Fonte inspired by 1976 and all that

Daily Echo: Jose Fonte Jose Fonte

JOSE Fonte has revealed that every member of the Saints squad wants to recreate the club’s FA Cup glory win of 1976.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men travel to Sunderland for a big fifth round tie this Saturday, and the opportunity to earn a treasured piece of silverware is one that the squad are taking seriously.

Saints last won the famous competition 38 years ago, and they have not been to a final since 2003.

But, boasting their finest team since the year they lost to Arsenal in Cardiff, and with few big-name clubs set to make it into the hat for the quarter-finals, this could represent their best chance in some time.

Saints are still chasing a record Premier League finish – they would need a top seven finish to do so – but Fonte believes their strong league position also gives them a platform from which they can attack the cup.

“It would mean a lot,” he said of the prospect of earning a winners’ medal. “It’s on everyone’s mind.

“We are in a good situation in the league. Having said that, we want to finish as high as possible – we want to win every game.

“But the FA Cup is something we are looking forward to, because we want to do very well.

“It would be a dream to go to Wembley and play again in that stadium, and win.”

Fonte was part of the Saints side that won the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy there four years ago, but the FA Cup would be a far more significant accolade.

If Saints can advance past Sunderland, they would be just one win from a Wembley semi-final.

There is also a chance that the draw could really open up for them, in similar fashion to how it did 11 years ago when Saints only played one fellow Premier League club en route to the final.

So far this season, Pochettino has made a number of changes in the FA Cup for home ties against Championship pair Burnley and Yeovil.

Saturday’s game represents the club’s third game in eight days, with the manager having indicated that he would probably have to utilise his squad in that period.

Having made just one change for Tuesday’s trip to Hull from the team that drew with Stoke, it may be a sign that certain players will be rested to some extent this weekend.

But, if Pochettino wishes to call on all of his top stars, it seems they will be ready.

“We’re going to fully concentrate on a massive game for us,” said Fonte.

“We want to do well in the FA Cup. It’s very special for us this year. We’re going to focus on that and try and win.”

For 19-year-old full-back Calum Chambers, who is experiencing his first full season in the senior team, a trip to Wembley would represent something of a dream.

But he knows there is much work that needs to be done before that can become a reality, starting with another trip to Sunderland – the team’s third of the season.

Saints have so far failed to win – a 2-1 League Cup loss followed by a 2-2 Premier League draw last month.

Saints also needed Fonte’s late leveller to earn a 1-1 St Mary’s draw against the struggling Black Cats back in August.

“We’ve played there a couple of times,” said Chambers.

“We’ll go there expecting a good game, and we’ll just give it our best and hopefully we’ll get the result we want.”

The defender added: “I used to watch (the FA Cup) all the time when I was a youngster, and you dream of playing in the FA Cup, and the Premier League.

“Every game I play in it’s a dream come true for me.

“Getting to Wembley would be a great achievement, but we’ve just got to focus on the games we’ve got before that and really try and get there.”

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7:20am Thu 13 Feb 14

insane saint says...

Well lets put out our strongest team and put them to the sword. Lets go out and win the cup.

We are southampton. We are off to Brasil
Well lets put out our strongest team and put them to the sword. Lets go out and win the cup. We are southampton. We are off to Brasil insane saint

7:34am Thu 13 Feb 14

costa gaz says...

Start with the best available team and we can beat Sunderland, if we try what we did in the league cup we will go out.

It all depends how MP values this cup and the europa league qualification that goes with winning it.
Start with the best available team and we can beat Sunderland, if we try what we did in the league cup we will go out. It all depends how MP values this cup and the europa league qualification that goes with winning it. costa gaz

7:45am Thu 13 Feb 14

LeTissLeGod says...

I was there,best day of my life,lets go for it this time,COYS
I was there,best day of my life,lets go for it this time,COYS LeTissLeGod

8:47am Thu 13 Feb 14

the south coast is ours says...

LeTissLeGod wrote:
I was there,best day of my life,lets go for it this time,COYS
yes i was there aswel just 16 at the time best day of my life and what a summer
[quote][p][bold]LeTissLeGod[/bold] wrote: I was there,best day of my life,lets go for it this time,COYS[/p][/quote]yes i was there aswel just 16 at the time best day of my life and what a summer the south coast is ours

9:23am Thu 13 Feb 14

Saint in Malta says...

