Super Saints storm to Premier League after 4-0 victory

Super Saints storm to Premier League after 4-0 victory

Super Saints storm to Premier League after 4-0 victory

First published in News

SUPER Saints have hit the football jackpot after securing promotion to the Premier League amid emotional scenes at St Mary’s this afternoon.

A record-breaking crowd of 32,363 packed the ground to witness Saints' long awaited return to the top flight of English football following a 4-0 demolition of relegated Coventry.

Goals from Billy Sharp, Jose Fonte, Jos Hooiveld and Adam Lallana also guaranteed the club a cash goldmine - worth an estimated £90m.

Thousands of fans invaded the pitch at the final whistle, while the result was greeted by similar scenes of delight in pubs and households across the city, as fans celebrated a return to the big time.

The celebrations had been put on ice since last weekend, after Saints lost 2-1 against Middlesbrough.

But this afternoon’s result means Saints are finally back in the Premier League, following an agonising seven year absence.

Having sat in the top two places of the Championship for the entire season, helped by 27 goals from Rickie Lambert, Adkins’ team had lost two of their past three games.

But Saints dominated today’s crunch game to win automatic promotion with Reading who go up as champions.

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It’s a remarkable turnaround for Saints who were staring at the possibility of liquidation and one of the most dramatic falls from grace when they entered the third tier of English football only three years ago.

And for manager Adkins, it's yet another promotion on his CV. Despite having been a professional manager for under six years, he has now overseen four promotions.

Twice in three years he took unfashionable Scunthorpe United into the second tier of English football before creating Saints history by becoming the club's first ever manager to win back-to-back promotions.

Adkins' place in Saints history is now secured after taking the club from the League 1 relegation zone to the the Premier League in under 90 extraordinary weeks.

Adkins, clearly emotional after the final whistle, praised the fans and said: "Everybody at this football club has worked their socks off. They deserve all the praise they get."

Lifelong Southampton fan, Herbie Taylor, 81, who was among the record-breaking crowd at St Mary’s today, said: “It's been a fantastic effort by the club to be in the top two of that league for as long as they have. It's nothing short of remarkable and they thoroughly deserved to go up.

“You have to give the manager, the chairman and the players huge credit for what they have achieved.

The club’s promotion is also set to provide a welcome boost to the city’s economy.

Councillors in Blackpool reported that an extra £30m was spent in the seaside resort, during their one year stay in the Premier League, as thousands of extra fans and tourists flocked to the town.

Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, believes promotion will boost the city’s reputation across the world.

He said: “The phenomenon of the Premier League is so much that you can go to places like Japan and China and they can tell you all the results.

“To have Southampton in that list of teams gives the reputation of the city a massive boost across the world and our name will reach a much bigger audience.

“This is a staggering achievement and it really does mean a lot to so many people in the city.”

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2:27pm Sat 28 Apr 12

lymicherry says...

I hope other Bournemouth fans join me in offering Southampton sincere congratulations. You've been a credit to the Championship and you thoroughly deserve everything you've achieved - well done.
I hope other Bournemouth fans join me in offering Southampton sincere congratulations. You've been a credit to the Championship and you thoroughly deserve everything you've achieved - well done. lymicherry
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2:30pm Sat 28 Apr 12

confused of kingsland says...

Brilliant!!!
Brilliant!!! confused of kingsland
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2:34pm Sat 28 Apr 12

ThorncombeSaint1976 says...

YEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS
!!!!!
YEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS !!!!! ThorncombeSaint1976
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2:36pm Sat 28 Apr 12

thankfully not a PO postcode says...

i love you super saints
i love you super saints thankfully not a PO postcode
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2:38pm Sat 28 Apr 12

doreron says...

I'm glad I was proved wrong. Well done lads. May you continue to do so in the Premiership. As long as you can manage to score at the away matches you will be fine. What a good manager Nigel has now proved.
I'm glad I was proved wrong. Well done lads. May you continue to do so in the Premiership. As long as you can manage to score at the away matches you will be fine. What a good manager Nigel has now proved. doreron
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2:39pm Sat 28 Apr 12

zurichboy says...

Yippeeeee....thank you Marcus, without your help we could not have started the journey back..danke
Yippeeeee....thank you Marcus, without your help we could not have started the journey back..danke zurichboy
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2:39pm Sat 28 Apr 12

saintperth says...

lymicherry wrote:
I hope other Bournemouth fans join me in offering Southampton sincere congratulations. You've been a credit to the Championship and you thoroughly deserve everything you've achieved - well done.
Many thanks lymicherry, the friendship and banter we had between our two clubs has had an incredibly good relationship, I do hope you guys have a good season next year! PROMOTION WOULD BE GREAT FOR YOUR CITY.
NOW AS FOR THE SAINTS!
T H A N K Y O U
WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON WE'RE PREMIER LEAGUE..... x
[quote][p][bold]lymicherry[/bold] wrote: I hope other Bournemouth fans join me in offering Southampton sincere congratulations. You've been a credit to the Championship and you thoroughly deserve everything you've achieved - well done.[/p][/quote]Many thanks lymicherry, the friendship and banter we had between our two clubs has had an incredibly good relationship, I do hope you guys have a good season next year! PROMOTION WOULD BE GREAT FOR YOUR CITY. NOW AS FOR THE SAINTS! T H A N K Y O U WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON WE'RE PREMIER LEAGUE..... x saintperth
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2:41pm Sat 28 Apr 12

incidentofficer says...

Marcus, wherever you are, bless you and thank you.
Marcus, wherever you are, bless you and thank you. incidentofficer
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2:41pm Sat 28 Apr 12

J.P.M says...

Oh dear

The toothless & unwashed chavos will be out spending their giros tonight in celebration - PLASTIC PINTPOTS ONLY PLEASE!
Oh dear The toothless & unwashed chavos will be out spending their giros tonight in celebration - PLASTIC PINTPOTS ONLY PLEASE! J.P.M
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2:43pm Sat 28 Apr 12

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Thank you Marcus , thank you Nigel and SOUTHAMPTON FOOTBALL CLUB , all and 1 . YOU MADE MY YEAR COMPLETE xx
Thank you Marcus , thank you Nigel and SOUTHAMPTON FOOTBALL CLUB , all and 1 . YOU MADE MY YEAR COMPLETE xx SPIKEISLANDTRADER
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2:43pm Sat 28 Apr 12

City Saint says...

Well done Saints. It has been an awesome two years, with some masterful football at St Mary's. I can't wait to see Saints back on the world stage!
Well done Saints. It has been an awesome two years, with some masterful football at St Mary's. I can't wait to see Saints back on the world stage! City Saint
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2:43pm Sat 28 Apr 12

costa gaz says...

OUR GREATEST EVER ACHIEVEMENT !!!!!!!!
To me this has eclipsed 1976.
2 back to back promotions after being on the brink of extinction.

Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!
OUR GREATEST EVER ACHIEVEMENT !!!!!!!! To me this has eclipsed 1976. 2 back to back promotions after being on the brink of extinction. Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!! costa gaz
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2:46pm Sat 28 Apr 12

City Saint says...

saintperth wrote:
lymicherry wrote:
I hope other Bournemouth fans join me in offering Southampton sincere congratulations. You've been a credit to the Championship and you thoroughly deserve everything you've achieved - well done.
Many thanks lymicherry, the friendship and banter we had between our two clubs has had an incredibly good relationship, I do hope you guys have a good season next year! PROMOTION WOULD BE GREAT FOR YOUR CITY.
NOW AS FOR THE SAINTS!
T H A N K Y O U
WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON WE'RE PREMIER LEAGUE..... x
Cheers Lymicherry. The friendship between our clubs goes way back. We're in your corner as you prepare for a 2012-2013 promotion push!
[quote][p][bold]saintperth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lymicherry[/bold] wrote: I hope other Bournemouth fans join me in offering Southampton sincere congratulations. You've been a credit to the Championship and you thoroughly deserve everything you've achieved - well done.[/p][/quote]Many thanks lymicherry, the friendship and banter we had between our two clubs has had an incredibly good relationship, I do hope you guys have a good season next year! PROMOTION WOULD BE GREAT FOR YOUR CITY. NOW AS FOR THE SAINTS! T H A N K Y O U WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON WE'RE PREMIER LEAGUE..... x[/p][/quote]Cheers Lymicherry. The friendship between our clubs goes way back. We're in your corner as you prepare for a 2012-2013 promotion push! City Saint
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2:46pm Sat 28 Apr 12

saintpope says...

Top top day for SFC. We are back where we belong because we have worked so hard.
Never make it easy for ourselves but that's why we love the Saints.
Well done to everyone at SMS, you have made it a dream come true.Champions League next year COYR!!!!!!
Top top day for SFC. We are back where we belong because we have worked so hard. Never make it easy for ourselves but that's why we love the Saints. Well done to everyone at SMS, you have made it a dream come true.Champions League next year COYR!!!!!! saintpope
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2:48pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Saints down under says...

Super super saints
Well done Nigel great season now back where we belong.
Hope your watching from heaven dad that ones for you mate.
When the saints go marching on.
Fantastic just fantastic.

So so happy now time for the celebration!!!!!
Super super saints Well done Nigel great season now back where we belong. Hope your watching from heaven dad that ones for you mate. When the saints go marching on. Fantastic just fantastic. So so happy now time for the celebration!!!!! Saints down under
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2:49pm Sat 28 Apr 12

J.P.M says...

City Saint wrote:
saintperth wrote:
lymicherry wrote:
I hope other Bournemouth fans join me in offering Southampton sincere congratulations. You've been a credit to the Championship and you thoroughly deserve everything you've achieved - well done.
Many thanks lymicherry, the friendship and banter we had between our two clubs has had an incredibly good relationship, I do hope you guys have a good season next year! PROMOTION WOULD BE GREAT FOR YOUR CITY.
NOW AS FOR THE SAINTS!
T H A N K Y O U
WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON WE'RE PREMIER LEAGUE..... x
Cheers Lymicherry. The friendship between our clubs goes way back. We're in your corner as you prepare for a 2012-2013 promotion push!
You pair LUV each other!
[quote][p][bold]City Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saintperth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lymicherry[/bold] wrote: I hope other Bournemouth fans join me in offering Southampton sincere congratulations. You've been a credit to the Championship and you thoroughly deserve everything you've achieved - well done.[/p][/quote]Many thanks lymicherry, the friendship and banter we had between our two clubs has had an incredibly good relationship, I do hope you guys have a good season next year! PROMOTION WOULD BE GREAT FOR YOUR CITY. NOW AS FOR THE SAINTS! T H A N K Y O U WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON WE'RE PREMIER LEAGUE..... x[/p][/quote]Cheers Lymicherry. The friendship between our clubs goes way back. We're in your corner as you prepare for a 2012-2013 promotion push![/p][/quote]You pair LUV each other! J.P.M
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2:50pm Sat 28 Apr 12

kissmya%% says...

