Southampton FC plan to improve Staplewood training facilties in Marchwood

An artist's impression of the improved Staplewood.

An artist's impression of the improved Staplewood.

First published in Sport Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

SAINTS have submitted bold plans for a state-of-the-art redevelopment of their Staplewood training ground.

The major project will result in a dramatic overhaul of the club’s New Forest base.

Staplewood’s existing buildings – excluding the dome – will be ripped down.

They will be replaced by a new two-storey structure, |complete with a range of impressive facilities.

Executive chairman Nicola Cortese is due to officially unveil the project tomorrow.

The provisional scheme has already been submitted to New Forest District Council for planning permission.

Saints have, however, confirmed the proposals have changed slightly from those initially put in.

Cortese is set to reveal the exact details at a press conference.

The scheme forms part of the club’s plans for its 125th anniversary, which occurs next year.

Saints believe the current buildings at Staplewood are “basic” and “unattractive”, with some of the areas deemed “significantly substandard”.

Full story in today's Southern Daily Echo.

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8:05am Tue 8 Dec 09

worried of e sussex says...

better late than never
no mention of pies?
was i first?
better late than never no mention of pies? was i first? worried of e sussex
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8:16am Tue 8 Dec 09

stmarysmush says...

Should build a proper Saints supporters club near St Marys first.
Should build a proper Saints supporters club near St Marys first. stmarysmush
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8:21am Tue 8 Dec 09

expatmanila says...

Further commitment on long term plans for the Saints, get in there!
Further commitment on long term plans for the Saints, get in there! expatmanila
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8:28am Tue 8 Dec 09

Lon Kirk the Saints Fan says...

Great, this was long over-due. Shows the long term plans of the new board.
Great, this was long over-due. Shows the long term plans of the new board. Lon Kirk the Saints Fan
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8:29am Tue 8 Dec 09

Brite Spark says...

Great to see Saints re developing their already superb training facilities, when them down the M27 don't have any of their own at all!
Great to see Saints re developing their already superb training facilities, when them down the M27 don't have any of their own at all! Brite Spark
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8:45am Tue 8 Dec 09

The Moog says...

Hilarious thatn our training ground will be better than their shed of a stadium. Fantastic show of intent from the new owners!

COYR!!!!!!!!
Hilarious thatn our training ground will be better than their shed of a stadium. Fantastic show of intent from the new owners! COYR!!!!!!!! The Moog
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8:47am Tue 8 Dec 09

dini says...

this is a very good sign and shows the board are thinking long term.just another sign that we are in safe hands,their probably getting it ready for the championship next year.
this is a very good sign and shows the board are thinking long term.just another sign that we are in safe hands,their probably getting it ready for the championship next year. dini
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8:48am Tue 8 Dec 09

batesieboy says...

This is very good news for Saints. Developing and making progress, we will soon have a Premiership team, with Prem facilities, playing in the Prem. Those who took the risk of taking Saints on, are taking us back where we belong! So happy lately, and I have a lovely little betting account which has swelled quite nicely in time for Xmas. Thanks guys!
This is very good news for Saints. Developing and making progress, we will soon have a Premiership team, with Prem facilities, playing in the Prem. Those who took the risk of taking Saints on, are taking us back where we belong! So happy lately, and I have a lovely little betting account which has swelled quite nicely in time for Xmas. Thanks guys! batesieboy
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8:51am Tue 8 Dec 09

Sainty saint saint says...

This story is hilarious! Someone on the threads yesterday pointed us in the direction of this story, and then suddenly it appears in the Echo! That's not journalism!!

Anyway, that's by the by, great news for Saints
This story is hilarious! Someone on the threads yesterday pointed us in the direction of this story, and then suddenly it appears in the Echo! That's not journalism!! Anyway, that's by the by, great news for Saints Sainty saint saint
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8:52am Tue 8 Dec 09

Sunny Saint says...

The news just gets better & better

And I kid you not!!! I swear that the security word for this post is 'fish-rain'
Thats just made my day :-)
The news just gets better & better And I kid you not!!! I swear that the security word for this post is 'fish-rain' Thats just made my day :-) Sunny Saint
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8:59am Tue 8 Dec 09

threetimes says...

Thank you again Liebherr/Cortese!
Thank you again Liebherr/Cortese! threetimes
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9:11am Tue 8 Dec 09

german bloodline rottweiler says...

I didnt think there was much wrong with staplewood.but hey ill take it.
do you think we will have a special kit for the 125 years?itll probably be the chequers.
I didnt think there was much wrong with staplewood.but hey ill take it. do you think we will have a special kit for the 125 years?itll probably be the chequers. german bloodline rottweiler
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9:28am Tue 8 Dec 09

Alicesdad says...

Every time I see something emerging in the "development" vein it sets off dreams of absolute grandeur. Can't help it, after the utter despair of June all this good news is like all my Christmases coming at once.

The whole set up could, within a fairly short period (5-10 years) become the biggest club in Europe.

I know this will make people smile and maybe tap their temples in sympathy but it's good to have ambition.

I always thought their would never be anything in football to top the feeling I experienced when we won the cup in '76 .. and maybe I'm right.

But I'd get a significantly warm glow if we actually lift the Premiership trophy .... and then of course we would win the Champions League.

It will be great to stop hearing about the so called big four ... when we get back there it will be just "the big ONE". Match of The Day will become the Saturday night Southampton Show ... the entire team will be knighted by the Queen and the whole world will become a better place.....

It's Christmas, look out of the window and be happy ...

It's good to dream ................

Every time I see something emerging in the "development" vein it sets off dreams of absolute grandeur. Can't help it, after the utter despair of June all this good news is like all my Christmases coming at once. The whole set up could, within a fairly short period (5-10 years) become the biggest club in Europe. I know this will make people smile and maybe tap their temples in sympathy but it's good to have ambition. I always thought their would never be anything in football to top the feeling I experienced when we won the cup in '76 .. and maybe I'm right. But I'd get a significantly warm glow if we actually lift the Premiership trophy .... and then of course we would win the Champions League. It will be great to stop hearing about the so called big four ... when we get back there it will be just "the big ONE". Match of The Day will become the Saturday night Southampton Show ... the entire team will be knighted by the Queen and the whole world will become a better place..... It's Christmas, look out of the window and be happy ... It's good to dream ................ Alicesdad
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9:34am Tue 8 Dec 09

fred the red says...

Our club seems to be going in the right direction with an infrastructure that will help us to return to the top flight where we belong.
Well done and thank you to all, owner, chief exec etc for rebuilding our club, our team and our spirit.

It seems a bit mealy mouthed to mention the rabble down the end of the M275 but will Staplewood redeveloped be bigger than Krap Nottarf?
Our club seems to be going in the right direction with an infrastructure that will help us to return to the top flight where we belong. Well done and thank you to all, owner, chief exec etc for rebuilding our club, our team and our spirit. It seems a bit mealy mouthed to mention the rabble down the end of the M275 but will Staplewood redeveloped be bigger than Krap Nottarf? fred the red
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9:35am Tue 8 Dec 09

Saints since '57 says...

This really shows commitment by the Liebherr/Cortese partnership. We really fell on our feet when they saved us from the brown stuff! Mr Liebherr seems to be here for the long haul - how much easier would it have been for him have recovered his original outlay by selling Staplewood for housing?
Onwards and upwards!
This really shows commitment by the Liebherr/Cortese partnership. We really fell on our feet when they saved us from the brown stuff! Mr Liebherr seems to be here for the long haul - how much easier would it have been for him have recovered his original outlay by selling Staplewood for housing? Onwards and upwards! Saints since '57
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9:38am Tue 8 Dec 09

fred the red says...

I was approached by an Arab guy in Sainsbury's ten minutes ago and he asked if I would give him 50p for an Echo. He looked at the story on the back page and asked if I could tell him what the words "redevelopment" and "investment" mean.
He had a "jobsite" shirt on under his robes!
I was approached by an Arab guy in Sainsbury's ten minutes ago and he asked if I would give him 50p for an Echo. He looked at the story on the back page and asked if I could tell him what the words "redevelopment" and "investment" mean. He had a "jobsite" shirt on under his robes! fred the red
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9:42am Tue 8 Dec 09

Footso says...

More evidence (should we need it), that this club really means business! I do agree with StMMush on the supporters club issue, somewhere to meet up, get a half-decent pint (and dare I say, a proper pie) would add to the overall community spirit.
(T. Dan, lovin' your similes last night, by the way)
More evidence (should we need it), that this club really means business! I do agree with StMMush on the supporters club issue, somewhere to meet up, get a half-decent pint (and dare I say, a proper pie) would add to the overall community spirit. (T. Dan, lovin' your similes last night, by the way) Footso
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10:07am Tue 8 Dec 09

puppy saint says...

Footso! Never stop using that beautiful three letter word! COYR!
Footso! Never stop using that beautiful three letter word! COYR! puppy saint
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10:47am Tue 8 Dec 09

alexc says...

Just when you think things cant get any better....Im so proud to be a Saints fan at the moment. We are so lucky to have such an amazing owner and we must be the envy of most clubs. Please name the new training facilities after Liebherr in recognition of what he has done for our great club. Forever in your dept Marcus thankyou from the bottom of my heart!
Just when you think things cant get any better....Im so proud to be a Saints fan at the moment. We are so lucky to have such an amazing owner and we must be the envy of most clubs. Please name the new training facilities after Liebherr in recognition of what he has done for our great club. Forever in your dept Marcus thankyou from the bottom of my heart! alexc
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10:52am Tue 8 Dec 09

JasperAG says...

I posted it yesterday. Copy this link to see the desing and the plans:

http://web3.newfores
t.gov.uk/images/plan
ningimages/129047_1.
pdf
I posted it yesterday. Copy this link to see the desing and the plans: http://web3.newfores t.gov.uk/images/plan ningimages/129047_1. pdf JasperAG
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10:53am Tue 8 Dec 09

JasperAG says...

This is an easier link to follow:

http://bit.ly/5vS2SV
This is an easier link to follow: http://bit.ly/5vS2SV JasperAG
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10:55am Tue 8 Dec 09

StPete says...

Alicesdad wrote:
Every time I see something emerging in the "development" vein it sets off dreams of absolute grandeur. Can't help it, after the utter despair of June all this good news is like all my Christmases coming at once.

The whole set up could, within a fairly short period (5-10 years) become the biggest club in Europe.

I know this will make people smile and maybe tap their temples in sympathy but it's good to have ambition.

I always thought their would never be anything in football to top the feeling I experienced when we won the cup in '76 .. and maybe I'm right.

But I'd get a significantly warm glow if we actually lift the Premiership trophy .... and then of course we would win the Champions League.

It will be great to stop hearing about the so called big four ... when we get back there it will be just "the big ONE". Match of The Day will become the Saturday night Southampton Show ... the entire team will be knighted by the Queen and the whole world will become a better place.....

It's Christmas, look out of the window and be happy ...

It's good to dream ................

One step at a time Alice's Dad!

Things just keep getting better and better!
[quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: Every time I see something emerging in the "development" vein it sets off dreams of absolute grandeur. Can't help it, after the utter despair of June all this good news is like all my Christmases coming at once. The whole set up could, within a fairly short period (5-10 years) become the biggest club in Europe. I know this will make people smile and maybe tap their temples in sympathy but it's good to have ambition. I always thought their would never be anything in football to top the feeling I experienced when we won the cup in '76 .. and maybe I'm right. But I'd get a significantly warm glow if we actually lift the Premiership trophy .... and then of course we would win the Champions League. It will be great to stop hearing about the so called big four ... when we get back there it will be just "the big ONE". Match of The Day will become the Saturday night Southampton Show ... the entire team will be knighted by the Queen and the whole world will become a better place..... It's Christmas, look out of the window and be happy ... It's good to dream ................ [/p][/quote]One step at a time Alice's Dad! Things just keep getting better and better! StPete
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10:55am Tue 8 Dec 09

allways the optimist says...

