With the New Orleans Saints at Wembley on Sunday, London was alive with fans for a week leading up to the game
The Cry of Who Dat ringing round Wembley on Sunday was a special memory for many Saints fans based in the UK.
The Saints made their first trip back to London since 2008 when they defeated the San Diego 37-32 in a revenge game for future Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees going up against his old team. That game really showed cased the high power offence that would eventually lead the Saints onto the Super Bowl in 2009.
Coming into London on the back of a strong 13-34 win on the road to the Panthers this was a great chance to go 2-2 going into the bye week, The Saints Flew from Carolina to London after that victory in high spirits with the Defense stepping up for the first time this season.
Not many teams spend the whole week in London but tend to come in on the Friday but Sean Payton went with what he knew after his last visit. After Landing at Gatwick Airport on Monday Morning Payton gave his players Two days off to acclimatise to the time change so they were ready to go when practice started on Wednesday.
On the Monday evening some players including Drew Brees, Cam Jordan and Thomas Morstead went to the Emirates Stadium to watch a Premier League match between Arsenal & West Brom. The players seemed to really get into this new experience by going pitch side before the game wearing Arsenal Jerseys and talking Photos together and videos together before going up to the hospitality seats during the match cheering every Arsenal goal that goes in.
On the Tuesday more pictures started to get uploaded on social media of the team walking round London and enjoying the London Culture and cuisine. This was the players last chance to get there tourist photos as from Wednesday it was business.
As the Saints started to gear up for weekend the Who Dat nation started to land in London ready for Saturdays Fan Rally at Regents Street. The Saints were well represented on Regents with many players and ex players also making the trip. The UK Big Easy Mafia (UKSaintsFansGroup) had a massive Union Jack with the fleur de lis what was gaining a lot of attention from Fans from the UK and America wanting to take pictures with it. This really Captured for me the celebration of the two fan groups coming together to support the team. On Stage The Saints Brought out Drew Brees, Zach Strief, Max Unger, Cam Jordan, Aj Klein,
Craig Roberston, Thomas Mortead and Coach Sean Payton. They threw mini footballs to the crowd before being interviewed by Neil Reynolds and Darren Fletcher. Coach Payton had his game face on already and didn’t seem to keen to stay on Regents Street for long because this was a crucial game coming up for his team. also on stage and walking around the crowd they had the Saints Leading rusher of all time Deuce McAllister and Super Bowl Winner Lance Moore (Wide Receiver). the pair were seen taking pictures with fans through out the day and having a good time as they were also at a private Q&A hosted by NFL UK in the morning.
In the Evening the Saints official pub for the weekend was The Barrow Boy & Banker located just outside London Bridge train station. the evening was something quite amazing with Saints Fans from the UK and Saints fans from The US shared there stories of following the team and enjoyed the good food drink The Barrow Boy & Banker served. as the night got later more and more fans kept coming to the pub and people were queuing in the rain to get in to this fan meet up. The Loud Chants of Who Dat and the Sound of the New Orleans Music in the middle of a busy part of London some 4000 miles away from New Orleans showed how much these fans love there team and how far they willing to travel to see them play and the Enthusiasm of the UK support for the Saints.