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Town legends honoured on heritage boards

Tue 31st October 2017 | St Helens Town
By John McKiernan

Last Saturday St Helens Town installed the first in a series of heritage boards at their new Ruskin Drive Sports Ground home.

The 1.5m long boards have been placed on the exterior fence and depict the club’s Hall of Fame players – each one selected as a shining light of the club during each of the seven decades since its re-formation in 1946.

From Bert Trautmann in the 1940s through to Iain Dyson in the 2000s, each board offers a brief biography of each player along with a photograph.

The players celebrated are Bert Trautmann (1940s), Harry McCann (1950s), John Atherton (1960s), Alan Wellens (1970s), Phil Layhe (1980s), Steve Pennington (1990s) and Iain Dyson (2000s).

Club official John McKiernan said: "The new ground has given us an opportunity to promote the club and celebrate the club’s extensive history and the initial seven boards have already proved popular.

"We have previously used similar Hall of Fame information in our match programme and on our website but this allows visitors to Ruskin Drive to better understand some of our history.

"It is hoped the boards will also add some character to the ground – there’s lots of mesh fencing as is the case with community venues funded by the Football Foundation and it often feels very open.

"We hope the Heritage boards will break up some of the bareness of the exterior fencing, providing a natural barrier as well as some great reading material for visitors.

"We have prepared another series of nine boards which commemorate Town’s epic FA Vase journey which culminated in Wembley glory back in 1987, and it is hoped this will be installed very soon".

A photo of the board detailing Bert Trautmann's career at the club is shown below.

 

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