J.P.M wrote:
Oh dear

The toothless & unwashed chavos will be out spending their giros tonight in celebration - PLASTIC PINTPOTS ONLY PLEASE!
yes iam sure portsmouth will be a busy little city tonight ! ! well who would blame them div 1 next season if not go out of biz !!

so your right drown the sorrows

well done to southampton FC !! money in the bank too :) coys !!
[quote][p][bold]J.P.M[/bold] wrote: Oh dear The toothless & unwashed chavos will be out spending their giros tonight in celebration - PLASTIC PINTPOTS ONLY PLEASE![/p][/quote]yes iam sure portsmouth will be a busy little city tonight ! ! well who would blame them div 1 next season if not go out of biz !! so your right drown the sorrows well done to southampton FC !! money in the bank too :) coys !! kissmya%%
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2:52pm Sat 28 Apr 12

saintpope says...

J.P.M wrote:
City Saint wrote:
saintperth wrote:
lymicherry wrote:
I hope other Bournemouth fans join me in offering Southampton sincere congratulations. You've been a credit to the Championship and you thoroughly deserve everything you've achieved - well done.
Many thanks lymicherry, the friendship and banter we had between our two clubs has had an incredibly good relationship, I do hope you guys have a good season next year! PROMOTION WOULD BE GREAT FOR YOUR CITY.
NOW AS FOR THE SAINTS!
T H A N K Y O U
WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON WE'RE PREMIER LEAGUE..... x
Cheers Lymicherry. The friendship between our clubs goes way back. We're in your corner as you prepare for a 2012-2013 promotion push!
You pair LUV each other!
Get a room you 2 hehehe
[quote][p][bold]J.P.M[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]City Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saintperth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lymicherry[/bold] wrote: I hope other Bournemouth fans join me in offering Southampton sincere congratulations. You've been a credit to the Championship and you thoroughly deserve everything you've achieved - well done.[/p][/quote]Many thanks lymicherry, the friendship and banter we had between our two clubs has had an incredibly good relationship, I do hope you guys have a good season next year! PROMOTION WOULD BE GREAT FOR YOUR CITY. NOW AS FOR THE SAINTS! T H A N K Y O U WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON WE'RE PREMIER LEAGUE..... x[/p][/quote]Cheers Lymicherry. The friendship between our clubs goes way back. We're in your corner as you prepare for a 2012-2013 promotion push![/p][/quote]You pair LUV each other![/p][/quote]Get a room you 2 hehehe saintpope
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2:56pm Sat 28 Apr 12

kiwisaintt11 says...

Been watching online down in Auckland NZ.......Fantastic result!!...so proud to be a Saints fan!!...so proud of the team, manager and the fans!
We are Premier League say we are Premier League!!....get your excuses ready Fergie...we're coming!!
Been watching online down in Auckland NZ.......Fantastic result!!...so proud to be a Saints fan!!...so proud of the team, manager and the fans! We are Premier League say we are Premier League!!....get your excuses ready Fergie...we're coming!! kiwisaintt11
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2:59pm Sat 28 Apr 12

rob the saint in NZ says...

Thankyou Saints!

One very happy expat here at nearly 2am Sunday morning, my Kiwi missus has gone to bed, I'm sat here on my own drinking champagne with a great big smile on my face!

What more is there to say, more coherent thoughts will follow tomorrow.

WE ARE PREMIER LEAGUE!!!!

Thankyou Markus.

Thankyou the Liebherr family.

Thankyou Nicola Cortese.

Thankyou Nigel Adkins.

Thankyou to the whole squad & everyone at Southampton Football Club.

COYR!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thankyou Saints! One very happy expat here at nearly 2am Sunday morning, my Kiwi missus has gone to bed, I'm sat here on my own drinking champagne with a great big smile on my face! What more is there to say, more coherent thoughts will follow tomorrow. WE ARE PREMIER LEAGUE!!!! Thankyou Markus. Thankyou the Liebherr family. Thankyou Nicola Cortese. Thankyou Nigel Adkins. Thankyou to the whole squad & everyone at Southampton Football Club. COYR!!!!!!!!!!!!! rob the saint in NZ
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3:07pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Portswoodfoke says...

Should be a good year...until they inevitably get relegated again.
Should be a good year...until they inevitably get relegated again. Portswoodfoke
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3:15pm Sat 28 Apr 12

SOULJACKER says...

HELL YEAH!

Feeling good right about now :D
HELL YEAH! Feeling good right about now :D SOULJACKER
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3:17pm Sat 28 Apr 12

pushamara says...

Portswoodfoke wrote:
Should be a good year...until they inevitably get relegated again.
Yes, as inevitable as Swansea and Norwich getting relegated this season from the prem.... Pr*ck
[quote][p][bold]Portswoodfoke[/bold] wrote: Should be a good year...until they inevitably get relegated again.[/p][/quote]Yes, as inevitable as Swansea and Norwich getting relegated this season from the prem.... Pr*ck pushamara
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4:08pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Stephen Cleary says...

Even after spending half me life on the other side of the world, a big part of me heart has and always will be with The Saints. (Merry Oak after Glasgow orig.) Living here in Thailand, the name 'Southampton' (or as the Thais say "South") has blasting from every news channel in the country for the past two hours.

So well done lads. Brings back memories of the mid 80s hey-days at secondary.

Yes, the name "Southampton" will be captivating the Asian media already. The Premiership is Huge in Asia.

A leap like this to the Premiership, puts "South" on the World map once more.

Stephen Cleary (Journo)
Even after spending half me life on the other side of the world, a big part of me heart has and always will be with The Saints. (Merry Oak after Glasgow orig.) Living here in Thailand, the name 'Southampton' (or as the Thais say "South") has blasting from every news channel in the country for the past two hours. So well done lads. Brings back memories of the mid 80s hey-days at secondary. Yes, the name "Southampton" will be captivating the Asian media already. The Premiership is Huge in Asia. A leap like this to the Premiership, puts "South" on the World map once more. Stephen Cleary (Journo) Stephen Cleary
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4:10pm Sat 28 Apr 12

saintperth says...

J.P.M wrote:
City Saint wrote:
saintperth wrote:
lymicherry wrote:
I hope other Bournemouth fans join me in offering Southampton sincere congratulations. You've been a credit to the Championship and you thoroughly deserve everything you've achieved - well done.
Many thanks lymicherry, the friendship and banter we had between our two clubs has had an incredibly good relationship, I do hope you guys have a good season next year! PROMOTION WOULD BE GREAT FOR YOUR CITY.
NOW AS FOR THE SAINTS!
T H A N K Y O U
WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON WE'RE PREMIER LEAGUE..... x
Cheers Lymicherry. The friendship between our clubs goes way back. We're in your corner as you prepare for a 2012-2013 promotion push!
You pair LUV each other!
It's nice that the city to the west of us are the opposite side of the spectrum to the city/town to the east.
Money can't buy you love, however, if it did you'll still be in the championship.
GOODBYE PORTSCUM, thanks cherries.
I JUST LOVE THE SAINTS, thanks Frank R.I.P mate. x
[quote][p][bold]J.P.M[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]City Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saintperth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lymicherry[/bold] wrote: I hope other Bournemouth fans join me in offering Southampton sincere congratulations. You've been a credit to the Championship and you thoroughly deserve everything you've achieved - well done.[/p][/quote]Many thanks lymicherry, the friendship and banter we had between our two clubs has had an incredibly good relationship, I do hope you guys have a good season next year! PROMOTION WOULD BE GREAT FOR YOUR CITY. NOW AS FOR THE SAINTS! T H A N K Y O U WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON WE'RE PREMIER LEAGUE..... x[/p][/quote]Cheers Lymicherry. The friendship between our clubs goes way back. We're in your corner as you prepare for a 2012-2013 promotion push![/p][/quote]You pair LUV each other![/p][/quote]It's nice that the city to the west of us are the opposite side of the spectrum to the city/town to the east. Money can't buy you love, however, if it did you'll still be in the championship. GOODBYE PORTSCUM, thanks cherries. I JUST LOVE THE SAINTS, thanks Frank R.I.P mate. x saintperth
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4:18pm Sat 28 Apr 12

vag says...

Get in. Premiership footy right on my doorstep. Saints have played fantastically entertaining football all season, and have their just deserts. Well done, keep it up.
Get in. Premiership footy right on my doorstep. Saints have played fantastically entertaining football all season, and have their just deserts. Well done, keep it up. vag
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4:26pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Velleity says...

Back home and I can't hear a thing - my ears a ringing thanks to the volume of the crowd - every moment wonderful.

I still think the first goal was Lallana's even after seeing the replay.

What a manager, four promotions in six years in the job. Now we'll see how far up the PL he can push us. What a team - the same core has now won two divisions. Onwards and upwards!

(Sorry to see that Pompey fans are on here trying to get some satisfaction about what they think might happen next year. If I were them I'd be trying to save my own club . Coming on here trying to paint this as anything but a result for Southampton is just a bit, well, pathetic. I mean that in it's correct usage, i.e. it makes me feel pity for them.)

We are Premier League, we are Premier League!
Back home and I can't hear a thing - my ears a ringing thanks to the volume of the crowd - every moment wonderful. I still think the first goal was Lallana's even after seeing the replay. What a manager, four promotions in six years in the job. Now we'll see how far up the PL he can push us. What a team - the same core has now won two divisions. Onwards and upwards! (Sorry to see that Pompey fans are on here trying to get some satisfaction about what they think might happen next year. If I were them I'd be trying to save my own club [and I genuinely hope they do]. Coming on here trying to paint this as anything but a result for Southampton is just a bit, well, pathetic. I mean that in it's correct usage, i.e. it makes me feel pity for them.) We are Premier League, we are Premier League! Velleity
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4:27pm Sat 28 Apr 12

hedge end bob says...

J.P.M wrote:
City Saint wrote:
saintperth wrote:
lymicherry wrote:
I hope other Bournemouth fans join me in offering Southampton sincere congratulations. You've been a credit to the Championship and you thoroughly deserve everything you've achieved - well done.
Many thanks lymicherry, the friendship and banter we had between our two clubs has had an incredibly good relationship, I do hope you guys have a good season next year! PROMOTION WOULD BE GREAT FOR YOUR CITY.
NOW AS FOR THE SAINTS!
T H A N K Y O U
WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON WE'RE PREMIER LEAGUE..... x
Cheers Lymicherry. The friendship between our clubs goes way back. We're in your corner as you prepare for a 2012-2013 promotion push!
You pair LUV each other!
NO IT'S YOUR LOT THAT'S THE INBREDS.
IT'S JUST THEY BOTH HAVE A CLUB WORTH SUPPORTING.
COYREDS ..PFOAD.
[quote][p][bold]J.P.M[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]City Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saintperth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lymicherry[/bold] wrote: I hope other Bournemouth fans join me in offering Southampton sincere congratulations. You've been a credit to the Championship and you thoroughly deserve everything you've achieved - well done.[/p][/quote]Many thanks lymicherry, the friendship and banter we had between our two clubs has had an incredibly good relationship, I do hope you guys have a good season next year! PROMOTION WOULD BE GREAT FOR YOUR CITY. NOW AS FOR THE SAINTS! T H A N K Y O U WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON WE'RE PREMIER LEAGUE..... x[/p][/quote]Cheers Lymicherry. The friendship between our clubs goes way back. We're in your corner as you prepare for a 2012-2013 promotion push![/p][/quote]You pair LUV each other![/p][/quote]NO IT'S YOUR LOT THAT'S THE INBREDS. IT'S JUST THEY BOTH HAVE A CLUB WORTH SUPPORTING. COYREDS ..PFOAD. hedge end bob
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4:29pm Sat 28 Apr 12

fessdoc says...

