Fans urged: don't protest during tonight's match

Nick Illingsworth

Nick Illingsworth

First published in Saints News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor

SAINTS fans have been warned against protesting against Nigel Adkins’ shock departure during tonight’s game at St Mary’s.

Mauricio Pochettino, Saints’ 14th permanent manager since the turn of the Millennium, takes charge of the club for the first time in front of the live Sky cameras against Everton.

The match comes just three days after the Argentinian was unveiled following Adkins’ sensational sacking by chairman Nicola Cortese.

Some Saints fans have talked up possible protests during the game, with pro Adkins songs and anti Cortese chanting.

But others insist that the fans must all get behind the players during the 90 minutes.

Nick Illingsworth believes the supporters must bring back the spirit of the early 1990s before and during tonight’s Premier League clash.

“Back in 1993 there were regular protests against Ian Branfoot, both before and after games,” said Illingsworth.

“But as soon as the first whistle went, bang!

Everybody would start supporting the team, and that continued throughout until the final whistle.

“That’s the way it should be tonight.

“We are all Saints fans and we all share the common goal of wanting Saints to stay in the Premier League.

“Let’s not make it any more harder than it’s been made in the last days.

“Let’s not make a drama into a crisis.

“I am sure there will be pro Nigel Adkins songs, just as there were pro Alan Pardew songs when Nigel Adkins took over.

“But during the game I hope everyone will just get behind the team.

“We have seen what has happened at St Mary’s before when there has been animosity towards managers and chairmen.

“We have had some disastrous results.

“I was reading in the press last week after our draw at Chelsea that even the best clubs and players find it hard to produce good results if they feel the crowd is not really with them, or they’re having a go at the manager.”

Amid rumours of possible protests, Steve Grant, who runs fans internet forum SaintsWeb, said Pochettino could expect it to be a far from straight-forward start tonight.

Grant warned: “He will have my support but there will be a lot of fans who will take the view that he has got to earn their support.

“It is going to be difficult given the run of games we have coming up.”

Shona Brooks contacted the Echo to say: “I would agree with honouring Adkins with a minute’s applause on Monday night.

“But protests will only harm the morale of the team and, in turn, possibly the results, so we would only be damaging our own club.

“Champions League football does not happen overnight so lets back the manager and team, starting Monday, and support the Saints.”

Grant Goddard also contacted the Echo to add: “The club and fans should pay their respect to all the work Nigel has done for us, with at least a minute’s applause before the game starts.

“But after that the fans need to get behind the team, the new manager and everyone else at the club.

“Waving of a white hankie, like the Spanish do, is not exactly going to get much of a message to our Italian chairman. “And for the people who have been making the comments about the new man not speaking English, I’m sure in no time he will learn.

“It’s really not a big deal.”

Illingsworth admits Pochettino is unlikely to receive overwhelming support tonight.

“If Nigel Adkins had resigned and taken a job elsewhere, the new manager would be cheered,” he explained.

“If Adkins had been sacked at the end of the season, or sacked last November when Saints were bottom, the new manager would have been cheered.

“His biggest problem tonight is that he is not Nigel Adkins. That’s his only crime.

“In the same way, Nigel Adkins’ biggest crime when he arrived was that he wasn’t Alan Pardew.

“But Saints fans have grown to admire and respect Adkins more than they did Pardew.”

Illingsworth admits the timing of Adkins’ sacking took him by surprise, with Saints still very much embroiled in a relegation scrap.

“I’m all for forward thinking and planning ahead, and talk of going up to the next level,” he said.

“But we have to achieve at the level we’re at first, and that means staying up this season. “We have to get the foundations in place before we can think of stepping up, and we’ll come crashing down.

“If we had sacked Nigel Adkins at the end of this season after finishing 15th or 16th, then fans might have understood if Cortese had said we need to move up to the next level.

“If Cortese had sacked Nigel Adkins back in November, there would not have been half the fury there is now.

“The reason there is the fury is because the fans could see that we were improving after a bad start.

“To sack him now is almost beyond belief.

“We have made it hard for ourselves ahead of a very big game.

“We are coming up to a make or break period, and now not everyone will be fully focussed on supporting the team.

“We have been on a bit of a roll and now we have shot ourselves in the foot.

“But we all know what football is like.

“As I see it, we are only four wins and a couple of draws away from staying up. If we get those wins quickly, Nigel Adkins will quickly be forgotten.”

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9:15am Mon 21 Jan 13

saintsdan says...

I couldnt agree more get behind the team and the new manager !!!

We are moving forward as a team lets not stop progress!
I couldnt agree more get behind the team and the new manager !!! We are moving forward as a team lets not stop progress! saintsdan
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9:18am Mon 21 Jan 13

olddellsaint says...