It gets even funnier for the skates! they're recruiting rejects from Ruperts old regime!
.
http://www.thesun.co
.uk/sol/homepage/spo
rt/football/2756269/
Mark-goes-for-the-Wo
tte-seat.html
.
I wonder if this means that Lowe will take over the club and appoint him as manager? would be great for us (not so great for them though!)
It gets even funnier for the skates! they're recruiting rejects from Ruperts old regime! . http://www.thesun.co .uk/sol/homepage/spo rt/football/2756269/ Mark-goes-for-the-Wo tte-seat.html . I wonder if this means that Lowe will take over the club and appoint him as manager? would be great for us (not so great for them though!) allways the optimist
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11:14am Tue 8 Dec 09

Sainty saint saint says...

allways the optimist wrote:
It gets even funnier for the skates! they're recruiting rejects from Ruperts old regime! . http://www.thesun.co .uk/sol/homepage/spo rt/football/2756269/ Mark-goes-for-the-Wo tte-seat.html . I wonder if this means that Lowe will take over the club and appoint him as manager? would be great for us (not so great for them though!)
Poor old Wotte... he deserves better than ending up as Pompey youth coach surely?!
[quote][p][bold]allways the optimist[/bold] wrote: It gets even funnier for the skates! they're recruiting rejects from Ruperts old regime! . http://www.thesun.co .uk/sol/homepage/spo rt/football/2756269/ Mark-goes-for-the-Wo tte-seat.html . I wonder if this means that Lowe will take over the club and appoint him as manager? would be great for us (not so great for them though!)[/p][/quote]Poor old Wotte... he deserves better than ending up as Pompey youth coach surely?! Sainty saint saint
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11:33am Tue 8 Dec 09

Footso says...

Sainty saint saint wrote:
allways the optimist wrote: It gets even funnier for the skates! they're recruiting rejects from Ruperts old regime! . http://www.thesun.co .uk/sol/homepage/spo rt/football/2756269/ Mark-goes-for-the-Wo tte-seat.html . I wonder if this means that Lowe will take over the club and appoint him as manager? would be great for us (not so great for them though!)
Poor old Wotte... he deserves better than ending up as Pompey youth coach surely?!
I quite agree, SSS. He really tried, at a hideously difficult time for the club, to dig us out of the mire. If it was down to the Manager's efforts alone, we would not have been relegated.
I hope the Kebab Man can find the money to pay him!
[quote][p][bold]Sainty saint saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]allways the optimist[/bold] wrote: It gets even funnier for the skates! they're recruiting rejects from Ruperts old regime! . http://www.thesun.co .uk/sol/homepage/spo rt/football/2756269/ Mark-goes-for-the-Wo tte-seat.html . I wonder if this means that Lowe will take over the club and appoint him as manager? would be great for us (not so great for them though!)[/p][/quote]Poor old Wotte... he deserves better than ending up as Pompey youth coach surely?! [/p][/quote]I quite agree, SSS. He really tried, at a hideously difficult time for the club, to dig us out of the mire. If it was down to the Manager's efforts alone, we would not have been relegated. I hope the Kebab Man can find the money to pay him! Footso
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11:54am Tue 8 Dec 09

Billy 2 Baps says...

alexc wrote:
Just when you think things cant get any better....Im so proud to be a Saints fan at the moment. We are so lucky to have such an amazing owner and we must be the envy of most clubs. Please name the new training facilities after Liebherr in recognition of what he has done for our great club. Forever in your dept Marcus thankyou from the bottom of my heart!
Well said Alex
[quote][p][bold]alexc[/bold] wrote: Just when you think things cant get any better....Im so proud to be a Saints fan at the moment. We are so lucky to have such an amazing owner and we must be the envy of most clubs. Please name the new training facilities after Liebherr in recognition of what he has done for our great club. Forever in your dept Marcus thankyou from the bottom of my heart![/p][/quote]Well said Alex Billy 2 Baps
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11:59am Tue 8 Dec 09

Tye-Dye says...

Totally confirms the point that St Markus and St Nic have long term plans, there are so few clubs around with training facilities as good as ours already so reading that our is to be improved is another good news day, to go with all the other good news days since July. Also knowing them oiks have to train at the end of Southampton Rd in Eastleigh, in what is basically a College/University sports hall and fields, makes this news even sweeter and for them even more shameful, just keeps getting better :)))
Totally confirms the point that St Markus and St Nic have long term plans, there are so few clubs around with training facilities as good as ours already so reading that our is to be improved is another good news day, to go with all the other good news days since July. Also knowing them oiks have to train at the end of Southampton Rd in Eastleigh, in what is basically a College/University sports hall and fields, makes this news even sweeter and for them even more shameful, just keeps getting better :))) Tye-Dye
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12:00pm Tue 8 Dec 09

normsted says...

intersted to hear how the existing facilities dont stack up. But great news for the club. Any player contemplating a move to saints will no doubt have a tour of the spanking new training facilities ,and bless them they need a bit of TLC,so look forward to attracting ,top class talent. The way this club is being handled can only be applauded,everyone totally focused on eventual promotion back to the prem .
Looking forward to charging through the championship and when we arrive at the prem,we will be set up for maintaining a position in it. (big difference)
In the past any investment of this kind was to the detrament of the funds made available for playing staff,not any more.
Im the meantime what prem club would not want to loan a future star to this set up,exciting times.
intersted to hear how the existing facilities dont stack up. But great news for the club. Any player contemplating a move to saints will no doubt have a tour of the spanking new training facilities ,and bless them they need a bit of TLC,so look forward to attracting ,top class talent. The way this club is being handled can only be applauded,everyone totally focused on eventual promotion back to the prem . Looking forward to charging through the championship and when we arrive at the prem,we will be set up for maintaining a position in it. (big difference) In the past any investment of this kind was to the detrament of the funds made available for playing staff,not any more. Im the meantime what prem club would not want to loan a future star to this set up,exciting times. normsted
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12:00pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Portland Saint says...

Every time I see something emerging in the "development" vein it sets off dreams of absolute grandeur. Can't help it, after the utter despair of June all this good news is like all my Christmases coming at once.

The whole set up could, within a fairly short period (5-10 years) become the biggest club in Europe.

I know this will make people smile and maybe tap their temples in sympathy but it's good to have ambition.

I always thought their would never be anything in football to top the feeling I experienced when we won the cup in '76 .. and maybe I'm right.

But I'd get a significantly warm glow if we actually lift the Premiership trophy .... and then of course we would win the Champions League.

It will be great to stop hearing about the so called big four ... when we get back there it will be just "the big ONE". Match of The Day will become the Saturday night Southampton Show ... the entire team will be knighted by the Queen and the whole world will become a better place.....

It's Christmas, look out of the window and be happy ...

It's good to dream ................


I'll have whatever he's on!!!
Every time I see something emerging in the "development" vein it sets off dreams of absolute grandeur. Can't help it, after the utter despair of June all this good news is like all my Christmases coming at once. The whole set up could, within a fairly short period (5-10 years) become the biggest club in Europe. I know this will make people smile and maybe tap their temples in sympathy but it's good to have ambition. I always thought their would never be anything in football to top the feeling I experienced when we won the cup in '76 .. and maybe I'm right. But I'd get a significantly warm glow if we actually lift the Premiership trophy .... and then of course we would win the Champions League. It will be great to stop hearing about the so called big four ... when we get back there it will be just "the big ONE". Match of The Day will become the Saturday night Southampton Show ... the entire team will be knighted by the Queen and the whole world will become a better place..... It's Christmas, look out of the window and be happy ... It's good to dream ................ I'll have whatever he's on!!! Portland Saint
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12:03pm Tue 8 Dec 09

The Exiled Saint says...

This is indeed most welcome news, as it sends out a clear message that the new ownership is planning and thinking of the Club’s longterm future.

It would have so much easier to take the populist approach like spending the money on players.

My goodness, when you think that just before we began the season we didn’t even have a club let alone a coach or team and a League-imposed ten-point penalty before we kicked a ball.

And this week sees the Saints overcome that impediment, escape from the bottom four and go into the Christmas period with justifiable hopes of progressing further up the League and well as through the next rounds of the FA Cup and The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Soon we’ll be able to banish the nightmare of the Lowe/Wilde/Crouch/Mc
Menemy years and the damage they collectively inflicted during their tenure.

Happy Christmas Herr Leibherr and Mr Cortese.
This is indeed most welcome news, as it sends out a clear message that the new ownership is planning and thinking of the Club’s longterm future. It would have so much easier to take the populist approach like spending the money on players. My goodness, when you think that just before we began the season we didn’t even have a club let alone a coach or team and a League-imposed ten-point penalty before we kicked a ball. And this week sees the Saints overcome that impediment, escape from the bottom four and go into the Christmas period with justifiable hopes of progressing further up the League and well as through the next rounds of the FA Cup and The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. Soon we’ll be able to banish the nightmare of the Lowe/Wilde/Crouch/Mc Menemy years and the damage they collectively inflicted during their tenure. Happy Christmas Herr Leibherr and Mr Cortese. The Exiled Saint
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12:17pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Saints No 1 Fan says...

This is really great news for the club! I thought the facilities at Marchwood were great already so to here that they are being redeveloped is amazing! This should help us to attract top talent in the transfer window!
COYR!
This is really great news for the club! I thought the facilities at Marchwood were great already so to here that they are being redeveloped is amazing! This should help us to attract top talent in the transfer window! COYR! Saints No 1 Fan
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12:33pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Costa Baz says...

We have been well and truly leibherrated.
We have been well and truly leibherrated. Costa Baz
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12:46pm Tue 8 Dec 09

StEmmosfire says...

So was all the work that Clive Woodward supposedly done a waste of time then? Rupert really did know how to waste money thinking it was a saving. Bring on the new regime.
So was all the work that Clive Woodward supposedly done a waste of time then? Rupert really did know how to waste money thinking it was a saving. Bring on the new regime. StEmmosfire
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1:01pm Tue 8 Dec 09

worthing_saint says...

Costa Baz wrote:
We have been well and truly leibherrated.
Love it.

Word of the decade for me :)
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: We have been well and truly leibherrated.[/p][/quote]Love it. Word of the decade for me :) worthing_saint
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1:03pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Alicesdad says...

Portland Saint wrote:
Every time I see something emerging in the "development" vein it sets off dreams of absolute grandeur. Can't help it, after the utter despair of June all this good news is like all my Christmases coming at once. The whole set up could, within a fairly short period (5-10 years) become the biggest club in Europe. I know this will make people smile and maybe tap their temples in sympathy but it's good to have ambition. I always thought their would never be anything in football to top the feeling I experienced when we won the cup in '76 .. and maybe I'm right. But I'd get a significantly warm glow if we actually lift the Premiership trophy .... and then of course we would win the Champions League. It will be great to stop hearing about the so called big four ... when we get back there it will be just "the big ONE". Match of The Day will become the Saturday night Southampton Show ... the entire team will be knighted by the Queen and the whole world will become a better place..... It's Christmas, look out of the window and be happy ... It's good to dream ................ I'll have whatever he's on!!!
Good point, well made !! ;-)

I might have had too much of the tropical fruit juice with my breakfast today. I'm seeing sunshine everywhere. Mind you SMS is the sunniest place to be on the South coast these days.
[quote][p][bold]Portland Saint[/bold] wrote: Every time I see something emerging in the "development" vein it sets off dreams of absolute grandeur. Can't help it, after the utter despair of June all this good news is like all my Christmases coming at once. The whole set up could, within a fairly short period (5-10 years) become the biggest club in Europe. I know this will make people smile and maybe tap their temples in sympathy but it's good to have ambition. I always thought their would never be anything in football to top the feeling I experienced when we won the cup in '76 .. and maybe I'm right. But I'd get a significantly warm glow if we actually lift the Premiership trophy .... and then of course we would win the Champions League. It will be great to stop hearing about the so called big four ... when we get back there it will be just "the big ONE". Match of The Day will become the Saturday night Southampton Show ... the entire team will be knighted by the Queen and the whole world will become a better place..... It's Christmas, look out of the window and be happy ... It's good to dream ................ I'll have whatever he's on!!![/p][/quote]Good point, well made !! ;-) I might have had too much of the tropical fruit juice with my breakfast today. I'm seeing sunshine everywhere. Mind you SMS is the sunniest place to be on the South coast these days. Alicesdad
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1:14pm Tue 8 Dec 09

St Retford says...

Man, we have the best owners in football. To be honest, back in the summer when the Pinnacle bid collapsed and everything looked gloomier than Whitehaven on a wet February night I'd have gladly settled for any two-bit shyster coming in and just keeping the club going on a shoe-string and letting us bumble along at the bottom of League 1. But as it turned out we won the lottery a million times over with Markus and Nicola. They have ambition, talent and resources that will make us better than we've ever been. I think we should all have a bit of a whip round and buy them a Christmas present. What do you buy a Swiss multi-millionaire who has everything?
Man, we have the best owners in football. To be honest, back in the summer when the Pinnacle bid collapsed and everything looked gloomier than Whitehaven on a wet February night I'd have gladly settled for any two-bit shyster coming in and just keeping the club going on a shoe-string and letting us bumble along at the bottom of League 1. But as it turned out we won the lottery a million times over with Markus and Nicola. They have ambition, talent and resources that will make us better than we've ever been. I think we should all have a bit of a whip round and buy them a Christmas present. What do you buy a Swiss multi-millionaire who has everything? St Retford
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1:18pm Tue 8 Dec 09

realistic lover says...

