Northampton Saints beat British Army in thrilling Edgar Mobbs Memorial match

Pictures by Linda Dawson NNL-140319-202729006
Pictures by Linda Dawson NNL-140319-202729006

The Northampton Saints and British Army scored 11 tries in an entertaining Mobbs Memorial Match at Franklin’s Gardens.

The memorial match to commemorate the former Saints’ and England captain and World War One hero Edgar Mobbs is held every year between a Saints XV and The British Army, and it switches between Franklin’s Gardens and Bedford Blues’ Goldington Road ground.

Pictures by Linda Dawson NNL-140319-202719006

Pictures by Linda Dawson NNL-140319-202719006

Almost 2,500 fans packed in to Franklin’s Gardens on Wednesday for the 2014 match, and helped raise money for the Mobbs Memorial Charitable Trust. The match finished 47 - 29 to the Saints.

Earlier in the day, the British Army’s ‘A’ team played the East Midlands Under-21s and there was a display by a marching band.

After retiring from rugby, Mr Mobbs was refused a commission as, aged 32, he was considered too old. However he formed his own special corps, which became known as the Sportsman’s Battallion.

Previously wounded three times, Mr Mobbs died while charging a German machine gun nest during the Battle of Passchendale in 1917.

Saints’ chairman Tony Hewitt said:“We are proud to be associated with the Mobbs Memorial match. It is our own piece of history.”

Saints player Alex Day, who scored a brace of tries inside the opening 12 minutes, said the game was played in a great spirit.

He said: “The Army are a great team and they love to run it. We knew we were going to get a full 80 game. We got off to a really good start, 21-0 up quite quickly, but then we let it slip a bit.

“Fair play to the Army. They came back and put us under a lot of pressure and we expected that.”