Talking Le God

We recently saw the appointment of Le God as an ambassador for Southampton FC, I must admit, I thought he’d already been made one a few years ago when Nicola Cortese left the club. Being made an ambassador is a fitting tribute to the man who spent his whole career at the Saints. Le God...
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Astrella Football Academy

Jody Rivers, “believe – strive – achieve” These are the words Jody has chosen to go on his new football academies logo and they could not be more fitting. I have come to know Jody quite well over the last few years, initially via social media then telephone conversations and finally getting to meet by...
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Welcome to Saintsworld Luke

My Saints Story My name is Luke Weir, I’m 18 years old and I am a Southampton supporter from Oxford – weird right? So the story goes like this… My love of football came quite a bit later than most and am reliably informed that I used to prefer playing the beautiful game as opposed...
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Ralph Hasenhüttl’s Summer Job

Jake Tee gives us his thoughts on the work ahead this summer for the Southampton FC boss The curtain has now closed on another demanding season for everyone connected to Southampton Football Club. Two consecutive seasons has seen the Saints avoid relegation in the closing weeks and manager Ralph Hasenhüttl now faces a challenging summer...
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A Sunny Day in May by Michael Spicer

1st May 1976 I sat playing with Steve Austin in his red tracksuit, looking through his bionic eye. The garden in Fareham was so neat and well ordered, I skipped (yes really) back into the greenhouse attached to the back of the house and my nan called me for elevenses. It was a Saturday and...
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THE SOUTHAMPTON AUDIO DESCRIPTION SERVICE

 How Alan March Sport are bringing the game to life for blind and partially-sighted fans Back in September, early in the 2018/19 season, Southampton launched the all-new audio-description (ad) commentary service. Provided by Alan March Sport Ltd (AMS) in partnership with Southampton Football Club, this service has been brought in help blind and partially-sighted fans...
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A DAY IN THE LIFE-DAVE WARNES-SAINTS WORKS

I don’t like to stick to the usual porridge when I get into work. I like a pastry in the morning – it helps when checking through resources and session plans to have something tasty. Saints Works helps 16-25-year olds who are not in education, employment, or formal training to get back on their feet...
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Capital Double Bubble or Double Trouble ?!

The Europa League commitments of Arsenal meant that this season’s fixture at the Emirates was shifted to a Sunday. Situated in North London, the home of the Gunners is notoriously difficult to access and it is for this reason that during previous visits, Dad and I have elected to travel via supporters coach. However, the...
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‘THE DELL’

Southampton Football Club formed as the St Mary’s Young Men’s Association in 1885 and played their first game in the November of that year, beating local rivals Freemantle 5-1. This game was played on land in Northlands Road, but this was not to be the club’s permanent home. Between then and the move to the...
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Sheepish Saints

Having gotten a little too carried away with a morning FIFA session, Dad was left furiously pacing the living room in anticipation of our departure as the clock approached 12:40 – ten minutes behind our usual schedule. Already playing catch up, I received a phone call just moments after exiting the village. Rudely interrupted was...
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‘Snow when the Saints go marching to Burnley’

The trip to Burnley is always trying, let alone when the village you derive from has been submerged by a blanket of snow. Sure, the conditions were welcome Friday, hazardous roads meaning a lay off from work, however, the novelty soon wore off. Having booked to undergo the journey via coach from St. Mary’s (seemingly...
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Clipping the wings of Eagles:

With Saints unfortunately having been eliminated from the FA Cup, the weekend was freed up, with an ideal opportunity for our ladies side to take centre stage and continue their impressive unbeaten streak. Having cruelly been defeated last time out in the Hampshire Cup by a Portsmouth side featuring two divisions above, Saints visited Ascot...
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Toffees come unstuck:

Many years ago, before I was able to drive, Dad and I relied upon my Godparents, ardent Saints supporters themselves, for transport to matches. Living in a village just a short drive away from us, as grateful as we were for the lifts, they had an almost incredible trait for running late. As if the...
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TSP: POD LIFE!

Due to the dramatic (well, it was more ‘typical Saints’ than dramatic…..) Derby County defeat, there’s no game for us this coming weekend, with participation in the FA Cup ending at the very first opportunity this season. Then again, who’d really want to go to Accrington Stanley (Who are they? Exactly!) anyway?! So, with a...
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HUNTING ON TWO FRONTS!