LeTissLeGod wrote:
I was there,best day of my life,lets go for it this time,COYS
I was there too, second best day of my life! What a time to have been 18, and what a summer!
Went to my first Saints game in 1965, and in my nearly 50 years of support, I have never enjoyed watching them as much as I do now - just a joy to watch, so pleasing on the eye.
Proud to be a Saints fan right now!
[quote][p][bold]LeTissLeGod[/bold] wrote: I was there,best day of my life,lets go for it this time,COYS[/p][/quote]I was there too, second best day of my life! What a time to have been 18, and what a summer! Went to my first Saints game in 1965, and in my nearly 50 years of support, I have never enjoyed watching them as much as I do now - just a joy to watch, so pleasing on the eye. Proud to be a Saints fan right now! Saint in Malta

9:52am Thu 13 Feb 14

Mush On The Beach says...

Mauricio has to put his best team out and give the fixture the respect it deserves. Poyet will be in a dilemma in what priority to give it as he has bigger fish to fry like survival and a League Cup final.
Let’s be remembered as the honest team that brought the FA Cup back to the South Coast rather than the dishonest one who bought it .... Skunts!
Mauricio has to put his best team out and give the fixture the respect it deserves. Poyet will be in a dilemma in what priority to give it as he has bigger fish to fry like survival and a League Cup final. Let’s be remembered as the honest team that brought the FA Cup back to the South Coast rather than the dishonest one who bought it .... Skunts! Mush On The Beach

9:55am Thu 13 Feb 14

SFCOLDBOY says...

It was a great day out.

Excitement waiting to get on the coach.
Scarves flying out of car windows going up M3.
Seeing people waving Saints banners on the over passes and along the motorway fencing.
Arriving,
Smiling faces,
Anticipation.
Deap breatth as we enter the ground.
Blind faith in our heros.
Worry about the massive task ahead.
Team come out, the butterflies are in full flight.
Man U start well.
Struggling,but holding our own.
Hang in there till half time.
Starting to get into the game,excitement rising.
Saints supporters raising the roof.

Bobbyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
yyyyyyyy.

1-0

Every media outlet wrote us off.
We done it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!
We've gone and done it!

Voice is shot
Cant sing any more on the coach coming back.
Saints supporters all along the M3 back .
Tears of joy watching them.

Back to the coach station.
Southampton in meltdown.
Thousands of people in town, air horns everywhere cars blaring their horns.
Need a drink.
Force my way into the old Park Inn.
20 minutes to get a drink.
All the tables have people dancing on them.
Deafening noise.
Feeling knackered now.
Time to go home.
Got in to see wife smiling,then my 2 months old boy all decked out with Saints gear brought a tear to my eye.
That boy is INSANE SAINT, who is often on here.
Poor nipper never had a chance did he.

Come on you Saints make these memories again for a new generation of us Saints fans.
COYS.
It was a great day out. Excitement waiting to get on the coach. Scarves flying out of car windows going up M3. Seeing people waving Saints banners on the over passes and along the motorway fencing. Arriving, Smiling faces, Anticipation. Deap breatth as we enter the ground. Blind faith in our heros. Worry about the massive task ahead. Team come out, the butterflies are in full flight. Man U start well. Struggling,but holding our own. Hang in there till half time. Starting to get into the game,excitement rising. Saints supporters raising the roof. Bobbyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy yyyyyyyy. 1-0 Every media outlet wrote us off. We done it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!! We've gone and done it! Voice is shot Cant sing any more on the coach coming back. Saints supporters all along the M3 back . Tears of joy watching them. Back to the coach station. Southampton in meltdown. Thousands of people in town, air horns everywhere cars blaring their horns. Need a drink. Force my way into the old Park Inn. 20 minutes to get a drink. All the tables have people dancing on them. Deafening noise. Feeling knackered now. Time to go home. Got in to see wife smiling,then my 2 months old boy all decked out with Saints gear brought a tear to my eye. That boy is INSANE SAINT, who is often on here. Poor nipper never had a chance did he. Come on you Saints make these memories again for a new generation of us Saints fans. COYS. SFCOLDBOY

10:04am Thu 13 Feb 14

Malcombe says...

insane saint & costa gaz

I agree, only the best Team for the remaining rounds, the FA Cup is important to MoPo his Staff the Fans and the Club and perhaps MoPo sees it as prestigious as it was to me because Saints won it on my 33rd Birthday May 1st.

