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 (kick-off 1pm).
Supporters will once again be encouraged 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.
Many soldiers have graced the turf at Franklin’s Gardens over the years – John Steele, Tim Rodber and Chris Budgen to name a few – while Edgar Mobbs’ story is arguably Northampton’s greatest folklore.
The Saints and England captain refused to take ‘no’ for an answer when initially refused from joining the British Army due to his age, bravely leading his Northamptonshire regiment into battle and, tragically, to his own death.
But Mobbs' name isn't the only one that adorns the War Memorial inside Franklin's Gardens – 22 other Saints gave their lives in conflict and their names are still visible from the pitch to remind current players and supporters alike that they too ‘played the game’.
We make a promise every November and today on Remembrance Sunday, we will remember them.
Saints will host their annual Remembrance service and wreath laying ahead of the Gallagher Premiership fixture with Wasps on 17 November. Tickets are still available from £36 adults and £16 juniors now by CLICKING HERE.
Members of the Armed Forces can get preferential ticket rates for this game. To claim them, simply contact the Ticket Office (by either emailing [email protected] or ringing 01604 581000 during opening hours).