We are Southampton.....We are Premier League.....Great Day! Still Buzzing!
A little mention for the Coventry Fans who turned out in reasonable numbers despite being relegated AND stayed behind at the end to applaud our promotion...great fans, Coventry should be proud...they deserve better!
Can't wait for Premier League Football next season!
We are Southampton.....We are Premier League.....Great Day! Still Buzzing! A little mention for the Coventry Fans who turned out in reasonable numbers despite being relegated AND stayed behind at the end to applaud our promotion...great fans, Coventry should be proud...they deserve better! Can't wait for Premier League Football next season! fessdoc
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4:48pm Sat 28 Apr 12

saintforever says...

what a fantastic day and result -we are premier league - yes - we are premier league
well done to everyone at southampton football club - you have made lots of people very happy
what a fantastic day and result -we are premier league - yes - we are premier league well done to everyone at southampton football club - you have made lots of people very happy saintforever
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5:34pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Whiteley Saint says...

Well done Saints,back to where we belong.So proud,dont stop Nige,keep up the good work and break some more club records in the top flight.The future's bright the future's red n white.
Well done Saints,back to where we belong.So proud,dont stop Nige,keep up the good work and break some more club records in the top flight.The future's bright the future's red n white. Whiteley Saint
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5:55pm Sat 28 Apr 12

PFCPaul says...

Congratulations Southampton - back to back promotions is a great achievement and I must say with all that's going on at Pompey at the moment I'm a very jealous man this evening! I can only hope we can do the same (if we still have a club!). Best of luck back in the big time.
Congratulations Southampton - back to back promotions is a great achievement and I must say with all that's going on at Pompey at the moment I'm a very jealous man this evening! I can only hope we can do the same (if we still have a club!). Best of luck back in the big time. PFCPaul
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6:18pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Stillness says...

Ahhh, it's a game. Calm down. Have you all forgotten that its the wettest April since time began and that we are in a double dip rescission? On second thoughts, enjoy it lol.
Ahhh, it's a game. Calm down. Have you all forgotten that its the wettest April since time began and that we are in a double dip rescission? On second thoughts, enjoy it lol. Stillness
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6:20pm Sat 28 Apr 12

gladbachsaint says...

J.P.M wrote:
Oh dear

The toothless & unwashed chavos will be out spending their giros tonight in celebration - PLASTIC PINTPOTS ONLY PLEASE!
Why ?? What have p*mp*y got to celebrate?
[quote][p][bold]J.P.M[/bold] wrote: Oh dear The toothless & unwashed chavos will be out spending their giros tonight in celebration - PLASTIC PINTPOTS ONLY PLEASE![/p][/quote]Why ?? What have p*mp*y got to celebrate? gladbachsaint
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6:42pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Paul TS says...

PFCPaul wrote:
Congratulations Southampton - back to back promotions is a great achievement and I must say with all that's going on at Pompey at the moment I'm a very jealous man this evening! I can only hope we can do the same (if we still have a club!). Best of luck back in the big time.
Thank you PFCPaul. To all the sensible Pompey fans I also hope you get yourself sorted, we need those derby's! I also have a lot of Pompey fans and know some who are very close to their club! However I would also like to say, thank you Markus and your family, well done Nigel and the team! What a great day!!
[quote][p][bold]PFCPaul[/bold] wrote: Congratulations Southampton - back to back promotions is a great achievement and I must say with all that's going on at Pompey at the moment I'm a very jealous man this evening! I can only hope we can do the same (if we still have a club!). Best of luck back in the big time.[/p][/quote]Thank you PFCPaul. To all the sensible Pompey fans I also hope you get yourself sorted, we need those derby's! I also have a lot of Pompey fans and know some who are very close to their club! However I would also like to say, thank you Markus and your family, well done Nigel and the team! What a great day!! Paul TS
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7:07pm Sat 28 Apr 12

redsnapper says...

Absolutely fecking brilliant..after 7 years in the wilderness we are back where we belong and without ambition no one goes anywhere. Congrats to all at SFC!!

Big applause to SkyBlues turnout and fans and I also hope the neighbours get a break, Appleton is their best hope, he comes across as a genuine football man unlike some of the shiesters who have wrecked that club.
Absolutely fecking brilliant..after 7 years in the wilderness we are back where we belong and without ambition no one goes anywhere. Congrats to all at SFC!! Big applause to SkyBlues turnout and fans and I also hope the neighbours get a break, Appleton is their best hope, he comes across as a genuine football man unlike some of the shiesters who have wrecked that club. redsnapper
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7:28pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Dragonqueen says...

Can I just ask the echo not to put reports up when the game is live as you did last week and they lost nothing this week and they win hint
Can I just ask the echo not to put reports up when the game is live as you did last week and they lost nothing this week and they win hint Dragonqueen
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7:30pm Sat 28 Apr 12

IronLady2010 says...

Paul TS wrote:
PFCPaul wrote:
Congratulations Southampton - back to back promotions is a great achievement and I must say with all that's going on at Pompey at the moment I'm a very jealous man this evening! I can only hope we can do the same (if we still have a club!). Best of luck back in the big time.
Thank you PFCPaul. To all the sensible Pompey fans I also hope you get yourself sorted, we need those derby's! I also have a lot of Pompey fans and know some who are very close to their club! However I would also like to say, thank you Markus and your family, well done Nigel and the team! What a great day!!
THIS is what you call Sportsmanship!!!!!

Not a fan of football, but well done Southampton!
[quote][p][bold]Paul TS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PFCPaul[/bold] wrote: Congratulations Southampton - back to back promotions is a great achievement and I must say with all that's going on at Pompey at the moment I'm a very jealous man this evening! I can only hope we can do the same (if we still have a club!). Best of luck back in the big time.[/p][/quote]Thank you PFCPaul. To all the sensible Pompey fans I also hope you get yourself sorted, we need those derby's! I also have a lot of Pompey fans and know some who are very close to their club! However I would also like to say, thank you Markus and your family, well done Nigel and the team! What a great day!![/p][/quote]THIS is what you call Sportsmanship!!!!! Not a fan of football, but well done Southampton! IronLady2010
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7:44pm Sat 28 Apr 12

WelshSaint012 says...

INTERVIEW OF MR N CORTESE (NC) WITH WELSHSAINT (WS)

(WS): Congratulations Mr Cortese and I would like to thank you and the late Mr Liebherr for everything you have done for Southampton FC.
(NC): You are very welcome. However, I would like to make one thing clear immediately. Please do not thank me, thank the family from the manager, players support staff to the stewards and yourselves - the supporters.
(WS): From the very start you and Mr Liebherr have always appeared to use the term family as opposed to business. Any particular reason?
(NC): I am from a family business and it has worked so why should Southampton FC be any different? A family sticks together and we trust each other. Of course, if a family member threatens the stability of the business then they should find their own way in the world. Irrespective of their position.
(WS): Would this include a successful manager for example?
(NC) (The smile on the face of Mr Cortese thins slightly): I believe you have a saying in your country"Never wash your dirty linen in public" Shall we move on?
(WS) (Taking the hint): You appear to have been a little, shall we say innovative, in your start to football ownership and ruffled a few feathers. For example the press and former respected members of the club who contributed to the Clubs history. Any particular reason?
(NC): Every decision made is for a reason. You mention the press. A lot of people make a lot of money from football. A lot of people will buy a particular newspaper because of the quality of their sports coverage. Is there a reason why a newspaper should not contribute to the football clubs who they write about and increase their circulation? The television companys do.
(WS): And previous members of SFC?
(NC):Marcus was ready to buy the club five weeks earlier but, as is well documented there was another potential buyer. We always do our research properly and we knew they were not a viable proposition. That lost us a valuable five pre-season weeks. Treatment? Mr Liebherr and I were buying a club that was on the brink of liquidation due to bad finances, we had to put an immediate halt to money, for example free tickets or hospitality, not going back into the club.
(Mr Cortese pauses to take a drink of tea)
(NC): I would like to take this opportunity to clarify one point. I understand that there is a lot of bitterness about the previous Directors/Owners from the supporters understandably. However, do you you think that we would have purchased the club if it did not include the ground, the training ground basically the solid foundation of what could be a successful football club? I think not. All that was in situ, the skeleton shall we say. We are able to put the flesh on the bones.
(WS): Some people say that we bought our promotions, how do you feel about that?
(NC) (Smiling) When we bought the club, as I have just said, it was down to the bare bones. Yes, initially we did spend money but we bought players not only to get us promoted from Leagus One but who could hold their own in the Championship. Consider this, ask any Manager how much he would pay for a striker who will score in excess of twenty goals a season? How much did we pay for Mr Lambert? (NC grins)
Mr Cortese suggests a break for refreshment. Interview to be continued shortly
INTERVIEW OF MR N CORTESE (NC) WITH WELSHSAINT (WS) (WS): Congratulations Mr Cortese and I would like to thank you and the late Mr Liebherr for everything you have done for Southampton FC. (NC): You are very welcome. However, I would like to make one thing clear immediately. Please do not thank me, thank the family from the manager, players support staff to the stewards and yourselves - the supporters. (WS): From the very start you and Mr Liebherr have always appeared to use the term family as opposed to business. Any particular reason? (NC): I am from a family business and it has worked so why should Southampton FC be any different? A family sticks together and we trust each other. Of course, if a family member threatens the stability of the business then they should find their own way in the world. Irrespective of their position. (WS): Would this include a successful manager for example? (NC) (The smile on the face of Mr Cortese thins slightly): I believe you have a saying in your country"Never wash your dirty linen in public" Shall we move on? (WS) (Taking the hint): You appear to have been a little, shall we say innovative, in your start to football ownership and ruffled a few feathers. For example the press and former respected members of the club who contributed to the Clubs history. Any particular reason? (NC): Every decision made is for a reason. You mention the press. A lot of people make a lot of money from football. A lot of people will buy a particular newspaper because of the quality of their sports coverage. Is there a reason why a newspaper should not contribute to the football clubs who they write about and increase their circulation? The television companys do. (WS): And previous members of SFC? (NC):Marcus was ready to buy the club five weeks earlier but, as is well documented there was another potential buyer. We always do our research properly and we knew they were not a viable proposition. That lost us a valuable five pre-season weeks. Treatment? Mr Liebherr and I were buying a club that was on the brink of liquidation due to bad finances, we had to put an immediate halt to money, for example free tickets or hospitality, not going back into the club. (Mr Cortese pauses to take a drink of tea) (NC): I would like to take this opportunity to clarify one point. I understand that there is a lot of bitterness about the previous Directors/Owners from the supporters understandably. However, do you you think that we would have purchased the club if it did not include the ground, the training ground basically the solid foundation of what could be a successful football club? I think not. All that was in situ, the skeleton shall we say. We are able to put the flesh on the bones. (WS): Some people say that we bought our promotions, how do you feel about that? (NC) (Smiling) When we bought the club, as I have just said, it was down to the bare bones. Yes, initially we did spend money but we bought players not only to get us promoted from Leagus One but who could hold their own in the Championship. Consider this, ask any Manager how much he would pay for a striker who will score in excess of twenty goals a season? How much did we pay for Mr Lambert? (NC grins) Mr Cortese suggests a break for refreshment. Interview to be continued shortly WelshSaint012
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8:24pm Sat 28 Apr 12

dennytg says...

