Why The Saints?

Over the past day we thought it would be interesting to see why people started supporting the might Saints. Was it family brainwashing or just random cos of the colors? We were quite surprised with the amount of people that support the Saints due to family.

Sharyn: My mum grew up nearby the junction oval so followed the saints. In 1965 when the saints came to Moorabbin we were living the other side of South Road in East Bentleigh. This close proximity made it possible for Mum to pack up lunches, 4 kids, and spend Sat. afternoons watching the mighty saints.
I remember my brother and myself (10yo and 9yo) would have to queue at the gates in Linton Street, when they opened run in and spread out the blanket
along the seat on the boundary fence which we guarded with our lives. Around lunchtime Mum would arrive with the younger two kids and we all would
spend the rest of the afternoon, packed in like sardines, loving every minute of our afternoon. Thanks Mum, you certainly have paid your dues and showed what true supporters do.


Lenh191: My dad and his dad were both Saints members and dad converted mum from the Hawks before they got married.
When I was 6 we moved to Bougainville (no TV and only radio Australia) and it wasn’t until I started back at boarding school at 12 that I became aware of the game really.
Saints by then were at the bottom of the ladder, but I didn’t know this, when I turned up at St Francis Xavier college in Ballarat I only knew one teams name, so when I got asked who I barracked for about 5 mins after arriving my natural reply was the saints. I came to love them very quickly, despite the tragic timing and they are a significant part in the definition of me as a person.
Ironicly my parents became foundation WCE supporters as they now live in Perth, I will probably never forgive them for this.

Saint Daz: It was 1993, I was cheering for Essendon…..never liked them just followed my brother and best mate who went for them and recruited me into the group. Round 8 1993, St. Kilda (67) vs Essendon (125) the game that changed me to the Saints….we lost, but watching Robert Harvey and Tony Lockett made me a Saint! Thanks lads!

UltraLord: Nothing as fancy or moving in mine, Huzz (my big bro for those who don’t know) came home from school one day to inform me that AFL was the best sport in the world and that the Saints are the best, disagreeing with him surely meant I would be beaten up.

Time went on and Saints became the family team, everyone would watch when they came on, and if they come to NSW for a match we always go (Or at least try very hard to). One day when screaming at the TV in front of friends I realised I actually did love the team and the sport very much.



6 Comments on “Why The Saints?”

  1. michael (@michaelbec) 10/10/2012 at 6:23 am #

    First game I went to was St Kilda v Richmond I decide to barrack for Saints

  2. David Apps (@appsy31) 10/10/2012 at 11:17 am #

    My Dad politely suggested that I follow the Saints shortly after I was born. Now my sons,daughter, son-in-law(from NZ), wife and grandson follow the Saints. By the way, our grandson and his mum and dad live on Christmas Island!

  3. stublogs 10/10/2012 at 12:05 pm #

    There was no choice in my family, it was follow the Saints or sleep outside ๐Ÿ™‚ mum changed from the Tigers when she married dad in ’77. My grandpa played for the 2’s in the ’30’s? that’s where it started.

    • Shaun Curnow 12/10/2012 at 10:23 pm #

      haha seems to be quite a few people that had no option!!

  4. Mike 16/10/2012 at 7:45 am #

    I grew up in a totally non-football family and I only picked up the game when I was 11 or 12. I was instantly hooked but I didn’t have a team (this was late 80s, early 90s). I flicked between the Swans, the Cats, the Eagles but eventually got tired of the game in the late 90s. I came back to AFL around 2002-3 after seeing a few St Kilda games. They weren’t going that great but they were great to watch. Robert Harvey and a new crop of exciting midfielders and a crazy forward line with Hammill, Gehrig, Guera running around punching people! I sensed something there and I knew instantly I was a Sainter for life!

  5. shane 16/10/2012 at 9:28 am #

    Parents had no idea about Footy, at the age of 4 mum came home with some new clothes for me. One of those items just so happened to be a pair of St kilda fc footy socks. Since then iv been a saints man

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