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    saintshorse101 wrote:
    seed you use the clubs suites so may be able to correct me if i am wrong here, which according to the other half i am most of the time, but isnt there a players suite at sms which ex-players can use (pay for their ticket of course). i got this info from an ex-player who said that none of the ex-players use the suite, probabley due to costs.
    as for jim steele not wanting to be recognised because he `might not be let in`. he was recognised and was let in, it was only when he used a members bar that he was asked to leave. he still went to the game though so was not as the headline states `shown the door at sms`. i dont knock the echo, its my choice to read it, but they should at least get the headlines right. i doubt NC even knew of this untill now.and i thought he did a great interview today.
    anyone still moaning that he sacked an english manager and brought in a foreign one, did you moan when a foreign owner brought the club and used his foreign money to buy the players we all worship today?
    To my knowledge there isn't a suite for ex players per se. However, there is a box that was previously taken by Leon Crouch, Lawrie Mac etc which I think they now call Ex Saints. If so it would be privately funded and down to the funders to invite who they want.

    I don't think ex Saints are banned. However, Franny is. The club rented his house in Chilworth for Cortese when he first arrived. Apparently he ripped up carpets and curtains and replaced with wooden flooring and blinds. Franny wanted it reinstated and it wasn't so he sued. He had to sue the club because the legal contract was between him and the club."
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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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