Big points haul for patron Supporters

By Dave Dow | 07/09/2017

  • St Helen's scoreboard gets a facelift.
  • Patron Supporters' Committee in action.
  • Brian Morris and friends get the job done.

Supporters will be familiar with the iconic scoreboard at the Mumbles End of St Helen’s ground. What they may not have known was the work needed to maintain it. The view from the interior of “the best seat in the house” was made more difficult to achieve due to bad access and old internal structure. This has all now been rectified and updated thanks to the work of the Patron Supporters’ Committee and especially that of Brian Morris and his son Nigel.

 



Brian is a familiar, welcoming face in “Brian’s Bar” at pitch-side, but is also a long serving member of the Patron Supporters’ committee who do much work behind the scenes to help keep The Whites on the road. Over recent days and with the help of Nigel, the scoreboard structure has been refurbished. The interior has been strengthened and tidied up and a new loft ladder arrangement fitted to replace the old access. The exterior has also had a facelift and the score number windows renovated.

 

“The ‘old ship’ has not looked so spruce for many a year”, said Brian, with some satisfaction.  He was quick to point out the help received from Club Managing Director Keith Colclough with the steel strengthening aspects of the work.


Whites supporters will note that the scoreboard is also something of a curiosity, being one of very few left – and possibly the only one – still sporting a display for ‘goals’, ‘tries’ and ‘points’ . Most spectators will only watch the ‘points’ go up, but goals of course refer to converted tries, successful penalty kicks and drop-goals in a tradition going way back.

 

Is there another scoreboard like it anywhere? Let us know if you have seen one and pop into ‘Brian’s Bar’ to say thanks and raise a glass to Brian Morris and the Patron Supporters.

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