Southampton Football Club - on the March to the Arch
Monday, 20 July 2009
New team given St Marys welcome
Saturday's friendly at home to Ajax saw new owner Markus Liebherr and new manager Alan Pardew given a St Marys welcome. Over 20,000 fans turned out to witness the start of a new era on the south coast as the new team watched from the stands. Four Ajax goals overturned Joseph Mills' opener to give the Dutch giants an expected victory but the real work starts today, with Alan Pardew taking over at Staplewood and attempting to mould a team that can compete in League One.
New owner Markus Liebherr
New manager Alan Pardew, with a suspiciously bleary-eyed Claus Lundekvam in the background.
I have supported Saints for as long as I have known and was a season ticket holder (Kingsland) before moving up north to university. I have witnessed the changing fortunes of the club at first hand: from the good old Dell days of Le Tissier, Dodd and Benali to the (for us) glory days of the early noughties; from the failed Dutch Revolution in the Championship to our present Swiss revival in League One. I have also written for The Southern Daily Echo and The Pink and write a weekly football blog for the brilliant Football Filter website. I hope you enjoy my views on Saints, football and life in general. Comments appreciated.