Thursday, 19 August 2010

Answers to the first Saints Fanzine quiz

1) Which northerner managed Saints to FA Cup success in 1976?
Lawrie McMenemy

2) Who was captain on that day?
Peter Rodrigues

3) And who scored the only goal?
Bobby Stokes

4) Name the striker Saints signed from Southend in January (he’s better than Frank Lampard according to some people, too).
Lee Barnard

5) Which notorious former Saints chairman was famed for his ruddy face and (alleged) taste for duck-hunting?
Rupert Lowe

6) Which player, labelled the worst in Premier League history by some, was signed by Graeme Souness in 1997 on the recommendation of someone pretending to be George Weah?
Ali Dia

7) Which famous Saints fan sang ‘Walking Away’ and ‘7 Days.’
Craig David

8) Which big-hearted former Saints manager now earns his crust as a pundit on Radio Solent?
Dave Merrington

9) Name the beanpole former Saints striker who now has to stoop to get under doorways at White Hart Lane.
Peter Crouch

10) Which hardman left back earnt a testimonial at Saints in 1997 after years of service but just one goal?
Francis Benali

11) Who was Player of the Season last year?
Rickie Lambert

12) And in 2008-09?
Kelvin Davies

13) What is the name of Matthew Le Tissier’s autobiography?
Taking Le Tiss

14) Who managed Saints to the FA Cup Final in 2003?
Gordon Strachan

15) And who captained the side on that day in May?
Chris Marsden

16) By what scoreline did Saints beat Carlisle in the JPT Final in March this year?

17) And can you name the goalscorers?
Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Papa Waigo, Antonio

18) To which Italian side did Senegalese international Papa Waigo return after his loan spell at Saints ended this year?

19) This year sees the side don a strip inspired by the kit worn by the club’s first ever side. In what year was the club formed?

20) Which club did Rupert Lowe label ‘a bunch of North London Yobbos’?

Monday, 16 August 2010

Saints update

Apologies for the lack of recent posts, especially given the start of the season and the sad news that rocked the club a few days ago.

Markus Liebherr, the 62-year-old owner of Saints, died last week.

His unexpected passing has provoked a huge response among fans, who have flocked to St Marys to pay their respects to the man who saved the club from extinction in July last year. The club has launched a book of condolence and Saturday's game against MK Dons was postponed.

The reason for the lack of activity is that we are currently busy compiling the next issue of The Saints Fanzine, which of course will be dedicated to the memory of Markus. We welcome all tributes and content ideas for publication.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Pre-season reports

A youthful Saints XI ended the club's pre-season campaign with a victory away to local rivals Eastleigh last night, after their older colleagues had lost at home to Championship side Reading on Saturday.

Saints 2 - Reading 4
Eastleigh 0 - Saints 1

Pards was most pleased with the performance of his strikers Lee Barnard and David Connolly on Saturday after his side had matched Reading for seventy minutes until a number of substitutions disrupted the pattern of the game and allowed Reading to take the advantage. Concern remains, however, over the players who couldn't play on the day, with Rickie Lambert, Morgan Schneiderlin and Jason Puncheon all touch and go for the season proper's kick-off versus Plymouth on Saturday. Adam Lallana will definitely be unavailable, with the manager admitting his star midfielder had not done nearly enough preparation in an injury-riddled pre-season.

A well-taken Sam Hoskins strike was enough to see off Eastleigh last night in a tightly-contested game at the Silverlake. Martin Hunter's young team did well under pressure against the physical approach of an older Eastleigh side and it was a good early advert for the work being done at the club's new football development centre.

Which team will fill the third relegation spot?

Four games left. Will Saints survive?

Would you be in favour of a return for Rupert?