St Retford wrote:
Man, we have the best owners in football. To be honest, back in the summer when the Pinnacle bid collapsed and everything looked gloomier than Whitehaven on a wet February night I'd have gladly settled for any two-bit shyster coming in and just keeping the club going on a shoe-string and letting us bumble along at the bottom of League 1. But as it turned out we won the lottery a million times over with Markus and Nicola. They have ambition, talent and resources that will make us better than we've ever been. I think we should all have a bit of a whip round and buy them a Christmas present. What do you buy a Swiss multi-millionaire who has everything?
He's german. So we can buy him some wurst. Germans love wurst.

[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Man, we have the best owners in football. To be honest, back in the summer when the Pinnacle bid collapsed and everything looked gloomier than Whitehaven on a wet February night I'd have gladly settled for any two-bit shyster coming in and just keeping the club going on a shoe-string and letting us bumble along at the bottom of League 1. But as it turned out we won the lottery a million times over with Markus and Nicola. They have ambition, talent and resources that will make us better than we've ever been. I think we should all have a bit of a whip round and buy them a Christmas present. What do you buy a Swiss multi-millionaire who has everything?[/p][/quote]He's german. So we can buy him some wurst. Germans love wurst. realistic lover
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1:19pm Tue 8 Dec 09

realistic lover says...

'As part of the plans for the clubs 125th anniversary next year'

Does anybody know if there is a plan for an anniversary shirt without sponsors?
'As part of the plans for the clubs 125th anniversary next year' Does anybody know if there is a plan for an anniversary shirt without sponsors? realistic lover
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1:28pm Tue 8 Dec 09

rednwhite1 says...

Great stuff it gets better and better for our precious club. Doing great in the league, semis in the JPT, and 3rd round of fa cup and now investing in a brand new training complex, this shows commitment from Liebherr and Cortese and showing us that they mean business and the long term future for the club. The young players are settling in nicely and this will help them and show them what the owner wants to achieve and show us supporters want he wants. SOUTHAMPTON TILL I DIE so happy to renew my season ticket in the lovely northam end and be part of this. CMON SAINTS
Great stuff it gets better and better for our precious club. Doing great in the league, semis in the JPT, and 3rd round of fa cup and now investing in a brand new training complex, this shows commitment from Liebherr and Cortese and showing us that they mean business and the long term future for the club. The young players are settling in nicely and this will help them and show them what the owner wants to achieve and show us supporters want he wants. SOUTHAMPTON TILL I DIE so happy to renew my season ticket in the lovely northam end and be part of this. CMON SAINTS rednwhite1
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1:28pm Tue 8 Dec 09

The Moog says...

realistic lover wrote:
'As part of the plans for the clubs 125th anniversary next year' Does anybody know if there is a plan for an anniversary shirt without sponsors?
That would be good. I was one of the 100 mascots at the Centenary game and still have the shirt I was given. I don't think they did one without sponsors then though.
[quote][p][bold]realistic lover[/bold] wrote: 'As part of the plans for the clubs 125th anniversary next year' Does anybody know if there is a plan for an anniversary shirt without sponsors?[/p][/quote]That would be good. I was one of the 100 mascots at the Centenary game and still have the shirt I was given. I don't think they did one without sponsors then though. The Moog
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1:30pm Tue 8 Dec 09

St Retford says...

realistic lover wrote:
'As part of the plans for the clubs 125th anniversary next year' Does anybody know if there is a plan for an anniversary shirt without sponsors?
O that would be good. I still think West Brom have the best shirt in the country by about a million miles simply by not having a sponsor. If we got rid of ours for a year it would be amazing.

And you're right about wurst. Germans love that stuff. I had a "currywurst" in Berlin the other week. It was absolutely horrible, but at least they're starting to discover the joy of curry on the continent.
[quote][p][bold]realistic lover[/bold] wrote: 'As part of the plans for the clubs 125th anniversary next year' Does anybody know if there is a plan for an anniversary shirt without sponsors?[/p][/quote]O that would be good. I still think West Brom have the best shirt in the country by about a million miles simply by not having a sponsor. If we got rid of ours for a year it would be amazing. And you're right about wurst. Germans love that stuff. I had a "currywurst" in Berlin the other week. It was absolutely horrible, but at least they're starting to discover the joy of curry on the continent. St Retford
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1:38pm Tue 8 Dec 09

realistic lover says...

The Moog wrote:
realistic lover wrote: 'As part of the plans for the clubs 125th anniversary next year' Does anybody know if there is a plan for an anniversary shirt without sponsors?
That would be good. I was one of the 100 mascots at the Centenary game and still have the shirt I was given. I don't think they did one without sponsors then though.
We couldn't afford it back then though.... I believe it would be inspired. I also thiink they should put it out to the fans to design it..... then the voted winner gets produced
[quote][p][bold]The Moog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]realistic lover[/bold] wrote: 'As part of the plans for the clubs 125th anniversary next year' Does anybody know if there is a plan for an anniversary shirt without sponsors?[/p][/quote]That would be good. I was one of the 100 mascots at the Centenary game and still have the shirt I was given. I don't think they did one without sponsors then though.[/p][/quote]We couldn't afford it back then though.... I believe it would be inspired. I also thiink they should put it out to the fans to design it..... then the voted winner gets produced realistic lover
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1:41pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Footso says...

normsted wrote:
intersted to hear how the existing facilities dont stack up. But great news for the club. Any player contemplating a move to saints will no doubt have a tour of the spanking new training facilities ,and bless them they need a bit of TLC,so look forward to attracting ,top class talent. The way this club is being handled can only be applauded,everyone totally focused on eventual promotion back to the prem . Looking forward to charging through the championship and when we arrive at the prem,we will be set up for maintaining a position in it. (big difference) In the past any investment of this kind was to the detrament of the funds made available for playing staff,not any more. Im the meantime what prem club would not want to loan a future star to this set up,exciting times.
Exciting times, indeed! It's great to be a Saint!! By the way Norm, is that Poitou-Charente?
[quote][p][bold]normsted[/bold] wrote: intersted to hear how the existing facilities dont stack up. But great news for the club. Any player contemplating a move to saints will no doubt have a tour of the spanking new training facilities ,and bless them they need a bit of TLC,so look forward to attracting ,top class talent. The way this club is being handled can only be applauded,everyone totally focused on eventual promotion back to the prem . Looking forward to charging through the championship and when we arrive at the prem,we will be set up for maintaining a position in it. (big difference) In the past any investment of this kind was to the detrament of the funds made available for playing staff,not any more. Im the meantime what prem club would not want to loan a future star to this set up,exciting times. [/p][/quote]Exciting times, indeed! It's great to be a Saint!! By the way Norm, is that Poitou-Charente? Footso
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1:42pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Stevie the saint says...

I had a 20 quid on Saints finishing top 3 a while ago .......... 80/1 odds. mmmmmm.
What do you reckon??? 3rd could be a shout???
I had a 20 quid on Saints finishing top 3 a while ago .......... 80/1 odds. mmmmmm. What do you reckon??? 3rd could be a shout??? Stevie the saint
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1:44pm Tue 8 Dec 09

St Retford says...

realistic lover wrote:
The Moog wrote:
realistic lover wrote: 'As part of the plans for the clubs 125th anniversary next year' Does anybody know if there is a plan for an anniversary shirt without sponsors?
That would be good. I was one of the 100 mascots at the Centenary game and still have the shirt I was given. I don't think they did one without sponsors then though.
We couldn't afford it back then though.... I believe it would be inspired. I also thiink they should put it out to the fans to design it..... then the voted winner gets produced
Another good shout, and it would really help the club and fans reconnect. But it kind of depends on how long the contract with FlyBe is due to run. Didn't we renew it towards the end of last season or something? Can't remember the story or how long the deal is for, but it would cost us a few quid to pull out of it.
[quote][p][bold]realistic lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Moog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]realistic lover[/bold] wrote: 'As part of the plans for the clubs 125th anniversary next year' Does anybody know if there is a plan for an anniversary shirt without sponsors?[/p][/quote]That would be good. I was one of the 100 mascots at the Centenary game and still have the shirt I was given. I don't think they did one without sponsors then though.[/p][/quote]We couldn't afford it back then though.... I believe it would be inspired. I also thiink they should put it out to the fans to design it..... then the voted winner gets produced[/p][/quote]Another good shout, and it would really help the club and fans reconnect. But it kind of depends on how long the contract with FlyBe is due to run. Didn't we renew it towards the end of last season or something? Can't remember the story or how long the deal is for, but it would cost us a few quid to pull out of it. St Retford
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1:49pm Tue 8 Dec 09

SaintL-Y says...

StEmmosfire wrote:
So was all the work that Clive Woodward supposedly done a waste of time then? Rupert really did know how to waste money thinking it was a saving. Bring on the new regime.
I don't think SCW's work was a waste of time (or money)necessarily - it was more done with the players at the time, not the fabric of the building. Anyway, that's raking over very old ground - this is the kind of investment that shows the true direction of this great club. Anyone will tell you the greatest structures are only ever built on the most sound of foundations....I give you exhibit 1!! COYR!
[quote][p][bold]StEmmosfire[/bold] wrote: So was all the work that Clive Woodward supposedly done a waste of time then? Rupert really did know how to waste money thinking it was a saving. Bring on the new regime.[/p][/quote]I don't think SCW's work was a waste of time (or money)necessarily - it was more done with the players at the time, not the fabric of the building. Anyway, that's raking over very old ground - this is the kind of investment that shows the true direction of this great club. Anyone will tell you the greatest structures are only ever built on the most sound of foundations....I give you exhibit 1!! COYR! SaintL-Y
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1:49pm Tue 8 Dec 09

St Retford says...

St Retford wrote:
realistic lover wrote:
The Moog wrote:
realistic lover wrote: 'As part of the plans for the clubs 125th anniversary next year' Does anybody know if there is a plan for an anniversary shirt without sponsors?
That would be good. I was one of the 100 mascots at the Centenary game and still have the shirt I was given. I don't think they did one without sponsors then though.
We couldn't afford it back then though.... I believe it would be inspired. I also thiink they should put it out to the fans to design it..... then the voted winner gets produced
Another good shout, and it would really help the club and fans reconnect. But it kind of depends on how long the contract with FlyBe is due to run. Didn't we renew it towards the end of last season or something? Can't remember the story or how long the deal is for, but it would cost us a few quid to pull out of it.
Apparently the FlyBe deal expires in June next year. This would be PERFECT.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]realistic lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Moog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]realistic lover[/bold] wrote: 'As part of the plans for the clubs 125th anniversary next year' Does anybody know if there is a plan for an anniversary shirt without sponsors?[/p][/quote]That would be good. I was one of the 100 mascots at the Centenary game and still have the shirt I was given. I don't think they did one without sponsors then though.[/p][/quote]We couldn't afford it back then though.... I believe it would be inspired. I also thiink they should put it out to the fans to design it..... then the voted winner gets produced[/p][/quote]Another good shout, and it would really help the club and fans reconnect. But it kind of depends on how long the contract with FlyBe is due to run. Didn't we renew it towards the end of last season or something? Can't remember the story or how long the deal is for, but it would cost us a few quid to pull out of it. [/p][/quote]Apparently the FlyBe deal expires in June next year. This would be PERFECT. St Retford
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1:49pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Footso says...

realistic lover wrote:
St Retford wrote: Man, we have the best owners in football. To be honest, back in the summer when the Pinnacle bid collapsed and everything looked gloomier than Whitehaven on a wet February night I'd have gladly settled for any two-bit shyster coming in and just keeping the club going on a shoe-string and letting us bumble along at the bottom of League 1. But as it turned out we won the lottery a million times over with Markus and Nicola. They have ambition, talent and resources that will make us better than we've ever been. I think we should all have a bit of a whip round and buy them a Christmas present. What do you buy a Swiss multi-millionaire who has everything?
He's german. So we can buy him some wurst. Germans love wurst.
Then we should buy him the best wurst money can buy!
[quote][p][bold]realistic lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Man, we have the best owners in football. To be honest, back in the summer when the Pinnacle bid collapsed and everything looked gloomier than Whitehaven on a wet February night I'd have gladly settled for any two-bit shyster coming in and just keeping the club going on a shoe-string and letting us bumble along at the bottom of League 1. But as it turned out we won the lottery a million times over with Markus and Nicola. They have ambition, talent and resources that will make us better than we've ever been. I think we should all have a bit of a whip round and buy them a Christmas present. What do you buy a Swiss multi-millionaire who has everything?[/p][/quote]He's german. So we can buy him some wurst. Germans love wurst. [/p][/quote]Then we should buy him the best wurst money can buy! Footso
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1:57pm Tue 8 Dec 09

realistic lover says...