COYR'S
COYR'S olddellsaint
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9:19am Mon 21 Jan 13

The Music Man says...

Anybody who protests is not a Saints fan. They are an idiot.
Anybody who protests is not a Saints fan. They are an idiot. The Music Man
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9:28am Mon 21 Jan 13

costa gaz says...

The media seem to be doing their best in trying to stir things up.
They have picked up on a silly comment from a soton cabbie about waving a white hankie.
All the nationals have reported that there is to be some sort of protest...... don't rise to the bait.
The media seem to be doing their best in trying to stir things up. They have picked up on a silly comment from a soton cabbie about waving a white hankie. All the nationals have reported that there is to be some sort of protest...... don't rise to the bait. costa gaz
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9:29am Mon 21 Jan 13

three halves says...

Some will protest by staying away like me as Cortese has turned the club into a joke.
If people feel they have to go out of loyalty and blindly follow whatever happens then they are mugs.
Some will protest by staying away like me as Cortese has turned the club into a joke. If people feel they have to go out of loyalty and blindly follow whatever happens then they are mugs. three halves
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9:31am Mon 21 Jan 13

Clever Dick says...

Depends on what you call a protest. Personally I think a few rounds of "one Nigel Adkins" would be very appropriate before the game and maybe half time as well. If we lose you can expect a lot more. That's no disrespect to the new manager, just the only way the fans have of showing their thanks to a great manager who has been very badly treated. And if you think I'm not a Saint's fan fr believing this then it's you who is the idiot.
Depends on what you call a protest. Personally I think a few rounds of "one Nigel Adkins" would be very appropriate before the game and maybe half time as well. If we lose you can expect a lot more. That's no disrespect to the new manager, just the only way the fans have of showing their thanks to a great manager who has been very badly treated. And if you think I'm not a Saint's fan fr believing this then it's you who is the idiot. Clever Dick
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9:31am Mon 21 Jan 13

SO50 Saint says...

Or some will go to support the club they have always supported. Regardless of whatever has happened it is about Southampton Football Club not Cortese not Adkins etc.
Or some will go to support the club they have always supported. Regardless of whatever has happened it is about Southampton Football Club not Cortese not Adkins etc. SO50 Saint
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9:34am Mon 21 Jan 13

massimoosti says...

11 overpaid chavs kicking a pc of round leather and getting paid in week what 2/3 nurses get paid in a year..........it really isnt important is it ?
11 overpaid chavs kicking a pc of round leather and getting paid in week what 2/3 nurses get paid in a year..........it really isnt important is it ? massimoosti
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9:34am Mon 21 Jan 13

bigfella777 says...

I wonder what sort of hat NC will be wearing tonight?
I wonder what sort of hat NC will be wearing tonight? bigfella777
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9:36am Mon 21 Jan 13

saintsdan says...

I will support the guys on the pitch and the manager (whoever that is) (just not redknapp god forbid)

whatever happens at the club is out of the fans control
I will support the guys on the pitch and the manager (whoever that is) (just not redknapp god forbid) whatever happens at the club is out of the fans control saintsdan
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9:36am Mon 21 Jan 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

bigfella777 wrote:
I wonder what sort of hat NC will be wearing tonight?
Probably a big yellow cone with a large red D on it.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: I wonder what sort of hat NC will be wearing tonight?[/p][/quote]Probably a big yellow cone with a large red D on it. OSPREYSAINT
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9:37am Mon 21 Jan 13

ecuk268 says...

If you would like to send a thank-you message to Nigel, this site is collecting them and hopes to put them into a book and send it to him.

http://onenigeladkin
s.com/

Over 1000 messages so far.
If you would like to send a thank-you message to Nigel, this site is collecting them and hopes to put them into a book and send it to him. http://onenigeladkin s.com/ Over 1000 messages so far. ecuk268
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9:38am Mon 21 Jan 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

No white flags, NO SURRENDER, we are Southampton F.C. COYR's
No white flags, NO SURRENDER, we are Southampton F.C. COYR's OSPREYSAINT
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9:38am Mon 21 Jan 13

Linesman says...

"Saints' fans have been warned against protesting against Adkins' shock departure during tonight's game at St Mary's."

Who issued this warning?

Was it Mr Cortese?

What did the warning state?

