Saracens - Club Memories

Club Memories

There have been great time, there have been crying lows. We've enjoyed and endured them all together and as a club, as a family we have made our memories together. As we look to the future there will be many more to come and we look forward to sharing them with you all #StandUp for your Saracens.

Wizard of Oz Lynagh lights up Enfield

26 Jan 1997 Saracens 21 Wasps 17 – Pilkington Cup 5th Round at Enfield

Star Australian fly-half Michael Lynagh booted his side victory in the round 5 Pilkington tie, kicking all 21 points with five penalties and two drop goals at the then Sarries home, Enfield FC.

Saracens side consisted of the likes of Gregg Botterman, Richard Hill, Tony Diprose, Tony Copsey, Paddy Johns, Paul Wallace and Francois Piennar in the pack, with Kyryn Bracken, Michael Lynagh, Steve Ravenscroft and Phillipe Sella in the back division.

Saracens failed to win the competition that year, but would only have to wait another season before getting their hands on the newly named, Tetley Bitter Cup.

Exiles stunned by Sarries comeback

Saracens 29 – London Irish 21 – Vicarage Road. 03/05/1998

Saracens produced a stunning comeback to beat a London Irish team that contained current Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall, and Saracens Technical Director Brendan Venter.

In a performance that then Exiles coach Dick Best described as a “Houdini act”, Saracens came back from a 15-point deficit to win the game.

Last Gasp Lynagh wins it for Sarries

17 April 1998: Saracens 12 – Newcastle 10.  – Vicarage Road

In one of the biggest games of the 1997/98 season Saracens narrowly beat a star studded Newcastle team 12-10 after a last gasp Michael Lynagh drop goal.

During a bruising game Saracens lost a host of influential players such as Kyryan Bracken, Francois Pienaar and Richard Wallace, but undeterred they held on for a famous win.

Many Saracens supporters thought their title challenge had all but ended when Pat Lam scored for Newcastle, but it was the classy Australian outside half Lynagh who would snatch the victory for the Men in Black.

Newcastle would pip Saracens to the title that season by one solitary point.

Saracens crowned cup kings

9 May 1998 Saracens 48 Wasps 18 – Tetley Bitter Cup Final - Twickenham Stadium

In one of the clubs most famous days, Saracens completely overpowered Wasps, 48-18 in the Tetley's Bitter Cup Final at Twickenham to secure their first piece of major silverware.

Michael Lynagh and Philippe Sella, both making their last big match appearances before retirement, made significant contributions. French centre Sella scoring a sixth-minute try and Australian Lynagh kicking five conversions and a drop goal.

Vyvyan drop-gaol sinks Basque giants

23 October 2005, Saracens 22 Biarritz 10 – Vicarage Road

Saracens pulled off a surprise win over last year's Heineken Cup semi-finalists with a solid defensive display in their opening pool game on Sunday.

The English Premiership side conceded a solitary try and a penalty against a team full of big-name internationals.

Glen Jackson starred for the home side, continually edging his team in front with 14 points.

Ben Johnston scored his side's only try in the first half, while back-row forward Hugh Vyvyan kicked a drop goal.

Receiving the ball 40 metres from the line, the 6ft 6in flanker looked up and struck a sweet left-foot shot straight between the posts.

Saracens claim Toulouse scalp

7th October 2000, Toulouse 22 – Saracens 32 – Stade Municipal

Saracens shocked their host in the first game of Pool 3 in the 1999/2000 Heineken Cup. Tries from winger Darragh O’Mahony and lock forward Scott Murray punished Toulouse, whist former favourite Castaignede haunted his former employers adding 22 points with the boot to clinch a famous 32-22 victory in the South of France.

Super Sarries stun all-star Ospreys

5 April 2008, Saracens 19 Ospreys 10, Vicarage Road

Saracens claimed a place in the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup for the first time after stunning favourites Ospreys in one Vicarage Road’s most famous games.

James Hook put the visitors ahead with an early penalty but Saracens hit back with two penalties from Glen Jackson. The Ospreys made a host of errors and Saracens took control with a try from Francisco Leonelli on 42 minutes.

