For those of you who have not seen the article by Brendan Gallagher in the latest edition of The RugbyPaper, follow the link to read the full article.
The last paragraph was of particular interest for us at Bramley Road where Brendan Gallagher suggests:
"For me, there can only be one proper ending to this story. At some stage in their busy schedule Saracens need to squeeze into the ramshackle Bramley Road clubhouse, place the European Champions Cup on the bar, order the beers up and toast not only victory but those who paved the way."
The European Championship win by Saracens was a huge achievement by the club and great testament to the fantastic job done by Nigel Wray and his team, who just keep setting new standards.
Brendan Gallagher's point is well made and we must not forget all the sacrifices made by the pre professional age Saracens who's dedication as amateurs placed Saracens in position from which the professional club was formed.
In particular we must make special mention to former players that are still involved with the rebuilding of the Amateur club. John Buckton who is mentioned in Brendan Gallagher's article is still an active member of the managment committee as well as President of the club.
Steve Hancock rejoined as coach with the amateur squad this season. Steve played full back for Saracens 1st XV in the late eighties.
We must also not forget our Chairman Peter Haigh who played for the 1st XV in the early seventies. It is the efforts of all former amateur Saracens that have led the club to the position from which the professional Saracens club formed and now stand at the pinnacle of European Club rugby as Champions of Europe
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Updated 06:14 - 6 Jun 2016 by Charles Portsmouth
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