St Helens to mark RL legend Van Vollenhoven's funeral

Tom van Vollenhoven
Tom van Vollenhoven

St Helens will pay tribute to its favourite adopted son, rugby league legend Tom van Vollenhoven, on the day of his funeral.


The council announced the Union flag will fly at half mast for the iconic South African winger on Friday October 27.

The Steve Prescott Bridge will also be illuminated in Saints’ colours of red and white every night until then in the Flying Springbok's honour.

Tom van Vollenhoven, from Free State, enjoyed a prolific rugby league career with Saints after switching codes from rugby union in the
1950s.

He became a sensation with the club in a career spanning 10 seasons from1957 to the 1967–68 campaign.

During this time he amassed a club record 392 tries in 409 appearances and in 2000 he was inducted into the Rugby League Hall of Fame.

A book of condolence will be open to the public in reception at the Totally Wicked Stadium for supporters to leave their messages.

It will be open until Friday November 3, after which it will be sent to Tom’s family in South Africa.

The book will be available during stadium opening hours; 9 am until 5pm during the week, and in the Saints Superstore from 10 am until 4pm on Saturday.

Fans who wish to leave floral tributes can do so at Steve Prescott MBE Memorial Garden, near the stadium’s East Stand.