What punishment will be handed out should any fans protest?
"Saints' fans have been warned against protesting against Adkins' shock departure during tonight's game at St Mary's." Who issued this warning? Was it Mr Cortese? What did the warning state? What punishment will be handed out should any fans protest? Linesman
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9:42am Mon 21 Jan 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

massimoosti wrote:
11 overpaid chavs kicking a pc of round leather and getting paid in week what 2/3 nurses get paid in a year..........it really isnt important is it ?
If it is not important, what is all the fuss about?
[quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: 11 overpaid chavs kicking a pc of round leather and getting paid in week what 2/3 nurses get paid in a year..........it really isnt important is it ?[/p][/quote]If it is not important, what is all the fuss about? OSPREYSAINT
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9:48am Mon 21 Jan 13

Clever Dick says...

Linesman wrote:
"Saints' fans have been warned against protesting against Adkins' shock departure during tonight's game at St Mary's."

Who issued this warning?

Was it Mr Cortese?

What did the warning state?

What punishment will be handed out should any fans protest?
Maybe he's gonna use the cameras to identify all the non believers and withdraw their season tickets next year!!
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: "Saints' fans have been warned against protesting against Adkins' shock departure during tonight's game at St Mary's." Who issued this warning? Was it Mr Cortese? What did the warning state? What punishment will be handed out should any fans protest?[/p][/quote]Maybe he's gonna use the cameras to identify all the non believers and withdraw their season tickets next year!! Clever Dick
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9:53am Mon 21 Jan 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Linesman wrote:
"Saints' fans have been warned against protesting against Adkins' shock departure during tonight's game at St Mary's."

Who issued this warning?

Was it Mr Cortese?

What did the warning state?

What punishment will be handed out should any fans protest?
Seems mostly to be the Press stirring it up, those fans that still feel bad, may find it one way to get a closure, if they vent their spleen, I still want them all to back the team to win the game, in spite of what has gone on before the match. You can understand why they are upset and it is only natural that they feel that they have to do something, it's very difficult to remain rational when feelings are so high. I want to see it done sensibly, but there will be a few hotheads that will want to be disorderly, there will even be some with no agenda, that will love to cause trouble, it has to be handled sensibly.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: "Saints' fans have been warned against protesting against Adkins' shock departure during tonight's game at St Mary's." Who issued this warning? Was it Mr Cortese? What did the warning state? What punishment will be handed out should any fans protest?[/p][/quote]Seems mostly to be the Press stirring it up, those fans that still feel bad, may find it one way to get a closure, if they vent their spleen, I still want them all to back the team to win the game, in spite of what has gone on before the match. You can understand why they are upset and it is only natural that they feel that they have to do something, it's very difficult to remain rational when feelings are so high. I want to see it done sensibly, but there will be a few hotheads that will want to be disorderly, there will even be some with no agenda, that will love to cause trouble, it has to be handled sensibly. OSPREYSAINT
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9:59am Mon 21 Jan 13

Northamer says...

The last thing we need is negativity, we will miss Nigel but we must get right behind the team, the new manger and the chairman who has done a great job for Saints from day 1 even if he has upset a few on the way! Not sure the protests were all that helpful in the branfoot era either, just support the team, we can influence the outcome of this season and there might not be much in it so let's be positive for the sake of our club!
The last thing we need is negativity, we will miss Nigel but we must get right behind the team, the new manger and the chairman who has done a great job for Saints from day 1 even if he has upset a few on the way! Not sure the protests were all that helpful in the branfoot era either, just support the team, we can influence the outcome of this season and there might not be much in it so let's be positive for the sake of our club! Northamer
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10:00am Mon 21 Jan 13

Clever Dick says...

Clever Dick wrote:
Linesman wrote:
"Saints' fans have been warned against protesting against Adkins' shock departure during tonight's game at St Mary's."

Who issued this warning?

Was it Mr Cortese?

What did the warning state?

What punishment will be handed out should any fans protest?
Maybe he's gonna use the cameras to identify all the non believers and withdraw their season tickets next year!!
Agree with what you say but we all know how fickle footie fans are. Win the game and everything will be hunky dory. Lose and it'll be pretty unsavoury.
[quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: "Saints' fans have been warned against protesting against Adkins' shock departure during tonight's game at St Mary's." Who issued this warning? Was it Mr Cortese? What did the warning state? What punishment will be handed out should any fans protest?[/p][/quote]Maybe he's gonna use the cameras to identify all the non believers and withdraw their season tickets next year!![/p][/quote]Agree with what you say but we all know how fickle footie fans are. Win the game and everything will be hunky dory. Lose and it'll be pretty unsavoury. Clever Dick
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10:07am Mon 21 Jan 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Clever Dick wrote:
Linesman wrote:
"Saints' fans have been warned against protesting against Adkins' shock departure during tonight's game at St Mary's."

Who issued this warning?

Was it Mr Cortese?

What did the warning state?

