Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Farrell has fond memories of old home

Owen Farrell and his Saracens team-mates are moving to a new stadium
Owen Farrell and his Saracens team-mates are moving to a new stadium

England fly-half Owen Farrell will retain fond memories of Vicarage Road when the Aviva Premiership club complete a move to their new home in Hendon, north London, in February as part of a sponsorship deal with German financial services provider Allianz.

Barnet Copthall Stadium is to be renamed Allianz Park as the club has agreed an £8million, six-year deal with Allianz that secures stadium naming rights and shirt sponsorship.During a 15-year tenancy at Vicarage Road, watching their team at the home of Watford FC has not always been appreciated by Saracens fans, but Farrell will retain only good memories.

"Vicarage Road is the place where I broke into the Saracens first team and I spent my first two seasons there," he said.

"We won the Premiership while we were playing there, which was a privilege.

"It's a pitch where you play rugby, it doesn't really matter what's going on around it.

"Although attendances weren't what we hoped, we're looking forward to the future and getting into this place.

"Having two home grounds this season won't be a problem. Hopefully we'll turn this place into a fortress and attendances will build and build."

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