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Reading
at 11:18 3 Dec 2020

Think Reading have only won one in their last 7 games and in that run, have lost back to back games 3-0 at home, thrown away a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 at Bournemouth and only drew a game where they played against 10 men for an hour.

Who are you suggesting Laurent and Ejaria replace in our team ?
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On this day 17 years ago
at 14:00 2 Dec 2020

Loved the Beattie reaction / celebration after the first goal :-)

My Skate Workmate at the time was saying it was never a penalty or a red card at the end. Saw it live from the Chapel and have watched it many times since and he tripped him, so it was a pen and who cares about the red card. It was in injury time anyway, so would not have affected the result.

The 3-0 was superb - but it still annoys me that they gave that first goal as an OG. Give it to Dodd - straight from a corner !!
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Ticket allocation
at 13:41 2 Dec 2020

Why would it make sense to allocate tickets to fans from an S postcode ?

Are you actually wanting an away fans only game ?

S is the postcode for Sheffield !! (Southampton is SO)
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JWP Free Kick Specialist
at 20:26 1 Dec 2020

I think you may just be basing your figures solely on the Prem ?

Don't forget cup games and the fact that league football existed before the Prem !! :-)
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Ralph and his reluctance to utilise subs
at 15:08 30 Nov 2020

Had Boufal been on our bench yesterday, we would still have had a weak bench !!

It just goes to show that we have a core of about 14 players, a few fringe players and a few youngsters. United probably have 20 or so internationals, such is the gulf between us !!
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FA Cup 3rd Rd draw
at 00:08 30 Nov 2020

Probably a typo Dirk...

The Draw is on Monday 30th @ 7.10pm

Saints are Ball Number 36
Skates are Ball Number 51

Would obviously be good to get them again - perhaps at home this time - otherwise I would quite fancy a home tie to either Chorley or Marine !! :-)
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This Weekend on the South Coast
at 16:44 29 Nov 2020

He's just come to gloat and keep his Saints obsession going.

Don't worry about it. At least we play Man Utd. They haven't played them in the league at home this decade, or last decade - and won't for a good while yet !!

To put things into perspective, we lost at home this season to Spurs and Man Utd, but they have lost at home to the likes of Charlton and Doncaster !!
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Man Utd Game Matchday Thread
at 16:26 29 Nov 2020

Deja vu from Monday.

Weather the storm
Play well
Get in front
Sit back
Invite pressure
Concede

....only this time we conceded 3 !!

I guess it highlights the huge gulf in squad size and quality between the 2 sides.

2nd half we basically sat back and tried to soak up the pressure. We didn't learn from our mistakes that almost gifted United goals in the first half and went on to play our part for them in all 3 of their 2nd half goals.

Hopefully this will provide us with our 2nd wake up call of the season, after Spurs gave us the first one !!

2 winnable games coming up that could set us up nicely to go into the more challenging fixtures of Arsenal, Man City, Fulham, West Ham and Liverpool.
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Snippets From The Press Conferences For Sunday v Man Utd
at 14:36 27 Nov 2020

Saints

Now here is Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, who kicks off talking about the progression of his side: "We have seen some good progress in our game in the last few weeks against some tough teams and we showed that we could compete in those games.

"Every week we are doing some things better. They are a good team and every team with such quality is tough to win against. We have to find solutions and not be scared about their quality.

"If we get a chance we need to take it and grab it with both hands."

Now time for some positive injury updates from Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl: "Theo [Walcott] is okay [he has a broken bone in his wrist].

"He is a bit of pain but it is not a problem for the weekend. Danny is back in training and might be an option for the Brighton game.

"It was only a light surgery and it looks good."

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl now talks about media reports linking him to the Manchester United manager's job: "It is not really something I listen to . I find myself listening to the radio when they talk about football it is interesting to hear. My only interest is what happens at this club.

"I signed a long-term contract, the way we are improving this club gives me so much joy. I think there is something special growing here."

Man Utd

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says midfielder Paul Pogba remains unavailable for his side's trip to the south coast.

"Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba weren’t on the grass, so they are very unlikely for weekend," said Solskjaer.

"Luke Shaw just started rehab. Jesse Lingard is back with the group after isolating and Phil Jones still out until after Christmas."
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Blast from the past. Warnock WAC
at 13:54 27 Nov 2020

Colin W@nker at his best :-)

I'm sure he doesn't care, but it shows why so many think he's a cvnt.

The ref definitely took pity on a couple of their players near the end though.

I guess disciplinary justice was served on the players - just a shame Colin didn't get a decent fine or ban though. At least the result stood as well.
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Saints Black Friday Deals !!
at 13:39 27 Nov 2020

I am fully aware of the details and processes involved with this and did note the fact that it was a little out of their hands in my initial post.

