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 opened so therefore got me involved. She also sends me up the match day programmes which I add to my ever increasing collection of various programmes from different clubs.
I try to attend at least one or two games during the season.
When I come down it is just mostly to see the match but on occasions I do other things in the surrounding area.
My first recollection of seeing the Saints play was on the TV and what an occasion it was. Saturday 17th May 2003 – FA Cup Final Day in Cardiff: Even though the Saints lost against Arsenal that day I will always remember seeing the thousands of supporters in a sea of yellow and blue inside the millennium stadium in Cardiff which turned it into a carnival atmosphere on the day. Seeing a fellow Scot manage the Saints at that period was fantastic too so thanks Gordon Strachan !
The next match I remember watching was also on the TV and it was that fateful day on the 15th of May 2005 when we lost our Premier League status after a 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United.
My first personal visit to St Mary’s to see the Saints play came on the final day of the 2007/08 season when we beat Sheffield United 3-2 in an enthralling encounter to cement our place in the English Championship, what I remember from this day was everyone running on the pitch at the end to celebrate – me included!
2010 was to be my next visit along with my granda and this time it wasn’t St Mary’s it was Wembley Stadium for the JPT Final against Carlisle United where we won the trophy by comfortably beaten them 4-1. When St Rickie Lambert scored from the penalty spot to put us up 1-0 we never really looked like losing the match and so it proved. Ok the JPT Trophy isn’t the most prestigious to win but given where we were before that it was a magnificent achievement and one which I will remember fondly. Seeing over 40,000 Southampton supporters march up Wembley way towards the stadium was brilliant and started off a fabulous day in the Capital. This was the first time I had ever been to a Saints cup final and the memories will stay with me.
Well my next match was to be on the 7th April 2012 and my first ever experience of the fierce south coast derby against Portsmouth. Just when me and I assume everyone else in the ground thought we had grabbed the winner near the end thanks to Billy Sharp up popped David Norris to secure a 2-2 draw which was a bitter pill to swallow for us. I remember feeling exhausted after the match which I think was due to the atmosphere that day, St Mary’s was rocking from start to finish.
2nd September 2012 was my next jaunt to see the Saints but this time it was in the Barclay’s Premier League against Manchester United. This was the first time I had attended a game involving Saints in the Premier League and formerly the Premiership in previous years. After leading for most of the match 2-1 two late goals from that man Robin Van Persie saw the reds nick a 3-2 win. This was also Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1,000th league match at the helm.
There have been many many more trip’s down to see the Saints since then including two trips to White Hart Lane and a trip to the Olympic Stadium for the match against West Ham. Recently I was down for the 1-1 match with Watford which was most memorable for the post match Charlie Austin Interview !!