A thread for all the Saints out there....


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...which I know has the potential for confusion - but to be clear Southampton FC rather than rugby club or ecclesiastical types.

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Big game today which will either confirm Saints rejoining the Premiership - or a flood of calls to the RSPCA as 31,000 cats get kicked all over St Marys if Coventry, against all the form, somehow stagger out as winners....

Come on you REDS :) :dance:


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heee....Saints put 4 goals past Coventry to confirm their promotion to the Premiership on Saturday......and I look forward to watching Chelsea, Arsenal,Spurs , Liverpool, City/United etc playing at St Mary's...... a season ticket is £600....arrgggh ! :sweatdrop:

Championship 2011-12
Southampton 4 Sharp 16, Jose Fonte 19, Hooiveld 59, Lallana 63
Coventry City 0

Sachin Nakrani at St Mary's

Southampton have scratched their seven-year itch. That is how long it has taken the south coast club, once home to Channon, Keegan, Shearer and Le Tissier, to return to the Premier League. There has been a drop into administration and League One football along the way, but with this emphatic, deserved victory the Saints have completed their march out of the darkness.

The outpouring of joy at the final whistle was understandably uncontrollable. Despite pleas from the public-address announcer for supporters to refrain from charging on to the pitch, the bulk of the 32,363 crowd – a record for this venue – could not help themselves. They flooded on to the turf while some released red flares into the gloomy and damp south-coast sky. In the midst of it all Rickie Lambert, Southampton's top scorer and recently named PFA Championship player of the year, could be seen looking on with a mixture of bewilderment and pleasure. His face captured perfectly the story of this club's achievement.

For it was hard to see a way back for Southampton when, three years ago this month, and after an era of chaotic mismanagement, the club was plunged into administration and hit with a subsequent 10-point penalty. Relegation to League One soon followed and, at that point, a return to the top-flight, where they last played in 2005 under the management of Harry Redknapp, seemed a lifetime away.

But the turnaround has been swift. Swiss businessman Markus Liebherr – who died in 2010 – led a takeover that brought the club out of administration. Since then, under the chairmanship of the outspoken Italian banker Nicola Cortese and, just as crucially, the management of Nigel Adkins, Southampton have achieved back-to-back promotions.

It has been no fluke. Under Adkins, the former Scunthorpe manager, Southampton have never been out of the Championship's top-two places, are the division's highest scorers with 85 goals and have finished with a home record, having won 16 of their 23 games.

Tension has taken over in recent weeks, however, and Southampton had won two of their previous six games, a spell that included defeat to the champions, Reading. That meant Southampton, so long red-hot favourites for promotion, came into this contest still fearing the worst: fail to beat Coventry and they could yet be pipped to second place by West Ham.

It came as little surprise, then, to see the hosts start in tentative fashion. Unable to keep possession in their traditional manner, Southampton found themselves pushed further and further back by a Coventry side that seemed to free of all inhibitions having been relegated to the third tier for the first time since 1964 following a wretched campaign in which they finished 23rd and as the division's lowest scorers.

It was Andy Thorn's side who came closest to opening the scoring when their captain, Gary McSheffrey, hit an accurate, curling drive towards the corner that forced Kelvin Davies into a fine, diving save.

Southampton found their composure, however, and took the lead on 16 minutes in typically eye-catching style. Having practically carried the ball from one area to another, José Fonte played a pass out wide to Guly do Prado, whose quick sideways delivery was struck by Adam Lallana and diverted into the net by Billy Sharp. Three minutes later Fonte scored, heading Daniel Fox's right-wing corner past the grasp of the Coventry goalkeeper, Joe Murphy.

From there, and with the home crowd's roars reaching fever pitch, the outcome was never in doubt. Jos Hooiveld got Southampton's third from close range after 59 minutes before Lallana sealed the rout with his 13th goal of the season four minutes later.

Trips to Old Trafford, the Etihad Stadium, Anfield and Stamford Bridge await Southampton, then, not to mention an estimated £90m boost to the club's coffers. Having lost Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and, most recently, Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain to Premier League clubs since their relegation under Redknapp, Southampton can now focus on attracting high-calibre talent themselves, with Adkins stating that their preparations for next season have already begun.

The manager also insisted that his side would, like Norwich and Swansea, continue to play with a high-tempo, possession-based style among the elite, an approach that ultimately left Coventry in a ragged state here. Like Southampton, they, too, were once regular Premier League performers. Heading towards oblivion, they should take inspiration from how their opponents have risen from despair to glory.

Southampton's José Fonte is congratulated after his side's second goal against Coventry moved them closer to promotion. Photograph: PA


RELEGATED from the top flight on the final day of the 2005 season, losing 2-1 to Man United.