I cannot believe there's not a Club in Britain from grass roots to the Premier League who wouldn't want to win the FA Cup. Saints have got to get the bogey away and beat Sunderland, Johnson has got to be marked out of the game and a couple of others to stop them playing, after 2 games against them MoPo and his Staff will of seen what they need to win this game hopefully and we all hope the weather is good for everyone especially the Fans who will travel up to watch the best Team in the world the mighty Saints.

I'll put my neck on the line and predict 2 Saints 1Sunderland Rickie and Jack Cork who will score his first goal for Saints
insane saint & costa gaz I agree, only the best Team for the remaining rounds, the FA Cup is important to MoPo his Staff the Fans and the Club and perhaps MoPo sees it as prestigious as it was to me because Saints won it on my 33rd Birthday May 1st. I cannot believe there's not a Club in Britain from grass roots to the Premier League who wouldn't want to win the FA Cup. Saints have got to get the bogey away and beat Sunderland, Johnson has got to be marked out of the game and a couple of others to stop them playing, after 2 games against them MoPo and his Staff will of seen what they need to win this game hopefully and we all hope the weather is good for everyone especially the Fans who will travel up to watch the best Team in the world the mighty Saints. I'll put my neck on the line and predict 2 Saints 1Sunderland Rickie and Jack Cork who will score his first goal for Saints Malcombe

10:16am Thu 13 Feb 14

boilerman says...

As someone else said Sunderland will be in a bit of dilema with extra games building up and being in the relegation dog fight.
We should put out our strongest team and lets try and win the cup as our league position is secure, 3 more wins and we are in the final that shouldn';t put too much strain on the team.
COYR
As someone else said Sunderland will be in a bit of dilema with extra games building up and being in the relegation dog fight. We should put out our strongest team and lets try and win the cup as our league position is secure, 3 more wins and we are in the final that shouldn';t put too much strain on the team. COYR boilerman

10:53am Thu 13 Feb 14

circa 66 saint says...

1976 what a year, met the wife just before the final and she had the best pair of assets a 19 year old could want, 2cup final tickets.
Promised to marry her if we won well the rest is history 5 kids later and all but1saints fans ( i did try to beat him to stop his fetish with l,pool but childline said it was illegal ).
Anyway now need the SAINTS to win the cup to fulfill the second promise to divorce her when we win the cup again lol
1976 what a year, met the wife just before the final and she had the best pair of assets a 19 year old could want, 2cup final tickets. Promised to marry her if we won well the rest is history 5 kids later and all but1saints fans ( i did try to beat him to stop his fetish with l,pool but childline said it was illegal ). Anyway now need the SAINTS to win the cup to fulfill the second promise to divorce her when we win the cup again lol circa 66 saint

11:42am Thu 13 Feb 14

St.Yorkie says...

Blimey where have all the comments gone from earlier?
What a day it was on 1st May 1976 - United out numbering us 4 to 1 and still Wembley was ours at the end of the day!
Must admit was quite an experience after the match going to tube station but it was a terrific drive back along the M3!
The build up at the Green Man, the match, the getting home and then the celebrations back in Southampton afterwards.
In my opinion to win the FACup now would be a reflection of everything good about the club and English players. Not a big shock like in 76 but equally a surprise!
We can always decline to enter the Europa League and concentrate on qualifying for the Champions League next season!
Blimey where have all the comments gone from earlier? What a day it was on 1st May 1976 - United out numbering us 4 to 1 and still Wembley was ours at the end of the day! Must admit was quite an experience after the match going to tube station but it was a terrific drive back along the M3! The build up at the Green Man, the match, the getting home and then the celebrations back in Southampton afterwards. In my opinion to win the FACup now would be a reflection of everything good about the club and English players. Not a big shock like in 76 but equally a surprise! We can always decline to enter the Europa League and concentrate on qualifying for the Champions League next season! St.Yorkie

11:45am Thu 13 Feb 14

Costa Baz says...

Let's make it happen.
Let's make it happen. Costa Baz

11:47am Thu 13 Feb 14

Beer Monster says...

I'm hoping the weather gives all those travelling to Sunderland the chance to get there and back... that's one sh1thole I wouldn't want to be stuck in
I'm hoping the weather gives all those travelling to Sunderland the chance to get there and back... that's one sh1thole I wouldn't want to be stuck in Beer Monster

11:49am Thu 13 Feb 14

eastsidemush says...

