Seven years too long, insists McManus

St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus has insisted that seven years is too long for a club like St Helens to be away from the Challenge Cup Final – and he’s desperately hoping that drought can end tonight.

The Saints haven’t been at Wembley since their 2008 success – the third of three straight cup wins – and McManus believes that there’s plenty of motivation and anticipation for the Saints to get back to the capital.

“We won it three years on the row [2006, 2007 and 2008] and haven’t been back since, and we’re desperate to close that chapter this year,” he said.

“Seven years is a long time between drinks for a club like us not to get to Wembley, and you can sense the anticipation and excitement from the people of St Helens. Some of my earliest memories involve going to Wembley or big venues to watch St Helens v Leeds, and it’s something that has continued on throughout the decades: it’s a great rivalry.”