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Budge Pountney inducted into Northampton Saints Hall of Fame

6 months ago By STEPHEN NUTT

Ards & Regent House Rugby Development Officer given top accolade by former club.

While hundreds of players have worn the Black, Green and Gold jersey with distinction, until now only 17 Saints legends have been granted a place in the Club’s Hall of Fame.

Budge was inducted along with Nick Beal, Geoff Allen and Roger Horwood at a glittering glittering celebration dinner on 8th March.

The evening was hosted by the BBC’s Graham McKechnie, the voice of rugby in Northampton.

The Saints Hall of Fame features many of the world’s greatest-ever players; with the likes of World War One hero Edgar Mobbs, Club stalwarts Vince Cannon and Gordon Sturtridge, plus British & Irish Lions legends Dickie Jeeps, Jeff Butterfield and Tim Rodber all already honoured.

Since the Hall of Fame was established in 2004, 17 Northampton legends have been welcomed into the exclusive club.

One of the most committed and forthright players to have pulled on the Black, Green and Gold, Budge Pountney joined the Saints as an 18-year-old, making his first-team debut against Coventry in 1994/95 for what would be the first of 215 appearances.

Despite the Club’s relegation in the 1995/96 season, Pountney was at the forefront for a brilliant era for Saints immediately afterward.

Under the stewardship of Sir Ian McGeechan, the Demolition Tour of Division Two proved to be the springboard for a rise up the Premiership which culminated in the legendary Heineken Cup win over Munster.

The Heineken Cup was reward for a stunning season that took the Saints to the Tetley’s Bitter Cup final and to the brink of the Premiership title, with the campaign only faltering in the final few weeks as the heavy workload took its toll.

As well as skippering Scotland during his time at Frankin’s Gardens, Pountney also took the first team reins in the autumn of 2004 alongside Paul Grayson to save the side from relegation.

We at Ards & Regent House are over the moon with Budge achieving such recognition and it only endorses our belief that we have one of the Rugby Coaches in the business developing our young players.

Well done Budge!

Updated 19:53 - 8 Apr 2018 by STEPHEN NUTT

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