When Tom van Vollenhoven was among the guests at the opening of Langtree Park in February 2012, the club and fans could have been forgiven for thinking it would probably be the last time they saw Saints’ living legend in the flesh.
But the all-time record tryscorer will be paying a whistle-stop visits to the town later this month along with his wife Leonie as part of a holiday break.
The jet-heeled South African winger, who is 79, scored a staggering 392 tries - quite a few of a spectacular nature - in 408 appearances during the 1950s and 1960s.
It will be great to see him back in town once more among the fans privileged to marvel at his skills during his hey-day at Knowsley Road and also members of the younger generation who have learned about his exploits through their fathers and grandfathers.
g There was bizarre ending to the St Helens Town-Parkfield Liscard clash at Ruskin Drive in the second division of the Liverpool Competition on Saturday.
Apparently 19 overs in the last hour had been completed, leaving one remaining, and with the visitors struggling on 90-9 in reply to hosts 157-8 declared, the league leaders had more than a outside chance of parting the last pair at the crease and claiming outright victory.
But it seems one of the umpires suddenly called time and despite his colleague and the scorers confirming that there was still six deliveries left. Everyone headed for the pavilion and a drawn match declared. The result also relegated frustrated Town to second spot in the table - one point behind Prestatyn.
g Featherstone Rovers’ far-reaching plans to sign Leon Pryce, who was an influential member of Daniel Anderson’s all-conquering Saints’ side, has hit a brick wall, with the ex-Saint signing for Hull KR.
It follows the shock resignation of majority shareholder Feisal Nahaboo following an apparent dispute about the future direction of the Yorkshire club. How this latest development will rebound on the club is anyone’s guess.