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    PORTCHYSCUMMER wrote:
    skatebait wrote: He's an ex player, not a bloody war hero..... The club PAID you to play football for them... that is all.. I don't try and get a cup of tea from my old boss at the newsagents. ... although I was a good paperboy.
    I have supported the club for close to 40 years now so can remember a lot of the chairman and directors of the past. Compared to Nicola Cortese these people are not fit to run a newsagents, let alone a football club. With the Dark Lord in the chair I remember seeing his face all over sky sports news, most weeks, there was even rumours circulating that he picked one of wobbly wiggley's teams!! Now we have a chairman that stays in the boardroom, backs his managers with a budget that amounts to a top 6 club, leaves him to be the customer facing spokesman and to pick his own teams! Stop the moaning and support the club and back the man that will not let the club fail!!!! If the chairman doesn't see the club where it should be at that moment or the vision could be damaged he has every right to change his man. Lawrie, Jim, Matt, you are legends of our past and will always be remembered. Now it's time for, Luke Shaw, Ward Prowse, Lallana legends of the future and Nicola Cortese will make it so!
    Spot on !"
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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
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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.

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