Saints planning permanent Markus Liebherr tribute

Daily Echo: Markus Liebherr Markus Liebherr

Saints have confirmed they ARE planning a permanent tribute to the club’s late owner, Markus Liebherr.

This week marked five years since the German-born Swiss billionaire’s takeover, which rescued the club from administration and saved them from potential liquidation.

To coincide with that anniversary, one supporter launched a petition encouraging the board to rename a stand at St Mary’s after Liebherr, who passed away in August 2010.

The online document had attracted more than 1,500 signatures as of yesterday.

Chief executive Gareth Rogers told the Daily Echo that Markus’ daughter, Katharina, who now owns the club, has been touched by the warmth her father is held in by the fans.

He explained that there have been plans afoot for some months to commemorate him with a fitting and lasting tribute, which they hope to unveil soon – although it will not involve renaming a stand.

Rogers said: “We are mindful of the growing feeling amongst the fan base with respect to the potential naming of a stand at St Mary’s Stadium in honour of Markus Liebherr, given his immense contribution to Southampton Football Club.

“I have been discussing the idea of a permanent tribute with Katharina for several months, and every time we speak she always impresses on me how she is grateful and touched by the special relationship her father continues to hold with Southampton supporters.

“Whilst Katharina does not wish to name a stand after Markus, she set out her thoughts to me at the end of last season on what she feels will best act as a fitting tribute.

“The planning for this is already underway, and we look forward to announcing more details to our supporters within the forthcoming months.”

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6:27am Fri 11 Jul 14

Little Hitler says...

Good news :-)
Good news :-) Little Hitler
  • Score: 17

6:57am Fri 11 Jul 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Excellent news.
Excellent news. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 19

7:35am Fri 11 Jul 14

JimmyLondon says...

the training ground perhaps!
the training ground perhaps! JimmyLondon
  • Score: 8

7:58am Fri 11 Jul 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

RESPECT TO KATHARINA + HER WISHES.

SAINTS FANS would like to see an increase in Seating Capacity at ST MARY'S and development of the Surrounding Area (like Chelski) around the Ground - See all yesterdays posts.

WE ARE NUMBER ONE IN THE SOUTH and should have more seating capacity than Championship Brighton. COYR+WS
RESPECT TO KATHARINA + HER WISHES. SAINTS FANS would like to see an increase in Seating Capacity at ST MARY'S and development of the Surrounding Area (like Chelski) around the Ground - See all yesterdays posts. WE ARE NUMBER ONE IN THE SOUTH and should have more seating capacity than Championship Brighton. COYR+WS The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 24

8:21am Fri 11 Jul 14

Ozmosis says...

I am not surprised the tribute doesn't involve naming a stand. Markus himself would probably not have wanted the fuss, although I do wonder if he really knew the strength of feeling he had (and still has) amongst the Saints fans.
I am not surprised the tribute doesn't involve naming a stand. Markus himself would probably not have wanted the fuss, although I do wonder if he really knew the strength of feeling he had (and still has) amongst the Saints fans. Ozmosis
  • Score: 19

9:04am Fri 11 Jul 14

jls217 says...

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. wrote:
RESPECT TO KATHARINA + HER WISHES.

SAINTS FANS would like to see an increase in Seating Capacity at ST MARY'S and development of the Surrounding Area (like Chelski) around the Ground - See all yesterdays posts.

WE ARE NUMBER ONE IN THE SOUTH and should have more seating capacity than Championship Brighton. COYR+WS
How would we pay for it and still buy in top players? Not being negative as I would love to see a 70k stadium built up near the airport and the motorway - I think in the long run it would pay for itself.
It would be cheaper to buy that land and build there than perhaps buying up the riverside plots and having to redevleop there. Also the training facilities could all be in one spot up by the M27.
On the other hand having a top class entertainment venue with its own railway/people mover station on the river would be a fantastic boost to Southampton city as a whole and maybe there could be some government financial investment to beautify the spot like we've seen in some of the the northern towns and Bristol - Hope I live long enough to see it.

