Saints Fanzone To Open For Liverpool Game.
Friday, 19th Jul 2019 14:13
Saints have announced that they will be opening their new fanzone when Liverpool visit for the opening game of the season.
Saints are unveiling a new initiative for the opening home game of the season, several other clubs have fanzines and now Saints are following suit and opening their own.
It will be an acquired taste and although some supporters will ridicule the concept of fanzines, they are a positive step in encouraging youngsters and cementing relationships with those who will be supporting the club for decades to come.
SAINTS' commercial director David Thomas has confirmed that the new St Mary's fan zone will open for Liverpool's visit on 17 August.
Having been in discussions with Southampton City Council for over a year, the club has finally been given the green light to build it.
Thomas said: “A couple of weeks ago we had our planning permission come through.
“It’s something that we’ve been working with the council on for over a year.
“We are currently building the fan zone off-site as we speak, and it will be in place for the Liverpool match.
“It’s really exciting.
“It’s going to be in the south car park and it will have live music, a big screen, food and drink, and places to sit.
“It’s going to be a really big step forward for us.”
As I said not to everyone taste but in order to continue to develop and flourish the club has to look to build it's supporter base in all directions and the fanzone can play a part in this.
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Although not an avid collector, I recently catalogued my collection of football memorabilia and I have 175 items, mostly programmes, some fanzines, and a few ticket stubs which aren’t accompanied by anything else. I have no idea how many more may have been misplaced during house moves, clear-outs etc., but the collection spans nearly 30 years (the earliest is the programme from our 1990 Boxing Day game against Barnet at Layer Rd), and is almost universally Colchester United related (though not quite all of it). I have decided to try and put this to some use, by choosing one at random prior to each match and writing a short article about the match, maybe the programme, and even any personal recollections I have of the game (notwithstanding enforced enfeeblement due to excessive libation). I will try and do this ahead of each game this season, but my apologies in advance if I don’t quite achieve that.
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