I hope I'm wrong but somehow I don't think Mo-Po is all that keen on the FA cup. Winning it would mean qualification to the Europa League, which he has made quite clear he has no interest in.
With the relatively small squad Saints operate with you can see his point of view. With all the extra games that would entail next season, it would make it even harder to achieve the prize he really wants, top four finish = Champions League.
As much as I would love to see Saints lift the FA cup again, I think sadly the competition has been very much devalued in recent years and would probably not have anything like the same feelgood factor as it did in 76.
I hope I'm wrong but somehow I don't think Mo-Po is all that keen on the FA cup. Winning it would mean qualification to the Europa League, which he has made quite clear he has no interest in. With the relatively small squad Saints operate with you can see his point of view. With all the extra games that would entail next season, it would make it even harder to achieve the prize he really wants, top four finish = Champions League. As much as I would love to see Saints lift the FA cup again, I think sadly the competition has been very much devalued in recent years and would probably not have anything like the same feelgood factor as it did in 76. eastsidemush

11:59am Thu 13 Feb 14

Costa Baz says...

With all the reminiscing, I had some sort of premonition, after the third round, that it would be our time.

At the time, I worked for a company that included working Saturday mornings, so after looking at the dates for the semi and the final, arranged to take a holiday for the week of the final, and also asked for the semi final day off, as I was "going to a family get together". Well it was! There was 6 of us at Stamford Bridge.

The Quarter Final was my most nervous time, as I couldn't have that day off, as well, and thought it could be a banana skin.

I love it when a plan comes together.
With all the reminiscing, I had some sort of premonition, after the third round, that it would be our time. At the time, I worked for a company that included working Saturday mornings, so after looking at the dates for the semi and the final, arranged to take a holiday for the week of the final, and also asked for the semi final day off, as I was "going to a family get together". Well it was! There was 6 of us at Stamford Bridge. The Quarter Final was my most nervous time, as I couldn't have that day off, as well, and thought it could be a banana skin. I love it when a plan comes together. Costa Baz

12:00pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Costa Baz says...

Costa Baz wrote:
With all the reminiscing, I had some sort of premonition, after the third round, that it would be our time.

At the time, I worked for a company that included working Saturday mornings, so after looking at the dates for the semi and the final, arranged to take a holiday for the week of the final, and also asked for the semi final day off, as I was "going to a family get together". Well it was! There was 6 of us at Stamford Bridge.

The Quarter Final was my most nervous time, as I couldn't have that day off, as well, and thought it could be a banana skin.

I love it when a plan comes together.
I'm referring to 1976, of course.
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: With all the reminiscing, I had some sort of premonition, after the third round, that it would be our time. At the time, I worked for a company that included working Saturday mornings, so after looking at the dates for the semi and the final, arranged to take a holiday for the week of the final, and also asked for the semi final day off, as I was "going to a family get together". Well it was! There was 6 of us at Stamford Bridge. The Quarter Final was my most nervous time, as I couldn't have that day off, as well, and thought it could be a banana skin. I love it when a plan comes together.[/p][/quote]I'm referring to 1976, of course. Costa Baz

12:39pm Thu 13 Feb 14

eastsidemush says...

Ah........1976.
If I had to pick a year from my life as the most memorable, that would surely be the one.
So many wonderful things happened that year. The long hot summer, riding around on my purple fissie (Yamaha FS1E for the uninitiated) .......... Passing my driving test a couple of weeks after the best bit of the lot ......Saints winning the FA cup!
So many other happy memories.
Oh dear, I think I'm turning into my Dad.
Ah........1976. If I had to pick a year from my life as the most memorable, that would surely be the one. So many wonderful things happened that year. The long hot summer, riding around on my purple fissie (Yamaha FS1E for the uninitiated) .......... Passing my driving test a couple of weeks after the best bit of the lot ......Saints winning the FA cup! So many other happy memories. Oh dear, I think I'm turning into my Dad. eastsidemush

1:03pm Thu 13 Feb 14

saints fan #1 says...

1976- Was 12 months old probably didn't know what a footbal is. But what i do know is that on my 1st Birthday the whole Saints City was buzing.
What a thought.
COYR
1976- Was 12 months old probably didn't know what a footbal is. But what i do know is that on my 1st Birthday the whole Saints City was buzing. What a thought. COYR saints fan #1

2:08pm Thu 13 Feb 14

J7junctionseven says...