Great result. Congrats to everyone concerned. My nerves have been shattered this past week. Now I can have a relaxed summer ready for next season. Don't do this to me again !!!
Glad to see Middlesborough failed to get into the playoffs.
Hope the ref for that game sees his cheating didn't do them any good. He was well named Master Bates. That was a special time to call the ref a **** "
Great result. Congrats to everyone concerned. My nerves have been shattered this past week. Now I can have a relaxed summer ready for next season. Don't do this to me again !!! Glad to see Middlesborough failed to get into the playoffs. Hope the ref for that game sees his cheating didn't do them any good. He was well named Master Bates. That was a special time to call the ref a **** " dennytg
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8:33pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Linesman says...

Promotion was the easy bit. Staying up will be the difficult bit, and the way Coventry took the initiative in the first 15 minutes shows that a few million will need to be spent if the stay in the Premier League is not to be very brief.
Promotion was the easy bit. Staying up will be the difficult bit, and the way Coventry took the initiative in the first 15 minutes shows that a few million will need to be spent if the stay in the Premier League is not to be very brief. Linesman
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8:40pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Hustler123 says...

The best and most consistent team all season get what they deserve, well done Saints from a Pompey fan - in genuine peace. Enjoy your night, lads and lasses ;D
The best and most consistent team all season get what they deserve, well done Saints from a Pompey fan - in genuine peace. Enjoy your night, lads and lasses ;D Hustler123
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8:40pm Sat 28 Apr 12

TimCan says...

This has been a remarkable achivement for everyone involved with the club and i am so proud but also very drunk . . . but please, please please, could we stop using Come on You Reds. We play in red and white, we are saints, we play in red and white, COME ON YOU SAINTS. Liverpool are the reds. Nigel Adkins red and white army. We should be very proud to use the name saints, its our name . . . please guys make an old fella happy and only use COME ON YOU SAINTS . . . moan over. Great day, great day, great fans. COYS
This has been a remarkable achivement for everyone involved with the club and i am so proud but also very drunk . . . but please, please please, could we stop using Come on You Reds. We play in red and white, we are saints, we play in red and white, COME ON YOU SAINTS. Liverpool are the reds. Nigel Adkins red and white army. We should be very proud to use the name saints, its our name . . . please guys make an old fella happy and only use COME ON YOU SAINTS . . . moan over. Great day, great day, great fans. COYS TimCan
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8:41pm Sat 28 Apr 12

TimCan says...

This has been a remarkable achivement for everyone involved with the club and i am so proud but also very drunk . . . but please, please please, could we stop using Come on You Reds. We play in red and white, we are saints, we play in red and white, COME ON YOU SAINTS. Liverpool are the reds. Nigel Adkins red and white army. We should be very proud to use the name saints, its our name . . . please guys make an old fella happy and only use COME ON YOU SAINTS . . . moan over. Great day, great day, great fans. COYS
This has been a remarkable achivement for everyone involved with the club and i am so proud but also very drunk . . . but please, please please, could we stop using Come on You Reds. We play in red and white, we are saints, we play in red and white, COME ON YOU SAINTS. Liverpool are the reds. Nigel Adkins red and white army. We should be very proud to use the name saints, its our name . . . please guys make an old fella happy and only use COME ON YOU SAINTS . . . moan over. Great day, great day, great fans. COYS TimCan
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8:50pm Sat 28 Apr 12

IronLady2010 says...

TimCan wrote:
This has been a remarkable achivement for everyone involved with the club and i am so proud but also very drunk . . . but please, please please, could we stop using Come on You Reds. We play in red and white, we are saints, we play in red and white, COME ON YOU SAINTS. Liverpool are the reds. Nigel Adkins red and white army. We should be very proud to use the name saints, its our name . . . please guys make an old fella happy and only use COME ON YOU SAINTS . . . moan over. Great day, great day, great fans. COYS
If you add didi in front of COYS what do you get?
[quote][p][bold]TimCan[/bold] wrote: This has been a remarkable achivement for everyone involved with the club and i am so proud but also very drunk . . . but please, please please, could we stop using Come on You Reds. We play in red and white, we are saints, we play in red and white, COME ON YOU SAINTS. Liverpool are the reds. Nigel Adkins red and white army. We should be very proud to use the name saints, its our name . . . please guys make an old fella happy and only use COME ON YOU SAINTS . . . moan over. Great day, great day, great fans. COYS[/p][/quote]If you add didi in front of COYS what do you get? IronLady2010
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8:52pm Sat 28 Apr 12

TimCan says...

oh jesus christ, please protect me from right wing fascist **** . . . its about football love. Please dont spoil the day.
oh jesus christ, please protect me from right wing fascist **** . . . its about football love. Please dont spoil the day. TimCan
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8:55pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Gainer T Gopher says...

so now they can hike the ticket prices for their one and only season in the Premiership...... then they can keep charging the over inflated pricses when they crash back down to the Championship next year....
so now they can hike the ticket prices for their one and only season in the Premiership...... then they can keep charging the over inflated pricses when they crash back down to the Championship next year.... Gainer T Gopher
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9:00pm Sat 28 Apr 12

WelshSaint012 says...

