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Mark Darbon: Saints’ supporters make us feel blessed

Chief Executive Mark Darbon admits the Club has been humbled by the backing of Northampton Saints’ supporters since the COVID-19 pandemic ground normal services at Franklin’s Gardens to a halt.

Speaking at the Club’s online Season Ticket Holder forum on Wednesday evening, Darbon is delighted that the town’s partisan crowd have continued to back the men in Black, Green and Gold – with ‘almost 50 per cent’ of last season’s Season Ticket Holders already committing for the 2020/21 campaign.

If you missed Wednesday’s online Season Ticket Holder forum, you can catch up by CLICKING HERE.

Rugby clubs at both professional and grassroots level have been significantly impacted by the global pandemic, with all matches postponed since March.

And while uncertainty remains about when it will be safe for Saints to retake the hallowed Franklin’s Gardens turf in the Gallagher Premiership, Darbon insists Northampton need the faith of their supporters more than ever.

“Our season tickets were on sale before the pandemic really took hold and before lockdown was instigated, and we’ve been blown away by the ongoing support we’ve had from our supporter base,” he said.

“Almost 50% of our Season Ticket Holders have already committed to next season, despite the uncertainty that surrounds the current year.

“We are so very grateful for that support – and in the spirit of transparency, the revenue that’s generating for the Club is absolutely critical at this time.”

Mark Darbon, Chief Executive

“We’re incredibly appreciative, and at the same time we want everyone to know that if next season looks different in whatever shape or form when we get to it, we’ll obviously work with all of you to make sure your Season Tickets and the money you’ve kindly paid for them is dealt with in the appropriate way.

“That ongoing support to help us maintain revenue has been absolutely critical; it’s amazing talking to the other clubs, we feel more and more blessed with the supporter base we’ve got.

“We can’t say thank you enough for the ongoing support because we certainly need it now more than ever.”