I was only 12 years old. My Dad managed to get hold of 2 tickets but he couldn't go due to work. Went to the "Southampton v Man Utd It's a Knockout" at the Sports Centre (or was it the Common...memory a bit blur now!)
Sold the tickets to some bloke for £30...gutted and made up at the same time.
Watched the game at home and even more made up and slightly more gutted that I wasn't there!
Went over town to see the open top bus parade. Southampton was a sea of people and we ended up on top of the bus stop as the bus was coming round to the Civic.
What a great memory.
Still slightly gutted I never went.
I've been to every cup final we've been in since and would love to be there when we win it again with my 2 boys.
COYR.....Could it be this year???
I was only 12 years old. My Dad managed to get hold of 2 tickets but he couldn't go due to work. Went to the "Southampton v Man Utd It's a Knockout" at the Sports Centre (or was it the Common...memory a bit blur now!) Sold the tickets to some bloke for £30...gutted and made up at the same time. Watched the game at home and even more made up and slightly more gutted that I wasn't there! Went over town to see the open top bus parade. Southampton was a sea of people and we ended up on top of the bus stop as the bus was coming round to the Civic. What a great memory. Still slightly gutted I never went. I've been to every cup final we've been in since and would love to be there when we win it again with my 2 boys. COYR.....Could it be this year??? J7junctionseven

2:36pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Shrewdsaint says...

I was 15, I remember queuing for my ticket at the Dell with my voucher for attending a lesser game. Our coach had the back window smashed in by bricks but we made it home eventually via several pubs. Went to school with some Man U glory hunters, magic times and what a summer.

I hope Jose's okay for Saturday, check out his shin on the Yahoo home page.
I was 15, I remember queuing for my ticket at the Dell with my voucher for attending a lesser game. Our coach had the back window smashed in by bricks but we made it home eventually via several pubs. Went to school with some Man U glory hunters, magic times and what a summer. I hope Jose's okay for Saturday, check out his shin on the Yahoo home page. Shrewdsaint

3:13pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Costa Baz says...

Three other memories, of the 76 final, were,
1. Being on the coach, stuck in traffic, after the game, when Bob Wilson was seen walking down the pavement, alongside. Having predicted that Manure would win by 6 goals (or something equally absurd), you can imagine the reception he received from the fans.
2. Being passed by the team coach, with the players celebrating and waving to the fans as they passed.
3. The reaction from the London public, giving thumbs up to the coaches, as they passed.
Three other memories, of the 76 final, were, 1. Being on the coach, stuck in traffic, after the game, when Bob Wilson was seen walking down the pavement, alongside. Having predicted that Manure would win by 6 goals (or something equally absurd), you can imagine the reception he received from the fans. 2. Being passed by the team coach, with the players celebrating and waving to the fans as they passed. 3. The reaction from the London public, giving thumbs up to the coaches, as they passed. Costa Baz

3:42pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

J7junctionseven wrote:
I was only 12 years old. My Dad managed to get hold of 2 tickets but he couldn't go due to work. Went to the "Southampton v Man Utd It's a Knockout" at the Sports Centre (or was it the Common...memory a bit blur now!)
Sold the tickets to some bloke for £30...gutted and made up at the same time.
Watched the game at home and even more made up and slightly more gutted that I wasn't there!
Went over town to see the open top bus parade. Southampton was a sea of people and we ended up on top of the bus stop as the bus was coming round to the Civic.
What a great memory.
Still slightly gutted I never went.
I've been to every cup final we've been in since and would love to be there when we win it again with my 2 boys.
COYR.....Could it be this year???
I was 13 and didn't have anyone to take me. Like you been to them all since, league cup, FA semi finals, zenith data, FA cup in Cardiff and JPT but still hankering after that return to Wembley for the FA cup.

We have a good team a lot of big guns out and the rest face each other. Long way to go but as long as the draw doesn't stuff us we've got a really good chance.
[quote][p][bold]J7junctionseven[/bold] wrote: I was only 12 years old. My Dad managed to get hold of 2 tickets but he couldn't go due to work. Went to the "Southampton v Man Utd It's a Knockout" at the Sports Centre (or was it the Common...memory a bit blur now!) Sold the tickets to some bloke for £30...gutted and made up at the same time. Watched the game at home and even more made up and slightly more gutted that I wasn't there! Went over town to see the open top bus parade. Southampton was a sea of people and we ended up on top of the bus stop as the bus was coming round to the Civic. What a great memory. Still slightly gutted I never went. I've been to every cup final we've been in since and would love to be there when we win it again with my 2 boys. COYR.....Could it be this year???[/p][/quote]I was 13 and didn't have anyone to take me. Like you been to them all since, league cup, FA semi finals, zenith data, FA cup in Cardiff and JPT but still hankering after that return to Wembley for the FA cup. We have a good team a lot of big guns out and the rest face each other. Long way to go but as long as the draw doesn't stuff us we've got a really good chance. Seedhouse the Unrepentant

4:01pm Thu 13 Feb 14

saint gee says...