INTERVIEW WITH MR CORTESE RESUMES

(WS): I understand that this is a very emotional day for you but I must ask you about your great friend Mr Liebherr. Obviously he is held in the highest esteem and all supporters were saddened by his passing away.
(NC):(Interrupting) The purchase of Southampton FC enabled Marcus to attend the world famous Wembley and watch his team win a Cup. Is there a greater feeling for any football supporter? Irrespective of the Trophy title, we won a cup at Wembley. How many supporters can say that? Only losers belittle a cup win at Wembley! You have to earn the right by beating other clubs to get there. To belittle any competition is to belittle every football club, every supporter and every player who kicks a ball irrespective of whether that ball is kicked in the local park or the worlds finest stadiums. I apologise, it is not very often that I get vociferous but I am passionate in my own way.
(WS): Passionate? Could that be translated as dictatorial, it has been implied in the press that you can be a 'My way or no way' type of person. One or two names have been mentioned, for example Pardew and Puncheon.
(NC): Earlier you said my approach was innovative. Treating a club, staff and supporters as a family appears to be innovative in football. The Liebherr Memorial is an example. How many clubs give their supporters a day of sport and entertainment for free, a way of saying Thank You. If you are causing problems within the family and are being divisive then ..... That is not being dictatorial, as you say, it is safe guarding the family and we have a big family. The press can be a little narrow minded when confronted by something they do not understand. Marcus and I are taking a fresh approach to English football. Some ideas may not work, but, and I do not mean to crow (A slight chuckle) but we have taken a skeleton from the cupboard of League One to the world stage of the Premiership in three years. Suffice to say, we are on the right road.
(WS): You have just mentioned three years, your initial plan was five years. Is it possible that the 'family' could be a victim of its own success?
(NC):(Considers his response for a few seconds) In one way, definetely. Everyone knows my views on youth policy, football in its current financial position is not sustainable. That is not just my view, the way forward is through youth policy. We have very good players coming on, so if for example they were fifteen or sixteen three years ago by the time we achieved the Premiership they would be twenty one and ready. So yes there is a slight effect, understandably.
(WS): Are you indirectly saying that there will be a big spending spree this summer. Big names?
(NC): (Shaking his head slightly) Do you honestly think, after three years, that is our way? What is the point, (Pauses) I think you have the phrase 'journeymen', coming into the team just to earn money? IYou hav seen with your own eyes how our players re-act when a goal is scored or the keeper makes a brilliant save, how they fight for each other on the field of play. You saw the reaction of Mr Adkins to-day when interviewed live on BBC after the game. They are the people we want in the family. They are the people we will get and they will take us forward to the Champion League. The family has no room for a mercenary.
(WS): Ticket prices. Will there be an increase?
(NC): Will there be an increase in player wages? (NC smiles)
(WS): Yes but there is a wealth of new income from TV etc. (I smile back)
(NC): I have always said that this is a family business and must be self-sustaining. Forget the past. The money generated is for the improvement of the Club not the owners bank balance. I know supporters refer to Club history, and rightly so in some ways. But please do not allow history to compare our current situation with the situation of a few years ago. To me, to-day is Southampton FC, it has been in existence, to me, for three years when Marcus bought the club. Our history started that day. We have broken old club records buried them with the ashes. Our history is back to back promotions, a winning trip to Wembley, a respected youth policy, innovative fitness programmes involving Southampton University, an admired playing style with good attacking style. That is our history now. From the ashes the Phoenix has risen. Actually I almost changed the club name to Southampton Phoenix FC, but I would prefer to be called a Saint.
(WS): Well, Mr Cortese, thank you very much for the interview and your frankness
(NC) You are most welcome
(WS) Just two last questions, if you would not mind. (Mr Cortese sits back slightly, looks at the ceiling and wryly nods) First. Do you ever read the supporters comments in the echo website?
(NC): Of course, I do, as well as the players. It is impossible to ask thirty thousand people individually for their opinion. Before you ask, in all honesty a large amount are of no use at all but the more knowledgeable supporters do make comments that we consider and discuss at family meetings. In fact, some we have actually implemented in one way or another.
(WS): Final question. How do you see next season fittinf into the 'five year' plan?
(NC): We will look at the previous three seasons, look at one area which did not work, look at three which did. Draw a line line underneath and move on.
Both Mr Cortese and I laughed at those all to familiar words.
END OF INTERVIEW
INTERVIEW WITH MR CORTESE RESUMES (WS): I understand that this is a very emotional day for you but I must ask you about your great friend Mr Liebherr. Obviously he is held in the highest esteem and all supporters were saddened by his passing away. (NC):(Interrupting) The purchase of Southampton FC enabled Marcus to attend the world famous Wembley and watch his team win a Cup. Is there a greater feeling for any football supporter? Irrespective of the Trophy title, we won a cup at Wembley. How many supporters can say that? Only losers belittle a cup win at Wembley! You have to earn the right by beating other clubs to get there. To belittle any competition is to belittle every football club, every supporter and every player who kicks a ball irrespective of whether that ball is kicked in the local park or the worlds finest stadiums. I apologise, it is not very often that I get vociferous but I am passionate in my own way. (WS): Passionate? Could that be translated as dictatorial, it has been implied in the press that you can be a 'My way or no way' type of person. One or two names have been mentioned, for example Pardew and Puncheon. (NC): Earlier you said my approach was innovative. Treating a club, staff and supporters as a family appears to be innovative in football. The Liebherr Memorial is an example. How many clubs give their supporters a day of sport and entertainment for free, a way of saying Thank You. If you are causing problems within the family and are being divisive then ..... That is not being dictatorial, as you say, it is safe guarding the family and we have a big family. The press can be a little narrow minded when confronted by something they do not understand. Marcus and I are taking a fresh approach to English football. Some ideas may not work, but, and I do not mean to crow (A slight chuckle) but we have taken a skeleton from the cupboard of League One to the world stage of the Premiership in three years. Suffice to say, we are on the right road. (WS): You have just mentioned three years, your initial plan was five years. Is it possible that the 'family' could be a victim of its own success? (NC):(Considers his response for a few seconds) In one way, definetely. Everyone knows my views on youth policy, football in its current financial position is not sustainable. That is not just my view, the way forward is through youth policy. We have very good players coming on, so if for example they were fifteen or sixteen three years ago by the time we achieved the Premiership they would be twenty one and ready. So yes there is a slight effect, understandably. (WS): Are you indirectly saying that there will be a big spending spree this summer. Big names? (NC): (Shaking his head slightly) Do you honestly think, after three years, that is our way? What is the point, (Pauses) I think you have the phrase 'journeymen', coming into the team just to earn money? IYou hav seen with your own eyes how our players re-act when a goal is scored or the keeper makes a brilliant save, how they fight for each other on the field of play. You saw the reaction of Mr Adkins to-day when interviewed live on BBC after the game. They are the people we want in the family. They are the people we will get and they will take us forward to the Champion League. The family has no room for a mercenary. (WS): Ticket prices. Will there be an increase? (NC): Will there be an increase in player wages? (NC smiles) (WS): Yes but there is a wealth of new income from TV etc. (I smile back) (NC): I have always said that this is a family business and must be self-sustaining. Forget the past. The money generated is for the improvement of the Club not the owners bank balance. I know supporters refer to Club history, and rightly so in some ways. But please do not allow history to compare our current situation with the situation of a few years ago. To me, to-day is Southampton FC, it has been in existence, to me, for three years when Marcus bought the club. Our history started that day. We have broken old club records buried them with the ashes. Our history is back to back promotions, a winning trip to Wembley, a respected youth policy, innovative fitness programmes involving Southampton University, an admired playing style with good attacking style. That is our history now. From the ashes the Phoenix has risen. Actually I almost changed the club name to Southampton Phoenix FC, but I would prefer to be called a Saint. (WS): Well, Mr Cortese, thank you very much for the interview and your frankness (NC) You are most welcome (WS) Just two last questions, if you would not mind. (Mr Cortese sits back slightly, looks at the ceiling and wryly nods) First. Do you ever read the supporters comments in the echo website? (NC): Of course, I do, as well as the players. It is impossible to ask thirty thousand people individually for their opinion. Before you ask, in all honesty a large amount are of no use at all but the more knowledgeable supporters do make comments that we consider and discuss at family meetings. In fact, some we have actually implemented in one way or another. (WS): Final question. How do you see next season fittinf into the 'five year' plan? (NC): We will look at the previous three seasons, look at one area which did not work, look at three which did. Draw a line line underneath and move on. Both Mr Cortese and I laughed at those all to familiar words. END OF INTERVIEW WelshSaint012
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9:08pm Sat 28 Apr 12

IronLady2010 says...

Gainer T Gopher wrote:
so now they can hike the ticket prices for their one and only season in the Premiership...... then they can keep charging the over inflated pricses when they crash back down to the Championship next year....
I do love positive people! I'm no football fan, but can understand this win is great for our City.

What with a new museum, some great changes to our City in the past couple of years and now International coverage, things are looking good!

Let's open our arms and welcome visitors to a great City!
[quote][p][bold]Gainer T Gopher[/bold] wrote: so now they can hike the ticket prices for their one and only season in the Premiership...... then they can keep charging the over inflated pricses when they crash back down to the Championship next year....[/p][/quote]I do love positive people! I'm no football fan, but can understand this win is great for our City. What with a new museum, some great changes to our City in the past couple of years and now International coverage, things are looking good! Let's open our arms and welcome visitors to a great City! IronLady2010
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9:14pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Baybrit says...

I got up at 4:30am here in California just to be a part of this day of days. The team has been superb for the last 2 seasons, Nigel Adkins deserves huge credit for creating a magnificent team and taking them up in back-to-back seasons. But we must not forget Marcus Liebherr and Nicola Cortese who saw the potential of the club and its fans during our dark days, financed it and put a plan in place to take us back to the top and make sure we were prepared to compete when we arrived. Marcus, you are the godfather of the modern Saints era and you will never be forgotten.
I got up at 4:30am here in California just to be a part of this day of days. The team has been superb for the last 2 seasons, Nigel Adkins deserves huge credit for creating a magnificent team and taking them up in back-to-back seasons. But we must not forget Marcus Liebherr and Nicola Cortese who saw the potential of the club and its fans during our dark days, financed it and put a plan in place to take us back to the top and make sure we were prepared to compete when we arrived. Marcus, you are the godfather of the modern Saints era and you will never be forgotten. Baybrit
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9:15pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Saints down under says...

Gainer T Gopher wrote:
so now they can hike the ticket prices for their one and only season in the Premiership...... then they can keep charging the over inflated pricses when they crash back down to the Championship next year....
Do I smell a skate on here??very brave seeing as the 15 point deduction is not far away if you make it that is.

Tick tock tick tock!!
Super super saints !!!
[quote][p][bold]Gainer T Gopher[/bold] wrote: so now they can hike the ticket prices for their one and only season in the Premiership...... then they can keep charging the over inflated pricses when they crash back down to the Championship next year....[/p][/quote]Do I smell a skate on here??very brave seeing as the 15 point deduction is not far away if you make it that is. Tick tock tick tock!! Super super saints !!! Saints down under
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9:17pm Sat 28 Apr 12

IronLady2010 says...

Saints down under wrote:
Gainer T Gopher wrote:
so now they can hike the ticket prices for their one and only season in the Premiership...... then they can keep charging the over inflated pricses when they crash back down to the Championship next year....
Do I smell a skate on here??very brave seeing as the 15 point deduction is not far away if you make it that is.

Tick tock tick tock!!
Super super saints !!!
You sir, let our proud City down!

As a City we should welcome any visitor, wether they support Portsmouth, Soton etc.
[quote][p][bold]Saints down under[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gainer T Gopher[/bold] wrote: so now they can hike the ticket prices for their one and only season in the Premiership...... then they can keep charging the over inflated pricses when they crash back down to the Championship next year....[/p][/quote]Do I smell a skate on here??very brave seeing as the 15 point deduction is not far away if you make it that is. Tick tock tick tock!! Super super saints !!![/p][/quote]You sir, let our proud City down! As a City we should welcome any visitor, wether they support Portsmouth, Soton etc. IronLady2010
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9:32pm Sat 28 Apr 12

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9:41pm Sat 28 Apr 12

IronLady2010 says...

Tesco have reported an increase in toilet tissue sales.
Tesco have reported an increase in toilet tissue sales. IronLady2010
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9:52pm Sat 28 Apr 12

TimCan says...

Iron lady you should go and do some knitting or cook some food for your husband (?) . . . but stay away from a sports related thread . . . oh and learn to spell.
Iron lady you should go and do some knitting or cook some food for your husband (?) . . . but stay away from a sports related thread . . . oh and learn to spell. TimCan
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9:52pm Sat 28 Apr 12

rob the saint in NZ says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Tesco have reported an increase in toilet tissue sales.
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[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Tesco have reported an increase in toilet tissue sales.[/p][/quote]? rob the saint in NZ
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10:00pm Sat 28 Apr 12

gladbachsaint says...

Just seen a lorry loaded with 2,000 Tesco trolleys being driven towards Fr*tt*n P*rk. I wonder what is going on?
Just seen a lorry loaded with 2,000 Tesco trolleys being driven towards Fr*tt*n P*rk. I wonder what is going on? gladbachsaint
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10:01pm Sat 28 Apr 12

TimCan says...

rob the saint in NZ wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
Tesco have reported an increase in toilet tissue sales.
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Gin sodden old trout, me thinks
[quote][p][bold]rob the saint in NZ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Tesco have reported an increase in toilet tissue sales.[/p][/quote]?[/p][/quote]Gin sodden old trout, me thinks TimCan
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10:45pm Sat 28 Apr 12

clausentum says...

Nail biting, more tense than the word "tense", finish to the Season!!!!

Fabulous result today. Well deserved promotion.

A pleasure to read supporter's passionate and effervescent comments.

Especially those excited comments from Ex Pats who have supported the team through thick and thin, from many thousand miles away and time difference of seven hours or more.

Also pleasing that the usual numbskull, numbnut , embarrassingly so-called supporters, are absent in posting their usual inarticulate drivel.
Maybe they cannot take their beer and right now are pi$$ing up a lamppost or some strangers front door, or sitting on the bog after a wickedly over-ambitious Vindaloo and, cross-eyed, contemplating the meaning of the Universe?

Another poster made a wise and prophetic observation that promotion back to the Premier is only the start --- some serious money now needs to be spent to strengthen the team for next Season and to ensure return to the Premier is long lasting.
Nail biting, more tense than the word "tense", finish to the Season!!!! Fabulous result today. Well deserved promotion. A pleasure to read supporter's passionate and effervescent comments. Especially those excited comments from Ex Pats who have supported the team through thick and thin, from many thousand miles away and time difference of seven hours or more. Also pleasing that the usual numbskull, numbnut , embarrassingly so-called supporters, are absent in posting their usual inarticulate drivel. Maybe they cannot take their beer and right now are pi$$ing up a lamppost or some strangers front door, or sitting on the bog after a wickedly over-ambitious Vindaloo and, cross-eyed, contemplating the meaning of the Universe? Another poster made a wise and prophetic observation that promotion back to the Premier is only the start --- some serious money now needs to be spent to strengthen the team for next Season and to ensure return to the Premier is long lasting. clausentum
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10:50pm Sat 28 Apr 12

hedge end bob says...

