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Northampton Saints Rugby Football Club was formed in 1880 when Reverend Samuel Wathen Wigg decided to start the team in order to give some high spirited boys from the church improvement class a way to let off steam. Reverend Wigg was curate to St James Church, which gives the team its nicknames, Saints and Jimmy's. One the clubs biggest and earliest heroes was Edgar Mobbs, who was the first Northampton player to captain England. He is better remembered by the town for his World War I heroics. He was refused a commission for being too old, so he started his own corp. Unfortunately, he was killed in action whilst attacking a machine gun post. In the early part of the 20th century, Northampton grew into a strong club but this was being allowed to slip in the decades leading up to the professional era in Rugby. By the late 1980s the players had become fed up with the 'powers that be' at the club failing to keep pace with the developments in the game and staged something of a revolution. Since then the club returned to the heights of the game, winning the Heineken European Cup in 2000, the ultimate club honour in European Rugby.


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