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  • "I remember Mel Blyth and Jim Steele at the back they were a tough pairing.
    Okay take note of the posts above but all Jim was trying to do was buy a drink in the supporters club, lol not after anything free. Maybe it could of been handled better and he could of been asked if he wanted to take out membership or allowed in as a guest for a day.
    In the end though the lad was following the rules and it was not discrimination against Jim, it was policy for anyone.
    Yes as we know it is the echo on its crusade against Cortese. With anti club articles again.
    Its taking a long time here for people to realize that the real world finally caught up with Saints. It is no longer a family club but a business, that has to attain certain goals. There is no sentiment, except on the terraces and pitch, certainly not in the boardroom of any major club these days.
    When football football got into big TV deals it sold its soul and the game on and off the field changed radically for right and wrong.
    Having watched Saints for 50 years I disagree there is no history. Other than 8 or 10 clubs i bet the rest of the league would snatch our hand off in that respect. There is no one that comes within a mile of us on the south in that period. Not reading, brighton, bournemouth, pompey, aldtershot, no one."
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Saints' FA Cup winner Jim Steele turned away from St Mary's Stadium



First published in Saints News
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SAINTS legend Jim Steele has revealed he was asked to leave the Dell Sports Bar at St Mary’s earlier this season.

Steele, man of the match when Saints won the 1976 FA Cup final, was ejected from the cafe shortly after moving back to the area in September.

The 62 year-old said: “I’d heard all the things about Le Tissier and Cortese and this and that so when I bought two tickets for the Aston Villa game soon after moving down, I gave my name as ‘James Steele’.

“I was hardly going to say ‘Jim Steele’ even though the girl at the ticket office was only young and wouldn’t have known who I was.

“But the guy behind her said ‘I thought it was you Steeley!’ I said ‘don’t say anything, I might not get a ticket!’ “I don’t totally disagree with what’s been going on, so I bought two tickets thinking one of the ex-Saints would show up sooner or later.

“I went on to the supporters’ club below the stand and two or three came over to shake my hand and say it was great to see me back in town.

“Then this young kid came over and said ‘are you a member sir’? I said ‘no I’m an ex-Saint’ and he said ‘sorry you’re not allowed in, this is a supporters’ club’.

“I don’t blame Cortese for making us buy tickets but to not be allowed in the supporters club...! It wasn’t as if I wanted a free drink or anything!

“I love Saints but this sort of thing doesn’t happen at any other top club. It doesn’t make sense.

“After being thrown out I wasn’t even going to go to the game, but the pub round the corner made me feel so welcome. “I went with one of them in the end and it was a great win. I’ve been to every game since.”

Saints declined to comment.

Full interview in today's Sports Pink

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