LeTissLeGod wrote:
I was there,best day of my life,lets go for it this time,COYS
So was I,great day out that was.
[quote][p][bold]LeTissLeGod[/bold] wrote: I was there,best day of my life,lets go for it this time,COYS[/p][/quote]So was I,great day out that was. saint gee

5:40pm Thu 13 Feb 14

swesaint says...

Not great that Sunderland got postponed last night, would have suited us for them to have a tough mid week at city.
Not great that Sunderland got postponed last night, would have suited us for them to have a tough mid week at city. swesaint

6:06pm Thu 13 Feb 14

mickey01 says...

lets hope gus wants survival more then the cup and rests some players on saturday
lets hope gus wants survival more then the cup and rests some players on saturday mickey01

6:29pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Rudolf Hucker says...

I was 15 yrs old in 1976...wow, what a fantastic summer.....1-0 win at Wembley.....FA cup winners....Long hot summer, 6 weeks school holidays of parties with cans of Party 7's (remember them?), and having fun with the girls of Regents Park School.....Best year of my entire life......
I was 15 yrs old in 1976...wow, what a fantastic summer.....1-0 win at Wembley.....FA cup winners....Long hot summer, 6 weeks school holidays of parties with cans of Party 7's (remember them?), and having fun with the girls of Regents Park School.....Best year of my entire life...... Rudolf Hucker

6:44pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Rob The Saint NOT in NZ says...

I was 8 in '76, remember watching the Final on my Grandma's TV in Freemantle as she was the only person we knew who had a colour TV in those days!

Both my late Dad & Grandad had gone to Wembley, remember waving them off in his Cortina with the car decked out in Saints stuff.

Best memory of the Sunday was running alongside the open top bus on Shirley High Street wearing my full Saints kit, including football boots, & then my laces coming undone & nearly getting trampled by the crowds as I bent down to try & do them up!

I would love to be at Wembley this year of course to see us win the F A Cup.
We can do it - COYR!
I was 8 in '76, remember watching the Final on my Grandma's TV in Freemantle as she was the only person we knew who had a colour TV in those days! Both my late Dad & Grandad had gone to Wembley, remember waving them off in his Cortina with the car decked out in Saints stuff. Best memory of the Sunday was running alongside the open top bus on Shirley High Street wearing my full Saints kit, including football boots, & then my laces coming undone & nearly getting trampled by the crowds as I bent down to try & do them up! I would love to be at Wembley this year of course to see us win the F A Cup. We can do it - COYR! Rob The Saint NOT in NZ

6:46pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Clausentum Saint says...

I was there in '76, what a great memory.United fans were head in hands on the steps outside of Wembley after the match saying 'how did that happen'. I could only offer my condolences and tell them they were beaten by a better team,as of course all Saints fans knew. I have still got the BBC radio commentary on vinyl and play it occasionally for inspiration--"eight minutes to go,this could go to extra time, the ball is played forward to Bobby Stokes, Bobby Stokes strikes the ball and Bobby Stokes scores, the Saints fans are going wild" brilliant.
Let's do it again.
I was there in '76, what a great memory.United fans were head in hands on the steps outside of Wembley after the match saying 'how did that happen'. I could only offer my condolences and tell them they were beaten by a better team,as of course all Saints fans knew. I have still got the BBC radio commentary on vinyl and play it occasionally for inspiration--"eight minutes to go,this could go to extra time, the ball is played forward to Bobby Stokes, Bobby Stokes strikes the ball and Bobby Stokes scores, the Saints fans are going wild" brilliant. Let's do it again. Clausentum Saint

6:56pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Clausentum Saint says...

And of course the United fans found it strange singing 'when the reds go marching in' because it meant that the whole of Wembley were singing for the Saints.There were also great choruses of 'Come on you Yellows' from Saints fans,loved it,loved it,loved it.
Let's do it again.
And of course the United fans found it strange singing 'when the reds go marching in' because it meant that the whole of Wembley were singing for the Saints.There were also great choruses of 'Come on you Yellows' from Saints fans,loved it,loved it,loved it. Let's do it again. Clausentum Saint

7:10pm Thu 13 Feb 14

up saints says...

i was 19 still look at the goal on youtube now and again happy memories
i was 19 still look at the goal on youtube now and again happy memories up saints

7:18pm Thu 13 Feb 14

dadofmy3sons says...

