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    Super_Hooper88 wrote: This is the same Southampton that were in League 1 last season right? Just checking. Another English team who think they are a "big club" when the truth is no one outside the UK has heard of them. For a one club city, an average attendance of 26,000 is pathetic.
    Ahh we've found one that can use English the way it was intended. Good work! Yes, we were in League 1 last year. I don't think we're a big club but I KNOW we have an excellent chance of getting back to one of the biggest leagues in the world next year. A club can only be big by playing in a big league, this is something we can achieve and I see no reason why we can't be pull in 40-50,000 fans for every home game in 5 years time (I believe the size of gates is the main measure of a big club according to you lot?).
    Well ofcourse, the size of the crowd you attract is a measure of the size of the club you are, is it not? There is no ponit in the EPL vs SPL arguement, we all know it's a no contest, but I don't agree that a club can only be big by playing in a big league, look at the Portugese clubs for example. It's a sad day that you would only be able to attract crowds like that if you were an established EPL team, look at the crowds we get playing against dross week in week out. Imagine what we could get if we played in a "big league". We're stuck in Scotland and that is not going to change, not anytime soon anyway, so we have to lump it. But at least it gives us the chance to play in the biggest league in the world, the Champions League. Saddly I don't see the Saints ever being there. Anyway good luck for the rest of the season, and hopefully you get promoted, just without Hooper.
    And good luck to you too. I don't see much of Celtic but when I have there has been a notable expanse of green seats at some of their home games. I think we could pull in 40-50k per game but accept that this would include a fair share of the prawn sandwhich / glory hunter brigade. That's a sign of the times though, the kids are all wearing Man. City shirts now because they want glory handed on a plate.
    The average attendance for the season so far is just over 50,000, which is higher than every English club outside Manchester United and Arsenal. As for the glory hunters, it's the same up here, loads of Man United, Man City and Chelsea "fans" etc, but i'm sure most of the other Scottish clubs would say that there are glory hunters supporting Celtic and Rangers, which there is no doubt there will be. Suppose it's down to the parents.
    I never understood why my father who was born in Edinburgh followed Rangers not Hearts or Hibs, I was born in Hampshire and Saints were the nearest team plus all my mates supported them, so although we have smaller crowds mainly due to a smaller stadium than you the competition for fans is far greater with most London clubs about 1 hour away, how many top teams are within an hour of Glasgow"
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Celtic urged to fight off Saints move for Hooper



First published in Saints News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

CELTIC forward Anthony Stokes hopes the club “do everything they can” to prevent his strike partner Gary Hooper leaving for Saints.

The Championship leaders have already had two bids turned down for the 23-year-old Parkhead star, with one offer estimated to be as much as £4m.

And, as reported in yesterday’s Daily Echo, Saints are considering breaking their club record transfer fee with a third approach of anything up to £6m.

Celtic were remaining tight-lipped last night about whether they had received another offer, having not responded to a request for comment by the time of going to press.

However, the club have previously insisted the player is not for sale, and Hooper himself has indicated he is happy to remain with the Scottish Premier League leaders.

The resolve of the Glasgow club’s board would be seriously tested, though, if Saints table a big new offer.

But Stokes has urged them to continue to refuse any further advances.

“I can’t talk about what the club are going to do, but from a personal point of view I would like to think they will do everything they can to hold onto him and I’m sure they will,” he said.

For full story and more Saints news, don't miss today's Daily Echo.

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