Southampton council leader's disappointment of City of Football snub

Adam Lallana, a symbol of Southampton's football success

Adam Lallana, a symbol of Southampton's football success

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SOUTHAMPTON’S council leader has spoken of his disappointment after the city missed out on the chance to invest more than £1million in grassroots football.

Football chiefs have decided Southampton does not have the credentials to become England’s first City of Football and have left it off the final shortlist.

Meanwhile south coast rivals Portsmouth, whose football team is currently in the fourth tier of English football, is on the list along with Manchester and Nottingham.

As reported by the Daily Echo, a consortium consisting of Southampton City Council, the University of Southampton, Southampton Solent University, Southampton FC, and amateur football clubs, were hoping to harness the football buzz around the city by bidding for the City of Football accolade.

Credentials including a successful Premier League team producing some of the best English talent and three players being called up for the national squad at the World Cup, FA Vase winning Sholing, and promotion winning Eastleigh, were not enough to impress the judges.

If successful, Southampton would have been in line for up to £1.6million of Sport England funding that would be used to encourage more people playing all forms of the grassroots game.

Sport England assessed the bids and previously said cities with significant strength in the 14-25 age group and with populations of more than 200,000 will be preferred.

But all hopes were dashed after Sport England revealed the final shortlist yesterday. Southampton City Council leader Cllr Simon Letts said he was disappointed but has yet to receive the letter detailing why the consortium’s bid had failed.

He said: “I am disappointed that we haven’t been shortlisted.

“I thought we had a good case with Southampton’s record of bringing in young players, and the success of Sholing this year.

“We congratulate Portsmouth. This might be the case that with Portsmouth, languishing in the fourth tier of English football, they may need more help with football development.”

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12:31pm Sat 7 Jun 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Some one SOMEWHERE ! is having a giggle . Skate land on the LIST, Sounds very FISHY to me .
Some one SOMEWHERE ! is having a giggle . Skate land on the LIST, Sounds very FISHY to me . SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 10

1:02pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Linesman says...

SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
Some one SOMEWHERE ! is having a giggle . Skate land on the LIST, Sounds very FISHY to me .
To be fair, when their outlook was bleak, with the possibility of even going out of existence, their fans did something about it, rather than sit around and moan.

I seem to recall that when Saints were in trouble, a friendly match to raise money to help the club, had to be cancelled because of a lack of support, and an meeting of fans in Central Hall met the same fate.

Give credit where credit is due.
[quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: Some one SOMEWHERE ! is having a giggle . Skate land on the LIST, Sounds very FISHY to me .[/p][/quote]To be fair, when their outlook was bleak, with the possibility of even going out of existence, their fans did something about it, rather than sit around and moan. I seem to recall that when Saints were in trouble, a friendly match to raise money to help the club, had to be cancelled because of a lack of support, and an meeting of fans in Central Hall met the same fate. Give credit where credit is due. Linesman
  • Score: 8

1:20pm Sat 7 Jun 14

*ay*carumba* says...

How does this compare to the disappointment that the Council snubbed the D-Day 70th anniversary?
How does this compare to the disappointment that the Council snubbed the D-Day 70th anniversary? *ay*carumba*
  • Score: 8

1:54pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Linesman says...

*ay*carumba* wrote:
How does this compare to the disappointment that the Council snubbed the D-Day 70th anniversary?
Probably because the commemorations were held at Southsea and elsewhere.
[quote][p][bold]*ay*carumba*[/bold] wrote: How does this compare to the disappointment that the Council snubbed the D-Day 70th anniversary?[/p][/quote]Probably because the commemorations were held at Southsea and elsewhere. Linesman
  • Score: 0

2:06pm Sat 7 Jun 14

*ay*carumba* says...

Linesman wrote:
*ay*carumba* wrote:
How does this compare to the disappointment that the Council snubbed the D-Day 70th anniversary?
Probably because the commemorations were held at Southsea and elsewhere.
Southampton played a huge part in the D-Day preparations though and this should have been acknowledged by the Council.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]*ay*carumba*[/bold] wrote: How does this compare to the disappointment that the Council snubbed the D-Day 70th anniversary?[/p][/quote]Probably because the commemorations were held at Southsea and elsewhere.[/p][/quote]Southampton played a huge part in the D-Day preparations though and this should have been acknowledged by the Council. *ay*carumba*
  • Score: 10

4:15pm Sat 7 Jun 14

FoysCornerBoy says...

SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
Some one SOMEWHERE ! is having a giggle . Skate land on the LIST, Sounds very FISHY to me .
Its a bit like when FIFA chooses places like Russia and Qatar to host world cup competitions.
[quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: Some one SOMEWHERE ! is having a giggle . Skate land on the LIST, Sounds very FISHY to me .[/p][/quote]Its a bit like when FIFA chooses places like Russia and Qatar to host world cup competitions. FoysCornerBoy
  • Score: 3

4:57pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Linesman says...