WelshSaint012 wrote:
INTERVIEW OF MR N CORTESE (NC) WITH WELSHSAINT (WS)

(WS): Congratulations Mr Cortese and I would like to thank you and the late Mr Liebherr for everything you have done for Southampton FC.
(NC): You are very welcome. However, I would like to make one thing clear immediately. Please do not thank me, thank the family from the manager, players support staff to the stewards and yourselves - the supporters.
(WS): From the very start you and Mr Liebherr have always appeared to use the term family as opposed to business. Any particular reason?
(NC): I am from a family business and it has worked so why should Southampton FC be any different? A family sticks together and we trust each other. Of course, if a family member threatens the stability of the business then they should find their own way in the world. Irrespective of their position.
(WS): Would this include a successful manager for example?
(NC) (The smile on the face of Mr Cortese thins slightly): I believe you have a saying in your country"Never wash your dirty linen in public" Shall we move on?
(WS) (Taking the hint): You appear to have been a little, shall we say innovative, in your start to football ownership and ruffled a few feathers. For example the press and former respected members of the club who contributed to the Clubs history. Any particular reason?
(NC): Every decision made is for a reason. You mention the press. A lot of people make a lot of money from football. A lot of people will buy a particular newspaper because of the quality of their sports coverage. Is there a reason why a newspaper should not contribute to the football clubs who they write about and increase their circulation? The television companys do.
(WS): And previous members of SFC?
(NC):Marcus was ready to buy the club five weeks earlier but, as is well documented there was another potential buyer. We always do our research properly and we knew they were not a viable proposition. That lost us a valuable five pre-season weeks. Treatment? Mr Liebherr and I were buying a club that was on the brink of liquidation due to bad finances, we had to put an immediate halt to money, for example free tickets or hospitality, not going back into the club.
(Mr Cortese pauses to take a drink of tea)
(NC): I would like to take this opportunity to clarify one point. I understand that there is a lot of bitterness about the previous Directors/Owners from the supporters understandably. However, do you you think that we would have purchased the club if it did not include the ground, the training ground basically the solid foundation of what could be a successful football club? I think not. All that was in situ, the skeleton shall we say. We are able to put the flesh on the bones.
(WS): Some people say that we bought our promotions, how do you feel about that?
(NC) (Smiling) When we bought the club, as I have just said, it was down to the bare bones. Yes, initially we did spend money but we bought players not only to get us promoted from Leagus One but who could hold their own in the Championship. Consider this, ask any Manager how much he would pay for a striker who will score in excess of twenty goals a season? How much did we pay for Mr Lambert? (NC grins)
Mr Cortese suggests a break for refreshment. Interview to be continued shortly
Well the next time you talk make sure you dont write MARKUS with a C he was swiss and they spell it with a K.
[quote][p][bold]WelshSaint012[/bold] wrote: INTERVIEW OF MR N CORTESE (NC) WITH WELSHSAINT (WS) (WS): Congratulations Mr Cortese and I would like to thank you and the late Mr Liebherr for everything you have done for Southampton FC. (NC): You are very welcome. However, I would like to make one thing clear immediately. Please do not thank me, thank the family from the manager, players support staff to the stewards and yourselves - the supporters. (WS): From the very start you and Mr Liebherr have always appeared to use the term family as opposed to business. Any particular reason? (NC): I am from a family business and it has worked so why should Southampton FC be any different? A family sticks together and we trust each other. Of course, if a family member threatens the stability of the business then they should find their own way in the world. Irrespective of their position. (WS): Would this include a successful manager for example? (NC) (The smile on the face of Mr Cortese thins slightly): I believe you have a saying in your country"Never wash your dirty linen in public" Shall we move on? (WS) (Taking the hint): You appear to have been a little, shall we say innovative, in your start to football ownership and ruffled a few feathers. For example the press and former respected members of the club who contributed to the Clubs history. Any particular reason? (NC): Every decision made is for a reason. You mention the press. A lot of people make a lot of money from football. A lot of people will buy a particular newspaper because of the quality of their sports coverage. Is there a reason why a newspaper should not contribute to the football clubs who they write about and increase their circulation? The television companys do. (WS): And previous members of SFC? (NC):Marcus was ready to buy the club five weeks earlier but, as is well documented there was another potential buyer. We always do our research properly and we knew they were not a viable proposition. That lost us a valuable five pre-season weeks. Treatment? Mr Liebherr and I were buying a club that was on the brink of liquidation due to bad finances, we had to put an immediate halt to money, for example free tickets or hospitality, not going back into the club. (Mr Cortese pauses to take a drink of tea) (NC): I would like to take this opportunity to clarify one point. I understand that there is a lot of bitterness about the previous Directors/Owners from the supporters understandably. However, do you you think that we would have purchased the club if it did not include the ground, the training ground basically the solid foundation of what could be a successful football club? I think not. All that was in situ, the skeleton shall we say. We are able to put the flesh on the bones. (WS): Some people say that we bought our promotions, how do you feel about that? (NC) (Smiling) When we bought the club, as I have just said, it was down to the bare bones. Yes, initially we did spend money but we bought players not only to get us promoted from Leagus One but who could hold their own in the Championship. Consider this, ask any Manager how much he would pay for a striker who will score in excess of twenty goals a season? How much did we pay for Mr Lambert? (NC grins) Mr Cortese suggests a break for refreshment. Interview to be continued shortly[/p][/quote]Well the next time you talk make sure you dont write MARKUS with a C he was swiss and they spell it with a K. hedge end bob
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10:56pm Sat 28 Apr 12

hedge end bob says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Tesco have reported an increase in toilet tissue sales.
Well not in poopey because they use grass!!!
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Tesco have reported an increase in toilet tissue sales.[/p][/quote]Well not in poopey because they use grass!!! hedge end bob
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11:02pm Sat 28 Apr 12

hedge end bob says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
TimCan wrote:
This has been a remarkable achivement for everyone involved with the club and i am so proud but also very drunk . . . but please, please please, could we stop using Come on You Reds. We play in red and white, we are saints, we play in red and white, COME ON YOU SAINTS. Liverpool are the reds. Nigel Adkins red and white army. We should be very proud to use the name saints, its our name . . . please guys make an old fella happy and only use COME ON YOU SAINTS . . . moan over. Great day, great day, great fans. COYS
If you add didi in front of COYS what do you get?
Someone who dont like football but thinks she knows what is best .Why do you bother?,we have enough of the blue few on here talking through their arse!!
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TimCan[/bold] wrote: This has been a remarkable achivement for everyone involved with the club and i am so proud but also very drunk . . . but please, please please, could we stop using Come on You Reds. We play in red and white, we are saints, we play in red and white, COME ON YOU SAINTS. Liverpool are the reds. Nigel Adkins red and white army. We should be very proud to use the name saints, its our name . . . please guys make an old fella happy and only use COME ON YOU SAINTS . . . moan over. Great day, great day, great fans. COYS[/p][/quote]If you add didi in front of COYS what do you get?[/p][/quote]Someone who dont like football but thinks she knows what is best .Why do you bother?,we have enough of the blue few on here talking through their arse!! hedge end bob
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11:12pm Sat 28 Apr 12

clausentum says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Tesco have reported an increase in toilet tissue sales.
Irrespective of wether you support football in particular or sports in general, today's promotion by the local team is a fabulous outcome and worth celebrating by ALL in the local community.

Your one-line juvenile attempts at disparaging genuine football supporters says a lot about you.

What a small-minded, bitter and twisted, shallow-minded individual you must be.

You should be thoroughly ashamed of your spiteful and ungracious comments.

Reach for a bottle of your preferred regular plonk and enter temporary oblivion and escape from the World of graciousness and adult commentary.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Tesco have reported an increase in toilet tissue sales.[/p][/quote]Irrespective of wether you support football in particular or sports in general, today's promotion by the local team is a fabulous outcome and worth celebrating by ALL in the local community. Your one-line juvenile attempts at disparaging genuine football supporters says a lot about you. What a small-minded, bitter and twisted, shallow-minded individual you must be. You should be thoroughly ashamed of your spiteful and ungracious comments. Reach for a bottle of your preferred regular plonk and enter temporary oblivion and escape from the World of graciousness and adult commentary. clausentum
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11:28pm Sat 28 Apr 12

gladbachsaint says...

OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHH
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH WHEN THE SAINTS :-) I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOO DRUNK :-) WE ARE GOING UP SAY WE ARE GOING UP :-)
OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHH HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH WHEN THE SAINTS :-) I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO DRUNK :-) WE ARE GOING UP SAY WE ARE GOING UP :-) gladbachsaint
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11:34pm Sat 28 Apr 12

20east says...

Congratulations, you deserved it. I believe we were one of 4 teams that you didn't beat, although we did of course win on away goals.
Congratulations, you deserved it. I believe we were one of 4 teams that you didn't beat, although we did of course win on away goals. 20east
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11:44pm Sat 28 Apr 12

popester says...

TimCan wrote:
oh jesus christ, please protect me from right wing fascist **** . . . its about football love. Please dont spoil the day.
Well said Timcan
[quote][p][bold]TimCan[/bold] wrote: oh jesus christ, please protect me from right wing fascist **** . . . its about football love. Please dont spoil the day.[/p][/quote]Well said Timcan popester
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11:45pm Sat 28 Apr 12

angus mc coatup says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
TimCan wrote:
This has been a remarkable achivement for everyone involved with the club and i am so proud but also very drunk . . . but please, please please, could we stop using Come on You Reds. We play in red and white, we are saints, we play in red and white, COME ON YOU SAINTS. Liverpool are the reds. Nigel Adkins red and white army. We should be very proud to use the name saints, its our name . . . please guys make an old fella happy and only use COME ON YOU SAINTS . . . moan over. Great day, great day, great fans. COYS
If you add didi in front of COYS what do you get?
and if you add tw in front of at what do you get.
you get you
now just f@ck off
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TimCan[/bold] wrote: This has been a remarkable achivement for everyone involved with the club and i am so proud but also very drunk . . . but please, please please, could we stop using Come on You Reds. We play in red and white, we are saints, we play in red and white, COME ON YOU SAINTS. Liverpool are the reds. Nigel Adkins red and white army. We should be very proud to use the name saints, its our name . . . please guys make an old fella happy and only use COME ON YOU SAINTS . . . moan over. Great day, great day, great fans. COYS[/p][/quote]If you add didi in front of COYS what do you get?[/p][/quote]and if you add tw in front of at what do you get. you get you now just f@ck off angus mc coatup
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11:55pm Sat 28 Apr 12

popester says...

sounds like Iron Lady needs to be melted down into scrap metal and used as a drain cover
sounds like Iron Lady needs to be melted down into scrap metal and used as a drain cover popester
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12:37am Sun 29 Apr 12

Scrutinizer says...

