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  • "
    RedArmy1 wrote:
    slugger wrote:
    why would anyone want to boo alex .......... i'd rather we made him wish he'd stayed !
    :O) LOL

    Slugger ... I know ..but just as Samir Nasri is pure Man City now or Viera ...

    so it is is with AOC ..

    He has forgotten Southampton .. his Dad and AOC himself are pure mercenaries ..

    Celebrate the fact that he played FOR THE MIGHTY SAINTS .. sure .. but it's over ...

    When we play in the League .. at St Mary's no-one will wish him well ...


    If AOC loses the ball and if it goes out of play due to a mis-touch etc then all the Crowd wil cheer ..

    SAINTS FANS dislike his Dad and what he represents and nothing will change that.

    Not sure with all the heavy censorship how long this post will survive on this site.


    The Tournament I predict will have a low turn-out.


    I predict the tournament will have a good turn out....compared to last year anyway. It is a great opportunity for everyone to bring the kids along and check out how we are progressing....and who knows...even the flag might come out again COYR!"
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Arsenal to play in 2012 Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup at St. Mary's

Alex Chamberlain

Alex Chamberlain

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

SAINTS are set for an early taste of Premier League action, with Arsenal due to feature in this year’s Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup.

The club are expected to gear up for a top-flight return by taking on the Gunners, who have agreed to play in the annual pre-season tournament alongside Saints and an as-yet-unknown third team.

The appearance of Arsene Wenger’s side is understood to be part of the deal that saw Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain move from St Mary’s to the Emirates Stadium in a transfer worth up to £12m last August.

The inaugural memorial tournament, which is held to honour Saints’ late owner, took place last year.

On that occasion, Athletic Bilbao and Werder Bremen were the two teams that competed with Saints for the trophy, with the Spanish side emerging as winners.

This year’s tournament is due to take place on Saturday July 14, when the Olympic torch relay is also due to pass through the stadium.

The addition of a major Premier League club could help Saints improve on a disappointing attendance of just a few thousand last summer.

It would also represent Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first return to St Mary’s since his departure for Arsenal.

Following his move, the 18-year-old has gone on to become a fully-fledged England international, having been selected this week by new national team boss Roy Hodgson, pictured, for the squad that will travel to this summer’s European Championships, which finish on July 1.

The memorial tournament sees the three teams compete against each other in a series of round-robin 45- minute matches, with ties decided by spot kicks.

Three points are awarded for a win, two for a victory on penalties and one for defeat in a shoot-out.

Because of the unusual format, the tournament has run into some trouble with the Football Association.

Last year’s event was not sanctioned by the organisation, with a spokesman telling the Daily Echo: “The FA can confirm that Southampton’s Memorial Cup event is not played in accordance with the laws of the game, as fixtures are not the required 90 minutes.

“Therefore, the tournament format is not officially sanctioned by The Football Association.”

Practically, that appeared to have little operational impact on the event, although it did mean the use of retired officials, as actively registered ones are prohibited from participating in unsanctioned competitions under FA rules.

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