The 10.6 percent increase in turnover to £16.48 million reflects what have been the most successful 18 months in the 135-years of Northampton Saints, that saw the team lift both the Aviva Premiership and European Challenge Cup trophies in May 2014 and finish top of the Aviva Premiership table in May 2015 for the first time in the club’s history.
2014/15 saw the club sell every ticket for every game played at Franklin’s Gardens, and set a new venue attendance record for stadiummk, with the team also reaching the quarter finals of the European Rugby Champions Cup for the first time since 2011 and the semi-finals of the LV= Cup for a fifth time in seven seasons.
The record turnover brought a substantial increase in net profit before tax to another record, £920,830, and a 15th consecutive time that Northampton Saints plc has finished the financial year in the black. Furthermore, with more supporters having committed their backing by booking Season Tickets for 2015/16 and the construction of the new Barwell Stand now well underway, chairman Tony Hewitt says that together with the new BT Sport deal and with the new RFU Agreement to be in place for the 2016/17 the future is looking good.
“I am delighted to report another excellent year for Northampton Saints, both on and off the field,” he said. “During the season we saw some great rugby in the Aviva Premiership, with the team scoring 75 tries, and we finished top of the league for the first time in our history. Meanwhile the commercial staff also worked incredibly hard to promote the club and bring supporters through the turnstiles and to other events.
“Not only has our turnover increased substantially, but we’ve also been able to declare a healthy profit despite having the final write-off of the Sturtridge Pavilion before its redevelopment. This makes Northampton unique among the Aviva Premiership clubs in reporting a profit for 15 consecutive years.
“It is essential that we continue to sustain a strong and profitable business model so that the club can compete at the highest levels and be independently viable. Hand in glove with this objective is the need for us to continue to grow. I am delighted that the construction of the new Barwell Stand is currently on programme and we look forward to our first home game in November with the seating and control tower completed.
“None of our success would be possible without the hard work and commitment of a great number of people. The staff at Franklin’s Gardens have, to a person, put in many hours, often behind the scenes and unheralded. Meanwhile our supporters and sponsors have backed us tremendously throughout the course of the season, and I would like to thank them all.”
Saints chief executive Allan Robson added: “Northampton Saints plans to be the most successful club both on and off the pitch as our game continues to grow.
“The board’s policy in this respect is to continue to maximise investment into the playing effort and into facilities to enhance the supporter experience.
“We want the team to be competitive, and investment into the playing department increased substantially last season. We will also continue to spend up to the ceiling of the salary cap. Meanwhile the new Barwell Stand will increase our capacity and provide enhanced bar and hospitality facilities on match days for our supporters, and to challenge for a greater share of the very competitive local conference and events business on non-matchdays.”