Bartosz Bialkowski and Dan Harding were pleased that everything went to plan for Kelvin Davis at the goalkeeper’s testimonial evening.
Goalkeeper Bialkowski and defender Harding became close friends with Davis during their time at Southampton and both admitted to feeling emotional for the club captain as he played in a Saints shirt for one last time.
“It was amazing being here and saying goodbye to him. It was such an amazing night, and I nearly cried, I’m not sure how he didn’t!” said Bialkowski.
“I absolutely enjoyed it and I’m absolutely pleased for him.
“I always come back here with great memories and being in that dressing room again just then made me realise how much I miss all of them. Obviously Kelvin has been fantastic for the club not only on the pitch but off it as well, he’s such a likeable guy who is always there for you.”
Harding added that the occasion was one that tugged at the heart strings as so many people came back to support Davis, and he was delighted to be involved.
“It was really special for me, let alone Kelvin,” he said. “It was fully, fully deserved for him and I’m really, really happy and pleased that the fans turned out like they did and gave him the reception like they did on an evening that he deserved.
“Speaking to him leading up to it he was a little bit worried, as anyone would be, but I think that when he went out there and got the round of applause he did right from the start obviously calmed his nerves and it was amazing that the fans could show their appreciation to him on the night.”