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  • "The fact is he brought a ticket and was able to watch the game, I am not sure what the benefits are of being a ex-sfc-legend when it comes to the football club but I don't believe that they are not able to actually buy a ticket and watch the game like the rest of us, its seems the fact was he entered the members only suite and he wasn't a member? I do have some sympathy for the legends of our great club but the owners and their team have alot of money and time invested in the club and are ultimately responsible for its future, like someone said above NC probably knew nothing of this, and I am quite sure that he doesn't read the echo. The recent interview shows that although NC maybe the hard-nosed tryant he is made out to be, he will address issues that are put to him, when the time comes and through the channels that he chooses. The perfect scenario would be if this group of SFC legends meet with the chairman and voiced their views, I'm sure then the air can be cleared, in the end the chairman and legends have the same goal, the ultimate success of the club. I do believe that this in the future will be resolved and the boys can come to some agreement with NC for the sake of the club and the supporters, obviously we do recognise and apprecaite all the great players that have written the history of SFC, but we also want to support the new regime in its vision to take the club forward...!"
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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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