What punishment will be handed out should any fans protest?
Maybe he's gonna use the cameras to identify all the non believers and withdraw their season tickets next year!!
Better to use the cameras on any non-believers and send in the missionaries to point them in the right direction, brain washing is probably not an option, you can't wash what they haven't got.
[quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: "Saints' fans have been warned against protesting against Adkins' shock departure during tonight's game at St Mary's." Who issued this warning? Was it Mr Cortese? What did the warning state? What punishment will be handed out should any fans protest?[/p][/quote]Maybe he's gonna use the cameras to identify all the non believers and withdraw their season tickets next year!![/p][/quote]Better to use the cameras on any non-believers and send in the missionaries to point them in the right direction, brain washing is probably not an option, you can't wash what they haven't got. OSPREYSAINT
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10:16am Mon 21 Jan 13

Clever Dick says...

Wouldn't put it past him. Have to admit that on hindsight everything he has done so far has worked out. What worries me is when it doesn't. All dictators have a habit of coming to sticky ends.
Wouldn't put it past him. Have to admit that on hindsight everything he has done so far has worked out. What worries me is when it doesn't. All dictators have a habit of coming to sticky ends. Clever Dick
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10:19am Mon 21 Jan 13

Blandford Saints says...

three halves wrote:
Some will protest by staying away like me as Cortese has turned the club into a joke.
If people feel they have to go out of loyalty and blindly follow whatever happens then they are mugs.
Cortese will not be bothered by your gesture. You will miss your team playing in a game which is vital for us to will. All true supporters will be supporting the club and the team. Hope you're not watching on telly or listening on the radio, because that would be hypocritical!!!
[quote][p][bold]three halves[/bold] wrote: Some will protest by staying away like me as Cortese has turned the club into a joke. If people feel they have to go out of loyalty and blindly follow whatever happens then they are mugs.[/p][/quote]Cortese will not be bothered by your gesture. You will miss your team playing in a game which is vital for us to will. All true supporters will be supporting the club and the team. Hope you're not watching on telly or listening on the radio, because that would be hypocritical!!! Blandford Saints
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10:35am Mon 21 Jan 13

tomw1234 says...

I will not be protesting tonight. Neither will my mates or family. Every Saints fan I have personally spoken too feels the same way. I will chant Nigels name before kick off and that's it. We have to support Pochettino and get behind our boys! I will die a Saints fan, no matter who is in charge of the club!
I will not be protesting tonight. Neither will my mates or family. Every Saints fan I have personally spoken too feels the same way. I will chant Nigels name before kick off and that's it. We have to support Pochettino and get behind our boys! I will die a Saints fan, no matter who is in charge of the club! tomw1234
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10:37am Mon 21 Jan 13

rocketone says...

Branfoot was a competent different scenario.
SISA?
Any members on here?
Anyone know any members?
I am a Saints supporter, but only for about 40 years so I know nothing about the club. A STH for a large portion of that time. Don't do away matches any more, finances.
So my opinion counts for nothing.
I will go to tonight's game and cheer on MY team.
Branfoot was a competent different scenario. SISA? Any members on here? Anyone know any members? I am a Saints supporter, but only for about 40 years so I know nothing about the club. A STH for a large portion of that time. Don't do away matches any more, finances. So my opinion counts for nothing. I will go to tonight's game and cheer on MY team. rocketone
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10:41am Mon 21 Jan 13

peter02380 says...

So i have been warned have i ? Who the feck are you to tell me what i can or can't do, almost as bad as continually getting that Nick Illingsworth out to tell us how us fans are feeling....knob.
IMO we should be singing NA's name for the first ten or so minutes and then that's it...new era onwards and upwards. just in case you are confused i was a NA fan but totally understand where NC is coming from and support him until such time as i think he is damaging the club....13pts from a europa spot its not impossible, look at how many points we have dropped from winnable games this season already. This is not the SFC of old we do not want to be perennial relegation candidates....COYR's
So i have been warned have i ? Who the feck are you to tell me what i can or can't do, almost as bad as continually getting that Nick Illingsworth out to tell us how us fans are feeling....knob. IMO we should be singing NA's name for the first ten or so minutes and then that's it...new era onwards and upwards. just in case you are confused i was a NA fan but totally understand where NC is coming from and support him until such time as i think he is damaging the club....13pts from a europa spot its not impossible, look at how many points we have dropped from winnable games this season already. This is not the SFC of old we do not want to be perennial relegation candidates....COYR's peter02380
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10:48am Mon 21 Jan 13

Saint Alf says...

