Gang of Seven
Co Founder of the Crooked Hooker
Without the input of Roger Horwood, Saints supporters today may well not be able to appreciate Franklin’s Gardens and its superb facilities.
As well as making over 200 appearances in the front row as a player across 17 seasons – a period interrupted by two years’ national service with the RAF – Horwood made a significant impact in organising countless events in the old Sturtridge Pavilion which helped provide the funds for the Club to purchase Franklin’s Gardens.
And as a member of the Gang of Seven, Horwood helped transform the future of the club in the 1988 revolution.
He also smoothed the transition to professionalism as a member of the management committee, before becoming club secretary for a decade, president for two years, joining the board for five, and he has been an honorary life member since 2001.
Horwood was also a big believer in an inclusive approach to the Saints’ past, and in 1989 joined forces with Mick Roper and Mike Warrington to establish the Crooked Hooker.