SAINTS’ legend Tom Van Vollenhoven will lead out the team ahead of their first Super League game at Langtree Park on Friday, February 10.
The fixture against Salford City Reds heralds the start of a new chapter in the club’s history at their state-of-the art 18,000 capacity new stadium.
The jet-heeled Springbok winger, who scored 392 tries in 409 appearances for Saints between 1957-1967, said: “It was a fabulous honour to be invited to the closing dinner of the Knowsley Road ground after more than a century of greats had graced its turf.
“For me to be asked to return and lead out the team at the dawning of a new era is overwhelming and humbling.”
Chairman Eamonn McManus said: “Tom unhesistantly agreed to accept our invitation.
“He is synonymous with our great history and more than anyone else symbolises what we stand for.
“We are proud of our great new ground which guarantees our future, but are mindful of our rich and proud history and Tom is absolutely the right person to connect the past with the future.
“I’m expecting 18,000 to be present to give one of the greatest players ever to grace Knowsley Road the welcome he deserves.”
Tickets for the opening fixture are now on sale at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 445 050, or logging on to www.saintssuperstore.com.
n WEEK 13 in the Saints’ Lottery proved lucky for Mr W Mason of Sutton Manor who won the £1,000 first prize.
Other major winners were: Mrs M Peel of of Grange Park (£200), Mrs Lyon of Rainford and K. Jackson of Sutton Leach (£100), Mrs Gilford of Grange Park and Mrs S Arnold of Newton-le-Willows (£50).