For me this was the hardest round so far, but some very impressive scores!
The answers were:-
Alan Shearer scored a hat-trick on his Saints debut in 1988 – who got the other goal in a 4-2 win? (1pt) Mark Blake
FA Cup Winner Nick Holmes played his last game for Saints in which season? (1pt) 1986/87
When Saints finished 2nd in 83/84, who else finished in the top 4? (3pts) Liverpool, Nottingham Forest, Man United
In December 1984, our captain became disillusioned and asked for a transfer (sounds familiar) – Who was this? (1pt) Steve Williams
Lawrie McMenemy left for Sunderland in 1985 – How many months did he last there? (1pt) 22 Months. He left just as they were about to be relegated to Division 3!
Name the 3 players from the England 1982 World Cup squad who played for Saints at some point in the 1980s and which one was a current Saints player at the time? (4pts) Mick Mills, Peter Shilton and the current was Kevin Keegan
Which year saw the first kit sponsor? And what were the kit sponsors for the 80’s in order? (5pts) 1980. Rank Xerox, Air Florida, Draper/Draper Tools
Who were the 3 teams who knocked Saints out in our three European campaigns in the 80s? (3pts) Norrkopping, Sporting Lisbon, Hamburg
Which 80s cult hero did we sell to Oxford in 1982 and then (for reasons unknown), re-sign in 1985 before finally selling to Millwall in 1987? (1pt) George Lawrence
Who did Saints sign Colin Clarke from and how many goals did he get in his first season? (2pts) AFC Bournemouth, 22 goals!
So, there was a total of 21 points to be achieved, here is the updated leader board:-
I think it is fair to say that the questions so far have been tough, and to keep that tradition going I’ve not gambled by trying to write questions for eras prior to the 90’s myself. To that end thanks to Glen over at League 1 Minus 10 for setting the 80’s challenge!
As usual Saints have entered the close season in their usual, quiet understated fashion.
When I was a kid there used to be ‘i-spy’ books. There were numerous subjects, ‘At the Seaside’ for example. The end goal being that you could take the kids on trips to the beach and they could take in some free Summer education in the handy form of checking things off a list in a book and trying to complete it (or translated, piss off and find things and stop bothering you while you crack into Bravo Two Zero and a serious case of sunburn). For instance, if you see a rockpool, tick it off, a starfish tick it off? A nice idea.
I wonder if Saints fans of a similar age to me would be thinking it would be nice if they release a ‘Southampton FC Summer’ version of this book to give to their kids.
The main flaw being that they would have completed the f*%king thing now and it’s only June 10th.
Key players linked to other clubs – Tick it off.
Managerial upheaval – Tick it off.
Star Player having social media sulk – Tick it off.
Liverpool – Tick it off.
Takeover rumours – Tick it off.
Let’s face it, it isn’t going to last the Summer Holidays.
So what do Saints do next? That’s the million dollar question. In fact that’s the billion dollar question. A million dollars is pocket change in football today.
If the stories coming out about Van Dijk meeting Jurgen Klopp are true, then the player, his agent, Klopp and Liverpool FC have behaved abysmally. We might expect that from the latter three but it is a very disappointing chain of events from our captain. All this was taking place while he was in rehabilitation from his injury, and while he chose not to attend the end of season awards. I’ve heard of bored housewives flirting with other men, but bored centre halves with other clubs?
Perhaps the armband is a curse. Predecessors Lallana and Fonte tarnished their status in Saints folklore by the way they behaved in forcing exits from the club, and the club’s perhaps over easy stance on that is a contributory factor in Virgil thinking he can do the same. This might explain the ‘enough is enough’ comments and the Premier League complaint.
The whole situation stinks and nobody comes out of it smelling like roses. What the club does next is key in maintaining any respect. If they still end up selling to Liverpool (even at the rumoured £75 million asking price) it would look weak, but if they were the only bidder perhaps understandable. If someone else now bids that then I would suggest accepting it and moving on.
So who should be the new Captain? There are many worthy candidates. Steven Davis? Oriol Romeu? Would be no complaints from me if either of these men got it, but in the spirit of election season let me put forward another name…. Maya Yoshida.
Maya’s performances last season were fantastic in VVD’s absence. He appears to be one player who is perfectly content with his life at St. Mary’s and he probably isn’t going to be having his head turned by bigger clubs anytime soon.
And what for our old friend Claude Puel? I’m of the opinion that he already knows his time is up and is playing ball regarding staying quiet about it as part of his compensation package. I’m sure once a successor is finalised we will be able to say adieu to one of the unluckiest managers in Premier League history. Don’t get me wrong, although I defended Claude for a long time I do think it is right that he moves on, the run in to the season was a frustrating watch, the football was dire and my hunch is that many of the players had lost interest in playing for him.
Who will be the new man in the hottest seat in football? Who knows? I’m desperately trying to not get my hopes up that it could be Thomas Tuchel but PLEASE LET IT BE THOMAS TUCHEL. That would represent a massive coup for the club and if we can couple that with not selling half our team we might even come out of this Summer with relatively positive attitudes?
As for the takeover of the club by Chinese company Lander’s Sports, your guess is as good as mine as to what is going on. Reports in China say it is completed, reports in the UK say it isn’t, but there is a time difference, so you know?
Let’s face it nobody knows anything about them, so inevitably the first year will be a time of uncertainty. The Liebherr administration has insisted that the day to day running of the club won’t change and that is a deal breaker, we’ve no reason not to trust them on that. Changes in ownership can see fantastic improvements in some cases (Chelsea, Saints, Man City etc.) but also often come with disastrous consequences (Hull, Leyton Orient, Pompey etc.) It’s a gamble and one we can do little about.
As always we have to take a breath at this time of year and remind ourselves that players, managers, directors and owners are and always have been temporary. We (the fans) are Southampton Football Club. We are permanent.
In this ever modernising age, Saints have become a club with a far bigger catchment area than just Hampshire/the South Coast of England. As well as a significant rise in Southampton fandom internationally, recent successes have perhaps even persuaded local Southern kids to ditch any ill conceived ideas of supporting a bigger club from further afield.
To that end, it struck me that every Summer we will have new fans arriving in our midst, fresh faced and buoyant with unparalleled levels of optimism. We have to stamp that out. First and foremost being a Saints fan carries huge responsibility. Sure, enjoy the good times, but make absolutely certain you show your worst self at the ‘bad’ (chortle) times.
To help with that, we here at gwc.com have come up with a handy flow chart for new supporters which simply explains how to react to any Saints based news over the Summer! Hope this helps!
Please enjoy this free cut out and keep brown paper bag for when it all becomes too much!
Keep the faith!
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