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Geoff Allen returns for Remembrance Day fixture against Lyon OU

Legendary stadium announcer, Geoff Allen, regarded as the voice of the Gardens until his retirement at the end of last season, will return for Saints' Remembrance Day fixture against Lyon OU in the first round of the Heineken Champions Cup.

Now a tradition at Franklin’s Gardens, the squad and the crowd will pay their respects to the town’s fallen war heroes during the annual Remembrance Ceremony before Saints' clash with Lyon – with the laying of wreaths and minute's silence accompanying Allen's reading of Laurence Binyon's 'For the Fallen'.

“We’re absolutely delighted to welcome ‘Uncle Geoff’ back to the Gardens” said Northampton Saints CEO Mark Darbon.

“For many of our supporters, the Remembrance Day fixture wouldn’t be the same without Geoff’s voice, so we are thrilled to have persuaded him to come out of retirement for this special day in the Club’s calendar.”    

“We are very much looking forward to having him back on the microphone and I'm sure his reading will add a special poignancy to this fixture.”

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