Forever Saint award: John Sydenham


Southampton Football Club honoured John Sydenham with its latest Forever Saint award, during half-time of the FA Cup tie against Manchester City.

One of the club’s all-time great players, Sydenham made 402 appearances during his time at The Dell, from 1956 to 1970, scoring 40 goals and providing countless assists.

A lightning-fast winger who emerged from the youth ranks, he was part of a fearsome wide duo, operating on the opposite flank to Terry Paine, ensuring a rich supply to the likes of Ron Davies up front.

He joins a prestigious list of people to receive the award, which celebrates incredible contributions made both at Saints and in the community by ex-players, club servants and community champions.

Although unable to receive it in person, due to Sydenham living in Australia, he recorded a video message that was played to supporters at St Mary’s, while members of his family and Saints historian Duncan Holley were on hand to pick up the award for him.