I HOPE I'm wrong but I doubt it makes financial sense.
[quote][p][bold]The Rise of The Foot Soldier.[/bold] wrote: RESPECT TO KATHARINA + HER WISHES. SAINTS FANS would like to see an increase in Seating Capacity at ST MARY'S and development of the Surrounding Area (like Chelski) around the Ground - See all yesterdays posts. WE ARE NUMBER ONE IN THE SOUTH and should have more seating capacity than Championship Brighton. COYR+WS[/p][/quote]How would we pay for it and still buy in top players? Not being negative as I would love to see a 70k stadium built up near the airport and the motorway - I think in the long run it would pay for itself. It would be cheaper to buy that land and build there than perhaps buying up the riverside plots and having to redevleop there. Also the training facilities could all be in one spot up by the M27. On the other hand having a top class entertainment venue with its own railway/people mover station on the river would be a fantastic boost to Southampton city as a whole and maybe there could be some government financial investment to beautify the spot like we've seen in some of the the northern towns and Bristol - Hope I live long enough to see it. I HOPE I'm wrong but I doubt it makes financial sense. jls217
  • Score: 2

9:21am Fri 11 Jul 14

worried of n e hampshire says...

The family's wishes must and will be respected by Saint fans I'm sure.
The family's wishes must and will be respected by Saint fans I'm sure. worried of n e hampshire
  • Score: 14

9:26am Fri 11 Jul 14

Buddy SFC says...

jls217 wrote:
The Rise of The Foot Soldier. wrote:
RESPECT TO KATHARINA + HER WISHES.

SAINTS FANS would like to see an increase in Seating Capacity at ST MARY'S and development of the Surrounding Area (like Chelski) around the Ground - See all yesterdays posts.

WE ARE NUMBER ONE IN THE SOUTH and should have more seating capacity than Championship Brighton. COYR+WS
How would we pay for it and still buy in top players? Not being negative as I would love to see a 70k stadium built up near the airport and the motorway - I think in the long run it would pay for itself.
It would be cheaper to buy that land and build there than perhaps buying up the riverside plots and having to redevleop there. Also the training facilities could all be in one spot up by the M27.
On the other hand having a top class entertainment venue with its own railway/people mover station on the river would be a fantastic boost to Southampton city as a whole and maybe there could be some government financial investment to beautify the spot like we've seen in some of the the northern towns and Bristol - Hope I live long enough to see it.

I HOPE I'm wrong but I doubt it makes financial sense.
Have you ever tried to get into and out of The Rose/Argos (as I call it ) Bowl .............. Complete Nightmare !

This is great news and if in time when the fan base demands we can take sensible steps in expanding the ground and ideally the area around the ground , well MANY, MANY thanks to the Katharina, her family and the bored !

Thanks you St. Markus and thank you Katharina ..........
[quote][p][bold]jls217[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Rise of The Foot Soldier.[/bold] wrote: RESPECT TO KATHARINA + HER WISHES. SAINTS FANS would like to see an increase in Seating Capacity at ST MARY'S and development of the Surrounding Area (like Chelski) around the Ground - See all yesterdays posts. WE ARE NUMBER ONE IN THE SOUTH and should have more seating capacity than Championship Brighton. COYR+WS[/p][/quote]How would we pay for it and still buy in top players? Not being negative as I would love to see a 70k stadium built up near the airport and the motorway - I think in the long run it would pay for itself. It would be cheaper to buy that land and build there than perhaps buying up the riverside plots and having to redevleop there. Also the training facilities could all be in one spot up by the M27. On the other hand having a top class entertainment venue with its own railway/people mover station on the river would be a fantastic boost to Southampton city as a whole and maybe there could be some government financial investment to beautify the spot like we've seen in some of the the northern towns and Bristol - Hope I live long enough to see it. I HOPE I'm wrong but I doubt it makes financial sense.[/p][/quote]Have you ever tried to get into and out of The Rose/Argos (as I call it ) Bowl .............. Complete Nightmare ! This is great news and if in time when the fan base demands we can take sensible steps in expanding the ground and ideally the area around the ground , well MANY, MANY thanks to the Katharina, her family and the bored ! Thanks you St. Markus and thank you Katharina .......... Buddy SFC
  • Score: 7

10:05am Fri 11 Jul 14

allsaintsnocurves says...

I agree that Saints could do with expanding the stadium but realistically can you do that unless you have £20,000 season ticket holders?? It doesn't make good business sense. I think Saints could expand St Mary's to £40,000 and then see if this sells out but much more than that is a pipe dream. The cost of watching games has seen a reduction in the number of fans watching every single game.
I agree that Saints could do with expanding the stadium but realistically can you do that unless you have £20,000 season ticket holders?? It doesn't make good business sense. I think Saints could expand St Mary's to £40,000 and then see if this sells out but much more than that is a pipe dream. The cost of watching games has seen a reduction in the number of fans watching every single game. allsaintsnocurves
  • Score: 5

10:49am Fri 11 Jul 14

Romsey_Saint says...