We're walkin' on sunshine, and don't it feel good?! Well done Saints! A GREAT achievement! Take that, Alf Garnett and co!:-)
We're walkin' on sunshine, and don't it feel good?! Well done Saints! A GREAT achievement! Take that, Alf Garnett and co!:-) Scrutinizer
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12:42am Sun 29 Apr 12

City Saint says...

SAINTS ARE GOUNG UP. You're all in for some luvin. The mood I'm in, perhaps I should, lol.
SAINTS ARE GOUNG UP. You're all in for some luvin. The mood I'm in, perhaps I should, lol. City Saint
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1:16am Sun 29 Apr 12

City Saint says...

Hedgeend Bob. What he says may sound a bit mental, but it's actually not that bad as some sort of commentary. Picking holes in fellow Saint Fans posts is not Saintly :')
Hedgeend Bob. What he says may sound a bit mental, but it's actually not that bad as some sort of commentary. Picking holes in fellow Saint Fans posts is not Saintly :') City Saint
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9:24am Sun 29 Apr 12

Beer Monster says...

Thoroughly well deserved, the family effect is obviously working, cheers to all involved - next season will be expensive given that I'm now in Scotland, but Saints are my blood and I'm not going to give them up for anything :-)
Thoroughly well deserved, the family effect is obviously working, cheers to all involved - next season will be expensive given that I'm now in Scotland, but Saints are my blood and I'm not going to give them up for anything :-) Beer Monster
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10:39am Sun 29 Apr 12

Saints down under says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Saints down under wrote:
Gainer T Gopher wrote:
so now they can hike the ticket prices for their one and only season in the Premiership...... then they can keep charging the over inflated pricses when they crash back down to the Championship next year....
Do I smell a skate on here??very brave seeing as the 15 point deduction is not far away if you make it that is.

Tick tock tick tock!!
Super super saints !!!
You sir, let our proud City down!

As a City we should welcome any visitor, wether they support Portsmouth, Soton etc.
Lady

Please not today they are Portsmouth we are Southampton why ever happens they don't go together ever.
Anyway good luck at the museum!!

Now let's all have another party.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saints down under[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gainer T Gopher[/bold] wrote: so now they can hike the ticket prices for their one and only season in the Premiership...... then they can keep charging the over inflated pricses when they crash back down to the Championship next year....[/p][/quote]Do I smell a skate on here??very brave seeing as the 15 point deduction is not far away if you make it that is. Tick tock tick tock!! Super super saints !!![/p][/quote]You sir, let our proud City down! As a City we should welcome any visitor, wether they support Portsmouth, Soton etc.[/p][/quote]Lady Please not today they are Portsmouth we are Southampton why ever happens they don't go together ever. Anyway good luck at the museum!! Now let's all have another party. Saints down under
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10:44am Sun 29 Apr 12

Saints down under says...

So who we going to sign I fancy a couple of midfield players a left back and another stricker to challenge our front two.

Oh and a top six finish would be fantastic.
Still on a high all day now super saints we are premier league.

COYS
So who we going to sign I fancy a couple of midfield players a left back and another stricker to challenge our front two. Oh and a top six finish would be fantastic. Still on a high all day now super saints we are premier league. COYS Saints down under
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11:30am Sun 29 Apr 12

gladbachsaint says...

Saints down under wrote:
So who we going to sign I fancy a couple of midfield players a left back and another stricker to challenge our front two. Oh and a top six finish would be fantastic. Still on a high all day now super saints we are premier league. COYS
We need - 1) a Danny Murphy type midfielder who can use his head and calm a game down 2) a decent goalkeeper to add a bit of competition for places and provide cover 3) an experienced/decent PL level defender (Upson?) 4) a pacy forward who can shake teams up (Danny Wallace type) 5) eleven unproven paint pot trophy players to send on loan to aid p*mp*y in their quest for league two football. All of those with the team spirit we have now could make for an enjoyable return to the top flight.
[quote][p][bold]Saints down under[/bold] wrote: So who we going to sign I fancy a couple of midfield players a left back and another stricker to challenge our front two. Oh and a top six finish would be fantastic. Still on a high all day now super saints we are premier league. COYS[/p][/quote]We need - 1) a Danny Murphy type midfielder who can use his head and calm a game down 2) a decent goalkeeper to add a bit of competition for places and provide cover 3) an experienced/decent PL level defender (Upson?) 4) a pacy forward who can shake teams up (Danny Wallace type) 5) eleven unproven paint pot trophy players to send on loan to aid p*mp*y in their quest for league two football. All of those with the team spirit we have now could make for an enjoyable return to the top flight. gladbachsaint
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12:22pm Sun 29 Apr 12

leosaint says...

I hope i am wrong but the lukewarm reception NA received from NC during the after match celebrations, coupled with NA´s extended refference to "parting of the ways# makes me worried that all is not well behind closed doors at SMS. Do we have another AP situation?
I hope i am wrong but the lukewarm reception NA received from NC during the after match celebrations, coupled with NA´s extended refference to "parting of the ways# makes me worried that all is not well behind closed doors at SMS. Do we have another AP situation? leosaint
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12:32pm Sun 29 Apr 12

fessdoc says...

leosaint wrote:
I hope i am wrong but the lukewarm reception NA received from NC during the after match celebrations, coupled with NA´s extended refference to "parting of the ways# makes me worried that all is not well behind closed doors at SMS. Do we have another AP situation?
Yesterday I "felt it in my waters" that it would be 4-0 to Saints (£110 thank you very much!). What a great day!
Today.....I'm sensing that NA has achieved what he was put in place to do....and it's time to move on? I so hope I've simply got a urine infection and I'm wrong!
[quote][p][bold]leosaint[/bold] wrote: I hope i am wrong but the lukewarm reception NA received from NC during the after match celebrations, coupled with NA´s extended refference to "parting of the ways# makes me worried that all is not well behind closed doors at SMS. Do we have another AP situation?[/p][/quote]Yesterday I "felt it in my waters" that it would be 4-0 to Saints (£110 thank you very much!). What a great day! Today.....I'm sensing that NA has achieved what he was put in place to do....and it's time to move on? I so hope I've simply got a urine infection and I'm wrong! fessdoc
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7:21pm Sun 29 Apr 12

Paul Lucas says...

leosaint wrote:
I hope i am wrong but the lukewarm reception NA received from NC during the after match celebrations, coupled with NA´s extended refference to "parting of the ways# makes me worried that all is not well behind closed doors at SMS. Do we have another AP situation?
Have to say that was the way I read it so you're not alone in that thought - perish it!!
[quote][p][bold]leosaint[/bold] wrote: I hope i am wrong but the lukewarm reception NA received from NC during the after match celebrations, coupled with NA´s extended refference to "parting of the ways# makes me worried that all is not well behind closed doors at SMS. Do we have another AP situation?[/p][/quote]Have to say that was the way I read it so you're not alone in that thought - perish it!! Paul Lucas
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9:25pm Sun 29 Apr 12

MajorM0t0k0 says...

totally awesome well done boys onwards and upwards :)
totally awesome well done boys onwards and upwards :) MajorM0t0k0
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11:13pm Sun 29 Apr 12

IronLady2010 says...

MajorM0t0k0 wrote:
totally awesome well done boys onwards and upwards :)
What about the admin girls? You only mention boys!

I also note the Manager has lots of praise but yet he didn't play.

Therefore, I give credit to all the shareholders who played very well and earned a fortune. Well done!!!
[quote][p][bold]MajorM0t0k0[/bold] wrote: totally awesome well done boys onwards and upwards :)[/p][/quote]What about the admin girls? You only mention boys! I also note the Manager has lots of praise but yet he didn't play. Therefore, I give credit to all the shareholders who played very well and earned a fortune. Well done!!! IronLady2010
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12:51am Mon 30 Apr 12

rob the saint in NZ says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
MajorM0t0k0 wrote: totally awesome well done boys onwards and upwards :)
What about the admin girls? You only mention boys! I also note the Manager has lots of praise but yet he didn't play. Therefore, I give credit to all the shareholders who played very well and earned a fortune. Well done!!!
It's time to retire yourself from any comments on football related threads as your comments are in the main inane, childish & disparaging.

You come across as mean spirited, unhappy & unwilling to accept that people have different opinions to your own & may find enjoyment in something that you don't.

Live & let live please & let a lot of happy people this weekend be happy!

Simples!
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MajorM0t0k0[/bold] wrote: totally awesome well done boys onwards and upwards :)[/p][/quote]What about the admin girls? You only mention boys! I also note the Manager has lots of praise but yet he didn't play. Therefore, I give credit to all the shareholders who played very well and earned a fortune. Well done!!![/p][/quote]It's time to retire yourself from any comments on football related threads as your comments are in the main inane, childish & disparaging. You come across as mean spirited, unhappy & unwilling to accept that people have different opinions to your own & may find enjoyment in something that you don't. Live & let live please & let a lot of happy people this weekend be happy! Simples! rob the saint in NZ
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4:08pm Mon 30 Apr 12

BillyTheKid says...

clausentum wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
Tesco have reported an increase in toilet tissue sales.
Irrespective of wether you support football in particular or sports in general, today's promotion by the local team is a fabulous outcome and worth celebrating by ALL in the local community.

Your one-line juvenile attempts at disparaging genuine football supporters says a lot about you.

What a small-minded, bitter and twisted, shallow-minded individual you must be.

You should be thoroughly ashamed of your spiteful and ungracious comments.

Reach for a bottle of your preferred regular plonk and enter temporary oblivion and escape from the World of graciousness and adult commentary.
Well, well ! Something very odd here......

In both posts, your choice of words, sentence construction.......i
t all sounds exactly like a child trying to mimmick an intelligent adult. Not up to your usual standard.

And yet again, everybody ignores you.

Except me, the troll hunter !
[quote][p][bold]clausentum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Tesco have reported an increase in toilet tissue sales.[/p][/quote]Irrespective of wether you support football in particular or sports in general, today's promotion by the local team is a fabulous outcome and worth celebrating by ALL in the local community. Your one-line juvenile attempts at disparaging genuine football supporters says a lot about you. What a small-minded, bitter and twisted, shallow-minded individual you must be. You should be thoroughly ashamed of your spiteful and ungracious comments. Reach for a bottle of your preferred regular plonk and enter temporary oblivion and escape from the World of graciousness and adult commentary.[/p][/quote]Well, well ! Something very odd here...... In both posts, your choice of words, sentence construction.......i t all sounds exactly like a child trying to mimmick an intelligent adult. Not up to your usual standard. And yet again, everybody ignores you. Except me, the troll hunter ! BillyTheKid
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5:01pm Mon 30 Apr 12

lowe esteem says...