With the vaunted man flu striking once again, a tactical substitution was made for Saturday’s drive to Leicestershire, Dad withdrawn for the much younger, spritely Cam, my sixteen year old cousin. In all truth, bereft of Christmas present ideas the plan was in the works long before but with Dad ailing, all worked out swimmingly...
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THE NEW SOUTHAMPTON WAY ?

Well it’s the silly season again, as always during transfer windows especially it seems fans are eager to be in the know with the goings on at Southampton Football Club and what the strategy is for approaching the window. During our times of success in years not too far gone by, you would often here...
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UP FOR THE CUP!

Friday saw the return to action for Saints’ Under-23s side as they welcomed Stoke City to Staplewood. The youngsters have been going great guns this season, as they look to gain promotion to Division 1 of Premier League 2, this being their second consecutive season in the lower tier. The first period of the match...
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TOP 6 TRICKS !

How would Ralph’s tricks fare against the Top 6?! Having succumbed to West Ham, arguably Hasenhuttl’s first setback since taking the managerial vacancy (the loss to Cardiff, debatably also, however, Ralph had only had a matter of days to prepare his charges for the clash), reigning Champions Manchester City were next on the agenda, roared...
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3 IN A ROW? HO HO HO

Saints last recorded victory in Huddersfield 47 years ago, admittedly, the teams haven’t met one another on a regular basis throughout the years since but still, it’s a record that didn’t read particularly promisingly for those of a Saints persuasion. My first visit to the Galpharm Stadium (as it was back then, now the John...
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SAINTSWORLD SURVEY

January 2019 Southampton FC Supporters Survey We want your views on all things Southampton FC. 1. How many signings are required for Southampton FC in the January window? 1-2 3-4 5-6 None 2. How Many Departures are required for Southampton FC in the January Window? 1-2 3-4 5-6 None 3. Where do you think Southampton FC will finish...
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AUSTIN THE NICK OF TIME!

Before I begin to sum up what turned out to be a surprisingly incredible Sunday for Saints fans, first I must slate my Mother profusely. As has been well documented, I’ve held a season ticket since the age of six and although I’m not certain of the exact time frame, I hadn’t missed a home...
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3 POINTS FOR CHRISTMAS!

Saints will travel to Yorkshire buoyed by a good win last Sunday, which saw them move out of the bottom three. Make no mistake, if we want that good home win to turn into a great win, Saints must do something that they haven’t managed in a very long time, which is win two league...
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AGE CONCERN-A SAINT IN EXILE

I’m drinking  a warm beer on the porch of my house. For that reason I’ve just had to dish out $400 on a new fridge freezer because the one in the kitchen decided life was far easier if it behaved like a cupboard. This is not a good thing because in Australia, in the build...
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FREE BEER THREE POINTS !

Free pints and three unexpected points was the order of the day at St Mary’s yesterday as Ralph Hasenhüttl took a step back to the future with the Saints players, just under a fortnight into the job the Austrian got his players to turn in a performance that resembled the days of Pochettino and Koeman,...
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RZAR!

Rzar is a UK based clothing company. Founded by myself and my business partner Andy Matthews in early 2018. A lifelong dream. The conclusion of lots of hard work and patience. Dedicated to providing consumers with top quality fashion. a range of products we ourselves as average fashion conscious blokes & ladies on the street...
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RALPH TO THE RESCUE !

Heading into Saturday’s crucial encounter with fellow strugglers Cardiff City in Wales, there was a certain sense of renewed optimism amongst the Saints faithful following the appointment of Ralph Hasenhuttl as new manager. The Austrian, renowned for his success in Germany, taking second division strugglers Ingolstadt up to the Bundesliga and guiding RB Leipzig to...
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ON TO CARDIFF!

With the pressure mounting on manager Mark Hughes, Saturday saw the small proposition of Manchester United coming to town, under the lights as the day’s televised tea time fixture. Admittedly not what they once were during the Fergie era, United still possess a wealth of talent throughout their squad, key players including the likes of...
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DOUBLY DIFFICULT WEEK !