*ay*carumba* wrote:
Linesman wrote:
*ay*carumba* wrote:
How does this compare to the disappointment that the Council snubbed the D-Day 70th anniversary?
Probably because the commemorations were held at Southsea and elsewhere.
Southampton played a huge part in the D-Day preparations though and this should have been acknowledged by the Council.
It is all very well to criticise and complain, but how do you suggest that it should have been done?

Everyone who lived in Southampton and the surrounding areas during WWII would be aware of the part the city played, and it is well recorded in the city's history, but I don't think that there are the facilities to host a commemoration in the city that would attract as much attention or as many visitors as has happened in Portsmouth.

I am sure that there have been, and will be church services to commemorate the event, and no doubt they will be attended by civic dignitaries.
[quote][p][bold]*ay*carumba*[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]*ay*carumba*[/bold] wrote: How does this compare to the disappointment that the Council snubbed the D-Day 70th anniversary?[/p][/quote]Probably because the commemorations were held at Southsea and elsewhere.[/p][/quote]Southampton played a huge part in the D-Day preparations though and this should have been acknowledged by the Council.[/p][/quote]It is all very well to criticise and complain, but how do you suggest that it should have been done? Everyone who lived in Southampton and the surrounding areas during WWII would be aware of the part the city played, and it is well recorded in the city's history, but I don't think that there are the facilities to host a commemoration in the city that would attract as much attention or as many visitors as has happened in Portsmouth. I am sure that there have been, and will be church services to commemorate the event, and no doubt they will be attended by civic dignitaries. Linesman
  • Score: -5

5:08pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Datarater says...

They do have a Minister for Portsmouth to make these things happen.
They do have a Minister for Portsmouth to make these things happen. Datarater
  • Score: 1

6:24pm Sat 7 Jun 14

*ay*carumba* says...

Linesman wrote:
*ay*carumba* wrote:
Linesman wrote:
*ay*carumba* wrote:
How does this compare to the disappointment that the Council snubbed the D-Day 70th anniversary?
Probably because the commemorations were held at Southsea and elsewhere.
Southampton played a huge part in the D-Day preparations though and this should have been acknowledged by the Council.
It is all very well to criticise and complain, but how do you suggest that it should have been done?

Everyone who lived in Southampton and the surrounding areas during WWII would be aware of the part the city played, and it is well recorded in the city's history, but I don't think that there are the facilities to host a commemoration in the city that would attract as much attention or as many visitors as has happened in Portsmouth.

I am sure that there have been, and will be church services to commemorate the event, and no doubt they will be attended by civic dignitaries.
Just off the top of my head, offering the veterans to march through the Bargate up to the Cenotaph.

Wouldn't have cost much money but given the public the opportunity to say "Thank you"
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]*ay*carumba*[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]*ay*carumba*[/bold] wrote: How does this compare to the disappointment that the Council snubbed the D-Day 70th anniversary?[/p][/quote]Probably because the commemorations were held at Southsea and elsewhere.[/p][/quote]Southampton played a huge part in the D-Day preparations though and this should have been acknowledged by the Council.[/p][/quote]It is all very well to criticise and complain, but how do you suggest that it should have been done? Everyone who lived in Southampton and the surrounding areas during WWII would be aware of the part the city played, and it is well recorded in the city's history, but I don't think that there are the facilities to host a commemoration in the city that would attract as much attention or as many visitors as has happened in Portsmouth. I am sure that there have been, and will be church services to commemorate the event, and no doubt they will be attended by civic dignitaries.[/p][/quote]Just off the top of my head, offering the veterans to march through the Bargate up to the Cenotaph. Wouldn't have cost much money but given the public the opportunity to say "Thank you" *ay*carumba*
  • Score: 7

11:07am Sun 8 Jun 14

Linesman says...

*ay*carumba* wrote:
Linesman wrote:
*ay*carumba* wrote:
Linesman wrote:
*ay*carumba* wrote:
How does this compare to the disappointment that the Council snubbed the D-Day 70th anniversary?
Probably because the commemorations were held at Southsea and elsewhere.
Southampton played a huge part in the D-Day preparations though and this should have been acknowledged by the Council.
It is all very well to criticise and complain, but how do you suggest that it should have been done?

Everyone who lived in Southampton and the surrounding areas during WWII would be aware of the part the city played, and it is well recorded in the city's history, but I don't think that there are the facilities to host a commemoration in the city that would attract as much attention or as many visitors as has happened in Portsmouth.

I am sure that there have been, and will be church services to commemorate the event, and no doubt they will be attended by civic dignitaries.
Just off the top of my head, offering the veterans to march through the Bargate up to the Cenotaph.

Wouldn't have cost much money but given the public the opportunity to say "Thank you"
Agreed, but had you not considered that the veterans were members of a regiment, or an Association, and those regiments and associations were marching, or gathering elsewhere?