Agree there should be a tribute in place, Markus saved the club! Don't we all think we should be honouring other legends too? Such as McMenemy and Le Tissier. I understand all at once is difficult but we shouldn't forget what they did for the club too!
Agree there should be a tribute in place, Markus saved the club! Don't we all think we should be honouring other legends too? Such as McMenemy and Le Tissier. I understand all at once is difficult but we shouldn't forget what they did for the club too! Romsey_Saint
  • Score: 6

12:38pm Fri 11 Jul 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

allsaintsnocurves wrote:
I agree that Saints could do with expanding the stadium but realistically can you do that unless you have £20,000 season ticket holders?? It doesn't make good business sense. I think Saints could expand St Mary's to £40,000 and then see if this sells out but much more than that is a pipe dream. The cost of watching games has seen a reduction in the number of fans watching every single game.
SAINTS FANS would be happy for an increase to 40,000 as the Premier Club in the SOUTH.

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR+WS
[quote][p][bold]allsaintsnocurves[/bold] wrote: I agree that Saints could do with expanding the stadium but realistically can you do that unless you have £20,000 season ticket holders?? It doesn't make good business sense. I think Saints could expand St Mary's to £40,000 and then see if this sells out but much more than that is a pipe dream. The cost of watching games has seen a reduction in the number of fans watching every single game.[/p][/quote]SAINTS FANS would be happy for an increase to 40,000 as the Premier Club in the SOUTH. WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR+WS The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 11

1:16pm Fri 11 Jul 14

NC Fan4Life says...

Good to hear that there will be a tribute to St Markus, God bless him.

When you remember the dire situation we were in facing extinction, all the current comings and goings pale into insignificant. Back then we dare not even dream of having the debates and comments we are currently having on this site.

A big thank you Katharina for continuing your support, your father will always be remembered with our heart felt gratitude.

With regards to potential capacity for home games we have to be careful not to make a stadium too big that it looses its atmosphere because we cannot fill it. However Saints do have a large Geographical catchment area that we could improve upon. Then with a larger capacity the prices could be reduced for the less attractive games in order to maintain the average gate.

I believe that extending St Marys is a more economic option than moving sites and I understand that the foundations are capable of increasing the size of the stands. Extending St Mary' by a third to about 45k (Max 48k) would be enough.

The other big advantage St Mary's has is the adjacent railway line. It would not cost much to place a precast concrete platform between the bike sheds and the track. Then the matchday special trains could drop off fans from all sides of Southampton to solve the increased access and parking problem.
I would definitely use it, what do others think ?
It could be named the MARKUS LIEBHERR STATION !!

Getting excited, COYR&WS
Good to hear that there will be a tribute to St Markus, God bless him. When you remember the dire situation we were in facing extinction, all the current comings and goings pale into insignificant. Back then we dare not even dream of having the debates and comments we are currently having on this site. A big thank you Katharina for continuing your support, your father will always be remembered with our heart felt gratitude. With regards to potential capacity for home games we have to be careful not to make a stadium too big that it looses its atmosphere because we cannot fill it. However Saints do have a large Geographical catchment area that we could improve upon. Then with a larger capacity the prices could be reduced for the less attractive games in order to maintain the average gate. I believe that extending St Marys is a more economic option than moving sites and I understand that the foundations are capable of increasing the size of the stands. Extending St Mary' by a third to about 45k (Max 48k) would be enough. The other big advantage St Mary's has is the adjacent railway line. It would not cost much to place a precast concrete platform between the bike sheds and the track. Then the matchday special trains could drop off fans from all sides of Southampton to solve the increased access and parking problem. I would definitely use it, what do others think ? It could be named the MARKUS LIEBHERR STATION !! Getting excited, COYR&WS NC Fan4Life
  • Score: 12

1:49pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Saintade says...

NC Fan4Life wrote:
Good to hear that there will be a tribute to St Markus, God bless him.

When you remember the dire situation we were in facing extinction, all the current comings and goings pale into insignificant. Back then we dare not even dream of having the debates and comments we are currently having on this site.

A big thank you Katharina for continuing your support, your father will always be remembered with our heart felt gratitude.

With regards to potential capacity for home games we have to be careful not to make a stadium too big that it looses its atmosphere because we cannot fill it. However Saints do have a large Geographical catchment area that we could improve upon. Then with a larger capacity the prices could be reduced for the less attractive games in order to maintain the average gate.

I believe that extending St Marys is a more economic option than moving sites and I understand that the foundations are capable of increasing the size of the stands. Extending St Mary' by a third to about 45k (Max 48k) would be enough.