I' am sure Nigel would want us all to remain positive and together and get behind the team and keep climbing the premier league.
I' am sure Nigel would want us all to remain positive and together and get behind the team and keep climbing the premier league. Saint Alf
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10:48am Mon 21 Jan 13

St Graz says...

massimoosti wrote:
11 overpaid chavs kicking a pc of round leather and getting paid in week what 2/3 nurses get paid in a year..........it really isnt important is it ?
Well lets see income from parking for the council, public tansport, pubs and catering firms to pay their income tax, tax from the club, players and staff - money into police coffers plus entertiment for 30,000 people not important in one sense I grant you but maybe bigger picture to see here?
[quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: 11 overpaid chavs kicking a pc of round leather and getting paid in week what 2/3 nurses get paid in a year..........it really isnt important is it ?[/p][/quote]Well lets see income from parking for the council, public tansport, pubs and catering firms to pay their income tax, tax from the club, players and staff - money into police coffers plus entertiment for 30,000 people not important in one sense I grant you but maybe bigger picture to see here? St Graz
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10:50am Mon 21 Jan 13

three halves says...

Blandford Saints wrote:
three halves wrote:
Some will protest by staying away like me as Cortese has turned the club into a joke.
If people feel they have to go out of loyalty and blindly follow whatever happens then they are mugs.
Cortese will not be bothered by your gesture. You will miss your team playing in a game which is vital for us to will. All true supporters will be supporting the club and the team. Hope you're not watching on telly or listening on the radio, because that would be hypocritical!!!
I suppose by "true supporter" you mean people who put up with anything thrown at them.
Im not bothered if Cortese is affected by my gesture alone and he has my season ticket money already so i cant do anything about that but my seat will remain empty for the rest of the season,if i was to go i would probably get arrested for protesting anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Blandford Saints[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]three halves[/bold] wrote: Some will protest by staying away like me as Cortese has turned the club into a joke. If people feel they have to go out of loyalty and blindly follow whatever happens then they are mugs.[/p][/quote]Cortese will not be bothered by your gesture. You will miss your team playing in a game which is vital for us to will. All true supporters will be supporting the club and the team. Hope you're not watching on telly or listening on the radio, because that would be hypocritical!!![/p][/quote]I suppose by "true supporter" you mean people who put up with anything thrown at them. Im not bothered if Cortese is affected by my gesture alone and he has my season ticket money already so i cant do anything about that but my seat will remain empty for the rest of the season,if i was to go i would probably get arrested for protesting anyway. three halves
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11:20am Mon 21 Jan 13

legod7 says...

three halves wrote:
Blandford Saints wrote:
three halves wrote:
Some will protest by staying away like me as Cortese has turned the club into a joke.
If people feel they have to go out of loyalty and blindly follow whatever happens then they are mugs.
Cortese will not be bothered by your gesture. You will miss your team playing in a game which is vital for us to will. All true supporters will be supporting the club and the team. Hope you're not watching on telly or listening on the radio, because that would be hypocritical!!!
I suppose by "true supporter" you mean people who put up with anything thrown at them.
Im not bothered if Cortese is affected by my gesture alone and he has my season ticket money already so i cant do anything about that but my seat will remain empty for the rest of the season,if i was to go i would probably get arrested for protesting anyway.
To stay away from watching your team just shows you are not a true football supporter.
[quote][p][bold]three halves[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blandford Saints[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]three halves[/bold] wrote: Some will protest by staying away like me as Cortese has turned the club into a joke. If people feel they have to go out of loyalty and blindly follow whatever happens then they are mugs.[/p][/quote]Cortese will not be bothered by your gesture. You will miss your team playing in a game which is vital for us to will. All true supporters will be supporting the club and the team. Hope you're not watching on telly or listening on the radio, because that would be hypocritical!!![/p][/quote]I suppose by "true supporter" you mean people who put up with anything thrown at them. Im not bothered if Cortese is affected by my gesture alone and he has my season ticket money already so i cant do anything about that but my seat will remain empty for the rest of the season,if i was to go i would probably get arrested for protesting anyway.[/p][/quote]To stay away from watching your team just shows you are not a true football supporter. legod7
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11:30am Mon 21 Jan 13

up saints says...

ecuk268 wrote:
If you would like to send a thank-you message to Nigel, this site is collecting them and hopes to put them into a book and send it to him.

http://onenigeladkin

s.com/

Over 1000 messages so far.
thankyou for putting this link up
[quote][p][bold]ecuk268[/bold] wrote: If you would like to send a thank-you message to Nigel, this site is collecting them and hopes to put them into a book and send it to him. http://onenigeladkin s.com/ Over 1000 messages so far.[/p][/quote]thankyou for putting this link up up saints
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11:34am Mon 21 Jan 13

billythesaint says...