Harry Redknapp was manager and they were given hope when Graeme Le Saux’s corner went in off John O’Shea, but Darren Fletcher and Ruud van Nistelrooy hit back to seal the win.

It was the first time the Saints had dropped into the second tier since 1978.


THEY dropped into the third tier two seasons ago following administration. It took them eight games to get a League One win.

They made the long journey to Carlisle and Stockport during that spell and could only manage draws in those games.


THE club was changed when Nigel Adkins was appointed manager in September 2010.

After cutting his teeth at Bangor City and Scunthorpe, the Birkenhead-born ex-goalkeeper stabilised the club and they were promoted from League One in his first season.

This season they have been promotion candidates and held on despite a slight wobble.


SAINTS were bought in 2009 by Markus Liebherr, a Swiss businessman who died in August 2010, aged 62.

Following Liebherr’s death, chief executive Nicola Cortese confirmed the club will be owned by Liebherr’s family.


ADKINS takes credit after a fantastic two seasons in charge at St Mary’s.

He has been helped by the goals of Rickie Lambert, who finished the season with 31.

But Adkins is the person who has held it all together.


THEY will need to invest in their squad but they can take heart from the way Swansea and Norwich have performed.

There is a togetherness in the squad that will be needed when they rub shoulders with the likes of Manchester United.


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At last Adkins is getting the recognition for what he has done at the club.

Saints back in the top flight. About time.


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Hee.....can't wait to see Mancini pacing the dugout in front of the Itchen stand...the nobber :)
Nice to the Saint back, good club who try and play the game the proper way, won't be so gracious when you beat us though ^~


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Ah the authentic voice of the skate community at large - I don't know if you attended the last Saints Pompey match?

Hang on to your programme - it could be worth a lot of money by the time that happens again ! :twisted:

Bye bye Pompey, Pompey bye bye......


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yup.....may I refer the Honourable member to the first post?

- Hope the Rattenfanger is in fine form still and keeping the verdammt rodents at bay ? :)

From the roundup of fan blogs:
Championship 2011-12: the bloggers' end-of-season report | Football | guardian.co.uk

Southampton Dream or nightmare? To say the season exceeded our wildest expectations is a gigantic understatement. To begin with I was expecting a season of consolidation following promotion from League One. After all, Saints were just starting year three of a five-year plan to return to the Premier League. Right from the thrashing of Leeds on the very first day, it was clear that Nigel Adkins was aiming a whole lot higher than consolidation. Never out of the top two all season is real consistency and the only slight blemish was allowing Reading to overtake us at the death.

Top marks Without doubt Rickie Lambert, he took to the Championship like a duck to water. Imperious. Jos Hooiveld comes a close second. An inspired signing from Celtic this season.

Bottom of the class It has to be Bart Bialkowski, the reserve goalkeeper. He only started one league game, having done well in several cup games, but he had an absolute nightmare at home against Blackpool.

The gaffer Nigel Adkins may talk in cliches, but he may well also turn out to be the best manager we have ever had. Always upbeat and never ever moans about anything.

Best moment The final day after the first goal against Coventry. The whole weekend then passed in a haze. Simply wonderful!

Worst moment Losing to Reading at home, after having more than 70% of the play, 23 shots on goal and nine on target with only a single goal to show for all the pressure. They had three shots on target and scored 3 goals. Mugged.

Best fans Coventry. Showing dignity and spirit in the face of utter misery. Been there, done that. I hope they manage to recover as we did.

Worst fans Nobody. Not even Portsmouth's fans …

Hugh Collins, itsbeautifuloutside.co.uk


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Saints fans make the case for defence
6:00am Saturday 5th May 2012

By Adam Leitch

Almost half of Saints fans believe that Nigel Adkins’ summer transfer priority should be to bolster his defence.

In an exclusive dailyecho.co.uk poll, almost 2,000 supporters voted on where Saints should strengthen before their Premier League campaign kicks off.

And 42 per cent want Adkins to add to his defensive ranks with 25 making a central midfielder their priority, 21 per cent a winger, eight per cent a goalkeeper and just four per cent a new striker.

Saints did have the second best defensive record in the Championship, conceding just 46 goals over their 46 league games.

But they are short of Premier League experience with only three of the Saints defence having featured in the top flight a handful of times.