The other big advantage St Mary's has is the adjacent railway line. It would not cost much to place a precast concrete platform between the bike sheds and the track. Then the matchday special trains could drop off fans from all sides of Southampton to solve the increased access and parking problem.
I would definitely use it, what do others think ?
It could be named the MARKUS LIEBHERR STATION !!

Getting excited, COYR&WS
I totally agree about the station...I could never understand from day 1 that we didn't have a temporary 'halt' outside the ground on matchdays...it's typical of British inefficiency to have something on your doorstep and not use it.
[quote][p][bold]NC Fan4Life[/bold] wrote: Good to hear that there will be a tribute to St Markus, God bless him. When you remember the dire situation we were in facing extinction, all the current comings and goings pale into insignificant. Back then we dare not even dream of having the debates and comments we are currently having on this site. A big thank you Katharina for continuing your support, your father will always be remembered with our heart felt gratitude. With regards to potential capacity for home games we have to be careful not to make a stadium too big that it looses its atmosphere because we cannot fill it. However Saints do have a large Geographical catchment area that we could improve upon. Then with a larger capacity the prices could be reduced for the less attractive games in order to maintain the average gate. I believe that extending St Marys is a more economic option than moving sites and I understand that the foundations are capable of increasing the size of the stands. Extending St Mary' by a third to about 45k (Max 48k) would be enough. The other big advantage St Mary's has is the adjacent railway line. It would not cost much to place a precast concrete platform between the bike sheds and the track. Then the matchday special trains could drop off fans from all sides of Southampton to solve the increased access and parking problem. I would definitely use it, what do others think ? It could be named the MARKUS LIEBHERR STATION !! Getting excited, COYR&WS[/p][/quote]I totally agree about the station...I could never understand from day 1 that we didn't have a temporary 'halt' outside the ground on matchdays...it's typical of British inefficiency to have something on your doorstep and not use it. Saintade
  • Score: 9

2:10pm Fri 11 Jul 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

NC Fan4Life wrote:
Good to hear that there will be a tribute to St Markus, God bless him. When you remember the dire situation we were in facing extinction, all the current comings and goings pale into insignificant. Back then we dare not even dream of having the debates and comments we are currently having on this site. A big thank you Katharina for continuing your support, your father will always be remembered with our heart felt gratitude. With regards to potential capacity for home games we have to be careful not to make a stadium too big that it looses its atmosphere because we cannot fill it. However Saints do have a large Geographical catchment area that we could improve upon. Then with a larger capacity the prices could be reduced for the less attractive games in order to maintain the average gate. I believe that extending St Marys is a more economic option than moving sites and I understand that the foundations are capable of increasing the size of the stands. Extending St Mary' by a third to about 45k (Max 48k) would be enough. The other big advantage St Mary's has is the adjacent railway line. It would not cost much to place a precast concrete platform between the bike sheds and the track. Then the matchday special trains could drop off fans from all sides of Southampton to solve the increased access and parking problem. I would definitely use it, what do others think ? It could be named the MARKUS LIEBHERR STATION !! Getting excited, COYR&WS
NEEDS a Massive FACEBOOK Campaign - ECHO behind the increase and SAINTS FANS really get behind the Project.

IT CAN HAPPEN - if we really want it - COYR+WS

SOUTHAMPTON is the PremierClub in the South.
[quote][p][bold]NC Fan4Life[/bold] wrote: Good to hear that there will be a tribute to St Markus, God bless him. When you remember the dire situation we were in facing extinction, all the current comings and goings pale into insignificant. Back then we dare not even dream of having the debates and comments we are currently having on this site. A big thank you Katharina for continuing your support, your father will always be remembered with our heart felt gratitude. With regards to potential capacity for home games we have to be careful not to make a stadium too big that it looses its atmosphere because we cannot fill it. However Saints do have a large Geographical catchment area that we could improve upon. Then with a larger capacity the prices could be reduced for the less attractive games in order to maintain the average gate. I believe that extending St Marys is a more economic option than moving sites and I understand that the foundations are capable of increasing the size of the stands. Extending St Mary' by a third to about 45k (Max 48k) would be enough. The other big advantage St Mary's has is the adjacent railway line. It would not cost much to place a precast concrete platform between the bike sheds and the track. Then the matchday special trains could drop off fans from all sides of Southampton to solve the increased access and parking problem. I would definitely use it, what do others think ? It could be named the MARKUS LIEBHERR STATION !! Getting excited, COYR&WS[/p][/quote]NEEDS a Massive FACEBOOK Campaign - ECHO behind the increase and SAINTS FANS really get behind the Project. IT CAN HAPPEN - if we really want it - COYR+WS SOUTHAMPTON is the PremierClub in the South. The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 7

