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Best saints player ever
at 22:27 17 Sep 2019

It's always a tricky one this as it depends on whether you limit yourself to the players who were loyal club servants or whether you also include players who would be recognised by fans of other teams as some of the best in the world in their day, like Keegan, Shearer, van Dijk and Mane.

I always cringe when I see all-time best Saints XIs include players like Benali, just because he played for us for such a long time. He was a great bloke but he was never a great player. You could say the opposite is true of players like van Dijk.

Having said all that, it's hard not to pick Le Tissier and Channon, because they were not only very good players but also played for us for so many years. I never understood why the England managers at the time, Venables and Hoddle, largely ignored Le Tissier. But they both showed a huge bias towards Spurs and Liverpool players in their team selections. It's a great pity that Le Tissier's career didn't coincide with the era when Bobby Robson was England manager.
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Burton are playing well!
at 22:11 17 Sep 2019

It looks like the 3 big clubs in League One will be promoted: Ipswich, Sunderland & Coventry. So, little Pompey will be facing their 21st season in the bottom 2 divisions. They are becoming permanent fixtures down there. At least it means they can concentrate on the Leasing.com Trophy.
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Burton are playing well!
at 21:58 17 Sep 2019

There always is when they draw at Fratton Park, which is not an uncommon occurrence.
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Burton are playing well!
at 21:57 17 Sep 2019

They have only won 1 of their last 11 league games. That certainly looks like relegation form. They were very lucky to only have to face 10 men for most of the game v Burton and 9 men v Coventry or they would be 20th, not 18th.
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Looks like back door Boris chickened out again
at 00:52 17 Sep 2019

"the crowd had MEGAPHONES"

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42 Tickets Left
at 12:55 16 Sep 2019

Let's face it, if they'd put them on sale to all season ticket holders and members, they would have sold out almost instantly.
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Cricket
at 02:41 16 Sep 2019

Ultimately, only the rain at Lord's saved the Aussies from losing the series, in spite of the fact they won the toss in all of the other matches in the series. They got VERY lucky indeed.
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Saints league position
at 02:20 16 Sep 2019

It's a good one and if Villa beat West Ham tonight, we move up to 9th..

After Liverpool, the league is very open this season as we've seen with results like Norwich beating Man City.

Saints were the only team this season to look like getting a draw against Liverpool. On the evidence so far, we can certainly dream of a return to a 2016 type finish.
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657 crew vandalise a van in southampton
at 02:13 16 Sep 2019

To be honest, I'm impressed that some overweight 70-year-olds, managed to spray paint anything, even in their own backyard.
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The state of Southampton
at 17:16 12 Sep 2019

"The incident is reminiscent of a case in which a man was reunited with his vehicle two years after parking up and going on a drinking binge in Munich, only to forget where he’d parked. He reported it missing and eventually police found the vehicle 4km away from where the man thought he’d parked it.

It had 40,000 euros in cash in the boot, along with 50,000 euros worth of tools.

Earlier this year a man from Scotland lost his car after attending a Stone Roses gig in Manchester. He reportedly searched for the vehicle for 5 days before giving up."

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/man-forgets-park-car-finds-20-ye
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Remainer Weasels (!!)
at 15:10 12 Sep 2019

https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1176787/uk-news-irish-unification-scotti

So, it looks like the Russians will achieve one of their key objectives, the destruction of the UK, even faster than they'd anticipated.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_interference_in_the_2016_Brexit_referendum

https://codastory.com/disinformation/how-russian-bots-amplify-britains-jacob-ree
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Kompany to miss his own testimonial
at 23:41 11 Sep 2019

One of the best ever to play the game in terms of both character and skills. Very few players gain total respect from the fans of all other clubs but he certainly did.