St Retford wrote:
St Retford wrote:
realistic lover wrote:
The Moog wrote:
realistic lover wrote: 'As part of the plans for the clubs 125th anniversary next year' Does anybody know if there is a plan for an anniversary shirt without sponsors?
That would be good. I was one of the 100 mascots at the Centenary game and still have the shirt I was given. I don't think they did one without sponsors then though.
We couldn't afford it back then though.... I believe it would be inspired. I also thiink they should put it out to the fans to design it..... then the voted winner gets produced
Another good shout, and it would really help the club and fans reconnect. But it kind of depends on how long the contract with FlyBe is due to run. Didn't we renew it towards the end of last season or something? Can't remember the story or how long the deal is for, but it would cost us a few quid to pull out of it.
Apparently the FlyBe deal expires in June next year. This would be PERFECT.
I think our owners are forward thinking people. I think this was the plan all along. They aren't stupid. Although i really hope i can design a shirt for them..... I'm thinking of going back to the glory years of early 80's for inspiration, or i may look at 1890, or maybe 1976.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]realistic lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Moog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]realistic lover[/bold] wrote: 'As part of the plans for the clubs 125th anniversary next year' Does anybody know if there is a plan for an anniversary shirt without sponsors?[/p][/quote]That would be good. I was one of the 100 mascots at the Centenary game and still have the shirt I was given. I don't think they did one without sponsors then though.[/p][/quote]We couldn't afford it back then though.... I believe it would be inspired. I also thiink they should put it out to the fans to design it..... then the voted winner gets produced[/p][/quote]Another good shout, and it would really help the club and fans reconnect. But it kind of depends on how long the contract with FlyBe is due to run. Didn't we renew it towards the end of last season or something? Can't remember the story or how long the deal is for, but it would cost us a few quid to pull out of it. [/p][/quote]Apparently the FlyBe deal expires in June next year. This would be PERFECT. [/p][/quote]I think our owners are forward thinking people. I think this was the plan all along. They aren't stupid. Although i really hope i can design a shirt for them..... I'm thinking of going back to the glory years of early 80's for inspiration, or i may look at 1890, or maybe 1976. realistic lover
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1:57pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Saints4Eva says...

The Liebherr/Cortese 5 year plan is being delivered just as they said it would. What a shame the FA won't allow SAINTS to be part of the 2018 World Cup plans, but I'm sure if the bid is successful the top countries will be fighting with each other to use Staplewood as their training venue. Has anyone seen the story on Sky Sports News that Doncaster want to buy Simon Gillett in the January transfer window. It is obvious that AP never fancied him as a player and he is not part of his plans. Cash in now I say and use the money to strengthen the squad to get us up into the play-offs.
The Liebherr/Cortese 5 year plan is being delivered just as they said it would. What a shame the FA won't allow SAINTS to be part of the 2018 World Cup plans, but I'm sure if the bid is successful the top countries will be fighting with each other to use Staplewood as their training venue. Has anyone seen the story on Sky Sports News that Doncaster want to buy Simon Gillett in the January transfer window. It is obvious that AP never fancied him as a player and he is not part of his plans. Cash in now I say and use the money to strengthen the squad to get us up into the play-offs. Saints4Eva
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2:02pm Tue 8 Dec 09

The Moog says...

realistic lover wrote:
St Retford wrote:
St Retford wrote:
realistic lover wrote:
The Moog wrote:
realistic lover wrote: 'As part of the plans for the clubs 125th anniversary next year' Does anybody know if there is a plan for an anniversary shirt without sponsors?
That would be good. I was one of the 100 mascots at the Centenary game and still have the shirt I was given. I don't think they did one without sponsors then though.
We couldn't afford it back then though.... I believe it would be inspired. I also thiink they should put it out to the fans to design it..... then the voted winner gets produced
Another good shout, and it would really help the club and fans reconnect. But it kind of depends on how long the contract with FlyBe is due to run. Didn't we renew it towards the end of last season or something? Can't remember the story or how long the deal is for, but it would cost us a few quid to pull out of it.
Apparently the FlyBe deal expires in June next year. This would be PERFECT.
I think our owners are forward thinking people. I think this was the plan all along. They aren't stupid. Although i really hope i can design a shirt for them..... I'm thinking of going back to the glory years of early 80's for inspiration, or i may look at 1890, or maybe 1976.
The deal was worth about 250k a year I think- we could do without that for a year couldn't we? 500 or so extra fans for all the home games covers it surely and we're defo getting that.

I'm going for a shirt with red and white stripes and, er, that's it.
[quote][p][bold]realistic lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]realistic lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Moog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]realistic lover[/bold] wrote: 'As part of the plans for the clubs 125th anniversary next year' Does anybody know if there is a plan for an anniversary shirt without sponsors?[/p][/quote]That would be good. I was one of the 100 mascots at the Centenary game and still have the shirt I was given. I don't think they did one without sponsors then though.[/p][/quote]We couldn't afford it back then though.... I believe it would be inspired. I also thiink they should put it out to the fans to design it..... then the voted winner gets produced[/p][/quote]Another good shout, and it would really help the club and fans reconnect. But it kind of depends on how long the contract with FlyBe is due to run. Didn't we renew it towards the end of last season or something? Can't remember the story or how long the deal is for, but it would cost us a few quid to pull out of it. [/p][/quote]Apparently the FlyBe deal expires in June next year. This would be PERFECT. [/p][/quote]I think our owners are forward thinking people. I think this was the plan all along. They aren't stupid. Although i really hope i can design a shirt for them..... I'm thinking of going back to the glory years of early 80's for inspiration, or i may look at 1890, or maybe 1976. [/p][/quote]The deal was worth about 250k a year I think- we could do without that for a year couldn't we? 500 or so extra fans for all the home games covers it surely and we're defo getting that. I'm going for a shirt with red and white stripes and, er, that's it. The Moog
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2:08pm Tue 8 Dec 09

realistic lover says...

The Moog wrote:
realistic lover wrote:
St Retford wrote:
St Retford wrote:
realistic lover wrote:
The Moog wrote:
realistic lover wrote: 'As part of the plans for the clubs 125th anniversary next year' Does anybody know if there is a plan for an anniversary shirt without sponsors?
That would be good. I was one of the 100 mascots at the Centenary game and still have the shirt I was given. I don't think they did one without sponsors then though.
We couldn't afford it back then though.... I believe it would be inspired. I also thiink they should put it out to the fans to design it..... then the voted winner gets produced
Another good shout, and it would really help the club and fans reconnect. But it kind of depends on how long the contract with FlyBe is due to run. Didn't we renew it towards the end of last season or something? Can't remember the story or how long the deal is for, but it would cost us a few quid to pull out of it.
Apparently the FlyBe deal expires in June next year. This would be PERFECT.
I think our owners are forward thinking people. I think this was the plan all along. They aren't stupid. Although i really hope i can design a shirt for them..... I'm thinking of going back to the glory years of early 80's for inspiration, or i may look at 1890, or maybe 1976.
The deal was worth about 250k a year I think- we could do without that for a year couldn't we? 500 or so extra fans for all the home games covers it surely and we're defo getting that. I'm going for a shirt with red and white stripes and, er, that's it.
V-neck, round neck, or collared? Moog, the possibilities are endless....! i may go all redcurrant. Err hasn't that already been done actually? We can afford 250k, releasing these shirts for one year only will surely generate that? £25 a shirt, 10,000 shirts. thats 250k revenue, so 20,000 to make a profit... thats before shorts and socks.... It makes business sense. Unfortunate for us the paying fan though. OR Why not put everyone's season ticket up by 30 quid and give them a free commemorative shirt? I'm a genius.
[quote][p][bold]The Moog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]realistic lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]realistic lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Moog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]realistic lover[/bold] wrote: 'As part of the plans for the clubs 125th anniversary next year' Does anybody know if there is a plan for an anniversary shirt without sponsors?[/p][/quote]That would be good. I was one of the 100 mascots at the Centenary game and still have the shirt I was given. I don't think they did one without sponsors then though.[/p][/quote]We couldn't afford it back then though.... I believe it would be inspired. I also thiink they should put it out to the fans to design it..... then the voted winner gets produced[/p][/quote]Another good shout, and it would really help the club and fans reconnect. But it kind of depends on how long the contract with FlyBe is due to run. Didn't we renew it towards the end of last season or something? Can't remember the story or how long the deal is for, but it would cost us a few quid to pull out of it. [/p][/quote]Apparently the FlyBe deal expires in June next year. This would be PERFECT. [/p][/quote]I think our owners are forward thinking people. I think this was the plan all along. They aren't stupid. Although i really hope i can design a shirt for them..... I'm thinking of going back to the glory years of early 80's for inspiration, or i may look at 1890, or maybe 1976. [/p][/quote]The deal was worth about 250k a year I think- we could do without that for a year couldn't we? 500 or so extra fans for all the home games covers it surely and we're defo getting that. I'm going for a shirt with red and white stripes and, er, that's it.[/p][/quote]V-neck, round neck, or collared? Moog, the possibilities are endless....! i may go all redcurrant. Err hasn't that already been done actually? We can afford 250k, releasing these shirts for one year only will surely generate that? £25 a shirt, 10,000 shirts. thats 250k revenue, so 20,000 to make a profit... thats before shorts and socks.... It makes business sense. Unfortunate for us the paying fan though. OR Why not put everyone's season ticket up by 30 quid and give them a free commemorative shirt? I'm a genius. realistic lover
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2:12pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Sainty saint saint says...

St Retford wrote:
Man, we have the best owners in football. To be honest, back in the summer when the Pinnacle bid collapsed and everything looked gloomier than Whitehaven on a wet February night I'd have gladly settled for any two-bit shyster coming in and just keeping the club going on a shoe-string and letting us bumble along at the bottom of League 1. But as it turned out we won the lottery a million times over with Markus and Nicola. They have ambition, talent and resources that will make us better than we've ever been. I think we should all have a bit of a whip round and buy them a Christmas present. What do you buy a Swiss multi-millionaire who has everything?
You get him the best fans in the country - loyal, passionate, and NOISY at all ends of the ground.

That's the best Christmas present we can give him I reckon - so let's make it happen!
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Man, we have the best owners in football. To be honest, back in the summer when the Pinnacle bid collapsed and everything looked gloomier than Whitehaven on a wet February night I'd have gladly settled for any two-bit shyster coming in and just keeping the club going on a shoe-string and letting us bumble along at the bottom of League 1. But as it turned out we won the lottery a million times over with Markus and Nicola. They have ambition, talent and resources that will make us better than we've ever been. I think we should all have a bit of a whip round and buy them a Christmas present. What do you buy a Swiss multi-millionaire who has everything?[/p][/quote]You get him the best fans in the country - loyal, passionate, and NOISY at all ends of the ground. That's the best Christmas present we can give him I reckon - so let's make it happen! Sainty saint saint
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2:20pm Tue 8 Dec 09

St Retford says...

