More new heritage boards in place at Town
Wed 13th December 2017 | St Helens Town | By John McKiernan
Last Saturday saw St Helens Town install the second in a series of Heritage boards at their new Ruskin Drive Sports Ground home.
Following on from a set of boards depicting the club’s Hall of Fame Players, Town have now installed ten 1.5m boards which commemorate the club’s epic journey to FA Vase glory at Wembley thirty years ago.
Board 1 tells the story of the opening game against Colne Dynamoes and how Town’s first experience of the FA Vase (having been regular FA Trophy entrants) looked like being short-lived as the visitors to Hoghton Road took a 0-3 lead early in the second half. Town battled back to win 5-4 after extra time and the rest is history.
Each of Town’s twelve FA Vase games, including five ties that required extra time plus the 700 mile round trip to Falmouth in a Fifth Round Replay – the longest trip in the club’s history – are detailed, along with some archive photos from the games.
Town managed to secure ten board sponsors, each paying £40 to cover the production costs. In return supporters are named on their sponsored board as well as in the club’s match day programme.
Club official John McKiernan said: ‘Our Hall of Fame boards have provided a great taking point for visitors to the ground over recent weeks, and we are hopeful that the newly installed Road to Wembley boards will do the same.
‘We are delighted with the final product which have been produced by St Helens based Vinyline and I am really grateful to the sponsors who have funded the costs.
'As with our Hall of Fame boards it gives the club a great opportunity to celebrate its history as well as adding to the overall match-day experience for home and visiting fans.’
'We have a few ideas for a third series. Like many clubs in the Hallmark Security League we’ve had our highs and lows but there’s always a story to retell whether that’s famous players, a great season, an epic cup run or title victory.’