Southampton FA Cup hero Jim Steele in bid to run White Horse

Saints legend Jim Steele

Saints legend Jim Steele

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HE is the tough tackling hardman famed for his dogged defensive displays on the football pitch.

Former Saints legend’s Jim Steele’s prowess inspired his team’s shock FA Cup Final win over Manchester United in 1976.

Now the footballing legend is turning his hand to a new challenge – winning back a New Forest pub.

The veteran Scottish international is weighing up the chance to take on the boarded up White Horse pub in Netley Marsh.

Daily Echo:

Punters were left shellshocked when the watering hole mysteriously closed earlier this month.

They arrived to find a message attached to the window written by former landlord Duncan Owers revealing he was closing his doors for good.

Pub owners Enterprise Inns said they are actively recruiting for a new publican and deny grocery giant Tesco are planning to develop the site.

Mr Steele said he is interested in managing, rather than buying the pub, but is yet to make a final decision.

He said: “I need to talk to the owners and see what’s going on but I just hate to see all these pubs shutting down. They are closing all over the place – it’s crazy.

Daily Echo:

“They are vital to village life yet they are dying a death – what are people going to do – drink at home?”

He said he may even call on former Saints manager Lawrie McMenemy and teammates Mark Dennis and Jimmy Case if he eventually hosts events there and added: “I’m nearly 64 but I am fit as a fiddle and we all support each other.”

Jim, who lives in West End, previously ran The Black Bear in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, but resigned after his wife Gill Smith had an operation.

He has also helped run Eastleigh Irish Club.

Netley Marsh’s nearest pub is now The Gamekeeper in Woodlands Road and two others are within two miles.

Totton North ward UKIP councillor Chris Lagdon said it is “fantastic news” and added: “The closure is a big loss to the community and hopefully someone of his calibre will bring new custom there.

“If it’s a decent pub selling decent food it will be good.”

Netley Marsh parish councillor Les Puttock said: “It’s always much better to have a pub open rather than remaining closed.

“But whoever takes over will have to do something a bit different with it to encourage people to come in.”

n Turn to page 56 to hear what Jim thinks of Cortese’s shock departure

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11:34am Fri 17 Jan 14

Brite Spark says...

He scored from 40 yards in the 76 semi!!
Oh no, that was Paul Gilchrist.
He scored from 40 yards in the 76 semi!! Oh no, that was Paul Gilchrist. Brite Spark
  • Score: 4

11:52am Fri 17 Jan 14


ask cortese for a sub.
ask cortese for a sub. WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.
  • Score: -5

1:46pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Hulk says...

6ft 2, eyes are blue, jimmy Steels serving you!!
Nice ring to it - good luck Jim
6ft 2, eyes are blue, jimmy Steels serving you!! Nice ring to it - good luck Jim Hulk
  • Score: 1

7:16pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Linesman says...

ask cortese for a sub.

With all the flooding, better get a hovercraft.
[quote][p][bold]WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.[/bold] wrote: ask cortese for a sub.[/p][/quote]Sub? With all the flooding, better get a hovercraft. Linesman
  • Score: 0

7:40pm Fri 17 Jan 14

memush says...

I"ll be there for a pint --or four
I"ll be there for a pint --or four memush
  • Score: 0

8:32pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Lockssmart says...

That's Roy Walker
That's Roy Walker Lockssmart
  • Score: 2

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