McManus: Roby deserves a full house

Saints chairman Eamonn McManus
Saints chairman Eamonn McManus

Eamonn McManus is urging Saints fans to pour into Langtree Park in order to pay a fitting tribute to ultra-loyal James Roby.

The 28-year-old’s testimonial is on Friday night when St Helens take on Wigan.

And club chairman McManus wants a packed house to demonstrate in sheer numbers the esteem in which Roby is held by supporters.

“James has been one of the leading players of his generation in British rugby league and is readily recognised as one of the best hookers in the world,” said Mr McManus.

“He was crowned Man of Steel at the age of 22 and has won every club honour in the game with St Helens.

“The levels of his ability and achievements for the club over the last decade have only been surpassed by his natural modesty.

“He embodies all the traits that St Helens try to represent and uphold in our sport.

“It is a further testament to his character and to his loyalty that he has recently committed the rest of his career to his home town club when he had received significant offers from the NRL in Australia.

“He has made a real financial sacrifice to play out his career with us.

“The St Helens public and its supporters should show their appreciation by attending his game on Friday - it’s the very least that we can do and I know that we will. “

The match kicks off at 8pm on Friday at Langtree Park. Tickets are priced £12 for adults in the Totally Wicked North and Solarking South Stands (£10 for over 60s and £5 for juniors).

Tickets in the Hattons Solicitors West Stand are £10 for adults, £8 for over 60s and £5 for juniors.

They are available from the ticket office at Langtree Park, the club’s website or by calling 01744 455052.