three halves wrote:
Blandford Saints wrote:
three halves wrote:
Some will protest by staying away like me as Cortese has turned the club into a joke.
If people feel they have to go out of loyalty and blindly follow whatever happens then they are mugs.
Cortese will not be bothered by your gesture. You will miss your team playing in a game which is vital for us to will. All true supporters will be supporting the club and the team. Hope you're not watching on telly or listening on the radio, because that would be hypocritical!!!
I suppose by "true supporter" you mean people who put up with anything thrown at them.
Im not bothered if Cortese is affected by my gesture alone and he has my season ticket money already so i cant do anything about that but my seat will remain empty for the rest of the season,if i was to go i would probably get arrested for protesting anyway.
I think you've had 3 halves too many. If it wasn't for Cortese we'd be in the 4th division by now or out of existence. Your comments are premature and ridiculous. I bet my left nut you go to another game if you've already got a season ticket. Adkins has just received a six figure payout, lives in luxury and will walk into another ludicrously high paid job very soon. Put your toys back in the pram.
[quote][p][bold]three halves[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blandford Saints[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]three halves[/bold] wrote: Some will protest by staying away like me as Cortese has turned the club into a joke. If people feel they have to go out of loyalty and blindly follow whatever happens then they are mugs.[/p][/quote]Cortese will not be bothered by your gesture. You will miss your team playing in a game which is vital for us to will. All true supporters will be supporting the club and the team. Hope you're not watching on telly or listening on the radio, because that would be hypocritical!!![/p][/quote]I suppose by "true supporter" you mean people who put up with anything thrown at them. Im not bothered if Cortese is affected by my gesture alone and he has my season ticket money already so i cant do anything about that but my seat will remain empty for the rest of the season,if i was to go i would probably get arrested for protesting anyway.[/p][/quote]I think you've had 3 halves too many. If it wasn't for Cortese we'd be in the 4th division by now or out of existence. Your comments are premature and ridiculous. I bet my left nut you go to another game if you've already got a season ticket. Adkins has just received a six figure payout, lives in luxury and will walk into another ludicrously high paid job very soon. Put your toys back in the pram. billythesaint
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12:11pm Mon 21 Jan 13

philiprhampton says...

ecuk268 you are doing a great job with your book of thanks to NA hope you can fit 30,000 messages into it
ecuk268 you are doing a great job with your book of thanks to NA hope you can fit 30,000 messages into it philiprhampton
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12:30pm Mon 21 Jan 13

AndyAndrews says...

I shall boycott St Mary's until such time as Cortese leaves and we have a club which gives a toss about its supporters.
Now the morons can post some illiterate abuse about me....
I shall boycott St Mary's until such time as Cortese leaves and we have a club which gives a toss about its supporters. Now the morons can post some illiterate abuse about me.... AndyAndrews
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12:39pm Mon 21 Jan 13

billythesaint says...

AndyAndrews wrote:
I shall boycott St Mary's until such time as Cortese leaves and we have a club which gives a toss about its supporters.
Now the morons can post some illiterate abuse about me....
Oh, mate! Don't want to see Champions League football then? Happy being mediocre then?
[quote][p][bold]AndyAndrews[/bold] wrote: I shall boycott St Mary's until such time as Cortese leaves and we have a club which gives a toss about its supporters. Now the morons can post some illiterate abuse about me....[/p][/quote]Oh, mate! Don't want to see Champions League football then? Happy being mediocre then? billythesaint
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12:43pm Mon 21 Jan 13

J7junctionseven says...

AndyAndrews wrote:
I shall boycott St Mary's until such time as Cortese leaves and we have a club which gives a toss about its supporters.
Now the morons can post some illiterate abuse about me....
Nope, see ya then!
[quote][p][bold]AndyAndrews[/bold] wrote: I shall boycott St Mary's until such time as Cortese leaves and we have a club which gives a toss about its supporters. Now the morons can post some illiterate abuse about me....[/p][/quote]Nope, see ya then! J7junctionseven
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12:43pm Mon 21 Jan 13

ToastyTea says...

The Music Man wrote:
Anybody who protests is not a Saints fan. They are an idiot.
STFU some of us arent going to just sit back and be walked over, if we want it to be known that we arent happy about this disgusting treatment of a man like Nigel then we will do so fook off. anyone who protests is not a Saints fan ??? wtf does that even mean.
[quote][p][bold]The Music Man[/bold] wrote: Anybody who protests is not a Saints fan. They are an idiot.[/p][/quote]STFU some of us arent going to just sit back and be walked over, if we want it to be known that we arent happy about this disgusting treatment of a man like Nigel then we will do so fook off. anyone who protests is not a Saints fan ??? wtf does that even mean. ToastyTea
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12:45pm Mon 21 Jan 13

mbetts says...