WelshSaint012 wrote:
INTERVIEW WITH MR CORTESE RESUMES

(WS): I understand that this is a very emotional day for you but I must ask you about your great friend Mr Liebherr. Obviously he is held in the highest esteem and all supporters were saddened by his passing away.
(NC):(Interrupting) The purchase of Southampton FC enabled Marcus to attend the world famous Wembley and watch his team win a Cup. Is there a greater feeling for any football supporter? Irrespective of the Trophy title, we won a cup at Wembley. How many supporters can say that? Only losers belittle a cup win at Wembley! You have to earn the right by beating other clubs to get there. To belittle any competition is to belittle every football club, every supporter and every player who kicks a ball irrespective of whether that ball is kicked in the local park or the worlds finest stadiums. I apologise, it is not very often that I get vociferous but I am passionate in my own way.
(WS): Passionate? Could that be translated as dictatorial, it has been implied in the press that you can be a 'My way or no way' type of person. One or two names have been mentioned, for example Pardew and Puncheon.
(NC): Earlier you said my approach was innovative. Treating a club, staff and supporters as a family appears to be innovative in football. The Liebherr Memorial is an example. How many clubs give their supporters a day of sport and entertainment for free, a way of saying Thank You. If you are causing problems within the family and are being divisive then ..... That is not being dictatorial, as you say, it is safe guarding the family and we have a big family. The press can be a little narrow minded when confronted by something they do not understand. Marcus and I are taking a fresh approach to English football. Some ideas may not work, but, and I do not mean to crow (A slight chuckle) but we have taken a skeleton from the cupboard of League One to the world stage of the Premiership in three years. Suffice to say, we are on the right road.
(WS): You have just mentioned three years, your initial plan was five years. Is it possible that the 'family' could be a victim of its own success?
(NC):(Considers his response for a few seconds) In one way, definetely. Everyone knows my views on youth policy, football in its current financial position is not sustainable. That is not just my view, the way forward is through youth policy. We have very good players coming on, so if for example they were fifteen or sixteen three years ago by the time we achieved the Premiership they would be twenty one and ready. So yes there is a slight effect, understandably.
(WS): Are you indirectly saying that there will be a big spending spree this summer. Big names?
(NC): (Shaking his head slightly) Do you honestly think, after three years, that is our way? What is the point, (Pauses) I think you have the phrase 'journeymen', coming into the team just to earn money? IYou hav seen with your own eyes how our players re-act when a goal is scored or the keeper makes a brilliant save, how they fight for each other on the field of play. You saw the reaction of Mr Adkins to-day when interviewed live on BBC after the game. They are the people we want in the family. They are the people we will get and they will take us forward to the Champion League. The family has no room for a mercenary.
(WS): Ticket prices. Will there be an increase?
(NC): Will there be an increase in player wages? (NC smiles)
(WS): Yes but there is a wealth of new income from TV etc. (I smile back)
(NC): I have always said that this is a family business and must be self-sustaining. Forget the past. The money generated is for the improvement of the Club not the owners bank balance. I know supporters refer to Club history, and rightly so in some ways. But please do not allow history to compare our current situation with the situation of a few years ago. To me, to-day is Southampton FC, it has been in existence, to me, for three years when Marcus bought the club. Our history started that day. We have broken old club records buried them with the ashes. Our history is back to back promotions, a winning trip to Wembley, a respected youth policy, innovative fitness programmes involving Southampton University, an admired playing style with good attacking style. That is our history now. From the ashes the Phoenix has risen. Actually I almost changed the club name to Southampton Phoenix FC, but I would prefer to be called a Saint.
(WS): Well, Mr Cortese, thank you very much for the interview and your frankness
(NC) You are most welcome
(WS) Just two last questions, if you would not mind. (Mr Cortese sits back slightly, looks at the ceiling and wryly nods) First. Do you ever read the supporters comments in the echo website?
(NC): Of course, I do, as well as the players. It is impossible to ask thirty thousand people individually for their opinion. Before you ask, in all honesty a large amount are of no use at all but the more knowledgeable supporters do make comments that we consider and discuss at family meetings. In fact, some we have actually implemented in one way or another.
(WS): Final question. How do you see next season fittinf into the 'five year' plan?
(NC): We will look at the previous three seasons, look at one area which did not work, look at three which did. Draw a line line underneath and move on.
Both Mr Cortese and I laughed at those all to familiar words.
END OF INTERVIEW
Good post-with more than a ring of truth.
[quote][p][bold]WelshSaint012[/bold] wrote: INTERVIEW WITH MR CORTESE RESUMES (WS): I understand that this is a very emotional day for you but I must ask you about your great friend Mr Liebherr. Obviously he is held in the highest esteem and all supporters were saddened by his passing away. (NC):(Interrupting) The purchase of Southampton FC enabled Marcus to attend the world famous Wembley and watch his team win a Cup. Is there a greater feeling for any football supporter? Irrespective of the Trophy title, we won a cup at Wembley. How many supporters can say that? Only losers belittle a cup win at Wembley! You have to earn the right by beating other clubs to get there. To belittle any competition is to belittle every football club, every supporter and every player who kicks a ball irrespective of whether that ball is kicked in the local park or the worlds finest stadiums. I apologise, it is not very often that I get vociferous but I am passionate in my own way. (WS): Passionate? Could that be translated as dictatorial, it has been implied in the press that you can be a 'My way or no way' type of person. One or two names have been mentioned, for example Pardew and Puncheon. (NC): Earlier you said my approach was innovative. Treating a club, staff and supporters as a family appears to be innovative in football. The Liebherr Memorial is an example. How many clubs give their supporters a day of sport and entertainment for free, a way of saying Thank You. If you are causing problems within the family and are being divisive then ..... That is not being dictatorial, as you say, it is safe guarding the family and we have a big family. The press can be a little narrow minded when confronted by something they do not understand. Marcus and I are taking a fresh approach to English football. Some ideas may not work, but, and I do not mean to crow (A slight chuckle) but we have taken a skeleton from the cupboard of League One to the world stage of the Premiership in three years. Suffice to say, we are on the right road. (WS): You have just mentioned three years, your initial plan was five years. Is it possible that the 'family' could be a victim of its own success? (NC):(Considers his response for a few seconds) In one way, definetely. Everyone knows my views on youth policy, football in its current financial position is not sustainable. That is not just my view, the way forward is through youth policy. We have very good players coming on, so if for example they were fifteen or sixteen three years ago by the time we achieved the Premiership they would be twenty one and ready. So yes there is a slight effect, understandably. (WS): Are you indirectly saying that there will be a big spending spree this summer. Big names? (NC): (Shaking his head slightly) Do you honestly think, after three years, that is our way? What is the point, (Pauses) I think you have the phrase 'journeymen', coming into the team just to earn money? IYou hav seen with your own eyes how our players re-act when a goal is scored or the keeper makes a brilliant save, how they fight for each other on the field of play. You saw the reaction of Mr Adkins to-day when interviewed live on BBC after the game. They are the people we want in the family. They are the people we will get and they will take us forward to the Champion League. The family has no room for a mercenary. (WS): Ticket prices. Will there be an increase? (NC): Will there be an increase in player wages? (NC smiles) (WS): Yes but there is a wealth of new income from TV etc. (I smile back) (NC): I have always said that this is a family business and must be self-sustaining. Forget the past. The money generated is for the improvement of the Club not the owners bank balance. I know supporters refer to Club history, and rightly so in some ways. But please do not allow history to compare our current situation with the situation of a few years ago. To me, to-day is Southampton FC, it has been in existence, to me, for three years when Marcus bought the club. Our history started that day. We have broken old club records buried them with the ashes. Our history is back to back promotions, a winning trip to Wembley, a respected youth policy, innovative fitness programmes involving Southampton University, an admired playing style with good attacking style. That is our history now. From the ashes the Phoenix has risen. Actually I almost changed the club name to Southampton Phoenix FC, but I would prefer to be called a Saint. (WS): Well, Mr Cortese, thank you very much for the interview and your frankness (NC) You are most welcome (WS) Just two last questions, if you would not mind. (Mr Cortese sits back slightly, looks at the ceiling and wryly nods) First. Do you ever read the supporters comments in the echo website? (NC): Of course, I do, as well as the players. It is impossible to ask thirty thousand people individually for their opinion. Before you ask, in all honesty a large amount are of no use at all but the more knowledgeable supporters do make comments that we consider and discuss at family meetings. In fact, some we have actually implemented in one way or another. (WS): Final question. How do you see next season fittinf into the 'five year' plan? (NC): We will look at the previous three seasons, look at one area which did not work, look at three which did. Draw a line line underneath and move on. Both Mr Cortese and I laughed at those all to familiar words. END OF INTERVIEW[/p][/quote]Good post-with more than a ring of truth. lowe esteem
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5:05pm Mon 30 Apr 12

lowe esteem says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Paul TS wrote:
PFCPaul wrote:
Congratulations Southampton - back to back promotions is a great achievement and I must say with all that's going on at Pompey at the moment I'm a very jealous man this evening! I can only hope we can do the same (if we still have a club!). Best of luck back in the big time.
Thank you PFCPaul. To all the sensible Pompey fans I also hope you get yourself sorted, we need those derby's! I also have a lot of Pompey fans and know some who are very close to their club! However I would also like to say, thank you Markus and your family, well done Nigel and the team! What a great day!!
THIS is what you call Sportsmanship!!!!!

Not a fan of football, but well done Southampton!
...and you madam, with your blue rinse, are obviously two people, as witness your latter comment (on the same article), so please get some treatment.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paul TS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PFCPaul[/bold] wrote: Congratulations Southampton - back to back promotions is a great achievement and I must say with all that's going on at Pompey at the moment I'm a very jealous man this evening! I can only hope we can do the same (if we still have a club!). Best of luck back in the big time.[/p][/quote]Thank you PFCPaul. To all the sensible Pompey fans I also hope you get yourself sorted, we need those derby's! I also have a lot of Pompey fans and know some who are very close to their club! However I would also like to say, thank you Markus and your family, well done Nigel and the team! What a great day!![/p][/quote]THIS is what you call Sportsmanship!!!!! Not a fan of football, but well done Southampton![/p][/quote]...and you madam, with your blue rinse, are obviously two people, as witness your latter comment (on the same article), so please get some treatment. lowe esteem
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5:10pm Mon 30 Apr 12

lowe esteem says...

20east wrote:
Congratulations, you deserved it. I believe we were one of 4 teams that you didn't beat, although we did of course win on away goals.
I hope it keeps you warm at night. About 12 West for what it's worth?
[quote][p][bold]20east[/bold] wrote: Congratulations, you deserved it. I believe we were one of 4 teams that you didn't beat, although we did of course win on away goals.[/p][/quote]I hope it keeps you warm at night. About 12 West for what it's worth? lowe esteem
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