The thing is though, we've had issues with shirts before, for what, the last 3 seasons ? - in fact didn't Boris go into great detail about the ease of printing a logo, badge or sponsor onto a shirt ? Perhaps even UA outsource their printing ?

Anyway regardless of this, the club initially said the new and updated shirts would first be available in October, then it switched to November, then the end of November and now it will be December - hence my times and shambles comments.

In that extra time, perhaps UA could have actually produced the shirts themselves ? Maybe if Saints had said we need them by end of Nov, it could have been done ? As it is, the new batches are late.

It makes no difference to me, apart from the team I support potentially missing out on Xmas revenue and the fact that my daughter wants a shirt. She usually gets one for her birthday (Sept), but now has to wait til Christmas. It gives her less of the season to wear it and you could argue that it has been priced accordingly - but is that really because it is not an UA shirt ? Or a combination of both ?

Either way, the LG shirts are obsolete and should be sold off at half price or better, regardless of any Black Friday enticements.
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Saints Black Friday Deals !!
at 11:54 27 Nov 2020

Wow !!

Got an email from Saints today, urging me to purchase a full kit for £49 !!

This includes the socks, shorts and the shirt with the LD Sports sponsorship logo on the front !!

My daughter wants a shirt for Xmas, but you still have to buy the ones with the up to date sponsor on pre-order and hope they arrive in time !!

What a shambles with the shirts AGAIN !! I know this was a little out of their control with the change of sponsors etc, but they have take an inexcusably long time to procure the new shirts and here's the best bit, they won't even be made by Under Armour !! You couldn't make it up !!
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Maradona
at 22:09 26 Nov 2020

For whatever reason, the appointment was never made, with Maradona remaining as Argentina boss until July 2010

Seriously !! They or their former chairman are so full of shit !!

Even if this wasn't another Portsmyth, did they honestly expect him to leave his position as Argentina Manager on $1.2m per year, to become Global Ambassador of a small team on the South Coast, that he had never previously heard of, that would go on to finish bottom that season ?
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Portsmouth Drop 2 Points At Home
at 21:51 26 Nov 2020

24 years ago tonight !!

The last time we played Oxford United at their place !!

I was on the away terrace at the Manor Ground that night to witness a screamer from Richard Dryden, that rescued us a replay that we went on to win 3-2 at the Dell.

Don't remember too much about the game, apart from the superb and unexpected goal and someone smoking a rather potent joint - that not only stank out the (roofless) terrace, but triggered a round of 'smoke a joint joint joint' to the tune of Agadoo.
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Would You Be Part Of The 2K In St Marys
at 12:25 26 Nov 2020

So we will be allowed a paltry 2,000 fans for a game - which is of course subject to change, but would you want to go the game ?

We have the following fixtures coming up

12th Dec - Sheff Utd
19th Dec - Man City
28th Dec - West Ham

Not sure how they will do it, I presume by lottery, but I elected on my ST questionnaire ages ago, to go to games once they allowed (some) fans back in.

Obviously the atmosphere won't be great and it would be kind of spooky watching a Prem game in front of 2k fans, but I would definitely be up for going - and obviously adhering to all the safety precautions.

Anyone else ?
[Post edited 26 Nov 12:26]
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Southampton Tier 2
at 12:17 26 Nov 2020

130 has one hand on his keyboard, the other a bit lower down, frantically bashing out his next attendance Portsmyth !!
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Maradona
at 18:51 25 Nov 2020

Its all a bit of banter.

I was just resending a message I got from our football team WhatsApp group. These jokes come out so quickly these days !!

Probably made up by someone but it came with a Sky News graphics heading and a picture of him punching it in. It's probably not from Lineker.

There is another allegedly from Shilton on twitter saying..,. Try to cheat death you fat little cvnt #ripdiego

.....and either way, as the 3rd message I received says, he is now Maragonna !!
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Maradona
at 17:19 25 Nov 2020

Maradona dead: Tributes paid to football legend as Lineker hopes he will 'find some comfort in the hands of God'.
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Portsmouth Drop 2 Points At Home
at 17:07 25 Nov 2020

Bet they can't wait for the reverse fixture - so they can make a few extra pallet towers this time around !!

....and to think we haven't played Oxford in a league game since 1987/88 !!

....and their 'new' stadium opened around the same time as St Mary's.
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Maradona
at 16:48 25 Nov 2020

Great player, but hand of God tarnished his reputation in England.

My only surprise is that with all his drug addiction issues, he managed to reach his 60th birthday.

RIP
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