costa gaz wrote:
The media seem to be doing their best in trying to stir things up.
They have picked up on a silly comment from a soton cabbie about waving a white hankie.
All the nationals have reported that there is to be some sort of protest...... don't rise to the bait.
Spot on! And Talksport seem to be instigating protests, there's always hidden agenda's people that want Saints to fail, QPR and West Ham fans in particular!
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: The media seem to be doing their best in trying to stir things up. They have picked up on a silly comment from a soton cabbie about waving a white hankie. All the nationals have reported that there is to be some sort of protest...... don't rise to the bait.[/p][/quote]Spot on! And Talksport seem to be instigating protests, there's always hidden agenda's people that want Saints to fail, QPR and West Ham fans in particular! mbetts
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12:52pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Scunthorpe United says...

It is obvious that the new guy was lined up some months ago when Soton. were doing less well. That's how he's had the time to do his research on the Club and its players.
The actual timing of Nigel's sacking was bad since it came after just two defeats in 12 PL fixtures.
The method of the sacking - the fact that Nigel found out about it on Sky before meeting Cortese - is beyond belief. I certainly do not wish the reprehensible Cortese well.
As for Nigel, whom I have met on several occasions at SUFC, he is a charming, enthusiastic chap for whom the glass is always half-full. I wish him well after all that he has done for Soton. I regret that, as a relative outsider, I shall no longer wish Soton. well.
It is obvious that the new guy was lined up some months ago when Soton. were doing less well. That's how he's had the time to do his research on the Club and its players. The actual timing of Nigel's sacking was bad since it came after just two defeats in 12 PL fixtures. The method of the sacking - the fact that Nigel found out about it on Sky before meeting Cortese - is beyond belief. I certainly do not wish the reprehensible Cortese well. As for Nigel, whom I have met on several occasions at SUFC, he is a charming, enthusiastic chap for whom the glass is always half-full. I wish him well after all that he has done for Soton. I regret that, as a relative outsider, I shall no longer wish Soton. well. Scunthorpe United
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1:00pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Peachiesleftfoot says...

You pay your money and make your choice, some will protest others won't. That's their prerogative but If the Echo poll is anything to go by it'll be noisy tonight!
You pay your money and make your choice, some will protest others won't. That's their prerogative but If the Echo poll is anything to go by it'll be noisy tonight! Peachiesleftfoot
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1:03pm Mon 21 Jan 13

SO50 Saint says...

AndyAndrews says...
12:30pm Mon 21 Jan 13

I shall boycott St Mary's until such time as Cortese leaves and we have a club which gives a toss about its supporters.
Now the morons can post some illiterate abuse about me....”

Although I don't agree with you if you go through with this and keep to your word than fair play to you. As far as I see it everyone has differing views on the situation and are quite rightly entitled to that which does not make anyone any more or less a fan of SFC
AndyAndrews says... 12:30pm Mon 21 Jan 13 I shall boycott St Mary's until such time as Cortese leaves and we have a club which gives a toss about its supporters. Now the morons can post some illiterate abuse about me....” Although I don't agree with you if you go through with this and keep to your word than fair play to you. As far as I see it everyone has differing views on the situation and are quite rightly entitled to that which does not make anyone any more or less a fan of SFC SO50 Saint
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1:09pm Mon 21 Jan 13

murfmeister says...

AndyAndrews wrote:
I shall boycott St Mary's until such time as Cortese leaves and we have a club which gives a toss about its supporters.
Now the morons can post some illiterate abuse about me....
havent got a season ticket then?
[quote][p][bold]AndyAndrews[/bold] wrote: I shall boycott St Mary's until such time as Cortese leaves and we have a club which gives a toss about its supporters. Now the morons can post some illiterate abuse about me....[/p][/quote]havent got a season ticket then? murfmeister
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1:32pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Dover Saint says...

Clever Dick wrote:
Wouldn't put it past him. Have to admit that on hindsight everything he has done so far has worked out. What worries me is when it doesn't. All dictators have a habit of coming to sticky ends.
Agreed, look what happened to Mussolini.
[quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: Wouldn't put it past him. Have to admit that on hindsight everything he has done so far has worked out. What worries me is when it doesn't. All dictators have a habit of coming to sticky ends.[/p][/quote]Agreed, look what happened to Mussolini. Dover Saint
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2:01pm Mon 21 Jan 13

georgetheseventh says...

