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Guide to the Gardens: Saints v Wasps

  • Stadium opens 11am, kick-off 1pm
  • Be in your seat or place on the terrace by 12.55pm to help us commemorate Remembrance Day
  • Royal British Legion bucket shaking around the ground
  • The game is not on TV, so the only place to catch all the action is at the Gardens!
  • Stick around to catch England v Japan in the Rodber Bar after the game
  • Pick up the new 2018/19 home and away kits
  • Free face painting and passing challenge in the Supporter Village

After closing the first block of Premiership Rugby Cup games top of Pool Three, Saints head back into the Gallagher Premiership this weekend, with Wasps the opposition as they return to Franklin's Gardens.

And with Saints looking to climb up the table after building momentum in the Cup competition, be sure to head to Franklin's Gardens this Saturday to help get behind the side. 

Northampton Saints and the armed forces share a history that is inextricably linked. Every year, on Remembrance Sunday, the Club takes great pride in joining the rest of the nation in both paying respect to those that fell for their country and doing all it can to support the Royal British Legion.

And this year will be no different, with Saints’ annual Remembrance Ceremony falling next Saturday ahead of the Gallagher Premiership clash against Wasps.

Supporters will once again be encouraged get to their seats or place on the terrace early to join in a minute's silence ahead of the game as wreaths are laid on the stadium’s War Memorial, before a reading of the Ode of Remembrance (“For the Fallen”) to pay tribute to those who gave their lives – with all proceeds from the game’s bucket shake going towards the Royal British Legion.

The players will also be joined on the pitch by 15 mascots who successfully bid in the silent auction to take part in the minute's silence. 

Please be aware that movement into the stadium will be halted at 12.55pm to allow for the Remembrance Ceremony to take place. There will be no access to the Stadium while this takes place so be sure to get to your seat or spot on the terrace early!

Make sure you're not late for the action this weekend – with the game kicking off at the earlier time of 1pm this weekend, be sure to be at the Gardens with plenty of time so you don't miss the return of the Gallagher Premiership!

And don't rush off after the game either; we'll be showing the England v Japan game in the Rodber Bar as well as all hospitality areas straight after Saints v Wasps!

With the weather set to be dry, mild and sunny, Franklin's Gardens will boast the perfect conditions for some exciting rugby on Saturday. 

With the main store open from 9am and the Supporter Village Store opening from 11am, you've got plenty of time to grab some new gear before the game kicks off. And with new coats, scarves, hats and gloves available in store, it's easy to stay warm in the stands as winter approaches this weekend!

Both home and away jerseys, as well as the 2018/19 range of training wear, are also available from the Saints Store. 

Car Parks A, B, C and D will all be open as usual to season pass holders. Day passes for Car Park D will be available on the gate for £5. Car Parks open at 10.30am.

Please also be aware that there will be no movement in VIP Car Park from ten minutes before the full-time whistle for 25 minutes. As usual, traffic management will be in place in Car Park D, Claret Car Park and on Edgar Mobbs Way. After the Car Parks close at 8pm on Saturday night, there will be no access to any vehicle left in the Car Parks over the weekend.

If you are in hospitality and parking in the VIP Car Park please use NN5 5BG for satellite navigation devices. If you are in hospitality and parking in Car Parks A, B & C, please use NN5 5AX. For general supporter parking in Car Park D, please use NN5 5JT.

Saturday's Club of the Match is Daventry RFC, who will be completing the Guard of Honour on the pitch before the game. 

Read more about the side and how you can get involved in this weekend's match day programme, available around the ground for just £3.50.

Saturday will see clubs from all over the county coming together at Franklin's Gardens to take place in the U10s tournament. Kicking off at 9am and running all the way until 11.40am, you'll have plenty of opportunity to see the next generation of rugby players taking to the back pitches at the Gardens before the main event gets underway. 

The clubs will also be completing a parade around the pitch at half-time during Saints v Wasps, so be sure to give them a big cheer and a wave as they pass you in the stands!

As always, the Northampton Saints Foundation will be onsite – with their tent found in the Supporter Village before the game.

And there will be eight EcoCup bins around the stadium where supporters can leave their used cups to donate the £1 deposit to the Foundation. Old EcoCups will be accepted at these bins and the normal Cup Return Points. 

With the usual Supporter Village Store and face painting, we will also be joined by Club partners Toolstation and AutoWindscreens in the Supporter Village before the game, as well as fellow partners Carlsberg hosting their Face in the Crowd game at half-time.

Toolstation will be hosting a series of giveaways in the Supporter Village so be sure to head there to be in with a chance of winning. And AutoWindscreens will have their rodeo rugby ball once again, so be sure to visit them to try your hand at it!

As well as Carlsberg's Face in the Crowd, we'll be joined by Bernie and Sting (Wasps' mascot) – and they'll be going head-to-head in a race to see who comes out on top. And with Bernie losing out to Sting at the Ricoh Arena last season, the Big Dog will need all your support to get across the line first on Saturday!

We'll also be joined Community partner schools Akeley Wood School, Beachborough School, Malcom Arnold School and Mark Rutherford School as they are presented with signed Saints shirts as part of their Saints in the Schools membership.

Saints will be continuing the 50% cashless system used at all home games so far this season, with four tills in the Rodber Bar and six tills in the Marquee Bar accepting card payments only, to reduce queues and further improve Saints’ supporters matchday experience. The Members Bar will also have a number of cashless sales points for this fixture.

Thanks to our partners Carlsberg, you can enjoy a special drinks offer of 4 Pints for £15 on Carlsberg and Tetley's throughout the season.

The brand-new Ticket Office will be open in the Supporter Village at Saturday's game. Situated next to the Village Saints Store, you can head there to book your place at Saints' upcoming games without having to leave the stadium. 

Tickets for the game are still available from £36 adults and £16 juniors, CLICK HERE to book. 



Ticket Office & Saints Store open


U10s tournament starts


Car Parks open


Hospitality opens


Village and Stadium opens


Support Village Store and Ticket Office open


Remembrance Service starts – please be aware there will be no access into the stadium while this takes place.


Saints v Wasps KICK OFF

1.45pm (approx.)

Parade of clubs from the U10s and Carlsberg Face in the Crowd

2.45pm (approx.)

Saints v Wasps FULL TIME


Saints Store & Ticket Office closes


Staggered Bar closures around the ground, ending in Rodber Bar approx 90 mins after full-time


Car Parks close

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