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  • "OK im not a youngster i was born around the time of the Cup final. As, born and bread sotonian, i know who Jim Steal is but in all honesty I'm not sure that I would recognise him in the flesh.

    If he didn't try to arrange anything then what can he expect.

    From what I can read he made efforts not to alert the club to his presence the turned up at the official supporters club

    What a position to put staff in?

    would there even be an issue if it was Chris Marsden (Fa Cup Finalist) or Dean Hammond (Captain during back to back promotions) that turned up unannounced

    Its not for the manager of a supporters bar to decide who is a "legend" ad who isnt quite "legend" enough so the rules are kept simple."
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Saints' FA Cup winner Jim Steele turned away from St Mary's Stadium

Saints' FA Cup winner Jim Steele turned away from St Mary's Stadium

JIM STEELE and LAWRIE McMENEMY

JIM STEELE and LAWRIE McMENEMY

First published in Saints News
Last updated

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.

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