The D-Day veterans are all in their late 80's and 90s. I wonder whether you would fancy marching through the Bargate and up to the Cenotaph when you reach that age. I can assure you, I don't think that I would be up to it.
[quote][p][bold]*ay*carumba*[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]*ay*carumba*[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]*ay*carumba*[/bold] wrote: How does this compare to the disappointment that the Council snubbed the D-Day 70th anniversary?[/p][/quote]Probably because the commemorations were held at Southsea and elsewhere.[/p][/quote]Southampton played a huge part in the D-Day preparations though and this should have been acknowledged by the Council.[/p][/quote]It is all very well to criticise and complain, but how do you suggest that it should have been done? Everyone who lived in Southampton and the surrounding areas during WWII would be aware of the part the city played, and it is well recorded in the city's history, but I don't think that there are the facilities to host a commemoration in the city that would attract as much attention or as many visitors as has happened in Portsmouth. I am sure that there have been, and will be church services to commemorate the event, and no doubt they will be attended by civic dignitaries.[/p][/quote]Just off the top of my head, offering the veterans to march through the Bargate up to the Cenotaph. Wouldn't have cost much money but given the public the opportunity to say "Thank you"[/p][/quote]Agreed, but had you not considered that the veterans were members of a regiment, or an Association, and those regiments and associations were marching, or gathering elsewhere? The D-Day veterans are all in their late 80's and 90s. I wonder whether you would fancy marching through the Bargate and up to the Cenotaph when you reach that age. I can assure you, I don't think that I would be up to it. Linesman
  • Score: -2

1:13pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

Linesman wrote:
*ay*carumba* wrote:
Linesman wrote:
*ay*carumba* wrote:
Linesman wrote:
*ay*carumba* wrote:
How does this compare to the disappointment that the Council snubbed the D-Day 70th anniversary?
Probably because the commemorations were held at Southsea and elsewhere.
Southampton played a huge part in the D-Day preparations though and this should have been acknowledged by the Council.
It is all very well to criticise and complain, but how do you suggest that it should have been done?

Everyone who lived in Southampton and the surrounding areas during WWII would be aware of the part the city played, and it is well recorded in the city's history, but I don't think that there are the facilities to host a commemoration in the city that would attract as much attention or as many visitors as has happened in Portsmouth.

I am sure that there have been, and will be church services to commemorate the event, and no doubt they will be attended by civic dignitaries.
Just off the top of my head, offering the veterans to march through the Bargate up to the Cenotaph.

Wouldn't have cost much money but given the public the opportunity to say "Thank you"
Agreed, but had you not considered that the veterans were members of a regiment, or an Association, and those regiments and associations were marching, or gathering elsewhere?

The D-Day veterans are all in their late 80's and 90s. I wonder whether you would fancy marching through the Bargate and up to the Cenotaph when you reach that age. I can assure you, I don't think that I would be up to it.
you won't be up to it because you will be too exhausted making excuses for the failures of NuLabour run lousy Southampton Council under the leadership of slippery Simon Letts.

Had the other unofficial part of your favourite party the Tories ignored the D Day importance I have no doubt you and the rest of the Miliband's local mob on this site would have taken completely different stand.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]*ay*carumba*[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]*ay*carumba*[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]*ay*carumba*[/bold] wrote: How does this compare to the disappointment that the Council snubbed the D-Day 70th anniversary?[/p][/quote]Probably because the commemorations were held at Southsea and elsewhere.[/p][/quote]Southampton played a huge part in the D-Day preparations though and this should have been acknowledged by the Council.[/p][/quote]It is all very well to criticise and complain, but how do you suggest that it should have been done? Everyone who lived in Southampton and the surrounding areas during WWII would be aware of the part the city played, and it is well recorded in the city's history, but I don't think that there are the facilities to host a commemoration in the city that would attract as much attention or as many visitors as has happened in Portsmouth. I am sure that there have been, and will be church services to commemorate the event, and no doubt they will be attended by civic dignitaries.[/p][/quote]Just off the top of my head, offering the veterans to march through the Bargate up to the Cenotaph. Wouldn't have cost much money but given the public the opportunity to say "Thank you"[/p][/quote]Agreed, but had you not considered that the veterans were members of a regiment, or an Association, and those regiments and associations were marching, or gathering elsewhere? The D-Day veterans are all in their late 80's and 90s. I wonder whether you would fancy marching through the Bargate and up to the Cenotaph when you reach that age. I can assure you, I don't think that I would be up to it.[/p][/quote]you won't be up to it because you will be too exhausted making excuses for the failures of NuLabour run lousy Southampton Council under the leadership of slippery Simon Letts. Had the other unofficial part of your favourite party the Tories ignored the D Day importance I have no doubt you and the rest of the Miliband's local mob on this site would have taken completely different stand. Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: -1

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