Went to the final.
On the train on the way home there were about 15 of us from the Bullseye pub in one compartment and we all sat quiet and thinking.
The ticket collector came in and asked if we were United fans because we were so quiet.
None of us had said be quiet, we just did.
We all knew why, we were savouring the moment.
Of course it passed and we went as mental as anyone after a while.
The home game against QPR in the week after there probably about 50,000 supporters in the Dell.
Lined up along side the pitch it was a complete shambles and Saints scored a goal thanks to a deflection via a Saints fan's foot stood next to the goal! !
Went to the final. On the train on the way home there were about 15 of us from the Bullseye pub in one compartment and we all sat quiet and thinking. The ticket collector came in and asked if we were United fans because we were so quiet. None of us had said be quiet, we just did. We all knew why, we were savouring the moment. Of course it passed and we went as mental as anyone after a while. The home game against QPR in the week after there probably about 50,000 supporters in the Dell. Lined up along side the pitch it was a complete shambles and Saints scored a goal thanks to a deflection via a Saints fan's foot stood next to the goal! ! dadofmy3sons

7:55pm Thu 13 Feb 14

St.Yorkie says...

Only missed 3rd round replay as thought it was a lost cause. I can still see Fisher scoring in the 90th minute at The Dell to equalise against Villa. Somehow that gets forgotten but he got a medal as he was sub that day!
Sometimes your name is on the Cup from the beginning. I have a feeling this could be another one of those years with our squad.
Here's hoping!
Only missed 3rd round replay as thought it was a lost cause. I can still see Fisher scoring in the 90th minute at The Dell to equalise against Villa. Somehow that gets forgotten but he got a medal as he was sub that day! Sometimes your name is on the Cup from the beginning. I have a feeling this could be another one of those years with our squad. Here's hoping! St.Yorkie

8:15pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

1 May '76 - Oh happy day! Yes, I was there, too.

Scroll back to January '76 when Hughie Fisher scored that late, late equaliser against Villa. Standing in the Milton Road end, I couldn't see the ball after it passed through the mellee of players in the box down the Archers, but when the crowd rose to cheer, so did we in the Milton. I turned to my mate and said, that's it, we're gonna win it this year.'

Back at the bus station, fish n chips in hand awaiting the 53 back home, we watched the 4th round draw: 'Blackpool at home! We've got Blackpool at home.' But I was the only one interested. No one else believed we'd win at Villa Park.

I was 13, so didn't go to Villa or Bradford (or WBA at home, for that matter) but I made the other 5 matches.

If we were to get there this year - and I also have a good feeling - I doubt if I'd be able to get a ticket. That's okay, I (we) had '76 (and 2003), but there would be some other lucky 13 year old there, and he or she would then carry that memory with them for all of their life.
1 May '76 - Oh happy day! Yes, I was there, too. Scroll back to January '76 when Hughie Fisher scored that late, late equaliser against Villa. Standing in the Milton Road end, I couldn't see the ball after it passed through the mellee of players in the box down the Archers, but when the crowd rose to cheer, so did we in the Milton. I turned to my mate and said, that's it, we're gonna win it this year.' Back at the bus station, fish n chips in hand awaiting the 53 back home, we watched the 4th round draw: 'Blackpool at home! We've got Blackpool at home.' But I was the only one interested. No one else believed we'd win at Villa Park. I was 13, so didn't go to Villa or Bradford (or WBA at home, for that matter) but I made the other 5 matches. If we were to get there this year - and I also have a good feeling - I doubt if I'd be able to get a ticket. That's okay, I (we) had '76 (and 2003), but there would be some other lucky 13 year old there, and he or she would then carry that memory with them for all of their life. Strasbourg Saint

8:20pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

St.Yorkie wrote:
Only missed 3rd round replay as thought it was a lost cause. I can still see Fisher scoring in the 90th minute at The Dell to equalise against Villa. Somehow that gets forgotten but he got a medal as he was sub that day!
Sometimes your name is on the Cup from the beginning. I have a feeling this could be another one of those years with our squad.
Here's hoping!
Hi Yorkie, you've been quiet lately. I was thinking of facebooking you. Did you go to Hull and are you going to Sunderland?