realistic lover wrote:
The Moog wrote:
realistic lover wrote:
St Retford wrote:
St Retford wrote:
realistic lover wrote:
The Moog wrote:
realistic lover wrote: 'As part of the plans for the clubs 125th anniversary next year' Does anybody know if there is a plan for an anniversary shirt without sponsors?
That would be good. I was one of the 100 mascots at the Centenary game and still have the shirt I was given. I don't think they did one without sponsors then though.
We couldn't afford it back then though.... I believe it would be inspired. I also thiink they should put it out to the fans to design it..... then the voted winner gets produced
Another good shout, and it would really help the club and fans reconnect. But it kind of depends on how long the contract with FlyBe is due to run. Didn't we renew it towards the end of last season or something? Can't remember the story or how long the deal is for, but it would cost us a few quid to pull out of it.
Apparently the FlyBe deal expires in June next year. This would be PERFECT.
I think our owners are forward thinking people. I think this was the plan all along. They aren't stupid. Although i really hope i can design a shirt for them..... I'm thinking of going back to the glory years of early 80's for inspiration, or i may look at 1890, or maybe 1976.
The deal was worth about 250k a year I think- we could do without that for a year couldn't we? 500 or so extra fans for all the home games covers it surely and we're defo getting that. I'm going for a shirt with red and white stripes and, er, that's it.
V-neck, round neck, or collared? Moog, the possibilities are endless....! i may go all redcurrant. Err hasn't that already been done actually? We can afford 250k, releasing these shirts for one year only will surely generate that? £25 a shirt, 10,000 shirts. thats 250k revenue, so 20,000 to make a profit... thats before shorts and socks.... It makes business sense. Unfortunate for us the paying fan though. OR Why not put everyone's season ticket up by 30 quid and give them a free commemorative shirt? I'm a genius.
Indeed. From a long term business point of view this would be a fantastic move. We'd win extra fans and sell a shed load more shirts. Remember Barcelona when they didn't have a sponsor? They sold them faster than they could make them. Admittedly, they have slightly more fans than us but NOT FOR LONG.
[quote][p][bold]realistic lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Moog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]realistic lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]realistic lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Moog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]realistic lover[/bold] wrote: 'As part of the plans for the clubs 125th anniversary next year' Does anybody know if there is a plan for an anniversary shirt without sponsors?[/p][/quote]That would be good. I was one of the 100 mascots at the Centenary game and still have the shirt I was given. I don't think they did one without sponsors then though.[/p][/quote]We couldn't afford it back then though.... I believe it would be inspired. I also thiink they should put it out to the fans to design it..... then the voted winner gets produced[/p][/quote]Another good shout, and it would really help the club and fans reconnect. But it kind of depends on how long the contract with FlyBe is due to run. Didn't we renew it towards the end of last season or something? Can't remember the story or how long the deal is for, but it would cost us a few quid to pull out of it. [/p][/quote]Apparently the FlyBe deal expires in June next year. This would be PERFECT. [/p][/quote]I think our owners are forward thinking people. I think this was the plan all along. They aren't stupid. Although i really hope i can design a shirt for them..... I'm thinking of going back to the glory years of early 80's for inspiration, or i may look at 1890, or maybe 1976. [/p][/quote]The deal was worth about 250k a year I think- we could do without that for a year couldn't we? 500 or so extra fans for all the home games covers it surely and we're defo getting that. I'm going for a shirt with red and white stripes and, er, that's it.[/p][/quote]V-neck, round neck, or collared? Moog, the possibilities are endless....! i may go all redcurrant. Err hasn't that already been done actually? We can afford 250k, releasing these shirts for one year only will surely generate that? £25 a shirt, 10,000 shirts. thats 250k revenue, so 20,000 to make a profit... thats before shorts and socks.... It makes business sense. Unfortunate for us the paying fan though. OR Why not put everyone's season ticket up by 30 quid and give them a free commemorative shirt? I'm a genius.[/p][/quote]Indeed. From a long term business point of view this would be a fantastic move. We'd win extra fans and sell a shed load more shirts. Remember Barcelona when they didn't have a sponsor? They sold them faster than they could make them. Admittedly, they have slightly more fans than us but NOT FOR LONG. St Retford
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3:13pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Lon Kirk the Saints Fan says...

It is so good to see so much confidence in the club now and the board.

SAINTS best football club in the world. With the Best OWNER in the world.
It is so good to see so much confidence in the club now and the board. SAINTS best football club in the world. With the Best OWNER in the world. Lon Kirk the Saints Fan
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3:26pm Tue 8 Dec 09

mattledavis says...

What does COYR mean?
What does COYR mean? mattledavis
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3:28pm Tue 8 Dec 09

The Moog says...

mattledavis wrote:
What does COYR mean?
I assume you're joking?
[quote][p][bold]mattledavis[/bold] wrote: What does COYR mean?[/p][/quote]I assume you're joking? The Moog
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3:39pm Tue 8 Dec 09

E-M27 says...

mattledavis wrote:
What does COYR mean?
Oh "Come On You Rascal".....you know what it means
[quote][p][bold]mattledavis[/bold] wrote: What does COYR mean?[/p][/quote]Oh "Come On You Rascal".....you know what it means E-M27
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3:43pm Tue 8 Dec 09

E-M27 says...

Totally agree with stmarysmush we could do with a saints supporters club near st marys as well.
Great news every week is making this winter feel quite cosy!!!
Totally agree with stmarysmush we could do with a saints supporters club near st marys as well. Great news every week is making this winter feel quite cosy!!! E-M27
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3:53pm Tue 8 Dec 09

normsted says...

Footso wrote:
normsted wrote:
intersted to hear how the existing facilities dont stack up. But great news for the club. Any player contemplating a move to saints will no doubt have a tour of the spanking new training facilities ,and bless them they need a bit of TLC,so look forward to attracting ,top class talent. The way this club is being handled can only be applauded,everyone totally focused on eventual promotion back to the prem . Looking forward to charging through the championship and when we arrive at the prem,we will be set up for maintaining a position in it. (big difference) In the past any investment of this kind was to the detrament of the funds made available for playing staff,not any more. Im the meantime what prem club would not want to loan a future star to this set up,exciting times.
Exciting times, indeed! It's great to be a Saint!! By the way Norm, is that Poitou-Charente?
Yep.
[quote][p][bold]Footso[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]normsted[/bold] wrote: intersted to hear how the existing facilities dont stack up. But great news for the club. Any player contemplating a move to saints will no doubt have a tour of the spanking new training facilities ,and bless them they need a bit of TLC,so look forward to attracting ,top class talent. The way this club is being handled can only be applauded,everyone totally focused on eventual promotion back to the prem . Looking forward to charging through the championship and when we arrive at the prem,we will be set up for maintaining a position in it. (big difference) In the past any investment of this kind was to the detrament of the funds made available for playing staff,not any more. Im the meantime what prem club would not want to loan a future star to this set up,exciting times. [/p][/quote]Exciting times, indeed! It's great to be a Saint!! By the way Norm, is that Poitou-Charente?[/p][/quote]Yep. normsted
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4:15pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Footso says...

normsted wrote:
Footso wrote:
normsted wrote: intersted to hear how the existing facilities dont stack up. But great news for the club. Any player contemplating a move to saints will no doubt have a tour of the spanking new training facilities ,and bless them they need a bit of TLC,so look forward to attracting ,top class talent. The way this club is being handled can only be applauded,everyone totally focused on eventual promotion back to the prem . Looking forward to charging through the championship and when we arrive at the prem,we will be set up for maintaining a position in it. (big difference) In the past any investment of this kind was to the detrament of the funds made available for playing staff,not any more. Im the meantime what prem club would not want to loan a future star to this set up,exciting times.
Exciting times, indeed! It's great to be a Saint!! By the way Norm, is that Poitou-Charente?
Yep.
Lucky you: long way to travel for a home game though!!
[quote][p][bold]normsted[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Footso[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]normsted[/bold] wrote: intersted to hear how the existing facilities dont stack up. But great news for the club. Any player contemplating a move to saints will no doubt have a tour of the spanking new training facilities ,and bless them they need a bit of TLC,so look forward to attracting ,top class talent. The way this club is being handled can only be applauded,everyone totally focused on eventual promotion back to the prem . Looking forward to charging through the championship and when we arrive at the prem,we will be set up for maintaining a position in it. (big difference) In the past any investment of this kind was to the detrament of the funds made available for playing staff,not any more. Im the meantime what prem club would not want to loan a future star to this set up,exciting times. [/p][/quote]Exciting times, indeed! It's great to be a Saint!! By the way Norm, is that Poitou-Charente?[/p][/quote]Yep.[/p][/quote]Lucky you: long way to travel for a home game though!! Footso
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4:41pm Tue 8 Dec 09

The Red & White Mole says...


surely a red and white striped shirt
with the name Liebherr in the
centre would not be a bad choice,
it would advertise his business and
give us all achance to pay homage
to the person who made Saints
125th year possible.
surely a red and white striped shirt with the name Liebherr in the centre would not be a bad choice, it would advertise his business and give us all achance to pay homage to the person who made Saints 125th year possible. The Red & White Mole
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5:08pm Tue 8 Dec 09

The Moog says...

The Red & White Mole wrote:
surely a red and white striped shirt with the name Liebherr in the centre would not be a bad choice, it would advertise his business and give us all achance to pay homage to the person who made Saints 125th year possible.
Although his father set up the Liebherr group of companies, St Markus handed back the majority of his shares some 15 years ago to run his own companies. To advertise his businesses we would have to put 'MALI' on the front of the shirt, which doesn't quite work in the homage stakes, and putting 'Liebherr' would not be of any financial gain to him. I feel no sponsor at all would be better.
[quote][p][bold]The Red & White Mole[/bold] wrote: surely a red and white striped shirt with the name Liebherr in the centre would not be a bad choice, it would advertise his business and give us all achance to pay homage to the person who made Saints 125th year possible.[/p][/quote]Although his father set up the Liebherr group of companies, St Markus handed back the majority of his shares some 15 years ago to run his own companies. To advertise his businesses we would have to put 'MALI' on the front of the shirt, which doesn't quite work in the homage stakes, and putting 'Liebherr' would not be of any financial gain to him. I feel no sponsor at all would be better. The Moog
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5:47pm Tue 8 Dec 09

slugger says...

i saw the plans yesterday as someone posted a link,wonder what the revised ones will look like(EVEN BETTER)?
as many have said,it shows true commitment to the future of our beloved club.
it just gets better and better!!
on the shirt thing,i think a replica of our first(no sponsers)would be perfick!!!
COYR
i saw the plans yesterday as someone posted a link,wonder what the revised ones will look like(EVEN BETTER)? as many have said,it shows true commitment to the future of our beloved club. it just gets better and better!! on the shirt thing,i think a replica of our first(no sponsers)would be perfick!!! COYR slugger
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5:58pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Captain Swing says...

Great thinking. Staplewood was rated among the top three or four training grounds in the Premiership back in 2006, and this is an impressive initiative to improve a much envied facility. It also demonstrates that the executive understands that there’s more to building a top club than bunging large wads of cash at footballers.

For the record, Markus Liebherr is founder of the Mali Group. The Liebherr Group, which makes the container cranes we so admire in the docks, is run by his brother and sister Willi and Isolde Liebherr – according to their respective websites and Wikipedi

Great thinking. Staplewood was rated among the top three or four training grounds in the Premiership back in 2006, and this is an impressive initiative to improve a much envied facility. It also demonstrates that the executive understands that there’s more to building a top club than bunging large wads of cash at footballers. For the record, Markus Liebherr is founder of the Mali Group. The Liebherr Group, which makes the container cranes we so admire in the docks, is run by his brother and sister Willi and Isolde Liebherr – according to their respective websites and Wikipedi Captain Swing
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6:00pm Tue 8 Dec 09

realistic lover says...

The Moog wrote:
The Red & White Mole wrote: surely a red and white striped shirt with the name Liebherr in the centre would not be a bad choice, it would advertise his business and give us all achance to pay homage to the person who made Saints 125th year possible.
Although his father set up the Liebherr group of companies, St Markus handed back the majority of his shares some 15 years ago to run his own companies. To advertise his businesses we would have to put 'MALI' on the front of the shirt, which doesn't quite work in the homage stakes, and putting 'Liebherr' would not be of any financial gain to him. I feel no sponsor at all would be better.
Also on this note, by putting 'leibherr, mali' etc on our shirt still shows that we are reliant on corporate support. The significance of having no sponsor, suggests that the club is the most important of all, and the removing of the sponsor suggests giving the club back to the fans.
[quote][p][bold]The Moog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Red & White Mole[/bold] wrote: surely a red and white striped shirt with the name Liebherr in the centre would not be a bad choice, it would advertise his business and give us all achance to pay homage to the person who made Saints 125th year possible.[/p][/quote]Although his father set up the Liebherr group of companies, St Markus handed back the majority of his shares some 15 years ago to run his own companies. To advertise his businesses we would have to put 'MALI' on the front of the shirt, which doesn't quite work in the homage stakes, and putting 'Liebherr' would not be of any financial gain to him. I feel no sponsor at all would be better.[/p][/quote]Also on this note, by putting 'leibherr, mali' etc on our shirt still shows that we are reliant on corporate support. The significance of having no sponsor, suggests that the club is the most important of all, and the removing of the sponsor suggests giving the club back to the fans. realistic lover
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6:05pm Tue 8 Dec 09

slugger says...

realistic lover wrote:
The Moog wrote:
The Red & White Mole wrote: surely a red and white striped shirt with the name Liebherr in the centre would not be a bad choice, it would advertise his business and give us all achance to pay homage to the person who made Saints 125th year possible.
Although his father set up the Liebherr group of companies, St Markus handed back the majority of his shares some 15 years ago to run his own companies. To advertise his businesses we would have to put 'MALI' on the front of the shirt, which doesn't quite work in the homage stakes, and putting 'Liebherr' would not be of any financial gain to him. I feel no sponsor at all would be better.
Also on this note, by putting 'leibherr, mali' etc on our shirt still shows that we are reliant on corporate support. The significance of having no sponsor, suggests that the club is the most important of all, and the removing of the sponsor suggests giving the club back to the fans.
perhaps every shirt could have liebherr across the back,just a thought to show our gratitude.
[quote][p][bold]realistic lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Moog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Red & White Mole[/bold] wrote: surely a red and white striped shirt with the name Liebherr in the centre would not be a bad choice, it would advertise his business and give us all achance to pay homage to the person who made Saints 125th year possible.[/p][/quote]Although his father set up the Liebherr group of companies, St Markus handed back the majority of his shares some 15 years ago to run his own companies. To advertise his businesses we would have to put 'MALI' on the front of the shirt, which doesn't quite work in the homage stakes, and putting 'Liebherr' would not be of any financial gain to him. I feel no sponsor at all would be better.[/p][/quote]Also on this note, by putting 'leibherr, mali' etc on our shirt still shows that we are reliant on corporate support. The significance of having no sponsor, suggests that the club is the most important of all, and the removing of the sponsor suggests giving the club back to the fans. [/p][/quote]perhaps every shirt could have liebherr across the back,just a thought to show our gratitude. slugger
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6:05pm Tue 8 Dec 09

The Watcher says...