I will not be renewing my season ticket ..and I certainly wont be learning Spanish.
I will not be renewing my season ticket ..and I certainly wont be learning Spanish. georgetheseventh
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2:21pm Mon 21 Jan 13

SaintJD says...

three halves wrote:
Some will protest by staying away like me as Cortese has turned the club into a joke.
If people feel they have to go out of loyalty and blindly follow whatever happens then they are mugs.
Understand what you are saying and agree to an extent, but I want to see Saints fans show their strength tonight, not by protesting, but by backing the team and COYR reverberating around the stadium at kick off in a show of defiance that one man can't destroy our club or belief.

The media and other fans, particularly down the road, would absolutely love us to create an awful atmosphere at the ground and wallow around for a good few seasons talking about the good old days.

All our relegation rivals would love it.

People will be tuning in tonight specifically to see us turn on the team and get a whipping.

Within weeks people will be saying how stupid we are to turn on our side, so let's not turn this crisis into an even bigger one.

You might be happy for Nigel to sail up into the Premier League while we go down and lose our financial backing and best players, but I, while I'd be happy for NA, think that is giving up a hell of a lot just to prove a point.

We can show our love for NA without getting nasty and taking everybody else down with us.

I'm just praying that by some miracle we get a win tonight and, most importantly, play nice stuff with our new centre back looking class.

COYR
[quote][p][bold]three halves[/bold] wrote: Some will protest by staying away like me as Cortese has turned the club into a joke. If people feel they have to go out of loyalty and blindly follow whatever happens then they are mugs.[/p][/quote]Understand what you are saying and agree to an extent, but I want to see Saints fans show their strength tonight, not by protesting, but by backing the team and COYR reverberating around the stadium at kick off in a show of defiance that one man can't destroy our club or belief. The media and other fans, particularly down the road, would absolutely love us to create an awful atmosphere at the ground and wallow around for a good few seasons talking about the good old days. All our relegation rivals would love it. People will be tuning in tonight specifically to see us turn on the team and get a whipping. Within weeks people will be saying how stupid we are to turn on our side, so let's not turn this crisis into an even bigger one. You might be happy for Nigel to sail up into the Premier League while we go down and lose our financial backing and best players, but I, while I'd be happy for NA, think that is giving up a hell of a lot just to prove a point. We can show our love for NA without getting nasty and taking everybody else down with us. I'm just praying that by some miracle we get a win tonight and, most importantly, play nice stuff with our new centre back looking class. COYR SaintJD
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2:42pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Saint. says...

Oh shut up Nick illadvised!

Another whose dose not speak for me, and certainly dose not need to advise me how to support my club now, or in the future.
Oh shut up Nick illadvised! Another whose dose not speak for me, and certainly dose not need to advise me how to support my club now, or in the future. Saint.
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3:04pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Matt Allen says...

ecuk268 wrote:
If you would like to send a thank-you message to Nigel, this site is collecting them and hopes to put them into a book and send it to him.

http://onenigeladkin

s.com/

Over 1000 messages so far.
Done - well done for getting this up and running.

It would be good to see Nigel accepting the book when it's done.
[quote][p][bold]ecuk268[/bold] wrote: If you would like to send a thank-you message to Nigel, this site is collecting them and hopes to put them into a book and send it to him. http://onenigeladkin s.com/ Over 1000 messages so far.[/p][/quote]Done - well done for getting this up and running. It would be good to see Nigel accepting the book when it's done. Matt Allen
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3:09pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Matt Allen says...

AndyAndrews wrote:
I shall boycott St Mary's until such time as Cortese leaves and we have a club which gives a toss about its supporters.
Now the morons can post some illiterate abuse about me....
Hi Andy,

I felt the same as you and I travel from North London each home game, but, to be honest we felt like this (well not quite as bad) when Pardew was given the boot and none of us knew who Adkins was.

Nigel would want us to get back on the buss, draw a blue line under it and support his players.

Players, Manager and Chairman come and go, we will ALWAYS be there - it's all about our club.

Come back, we need to stand together as one
[quote][p][bold]AndyAndrews[/bold] wrote: I shall boycott St Mary's until such time as Cortese leaves and we have a club which gives a toss about its supporters. Now the morons can post some illiterate abuse about me....[/p][/quote]Hi Andy, I felt the same as you and I travel from North London each home game, but, to be honest we felt like this (well not quite as bad) when Pardew was given the boot and none of us knew who Adkins was. Nigel would want us to get back on the buss, draw a blue line under it and support his players. Players, Manager and Chairman come and go, we will ALWAYS be there - it's all about our club. Come back, we need to stand together as one Matt Allen
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3:17pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Blandford Saints says...

To all those season ticket holders boycotting the team until Cortese leaves.....

Please can I have your tickets for this season? I know a few who will use them.

Thank you.
To all those season ticket holders boycotting the team until Cortese leaves..... Please can I have your tickets for this season? I know a few who will use them. Thank you. Blandford Saints
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