I once thought about starting a thread like this and he would definitely fit into it:

"Favourite past players from other clubs"

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Supermarket Sweep
at 23:28 11 Sep 2019

There is always the alternative of moving to another room and reading a book or posting messages on the UI.
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Pompey Tickets
at 22:53 11 Sep 2019

Ticket update:

"tickets will then go on sale to any supporter with a previous purchase history from 9am on Friday (September 13)"

Adult £24
Senior (65+) £18
Young Person (18-22) £16
Ambulant* £16
Wheelchair User* £15
Junior (2-17) £7

https://www.portsmouthfc.co.uk/news/2019/september/southampton-h-ticket-update/

£7 for 17 and under is pretty good value for a big local derby game like this but Pompey's ticket pricing strategy has been aimed at attracting new young fans and we could learn from that. Note also that their reductions for youngsters are not dependent on them being accompanied by an adult (usually a parent) and sitting quietly in a family centre. Even the reduction for 18-22-year-olds is geared towards attracting the traditional football fans: groups of young lads. And when you look at Pompey's season ticket prices, they are almost giving them away to anyone aged 22 and under.
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Pompey Cup Match
at 17:03 11 Sep 2019

It wasn't.

Their owner, Milan Mandaric, was popular with the fans at the time. They had a poor gate because they'd lost the 1st leg 4-0.
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Anyone going to St Mary's tomorrow night?
at 12:06 11 Sep 2019

The best atmosphere at St Mary's so far this season was for the Liverpool game when the crowd really drove Saints on towards the Liverpool goal, especially when they were attacking the Chapel end in the 2nd half. It was the hardest game Liverpool have faced this season and but for that awful ings miss it would have been the first game they had failed to win for a long time. Last night's was probably the least intimidating it has been as it was the most family-oriented crowd I've seen at St Mary's, and as Nick has pointed out in his report, it appeared that many of the crowd had never been to a football match before.

But, you are right, except for perhaps one or two big games a season, like a local derby, home crowds at English football grounds are no longer intimidating.
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Anyone going to St Mary's tomorrow night?
at 11:44 11 Sep 2019

To be honest, Buggalugs, it did make me wonder. But, even at Wembley, the England home end, with its brass band, is one of the least intimidating in Europe.
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Anyone going to St Mary's tomorrow night?
at 01:22 11 Sep 2019

That was a very entertaining game, albeit a game of two halves: England won the 1st half 5-1 and Kosovo won the 2nd half 2-0. There must have been a bit of a discrepancy between the efficacy of the two managers' half-time talks.

Jadon Sancho and Raheem Sterling were brilliant in the 1st half while for Kosovo, Valon Berisha and Vedat Muriqi (reminiscent of Pellè at his best) were outstanding.

The defences were poor but both teams were going hell for leather to attack in the first half and Kosovo still were in the second half. England's main tactic in the 2nd half, however, was to pass sideways and backwards and you even expected England's corners to end up with a pass back to the goalkeeper.

Maguire seemed to be in a roaming role and at one time was even attacking on the left wing. Meanwhile, Michael Keane and Declan Rice looked like they had been instructed to pass out from the back but proved incapable of doing so as their sideways passes went straight to Kosovo players, leading to 2 of their goals. It's hard to believe that Southgate was a central defender himself as his defensive tactics were awful.

That atmosphere was decent. The Kosovo fans in the Northam really got going in the 2nd half when they scored 2 goals. There were quite a few others dotted around the ground, including a few in the row behind me but they were well behaved. The home end in the Chapel had an unintimidating Crystal Palace/ Pompey type feel to it with drum banging and nerring: nerrrr nerr nerr nerrr Perhaps that explains why 7 of the 8 goals were scored at the other end. To be honest the Chapel for our first two home league games this season gave better support.

Transportation to and from the game was shambolic. Like many, I decided at the last minute not to take my car because of the closure of the M27 and the roadworks on Bursledon Road. Two of the Portsmouth/ Brighton trains before the game as well as one after it were cancelled. The trains that did run were so full that passengers weren't let on the train at some stations.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to the next England game at St Mary's in about twenty years' time if I'm still alive.
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Scotland
at 17:13 10 Sep 2019

Think about that last statement. For Scotland and the UK, substitute England and the EU.
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Anyone going to St Mary's tomorrow night?
at 16:50 10 Sep 2019

So is the A3024, with lane closures and temporary traffic lights.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-49653901
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