Funny that we both commented on Hughie's goal. Glad he got a medal, I remember Lawrie saying that deciding between Paul Gilchrist (remember his semi-final goal?) and Fisher for the Final was one of the hardest decisions he had to make in management.
[quote][p][bold]St.Yorkie[/bold] wrote: Only missed 3rd round replay as thought it was a lost cause. I can still see Fisher scoring in the 90th minute at The Dell to equalise against Villa. Somehow that gets forgotten but he got a medal as he was sub that day! Sometimes your name is on the Cup from the beginning. I have a feeling this could be another one of those years with our squad. Here's hoping![/p][/quote]Hi Yorkie, you've been quiet lately. I was thinking of facebooking you. Did you go to Hull and are you going to Sunderland? Funny that we both commented on Hughie's goal. Glad he got a medal, I remember Lawrie saying that deciding between Paul Gilchrist (remember his semi-final goal?) and Fisher for the Final was one of the hardest decisions he had to make in management. Strasbourg Saint

8:25pm Thu 13 Feb 14

seany1966 says...

Oh shoot.... Lawro's got us down as a win.....
Oh shoot.... Lawro's got us down as a win..... seany1966

8:45pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Baddesley Bill says...

I was 10 in 1976. Sweet memories of the early scramble to stay in the game....and then the late David Coleman announcing "Stokes...1-0!".

I can remember doing a few flip flaps around the front room when Peter lifted the cup for us...

...I won't be trying that again this year....not after the "Fulham fall"....perhaps a handstand on the Wembey turf.....yeah...that
'll do! COYR
I was 10 in 1976. Sweet memories of the early scramble to stay in the game....and then the late David Coleman announcing "Stokes...1-0!". I can remember doing a few flip flaps around the front room when Peter lifted the cup for us... ...I won't be trying that again this year....not after the "Fulham fall"....perhaps a handstand on the Wembey turf.....yeah...that 'll do! COYR Baddesley Bill

9:02pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

Baddesley Bill wrote:
I was 10 in 1976. Sweet memories of the early scramble to stay in the game....and then the late David Coleman announcing "Stokes...1-0!"
.

I can remember doing a few flip flaps around the front room when Peter lifted the cup for us...

...I won't be trying that again this year....not after the "Fulham fall"....perhaps a handstand on the Wembey turf.....yeah...that

'll do! COYR
Just try to resist the urge to do a 'scotsman' on the crossbar, Bill.
[quote][p][bold]Baddesley Bill[/bold] wrote: I was 10 in 1976. Sweet memories of the early scramble to stay in the game....and then the late David Coleman announcing "Stokes...1-0!" . I can remember doing a few flip flaps around the front room when Peter lifted the cup for us... ...I won't be trying that again this year....not after the "Fulham fall"....perhaps a handstand on the Wembey turf.....yeah...that 'll do! COYR[/p][/quote]Just try to resist the urge to do a 'scotsman' on the crossbar, Bill. Strasbourg Saint

11:54pm Thu 13 Feb 14

legh_langston says...

I was there & I'll never forget the drive back . On paper Saints are a much better team now than then,but games don't get won on paper! We have nothing to fear so lets just do it!
I was there & I'll never forget the drive back . On paper Saints are a much better team now than then,but games don't get won on paper! We have nothing to fear so lets just do it! legh_langston

1:20am Fri 14 Feb 14

southamptontilidie says...

if reading these comments doesn't make you dream of another FA cup glory I don't know what will! COYR!!
if reading these comments doesn't make you dream of another FA cup glory I don't know what will! COYR!! southamptontilidie

2:56pm Fri 14 Feb 14

bullsbags says...

My auntie won a couple of tkts for 1975 final,I'll never forget the first time I saw those twin towers as we neared wembley park on the tube, I was 12 at the time
Funnily enough I'd been to Pompey 2 or 3 times with a friend of my old mans
Saw Mick Channon play for England and decided to become a saint early December when I went to my first saints game,Sunderland at home and we won 4-0. I was very fortunate to get a tkt for the final,my only regret was that I was too young to get bladdered afterwards
One last thing Thank god for Channon or I could have ended up a suicidal skunt coyr
My auntie won a couple of tkts for 1975 final,I'll never forget the first time I saw those twin towers as we neared wembley park on the tube, I was 12 at the time Funnily enough I'd been to Pompey 2 or 3 times with a friend of my old mans Saw Mick Channon play for England and decided to become a saint early December when I went to my first saints game,Sunderland at home and we won 4-0. I was very fortunate to get a tkt for the final,my only regret was that I was too young to get bladdered afterwards One last thing Thank god for Channon or I could have ended up a suicidal skunt coyr bullsbags

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