Full story in today's Daily Echo
The poll is at Saints Transfer Rumour Round-up - Summer 2012 (From Daily Echo)


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Saints FC Pre-Season matches to include Ajax and Udinese

Saints' 2012/13 pre-season schedule is currently as follows:

Saturday 14th July - 5.15pm: Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup, Arsenal & Rangers (home)

Wednesday 18th/Thursday 19th July: Opposition to be confirmed

Saturday 21st July - 7pm (local): Évian Thonon Gaillard (Stade Joseph-Moynat)

Saturday 28th July - 3pm: AFC Ajax (home)

Saturday 4th August - 3pm: Wolverhampton Wanderers (home)

Tuesday 7th August - 7.45pm: Bristol City (away)

Saturday 11th August - 12pm: Udinese Calcio (home)

Ticketing details for Saints' pre-season fixtures and further information on the Club's summer schedule will be announced on saintsfc.co.uk in due course.


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Dear Tazman, arright La?

Got any room on your floor for an old bloke with his own roll mat and sleeping bag for the evening of 1st December like...er...wack ? ( calm down, calm down!)

Southampton 2012/13 fixtures

SOUTHAMPTON fixtures for the 2012/13 Premier League season:


18 Man City (A)

25 Wigan (H)


1 Man Utd (H)

15 Arsenal (A)

22 Aston Villa (H)

29 Everton (A)


6 Fulham (H)

20 West Ham (A)

27 Tottenham (H)


3 West Brom (A)

10 Swansea (H)

17 QPR (A)

24 Newcastle (H)

27 Norwich (H)


1 Liverpool (A)

8 Reading (H)

15 Chelsea (A)

22 Sunderland (H)

26 Fulham (A)

29 Stoke (A)


1 Arsenal (H)

12 Aston Villa (A)

19 Everton (H)

29 Man Utd (A)


2 Wigan (A)

9 Man City (H)

23 Newcastle (A)


2 QPR (H)

9 Norwich (A)

16 Liverpool (H)

30 Chelsea (H)


6 Reading (A)

13 West Ham (H)

20 Swansea (A)

27 West Brom (H)


4 Tottenham (A)

12 Sunderland (A)

19 Stoke (H)
...which I know has the potential for confusion - but to be clear Southampton FC rather than rugby club or ecclesiastical types.

Southampton FC | Saints FC Scores, News, Transfers, Fixtures

Big game today which will either confirm Saints rejoining the Premiership - or a flood of calls to the RSPCA as 31,000 cats get kicked all over St Marys if Coventry, against all the form, somehow stagger out as winners....

Come on you REDS :) :dance:
Oh I was expecting a thread on the good folk of St Helena


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Yup....that'll be another one who carefully avoided reading the first post ?

There are many native Saints in St Helena - due to the influx of Southampton sperm following frequent visits by 17 Sport & Leisuretime....


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Any news on the pre season friendly tickets?


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Dunno...I quite fancy going to the Ajax game...I'll ask about. Got your season ticket sorted yet ?


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Ten things you didn't know about Ronald Koeman:

Southampton’s new First Team Manager has plenty of pedigree, but here are the things you probably don’t know Ronald Koeman.

Koeman is a vastly respected figure in the game both as a player and a manger, and we’ve found some additional insight on the new man at St Mary’s.

- After taking the reins at previous club Feyenoord in 2011, Koeman became the first to both play and manage the ‘big three’ after earlier spells with Ajax and PSV Eindhoven.

- The 51-year-old will already be very familiar with one of his new crop, having brought José Fonte to Portuguese side Benfica when in charge of the side in January 2006.

- The Dutchman was named the Rinus Michels Coach of the Year for the 2011/2012 season – voted for by fellow Eredivisie managers – after guiding Feyenoord a second-placed finish in the league that year.

- As a PSV player in the 1987/88 campaign, Koeman won every footballing competition he participated in as he collected winners medals in the Eredivisie, KNVB Cup and European Cup before being crowned a European champion on the international stage with Holland. The former defender was also named Dutch Footballer of the Year for his performances while amassing his haul of honours.

- A gifted set-piece taker, to this day Koeman still holds La Liga’s record for successful consecutive penalty conversions with a tally of 25.

- Ronald hails from a talented footballing family and shares similarity with brother Erwin and late father Martin, due to the trio all having represented their nation at senior level and club side FC Groningen.

- Koeman currently holds the record as the top-scoring defender in world football with a stunning 239 club career goals from his time with Groningen, Ajax, PSV, Barcelona and Feyenoord that stretched over a 17-season period.

- With a keen eye for goal from a young age, the-then 19-year-old centre-back was joint-top scorer at Groningen in just the second campaign of his senior career after he netted 15 times alongside striker Peter Houtman.

- Upon his move to Spain, he was a next door neighbor of his boss at Barcelona, Johan Cruyff.

- While in Catalonia, Barca fans affectionately named Koeman ‘Floquet de Neu’ after the albino gorilla in Barcelona’s zoo.

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