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    Confucious wrote:
    There's often Echo knocking on here and I haven't been one to join it - until now. The Pink was largely negative this weekend too - still going on in spades about Nigel and complaining that supporters are now being treated as mere customers and that increasingly the club is being run, God forbid, "as a business." Of course it's easy to whip up sentiment using this stuff and the article about Jim Steele. Nicola is hardly no 'charmer' and our relationship with the club is more emotional than financial. But we know only too well what happens to clubs nowadays which are not run well as businesses. And many fans who want to be seen as 'supporters' when things are going well, soon revert to being complaining 'customers' when they are going badly. Success today only comes with financial clout and that only comes by running clubs in a sound way - or through a purchase by a billionaire sugar daddy who will use it, for a very uncertain period, as a personal toy. I don't believe that Nicola's only motive is financial. I think he has a mission to create a successful long term future for the club - a mission which he planted in Markus Leibherr's mind and which he then shared with him. Markus did not buy a business. He didn't need to or want to. He bought a dream. Only time will tell whether or not Nicola will succeed, but so far, three managers and three divisions later, I'm essentially a happy supporter AND a satisfied customer. The club could and should, however, improve its' PR and communications on sensitive issues - at no extra cost at all. The Echo might also consider how far it wants to take the obvious rift with the club and whether or not it is becoming seriously adrift from the views held by the majority of its' Saints supporting readers. Meanwhile, even if the somewhat hysterical critics are right, I'd still rather have a club with no soul than a soul with no club (as we may soon see down the M27).
    excellent post, though i am worried that someone has kidnapped our confucious!!!!!"
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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.

Full interview in today's Sports Pink

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