors was that everything we needed is here onsite. You get to be around the place every day and when it comes to match day it’s a brilliant place to play – largely thanks to the fans.

“It’s a proper rugby club and it’s a family club.”

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