DESPITE failing to lift any silverware during 2003, Saints have reported an unprecedented demand among fans cashing-in on their loyalty bonus season ticket scheme.
The tickets offer savings of more than 25 per cent on match-day walk up prices.
Chief executive Sean McGuire said yesterday: "I think we've alI commented on what loyal support the hard core of Saints' fans give this club and I think they have proved it once more in the few weeks since season tickets went on sale for Super League IX."
McGuire revealed that when the deadline on the offer closed more than 3,000 tickets had been purchased and said he was confident that they would beat last season's figures by the time the new campaign started.
"I think it is testament to the brand of rugby we play and we will be looking to give our fans another exciting and entertaining season of rugby league, St Helens-style," he said.
Fans can also take advantage of special early-bird prices until December 13.
SAINTS have announced the winner of their competition to win Jon Wilkin's training top – and he couldn't be a more deserving recipient.
Andy Lea, 25, travels across the country to attend almost every match at Knowsley Road – from his home in Swindon!
He said: "I have been a Saints fan for over 20 years so have endured the nearly years of the mid to late 80's when Wigan seemed to be the dominant force for so long.
"It can be difficult to get to Saints for Friday games because of the rush hour traffic on the motorway, but I try to leave work an hour early so that I can attend most of the home games.
"If I had to choose a favourite player, I guess that Kieron Cunningham has always been my favourite because he is local and such a talented player with skills across the board.
"The best game I have seen would have to be the 1996 Challenge Cup final between Saints and Bradford for sheer excitement alone.
"I hope Saints go all the way next year and bring back the Super League trophy to its rightful place at Knowsley Road.
"We are the best club in the world with the best supporters so hopefully we will have more of the good times again next season."
To view the new 2004 training wear range, visit the Saints Online Store at www.saintssuperstore.com.
SAINTS will hold their second 'Saints and the City' event in Liverpool.
The evening which will include presentations by chief executive Sean McGuire and is designed to boost the club's popularity and profile in the 2008 Capital of Culture.
It will be held at the Radio City tower.
The last time Saints held a similar event it led to an upsurge in commercial interest from businesses across Liverpool, said club spokesman Ian Bridge.
He added: "It's not just a commercial interest – the Saints community development team are highly active in Liverpool schools and a conveyor belt of Liverpool talent is gradually being established.
"Maghull-born James Graham has already established himself as a leading light in Saints academy, picking up the senior academy player of the season even though, at 17, he's still eligible for junior academy rugby."
Graham has also been selected to represent England under-17s later this year.
Meanwhile, Alex Asher, Carl Fearns and Paul Clough are continuing to progress through the junior ranks.
The club's development team are also planning to hold to rugby league tournaments at Liverpool College on December 5 and 17.
THE Saints' new heritage website will launch on Wednesday, November 26 at a special event hosted by former player Geoff Pimlett.
The site – which was created by club historians Bill Bates, Alex Service, Denis Whittle and Dave Dooley – will feature statistics from every game played during the Knowsley Road outfit's 130-year history.
Bill said: "We are confident that this site will become the premier rugby league website. We've still time to put the finishing touches but we will be ready for the launch."
Club members can attend the launch, which takes place at the Touchline Bar at Knowsley Road from 7.30pm.
The website address is www.saints.org.uk.
STUART Jones, who joined Saints from neighbours Wigan at the end of the 2002 season and made senior debut against the New Zealand tourists, has teamed up again with former Knowsley Road no. 2 Jon Sharp – now boss of fellow Super League club, Huddersfield Giants. Meanwhile, Academy starlets, Rob and Shaun Lunt, have signed for Castleford Tigers.
l WINGER Ade Gardner scored a try in his fourth consecutive England 'A' game as they brushed aside France 68-6 to win the European Nations Cup Final at Warrington on Sunday.
l FORMER Saints and Salford half back Mark Lee is the new coach of Chorley Lynx. The St Helens-born player takes over from Darren Abram who has moved to Leigh.
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