I first visited Craven Cottage on my 21st birthday. Our Championship encounter with Leicester had been moved to the Monday for screening and therefore, with a free Saturday, Dad and I opted to take in Fulham’s entertaining of Newcastle. And what a decision it was, Fulham trailed at the break to a solitary goal from...
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KIKO TELLS ALL

I have been involved in football one way or another for the last 40 years. Firstly as an amateur player and then a parent. As a young lad, I had potential but never progressed into the professional game. I had spells with Burnley FC and Deportivo La Coruna, but I never became a full-time professional...
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DEALING WITH THE PROBLEM!

As an almost totally blind fan, I can honestly say that these past 2 seasons have been the worst in my Saints memory of attending matches for almost 40 years. The Radio Solent commentary has become uninteresting as the standard of football has diminished quickly. The commentators often make comments about previous decisions and don’t...
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Thinking Back – Looking Fowards

Thinking back to before the International break (a period I used to despise but the novelty has become more welcome due to poor form in recent times), it was time for the visit of Watford, the Hertfordshire side in indifferent form after a strong start to the season. Having lost to lowly Newcastle the week...
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Yasmin Wants Changes

I’m one of the twelve panel members. When we were first selected we had over 60 issues to categorize. Our main focus is ensure each fan is being listened to and each problem is getting addressed accordingly. My main responsibility within the panel is to answer and deal with our email enquiries. I always ensure...
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My Saints Story

Scottish Saints FC Adventures Well my name is Derek Lowe and I am a Southampton FC Supporter located in Huntly in the North East of Scotland. The main reason I started supporting the Saints is because my auntie Jennifer lives near Southampton and has had a season ticket at St Mary’s since it was first...
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Where to now ??

Which Direction are Saints Heading With the sacking of Les Reed last week came the statement from the club, saying there will an overhaul of the football side of Southampton FC, many fans are still asking the question, which direction are the club heading in? The simple truth is I don’t know, but I have...
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Will Dawe The Man The Myth The Archive

Hi, my name is Will Dawe – father, husband, army reservist and a saints fan…….and one strand of a hair one game at a time! Back in January of this year I had the idea of setting up a Saint Supporters group with a difference. I had sourced the drive to work on this project...
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Dan Jarvis: a coach trip to the Etihad

Last Sunday I decided to treat my cousin Cam to a trip to the Etihad to watch Saints take on the might of Champions Manchester City. Cam, an avid football follower himself and academy player for Yeovil Town, had long hinted at the possibility of attending a match at one of the most impressive sporting...
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Match Preview: Saints V Newcastle

Must-win games in October are the domain of teams staring down a long tunnel towrd relegation. Can Saints get a much-needed win against the Magpies, a team against which they have a great home record. Mercurial Mike Allott takes a look ahead at this weekend’s match… After a respectable performance and draw against Bournemouth last...
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Meet Jody Rivers: Matt Le Tissier Natural Coaching, director of coaching 

The football coach and respected writer of coaching techniques and philosophies, Jody Rivers, has written an introductory biography about his experiences, beliefs, achievements and what he ultimately hopes to achieve and inspire through coaching. Meet the man charged with delivering Matt Le Tissier’s coaching philosophy (and, no, that doesn’t mean teaching kids to stand around...
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Mike Allott: Saints team v Burnley

Regular columnist and shrinking violet Mike Allott shares his team selection for Sunday’s visit of Burnley. Agree? Disagree? Mike encourages you to leave your comments below. And don’t worry—his broad shoulders can take any criticism… As all Saints fans do I’m sitting here thinking what team Mark Hughes will select to start on Sunday. Like all...
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A look at the season ahead

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Striking a balance – a look at pre-season

So Mark(y Marky) Hughes has signed a three-year contract with Saints, after their unexpected battle for survival – unexpected in that Saints found themselves in it and that they finally provided some kind of fight. The sheer relief on the south coast has led many to exaggerate Hughes’s achievements, a fairly unremarkable 8 points from...
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Match Report: Saints 3 – 3 Schalke 04

Alex Hammond-Gilles watched Saints’ preseason friendly against German giants Schalke 04. The game took place in Kushan, China.  Southampton drew 3-3 against Bundesliga runners-up FC Schalke 04 in their first pre-season game at the Kunshan Sports Centre Stadium in China. First Half Saints had the first chance of the game and it fell to the...
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