2:34pm Fri 11 Jul 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

NC Fan4Life wrote:
Good to hear that there will be a tribute to St Markus, God bless him. When you remember the dire situation we were in facing extinction, all the current comings and goings pale into insignificant. Back then we dare not even dream of having the debates and comments we are currently having on this site. A big thank you Katharina for continuing your support, your father will always be remembered with our heart felt gratitude. With regards to potential capacity for home games we have to be careful not to make a stadium too big that it looses its atmosphere because we cannot fill it. However Saints do have a large Geographical catchment area that we could improve upon. Then with a larger capacity the prices could be reduced for the less attractive games in order to maintain the average gate. I believe that extending St Marys is a more economic option than moving sites and I understand that the foundations are capable of increasing the size of the stands. Extending St Mary' by a third to about 45k (Max 48k) would be enough. The other big advantage St Mary's has is the adjacent railway line. It would not cost much to place a precast concrete platform between the bike sheds and the track. Then the matchday special trains could drop off fans from all sides of Southampton to solve the increased access and parking problem. I would definitely use it, what do others think ? It could be named the MARKUS LIEBHERR STATION !! Getting excited, COYR&WS
Fan4Life - you have so much enthusiasm - could you get the FACEBOOK campaign started COYR+WS
[quote][p][bold]NC Fan4Life[/bold] wrote: Good to hear that there will be a tribute to St Markus, God bless him. When you remember the dire situation we were in facing extinction, all the current comings and goings pale into insignificant. Back then we dare not even dream of having the debates and comments we are currently having on this site. A big thank you Katharina for continuing your support, your father will always be remembered with our heart felt gratitude. With regards to potential capacity for home games we have to be careful not to make a stadium too big that it looses its atmosphere because we cannot fill it. However Saints do have a large Geographical catchment area that we could improve upon. Then with a larger capacity the prices could be reduced for the less attractive games in order to maintain the average gate. I believe that extending St Marys is a more economic option than moving sites and I understand that the foundations are capable of increasing the size of the stands. Extending St Mary' by a third to about 45k (Max 48k) would be enough. The other big advantage St Mary's has is the adjacent railway line. It would not cost much to place a precast concrete platform between the bike sheds and the track. Then the matchday special trains could drop off fans from all sides of Southampton to solve the increased access and parking problem. I would definitely use it, what do others think ? It could be named the MARKUS LIEBHERR STATION !! Getting excited, COYR&WS[/p][/quote]Fan4Life - you have so much enthusiasm - could you get the FACEBOOK campaign started COYR+WS The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 7

6:56pm Fri 11 Jul 14

S Pance says...

There were a couple of guys there the other day measuring the Ted Bates plinth.
There were a couple of guys there the other day measuring the Ted Bates plinth. S Pance
  • Score: 1

8:51pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Datarater says...

There is no point in planning to extend the stadium to 40,000. It needs to be planned to at least 60,000 but should be built in stages. An extra stand above the Kingsland would add plenty and of course there should be massive improvement to the Itchen stand for corporate suites and high value activities.
There is no point in planning to extend the stadium to 40,000. It needs to be planned to at least 60,000 but should be built in stages. An extra stand above the Kingsland would add plenty and of course there should be massive improvement to the Itchen stand for corporate suites and high value activities. Datarater
  • Score: 1

7:18am Sat 12 Jul 14

NC Fan4Life says...

Datarater wrote:
There is no point in planning to extend the stadium to 40,000. It needs to be planned to at least 60,000 but should be built in stages. An extra stand above the Kingsland would add plenty and of course there should be massive improvement to the Itchen stand for corporate suites and high value activities.
Sorry to disagree, but I don't believe Saints catchment is that big.
It would be a better atmosphere in a full 45K stadium than in one that is half empty !
[quote][p][bold]Datarater[/bold] wrote: There is no point in planning to extend the stadium to 40,000. It needs to be planned to at least 60,000 but should be built in stages. An extra stand above the Kingsland would add plenty and of course there should be massive improvement to the Itchen stand for corporate suites and high value activities.[/p][/quote]Sorry to disagree, but I don't believe Saints catchment is that big. It would be a better atmosphere in a full 45K stadium than in one that is half empty ! NC Fan4Life
  • Score: 2
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