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Saracens fan Louise Warr commends Allianz Park atmosphere and explains why the club has a home to be proud of
For many years Saracens were a team without a home, without an identity, without a fixed fan base.
Fans would turn up for matches at a decrepit Vicarage Road and swiftly part in the opposite direction after the final whistle.
After all, Vicarage Road was hardly a stadium you look forward to visiting and want to relax in post match.
For me, Sunday evening summed up everything that is good about the new era at Saracens.
On the pitch, they righted a few of the wrongs that saw them demolished by fierce rivals Northampton the week before and secured their place at the top of the Premiership table heading in to a break.
Off the pitch, they put on a show. You think that Sarries probably imagined holding a day like Sunday for a rather long time.
To be a ground that was all their own, to put on a display on the pitch which included some eye-catching tries, and to be able to treat fans and players alike to a bonfire night celebration afterwards.
This to me highlighted the beauty of following a rugby team and not a football one.
Imagine the delight if you were a young child or even young at heart being able to stand on the pitch where you have just watched your heroes play and being able to enjoy the fireworks with them.
It doesn’t happen every day and something that will live long in the memory.
After all, isn’t making memories what being involved with Saracens is all about?
Saracens also used the match to show off that they really care about those that are involved or have been part of their ‘family’.
On arrival at the game, Sarries had chosen to welcome back former players Noah Cato and Adam Powell by lighting up it up outside the stadium.
A lovely touch for two players that had given their all for the club they had grown up at as well as helping to provide one of the greatest moments in the Men in Black’s history, the winning of their first ever Premiership title.
So yes, the result against Northampton Saints was bitterly disappointing and Sarries will face much bigger and tougher challenges than Newcastle posed in the coming weeks and months.
However, Sunday was about much more than just the rugby and once again Saracens have shown why they are a club that people should be proud of.
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