Captain Swing wrote:
Great thinking. Staplewood was rated among the top three or four training grounds in the Premiership back in 2006, and this is an impressive initiative to improve a much envied facility. It also demonstrates that the executive understands that there’s more to building a top club than bunging large wads of cash at footballers. For the record, Markus Liebherr is founder of the Mali Group. The Liebherr Group, which makes the container cranes we so admire in the docks, is run by his brother and sister Willi and Isolde Liebherr – according to their respective websites and Wikipedi
If you really think (like the Echo did) that Staplewood was one of the top three or four training grounds in the Premiership, then I'm afraid you've been taking in by the propaganda spouted during the Lowe era.

It was a nice set-up, but no way up there with the many outstanding set-ups that could be found in the top flight.

In fact, it was on a par with a number of training grounds found in the Championship.

Good news on the investment front from the new owners and certainly sets their stall out that they're not just here for the short term if they're willing to stump up this much cash.

[quote][p][bold]Captain Swing[/bold] wrote: Great thinking. Staplewood was rated among the top three or four training grounds in the Premiership back in 2006, and this is an impressive initiative to improve a much envied facility. It also demonstrates that the executive understands that there’s more to building a top club than bunging large wads of cash at footballers. For the record, Markus Liebherr is founder of the Mali Group. The Liebherr Group, which makes the container cranes we so admire in the docks, is run by his brother and sister Willi and Isolde Liebherr – according to their respective websites and Wikipedi [/p][/quote]If you really think (like the Echo did) that Staplewood was one of the top three or four training grounds in the Premiership, then I'm afraid you've been taking in by the propaganda spouted during the Lowe era. It was a nice set-up, but no way up there with the many outstanding set-ups that could be found in the top flight. In fact, it was on a par with a number of training grounds found in the Championship. Good news on the investment front from the new owners and certainly sets their stall out that they're not just here for the short term if they're willing to stump up this much cash. The Watcher
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6:07pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Tye-Dye says...

How about the Saints shirt of the 1800's when St Marys first started, ok it would have to be made using modern materials as it would give the opposition a distinct advantage, especially in the wet when it would weigh about 10stone on its own :)) But totally agree about no sponsor, reading that FlyBe's sponsorship would have expired would mean no hard feelings as they have helped when we needed it, all in all its really great talking about the future when 4 months ago we didn't have one, just like our (ahem) neighbours now, Que Sera Sera.
How about the Saints shirt of the 1800's when St Marys first started, ok it would have to be made using modern materials as it would give the opposition a distinct advantage, especially in the wet when it would weigh about 10stone on its own :)) But totally agree about no sponsor, reading that FlyBe's sponsorship would have expired would mean no hard feelings as they have helped when we needed it, all in all its really great talking about the future when 4 months ago we didn't have one, just like our (ahem) neighbours now, Que Sera Sera. Tye-Dye
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7:45pm Tue 8 Dec 09

fred the red says...

E-M27 wrote:
mattledavis wrote:
What does COYR mean?
Oh "Come On You Rascal".....you know what it means
it used to mean "Clear Off Yuppie Rupert"
[quote][p][bold]E-M27[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mattledavis[/bold] wrote: What does COYR mean?[/p][/quote]Oh "Come On You Rascal".....you know what it means[/p][/quote]it used to mean "Clear Off Yuppie Rupert" fred the red
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7:45pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Paul from woolston says...

Well the plans look superb, very forward thinking design with a good balance to blend with the surrounding area.
Off track for a moment, I have just caught up with posts from slugger, and puppy, regarding the flimsy plastic beer jugs.
Firstly, and I`m not suggesting my email to the club had any bearing, have you noticed the bottle stall in the Northam end is now back with us, offering cider or lager as an alternative to the long queuing for a pint!!
Secondly you`re right about how thin and flimsy the glasses are,...... I feel another email campaign coming. Also I like the idea of a bigger saints social club....and maybe we could buy a brewery to help keep the prices down!!!...... See, Alice's dad is not the only one having these magical dreams...........UTS
Well the plans look superb, very forward thinking design with a good balance to blend with the surrounding area. Off track for a moment, I have just caught up with posts from slugger, and puppy, regarding the flimsy plastic beer jugs. Firstly, and I`m not suggesting my email to the club had any bearing, have you noticed the bottle stall in the Northam end is now back with us, offering cider or lager as an alternative to the long queuing for a pint!! Secondly you`re right about how thin and flimsy the glasses are,...... I feel another email campaign coming. Also I like the idea of a bigger saints social club....and maybe we could buy a brewery to help keep the prices down!!!...... See, Alice's dad is not the only one having these magical dreams...........UTS Paul from woolston
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7:47pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Harleysaint says...

Fresh........MMMMMMM
......GOOD.
Fresh........MMMMMMM ......GOOD. Harleysaint
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7:49pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Paul from woolston says...

Sorry, meant north kingsland end, but I presume they`re all open now?
Sorry, meant north kingsland end, but I presume they`re all open now? Paul from woolston
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8:09pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Harleysaint says...

Paul from woolston wrote:
Sorry, meant north kingsland end, but I presume they`re all open now?
O.S. forecasting nearly 30,000 for the Exeter game.
Please tell me that the "Wind of Change"is being felt across the globe!
How long before the "authorities" recognise that we are a "Shining Example " to the whole industry?
If all my bets this year pan out I will happily pay for the Plaque dedicating the new training ground development to our "SAVIOUR"
HERR LIEBHERR AS A BUILDER I WILL EVEN FIX IT:
diy CHEEPER BUT NOT AS GOOD!
Free of Charge
[quote][p][bold]Paul from woolston[/bold] wrote: Sorry, meant north kingsland end, but I presume they`re all open now? [/p][/quote]O.S. forecasting nearly 30,000 for the Exeter game. Please tell me that the "Wind of Change"is being felt across the globe! How long before the "authorities" recognise that we are a "Shining Example " to the whole industry? If all my bets this year pan out I will happily pay for the Plaque dedicating the new training ground development to our "SAVIOUR" HERR LIEBHERR AS A BUILDER I WILL EVEN FIX IT: diy CHEEPER BUT NOT AS GOOD! Free of Charge Harleysaint
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8:09pm Tue 8 Dec 09

BrixtonSaint says...

just make sure there's no Pompey on the construction gang. The gag's about their shirts in the foundations of SMS we're boring enough
just make sure there's no Pompey on the construction gang. The gag's about their shirts in the foundations of SMS we're boring enough BrixtonSaint
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8:12pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Harleysaint says...

Harleysaint wrote:
Paul from woolston wrote: Sorry, meant north kingsland end, but I presume they`re all open now?
O.S. forecasting nearly 30,000 for the Exeter game. Please tell me that the "Wind of Change"is being felt across the globe! How long before the "authorities" recognise that we are a "Shining Example " to the whole industry? If all my bets this year pan out I will happily pay for the Plaque dedicating the new training ground development to our "SAVIOUR" HERR LIEBHERR AS A BUILDER I WILL EVEN FIX IT: diy CHEEPER BUT NOT AS GOOD! Free of Charge
Sorry!!
Too much Johny Smiths!!!
Catch you later.
COYRAWAPMACHINE!!!!!
!
[quote][p][bold]Harleysaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paul from woolston[/bold] wrote: Sorry, meant north kingsland end, but I presume they`re all open now? [/p][/quote]O.S. forecasting nearly 30,000 for the Exeter game. Please tell me that the "Wind of Change"is being felt across the globe! How long before the "authorities" recognise that we are a "Shining Example " to the whole industry? If all my bets this year pan out I will happily pay for the Plaque dedicating the new training ground development to our "SAVIOUR" HERR LIEBHERR AS A BUILDER I WILL EVEN FIX IT: diy CHEEPER BUT NOT AS GOOD! Free of Charge[/p][/quote]Sorry!! Too much Johny Smiths!!! Catch you later. COYRAWAPMACHINE!!!!! ! Harleysaint
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8:19pm Tue 8 Dec 09

seven777 says...

just found this after reading the shirt
part of this thread. some may be interested in our past designs.
http://www.historica
lkits.co.uk/Southamp
ton/Southampton.htm
just found this after reading the shirt part of this thread. some may be interested in our past designs. http://www.historica lkits.co.uk/Southamp ton/Southampton.htm seven777
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8:23pm Tue 8 Dec 09

slugger says...

Paul from woolston wrote:
Well the plans look superb, very forward thinking design with a good balance to blend with the surrounding area. Off track for a moment, I have just caught up with posts from slugger, and puppy, regarding the flimsy plastic beer jugs. Firstly, and I`m not suggesting my email to the club had any bearing, have you noticed the bottle stall in the Northam end is now back with us, offering cider or lager as an alternative to the long queuing for a pint!! Secondly you`re right about how thin and flimsy the glasses are,...... I feel another email campaign coming. Also I like the idea of a bigger saints social club....and maybe we could buy a brewery to help keep the prices down!!!...... See, Alice's dad is not the only one having these magical dreams...........UTS
nice to know you're on the case paul,nothing worse than a floppy beerglass !
mabey for regulars,we could have hooks behind the bar with our personal tankards hanging there.lol
[quote][p][bold]Paul from woolston[/bold] wrote: Well the plans look superb, very forward thinking design with a good balance to blend with the surrounding area. Off track for a moment, I have just caught up with posts from slugger, and puppy, regarding the flimsy plastic beer jugs. Firstly, and I`m not suggesting my email to the club had any bearing, have you noticed the bottle stall in the Northam end is now back with us, offering cider or lager as an alternative to the long queuing for a pint!! Secondly you`re right about how thin and flimsy the glasses are,...... I feel another email campaign coming. Also I like the idea of a bigger saints social club....and maybe we could buy a brewery to help keep the prices down!!!...... See, Alice's dad is not the only one having these magical dreams...........UTS[/p][/quote]nice to know you're on the case paul,nothing worse than a floppy beerglass ! mabey for regulars,we could have hooks behind the bar with our personal tankards hanging there.lol slugger
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8:26pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Baddesley Bill says...

Looking like it's gonna be Luton in the cup...they're 2-0 up!
Looking like it's gonna be Luton in the cup...they're 2-0 up! Baddesley Bill
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8:32pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Captain Swing says...

The Watcher wrote:
Captain Swing wrote: Great thinking. Staplewood was rated among the top three or four training grounds in the Premiership back in 2006, and this is an impressive initiative to improve a much envied facility. It also demonstrates that the executive understands that there’s more to building a top club than bunging large wads of cash at footballers. For the record, Markus Liebherr is founder of the Mali Group. The Liebherr Group, which makes the container cranes we so admire in the docks, is run by his brother and sister Willi and Isolde Liebherr – according to their respective websites and Wikipedi
If you really think (like the Echo did) that Staplewood was one of the top three or four training grounds in the Premiership, then I'm afraid you've been taking in by the propaganda spouted during the Lowe era. It was a nice set-up, but no way up there with the many outstanding set-ups that could be found in the top flight. In fact, it was on a par with a number of training grounds found in the Championship. Good news on the investment front from the new owners and certainly sets their stall out that they're not just here for the short term if they're willing to stump up this much cash.
You are sadly misinformed - or deluded.
Even before the indoor pitch went up Staplewood was being compared favourably with the training facilities of Arsenal and Manchester United, by the Telegraph, Guardian, Financial Times and Times, which were all pointing out during and after our appearance in Cardiff that Southampton was worth several times the share value and was ripe for a take over and big investment.
However, we ended up getting a rich owner, prepared to invest his own money, the hard way.
[quote][p][bold]The Watcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Captain Swing[/bold] wrote: Great thinking. Staplewood was rated among the top three or four training grounds in the Premiership back in 2006, and this is an impressive initiative to improve a much envied facility. It also demonstrates that the executive understands that there’s more to building a top club than bunging large wads of cash at footballers. For the record, Markus Liebherr is founder of the Mali Group. The Liebherr Group, which makes the container cranes we so admire in the docks, is run by his brother and sister Willi and Isolde Liebherr – according to their respective websites and Wikipedi [/p][/quote]If you really think (like the Echo did) that Staplewood was one of the top three or four training grounds in the Premiership, then I'm afraid you've been taking in by the propaganda spouted during the Lowe era. It was a nice set-up, but no way up there with the many outstanding set-ups that could be found in the top flight. In fact, it was on a par with a number of training grounds found in the Championship. Good news on the investment front from the new owners and certainly sets their stall out that they're not just here for the short term if they're willing to stump up this much cash. [/p][/quote]You are sadly misinformed - or deluded. Even before the indoor pitch went up Staplewood was being compared favourably with the training facilities of Arsenal and Manchester United, by the Telegraph, Guardian, Financial Times and Times, which were all pointing out during and after our appearance in Cardiff that Southampton was worth several times the share value and was ripe for a take over and big investment. However, we ended up getting a rich owner, prepared to invest his own money, the hard way. Captain Swing
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8:37pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Paul from woolston says...

hahahahahah, like it slugger, but can`t promise.........
hahahahahah, like it slugger, but can`t promise......... Paul from woolston
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9:20pm Tue 8 Dec 09

puppy saint says...