Ospreys had a glimmer of hope after Paul James bundled over but Jackson's late drop-goal sealed a famous win.

Legend Hill bids farewell

10 May 2008, Saracens 25 Bristol Rugby 20 - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes

The first time Saracens played at stadium:mk was in May 2008. The Men in Black defeated Bristol in an entertaining 25-20 win, but it was the final curtain call of a rugby legend that made the headlines.

It was the final game Richard Anthony Hill MBE. Dubbed ‘Mr Saracens’ for over 15 years, the legendary England and British Lions back rower finally called time on a wonderful career that saw him lift a World Cup. A one club man throughout his career, Hill made 275 appearances for the north Londoners.

Bristol had looked set to spoil the World Cup-winning flanker's farewell in Milton Keynes - Stadium MK was staging its first game of rugby as Saracens' Vicarage Road home was needed by Watford Football Club - thanks to some inventive back play and two tries from 19-year-old centre Luke Eves, which had given them a 20-18 lead with only two minutes to play.

Yet a try with the final move of the game from wing Kameli Ratuvou stole the match for Saracens and ended Hill's 15-year career with the club on a fitting note. Both teams and the 8,000-strong crowd stayed in place for presentations to the man who won 71 caps for England and went on three Lions tours. An emotional Hill thanked his team-mates, the club's officials and medical staff with typical modesty before embarking on a farewell lap of honour.

Cherry and Whites edged in tense semi-final

May 8th 2011, Saracens 12 – Gloucester 10 – Premiership Semi-Final – Vicarage Road

After finishing 9 points clear of third place Gloucester, Saracens met the West Country side in a tense and tight Premiership semi-final at Vicarage Road. 

In closely fought match where Saracens captain Steve Borthwick was controversially yellow carded, it was the boot of Owen Farrell that took Saracens to their second successive Premiership final.

Saracens would go on to win the Premiership beating Leicester Tigers in the final.

Steadfast Sarries crowned Premiership champions

28 May 2011 - Leicester Tigers 18-22 Saracens – Twickenham

A nerveless kicking display from Owen Farrell and a try from James Short saw Saracens claim their first Premiership title at Twickenham, defeating Leicester Tigers 22-18.

A 19 year old Owen Farrell proved he had the mettle to perform on the grandest stage, as he knocked over five penalties and a conversion.

Saracens went into the half time break 16-9 to the good, but Leicester Tigers came back strongly in the second half. Tigers were seeking their third consecutive Premiership title, but found themselves four points down with regular time up.

The defending champions put together 32 phases in injury time, but a resolute Saracens side weren't to be denied and the men in black defended heroically, finally forcing a penalty after a six minutes of over-time to win their first piece of silverware since 1998.

Saracens run riot at Welford Road

24 Sep 2011 - Leicester Tigers 25-50 Saracens - Welford Road

A rampant Saracens ran in six tries at Welford Road as they inflicted Leicester's heaviest-ever Premiership defeat.

Charlie Hodgson kicked three penalties and converted his own try as Saracens raced into a 16-3 lead.

Ernst Joubert and Niall Morris traded tries before the break but Sarries moved out of sight with further scores from Owen Farrell and Jamie George.

Julian Salvi pulled one back but Brad Barritt and Joubert's second made Ben Woods' late score mere consolation. The record win was Saracens' third consecutive victory at Welford Road.

Chiefs brushed aside on landmark day

16th February 2013, Saracens 31 – Exeter Chiefs 11: Allianz Park

Saracens enjoyed a victorious start to Aviva Premiership life at Allianz Park as they defeated Exeter Chiefs 31-11 with a bonus-point win.

Outside half Charlie Hodgson scuttled through the Chiefs defence to score Saracens first Premiership try at their new ground, whilst props Mako Vunipola (x2) and Matt Stevens scored tries as Saracens recorded a maiden league win at their new home.

Hodgson added eleven points from the kicking tee, with the Chiefs solitary try coming from Richard Baxter.