St Retford wrote:
Man, we have the best owners in football. To be honest, back in the summer when the Pinnacle bid collapsed and everything looked gloomier than Whitehaven on a wet February night I'd have gladly settled for any two-bit shyster coming in and just keeping the club going on a shoe-string and letting us bumble along at the bottom of League 1. But as it turned out we won the lottery a million times over with Markus and Nicola. They have ambition, talent and resources that will make us better than we've ever been. I think we should all have a bit of a whip round and buy them a Christmas present. What do you buy a Swiss multi-millionaire who has everything?
A decent pie!
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Man, we have the best owners in football. To be honest, back in the summer when the Pinnacle bid collapsed and everything looked gloomier than Whitehaven on a wet February night I'd have gladly settled for any two-bit shyster coming in and just keeping the club going on a shoe-string and letting us bumble along at the bottom of League 1. But as it turned out we won the lottery a million times over with Markus and Nicola. They have ambition, talent and resources that will make us better than we've ever been. I think we should all have a bit of a whip round and buy them a Christmas present. What do you buy a Swiss multi-millionaire who has everything?[/p][/quote]A decent pie! puppy saint
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9:35pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Baddesley Bill says...

puppy saint wrote:
St Retford wrote: Man, we have the best owners in football. To be honest, back in the summer when the Pinnacle bid collapsed and everything looked gloomier than Whitehaven on a wet February night I'd have gladly settled for any two-bit shyster coming in and just keeping the club going on a shoe-string and letting us bumble along at the bottom of League 1. But as it turned out we won the lottery a million times over with Markus and Nicola. They have ambition, talent and resources that will make us better than we've ever been. I think we should all have a bit of a whip round and buy them a Christmas present. What do you buy a Swiss multi-millionaire who has everything?
A decent pie!
Dan...get on the case...a Ponsonby pie on a private Swissair jet please(we all know you're an eccentric millionaire really!)
[quote][p][bold]puppy saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Man, we have the best owners in football. To be honest, back in the summer when the Pinnacle bid collapsed and everything looked gloomier than Whitehaven on a wet February night I'd have gladly settled for any two-bit shyster coming in and just keeping the club going on a shoe-string and letting us bumble along at the bottom of League 1. But as it turned out we won the lottery a million times over with Markus and Nicola. They have ambition, talent and resources that will make us better than we've ever been. I think we should all have a bit of a whip round and buy them a Christmas present. What do you buy a Swiss multi-millionaire who has everything?[/p][/quote]A decent pie![/p][/quote]Dan...get on the case...a Ponsonby pie on a private Swissair jet please(we all know you're an eccentric millionaire really!) Baddesley Bill
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9:56pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Ross96 says...

wait we have already got the best training centre in the Football league
wait we have already got the best training centre in the Football league Ross96
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10:13pm Tue 8 Dec 09

St Retford says...

Looks like we've picked a good time to be playing Leeds - they're going decidedly off the boil at the moment.
Looks like we've picked a good time to be playing Leeds - they're going decidedly off the boil at the moment. St Retford
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10:23pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Southampton Heart says...

Just got back from Southampton after a fab weekend away.

On the way down I went to the Walsall game and yes.....lost my voice etc etc....what a great atmosphere from us Saints fans again. Walsall fans were so quiet.

Near the end of the game we were singing "Cherrio Cherrio" to the Walsall fans...haha!!!....it was hilarious.

Of course I visited "our Mecca St Mary's Stadium"....to buy Saints goodies.....and I bought 2 x Echo's too. Fantastic Weekend.

The new Staplewood training facilities look and sound awesome.....and I'm so happy our club is taking shape. Thank you St Markus and Nicola.
Just got back from Southampton after a fab weekend away. On the way down I went to the Walsall game and yes.....lost my voice etc etc....what a great atmosphere from us Saints fans again. Walsall fans were so quiet. Near the end of the game we were singing "Cherrio Cherrio" to the Walsall fans...haha!!!....it was hilarious. Of course I visited "our Mecca St Mary's Stadium"....to buy Saints goodies.....and I bought 2 x Echo's too. Fantastic Weekend. The new Staplewood training facilities look and sound awesome.....and I'm so happy our club is taking shape. Thank you St Markus and Nicola. Southampton Heart
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10:32pm Tue 8 Dec 09

St Retford says...

Sorry Kettering - I just jinxed you there. Still, it doesn't say much for Leeds that they get taken to extra time in a replay against a team from Shitsville. We'll murder them.
Sorry Kettering - I just jinxed you there. Still, it doesn't say much for Leeds that they get taken to extra time in a replay against a team from Shitsville. We'll murder them. St Retford
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11:21pm Tue 8 Dec 09

puppy saint says...

They got Old Trafford on their minds and I'm not talking about the catering!
They got Old Trafford on their minds and I'm not talking about the catering! puppy saint
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11:24pm Tue 8 Dec 09

puppy saint says...

ps COYR!
ps COYR! puppy saint
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1:06am Wed 9 Dec 09

gosportsaint says...

Hi everyone, havent had time to read all the posts. But hey, fantastic news. We susposesadly had one of the best training grounds in the country already, but now we are going to have one of the best in europe. Saints in ten years will be the biggest team in England if not Europe. Thank God for Nicola who saw a good thing.
Thank You NC for everything and thank you St. Markus for buying us.
Now after the training ground please can you increase SMS to 55000.
Love
Graham x
Hi everyone, havent had time to read all the posts. But hey, fantastic news. We susposesadly had one of the best training grounds in the country already, but now we are going to have one of the best in europe. Saints in ten years will be the biggest team in England if not Europe. Thank God for Nicola who saw a good thing. Thank You NC for everything and thank you St. Markus for buying us. Now after the training ground please can you increase SMS to 55000. Love Graham x gosportsaint
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1:13am Wed 9 Dec 09

gosportsaint says...

Hi everyone, havent had time to read all the posts. But hey, fantastic news. We susposesadly had one of the best training grounds in the country already, but now we are going to have one of the best in europe. Saints in ten years will be the biggest team in England if not Europe. Thank God for Nicola who saw a good thing.
Thank You NC for everything and thank you St. Markus for buying us.
Now after the training ground please can you increase SMS to 55000.
Love
Graham x
Hi everyone, havent had time to read all the posts. But hey, fantastic news. We susposesadly had one of the best training grounds in the country already, but now we are going to have one of the best in europe. Saints in ten years will be the biggest team in England if not Europe. Thank God for Nicola who saw a good thing. Thank You NC for everything and thank you St. Markus for buying us. Now after the training ground please can you increase SMS to 55000. Love Graham x gosportsaint
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1:29am Wed 9 Dec 09

gosportsaint says...

Hi everyone, havent had time to read all the posts. But hey, fantastic news. We susposesadly had one of the best training grounds in the country already, but now we are going to have one of the best in europe. Saints in ten years will be the biggest team in England if not Europe. Thank God for Nicola who saw a good thing.
Thank You NC for everything and thank you St. Markus for buying us.
Now after the training ground please can you increase SMS to 55000.
Love
Graham x
Hi everyone, havent had time to read all the posts. But hey, fantastic news. We susposesadly had one of the best training grounds in the country already, but now we are going to have one of the best in europe. Saints in ten years will be the biggest team in England if not Europe. Thank God for Nicola who saw a good thing. Thank You NC for everything and thank you St. Markus for buying us. Now after the training ground please can you increase SMS to 55000. Love Graham x gosportsaint
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6:54am Wed 9 Dec 09

Tirau Dan says...

Baddesley Bill wrote:
puppy saint wrote:
St Retford wrote: Man, we have the best owners in football. To be honest, back in the summer when the Pinnacle bid collapsed and everything looked gloomier than Whitehaven on a wet February night I'd have gladly settled for any two-bit shyster coming in and just keeping the club going on a shoe-string and letting us bumble along at the bottom of League 1. But as it turned out we won the lottery a million times over with Markus and Nicola. They have ambition, talent and resources that will make us better than we've ever been. I think we should all have a bit of a whip round and buy them a Christmas present. What do you buy a Swiss multi-millionaire who has everything?
A decent pie!
Dan...get on the case...a Ponsonby pie on a private Swissair jet please(we all know you're an eccentric millionaire really!)
lol..I should wish. just a struggla here dear friends.

I still reckon there must be a good bakery local... I like the idea of having a good English Pie and SMS even it's it's a Pasty from Rowes of Falmouth.
Does anyone actually know the date the contract come up or if they'll tender the contract or hire a cater.
[quote][p][bold]Baddesley Bill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]puppy saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Man, we have the best owners in football. To be honest, back in the summer when the Pinnacle bid collapsed and everything looked gloomier than Whitehaven on a wet February night I'd have gladly settled for any two-bit shyster coming in and just keeping the club going on a shoe-string and letting us bumble along at the bottom of League 1. But as it turned out we won the lottery a million times over with Markus and Nicola. They have ambition, talent and resources that will make us better than we've ever been. I think we should all have a bit of a whip round and buy them a Christmas present. What do you buy a Swiss multi-millionaire who has everything?[/p][/quote]A decent pie![/p][/quote]Dan...get on the case...a Ponsonby pie on a private Swissair jet please(we all know you're an eccentric millionaire really!)[/p][/quote]lol..I should wish. just a struggla here dear friends. I still reckon there must be a good bakery local... I like the idea of having a good English Pie and SMS even it's it's a Pasty from Rowes of Falmouth. Does anyone actually know the date the contract come up or if they'll tender the contract or hire a cater. Tirau Dan
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8:24am Wed 9 Dec 09

realistic lover says...

Do we rename the Chapel Stand the 'Liebherr Stand' or would be more insulting than flattering?
Do we rename the Chapel Stand the 'Liebherr Stand' or would be more insulting than flattering? realistic lover
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8:56am Wed 9 Dec 09

Tye-Dye says...

http://www.express.c
o.uk/posts/view/1448
96/Portsmouth-s-ange
r-at-malicious-charg
es

Hmmm, not just a malicious rumour this is based on a leak inside Not Arf Krap, they will be in Admin within 2 weeks, the Prem have refused to bail them out and are ready to take steps to kick them out, and Storrie has gone on holiday....??
Things are going to get very interesting over the next few days for the blue few, I bet they really wish they were more sympathetic when we were in the mire?
http://www.express.c o.uk/posts/view/1448 96/Portsmouth-s-ange r-at-malicious-charg es Hmmm, not just a malicious rumour this is based on a leak inside Not Arf Krap, they will be in Admin within 2 weeks, the Prem have refused to bail them out and are ready to take steps to kick them out, and Storrie has gone on holiday....?? Things are going to get very interesting over the next few days for the blue few, I bet they really wish they were more sympathetic when we were in the mire? Tye-Dye
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9:16am Wed 9 Dec 09

Lon Kirk the Saints Fan says...

Tye-Dye wrote:
http://www.express.c o.uk/posts/view/1448 96/Portsmouth-s-ange r-at-malicious-charg es Hmmm, not just a malicious rumour this is based on a leak inside Not Arf Krap, they will be in Admin within 2 weeks, the Prem have refused to bail them out and are ready to take steps to kick them out, and Storrie has gone on holiday....?? Things are going to get very interesting over the next few days for the blue few, I bet they really wish they were more sympathetic when we were in the mire?
Poor Pompey.

The Prem was never for them, but I hope they survive as a professional league club.


Saints need a local derby/rivals and banter.
[quote][p][bold]Tye-Dye[/bold] wrote: http://www.express.c o.uk/posts/view/1448 96/Portsmouth-s-ange r-at-malicious-charg es Hmmm, not just a malicious rumour this is based on a leak inside Not Arf Krap, they will be in Admin within 2 weeks, the Prem have refused to bail them out and are ready to take steps to kick them out, and Storrie has gone on holiday....?? Things are going to get very interesting over the next few days for the blue few, I bet they really wish they were more sympathetic when we were in the mire?[/p][/quote]Poor Pompey. The Prem was never for them, but I hope they survive as a professional league club. Saints need a local derby/rivals and banter. Lon Kirk the Saints Fan
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11:21am Wed 9 Dec 09

Costa Baz says...

Don't know how much truth there is in the above rumour, re Poopey going into admin, but looking ahead to next season, when we will both be in the CCC, I can't help but smile at the possibility of them trying to sign a player we are interested in.
I can imagine the player saying "show me your ground, training facilities, ambition and money" and then dismissing Poopey out of hand.
Priceless.
Don't know how much truth there is in the above rumour, re Poopey going into admin, but looking ahead to next season, when we will both be in the CCC, I can't help but smile at the possibility of them trying to sign a player we are interested in. I can imagine the player saying "show me your ground, training facilities, ambition and money" and then dismissing Poopey out of hand. Priceless. Costa Baz
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2:23pm Wed 9 Dec 09

St Retford says...

I was just talking to quite a reaonable Pompey fan who said the problem with them at the moment is that people keep buying them in the mistaken belief they'll make money from them. However, in a city of 160,000 people (once you exlude students) the only way they'll make a profit is to get rid of the big wage earners and play in the Championship.
I was just talking to quite a reaonable Pompey fan who said the problem with them at the moment is that people keep buying them in the mistaken belief they'll make money from them. However, in a city of 160,000 people (once you exlude students) the only way they'll make a profit is to get rid of the big wage earners and play in the Championship. St Retford
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6:42pm Wed 9 Dec 09

The Watcher says...

Captain Swing wrote:
The Watcher wrote:
Captain Swing wrote: Great thinking. Staplewood was rated among the top three or four training grounds in the Premiership back in 2006, and this is an impressive initiative to improve a much envied facility. It also demonstrates that the executive understands that there’s more to building a top club than bunging large wads of cash at footballers. For the record, Markus Liebherr is founder of the Mali Group. The Liebherr Group, which makes the container cranes we so admire in the docks, is run by his brother and sister Willi and Isolde Liebherr – according to their respective websites and Wikipedi
If you really think (like the Echo did) that Staplewood was one of the top three or four training grounds in the Premiership, then I'm afraid you've been taking in by the propaganda spouted during the Lowe era. It was a nice set-up, but no way up there with the many outstanding set-ups that could be found in the top flight. In fact, it was on a par with a number of training grounds found in the Championship. Good news on the investment front from the new owners and certainly sets their stall out that they're not just here for the short term if they're willing to stump up this much cash.
You are sadly misinformed - or deluded. Even before the indoor pitch went up Staplewood was being compared favourably with the training facilities of Arsenal and Manchester United, by the Telegraph, Guardian, Financial Times and Times, which were all pointing out during and after our appearance in Cardiff that Southampton was worth several times the share value and was ripe for a take over and big investment. However, we ended up getting a rich owner, prepared to invest his own money, the hard way.
You must be rather parochial in your outlook if you're trying to compare Staplewood with Arsenal's Shenley Ground or United's at Carrington.

Arsenal spent £10m building theirs 10 years ago and have spent millions updating it since. As for Carrington, then go and have a search for the size, resources and cost and it makes Staplewood look small time (even The Cliff was better than Staplewood).

Staplewood is a decent little set up and comparable to a number of Premiership and Championship set-ups, but to suggest it was in the top 3 or 4 in the country is laughable.

Having been to a number of training grounds, including including Boro, Villa, Blackburn & Newcastle, then I have to say you need to get out more and not listen to what Rupert told the papers!
[quote][p][bold]Captain Swing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Watcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Captain Swing[/bold] wrote: Great thinking. Staplewood was rated among the top three or four training grounds in the Premiership back in 2006, and this is an impressive initiative to improve a much envied facility. It also demonstrates that the executive understands that there’s more to building a top club than bunging large wads of cash at footballers. For the record, Markus Liebherr is founder of the Mali Group. The Liebherr Group, which makes the container cranes we so admire in the docks, is run by his brother and sister Willi and Isolde Liebherr – according to their respective websites and Wikipedi [/p][/quote]If you really think (like the Echo did) that Staplewood was one of the top three or four training grounds in the Premiership, then I'm afraid you've been taking in by the propaganda spouted during the Lowe era. It was a nice set-up, but no way up there with the many outstanding set-ups that could be found in the top flight. In fact, it was on a par with a number of training grounds found in the Championship. Good news on the investment front from the new owners and certainly sets their stall out that they're not just here for the short term if they're willing to stump up this much cash. [/p][/quote]You are sadly misinformed - or deluded. Even before the indoor pitch went up Staplewood was being compared favourably with the training facilities of Arsenal and Manchester United, by the Telegraph, Guardian, Financial Times and Times, which were all pointing out during and after our appearance in Cardiff that Southampton was worth several times the share value and was ripe for a take over and big investment. However, we ended up getting a rich owner, prepared to invest his own money, the hard way.[/p][/quote]You must be rather parochial in your outlook if you're trying to compare Staplewood with Arsenal's Shenley Ground or United's at Carrington. Arsenal spent £10m building theirs 10 years ago and have spent millions updating it since. As for Carrington, then go and have a search for the size, resources and cost and it makes Staplewood look small time (even The Cliff was better than Staplewood). Staplewood is a decent little set up and comparable to a number of Premiership and Championship set-ups, but to suggest it was in the top 3 or 4 in the country is laughable. Having been to a number of training grounds, including including Boro, Villa, Blackburn & Newcastle, then I have to say you need to get out more and not listen to what Rupert told the papers! The Watcher
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6:42pm Wed 9 Dec 09

The Watcher says...

Captain Swing wrote:
The Watcher wrote:
Captain Swing wrote: Great thinking. Staplewood was rated among the top three or four training grounds in the Premiership back in 2006, and this is an impressive initiative to improve a much envied facility. It also demonstrates that the executive understands that there’s more to building a top club than bunging large wads of cash at footballers. For the record, Markus Liebherr is founder of the Mali Group. The Liebherr Group, which makes the container cranes we so admire in the docks, is run by his brother and sister Willi and Isolde Liebherr – according to their respective websites and Wikipedi
If you really think (like the Echo did) that Staplewood was one of the top three or four training grounds in the Premiership, then I'm afraid you've been taking in by the propaganda spouted during the Lowe era. It was a nice set-up, but no way up there with the many outstanding set-ups that could be found in the top flight. In fact, it was on a par with a number of training grounds found in the Championship. Good news on the investment front from the new owners and certainly sets their stall out that they're not just here for the short term if they're willing to stump up this much cash.
You are sadly misinformed - or deluded. Even before the indoor pitch went up Staplewood was being compared favourably with the training facilities of Arsenal and Manchester United, by the Telegraph, Guardian, Financial Times and Times, which were all pointing out during and after our appearance in Cardiff that Southampton was worth several times the share value and was ripe for a take over and big investment. However, we ended up getting a rich owner, prepared to invest his own money, the hard way.
You must be rather parochial in your outlook if you're trying to compare Staplewood with Arsenal's Shenley Ground or United's at Carrington.

Arsenal spent £10m building theirs 10 years ago and have spent millions updating it since. As for Carrington, then go and have a search for the size, resources and cost and it makes Staplewood look small time (even The Cliff was better than Staplewood).

Staplewood is a decent little set up and comparable to a number of Premiership and Championship set-ups, but to suggest it was in the top 3 or 4 in the country is laughable.

Having been to a number of training grounds, including including Boro, Villa, Blackburn & Newcastle, then I have to say you need to get out more and not listen to what Rupert told the papers!
[quote][p][bold]Captain Swing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Watcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Captain Swing[/bold] wrote: Great thinking. Staplewood was rated among the top three or four training grounds in the Premiership back in 2006, and this is an impressive initiative to improve a much envied facility. It also demonstrates that the executive understands that there’s more to building a top club than bunging large wads of cash at footballers. For the record, Markus Liebherr is founder of the Mali Group. The Liebherr Group, which makes the container cranes we so admire in the docks, is run by his brother and sister Willi and Isolde Liebherr – according to their respective websites and Wikipedi [/p][/quote]If you really think (like the Echo did) that Staplewood was one of the top three or four training grounds in the Premiership, then I'm afraid you've been taking in by the propaganda spouted during the Lowe era. It was a nice set-up, but no way up there with the many outstanding set-ups that could be found in the top flight. In fact, it was on a par with a number of training grounds found in the Championship. Good news on the investment front from the new owners and certainly sets their stall out that they're not just here for the short term if they're willing to stump up this much cash. [/p][/quote]You are sadly misinformed - or deluded. Even before the indoor pitch went up Staplewood was being compared favourably with the training facilities of Arsenal and Manchester United, by the Telegraph, Guardian, Financial Times and Times, which were all pointing out during and after our appearance in Cardiff that Southampton was worth several times the share value and was ripe for a take over and big investment. However, we ended up getting a rich owner, prepared to invest his own money, the hard way.[/p][/quote]You must be rather parochial in your outlook if you're trying to compare Staplewood with Arsenal's Shenley Ground or United's at Carrington. Arsenal spent £10m building theirs 10 years ago and have spent millions updating it since. As for Carrington, then go and have a search for the size, resources and cost and it makes Staplewood look small time (even The Cliff was better than Staplewood). Staplewood is a decent little set up and comparable to a number of Premiership and Championship set-ups, but to suggest it was in the top 3 or 4 in the country is laughable. Having been to a number of training grounds, including including Boro, Villa, Blackburn & Newcastle, then I have to say you need to get out more and not listen to what Rupert told the papers! The Watcher
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12:29am Thu 10 Dec 09

pardsarmy says...

funny
http://www.mirrorfoo
tball.co.uk/news/Por
tsmouth-s-financial-
crisis-forced-club-t
o-bench-Aruna-Dindan
e-in-Carling-Cup-cla
sh-article246147.htm
l


funnier
http://www.mirrorfoo
tball.co.uk/news/Avr
am-Grant-I-didn-t-kn
ow-about-Portsmouth-
s-money-worries-befo
re-taking-over-as-ma
nager-article248457.
html


funniest
http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/sport/footbal
l/leagues/premierlea
gue/portsmouth/67638
86/Peter-Storrie-goe
s-abroad-to-plug-60m
-hole-as-Portsmouth-
deadline-looms.html

well the last one is a very well written piece by the telegraph on the state of affairs down the road,enjoy!
funny http://www.mirrorfoo tball.co.uk/news/Por tsmouth-s-financial- crisis-forced-club-t o-bench-Aruna-Dindan e-in-Carling-Cup-cla sh-article246147.htm l funnier http://www.mirrorfoo tball.co.uk/news/Avr am-Grant-I-didn-t-kn ow-about-Portsmouth- s-money-worries-befo re-taking-over-as-ma nager-article248457. html funniest http://www.telegraph .co.uk/sport/footbal l/leagues/premierlea gue/portsmouth/67638 86/Peter-Storrie-goe s-abroad-to-plug-60m -hole-as-Portsmouth- deadline-looms.html well the last one is a very well written piece by the telegraph on the state of affairs down the road,enjoy! pardsarmy
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12:40am Thu 10 Dec 09

pardsarmy says...

its the same story here! LOL

http://www.dailyexpr
ess.co.uk/posts/view
/145130/Portsmouth-P
eter-Storrie-seeks-P
remier-League-TV-cas
h-deal
its the same story here! LOL http://www.dailyexpr ess.co.uk/posts/view /145130/Portsmouth-P eter-Storrie-seeks-P remier-League-TV-cas h-deal pardsarmy
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8:24am Thu 10 Dec 09

Lon Kirk the Saints Fan says...

Poor Pompey, tried to live in fantasy land. Now going to play in Scrapyard Land.
Poor Pompey, tried to live in fantasy land. Now going to play in Scrapyard Land. Lon Kirk the Saints Fan
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3:01pm Thu 10 Dec 09

montechristoes says...

Clearly, the Northam stand should be renamed the 'wurst end' - or where visitors fear 'the wurst'.

On infrastructure spending: the Council & Club should 'revisit' the possibility of constructing a halt on the rarely used railway line by the club - that could become a tramway to the eastern Docks. A dream, but ...
Clearly, the Northam stand should be renamed the 'wurst end' - or where visitors fear 'the wurst'. On infrastructure spending: the Council & Club should 'revisit' the possibility of constructing a halt on the rarely used railway line by the club - that could become a tramway to the eastern Docks. A dream, but ... montechristoes
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