Danny Butterfield, Billy Sharp and Paul Wotton said they all respected Kelvin Davis’s desire to reunite so many ex-Southampton players at his testimonial match.
All three men were thrilled to have the chance to play at St Mary’s once more, and felt it said a lot about Davis as a person.
“It was a great feeling to be back out there at St Mary’s,” said Butterfield. “For me personally it was great to be back out there and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
“The lads were saying the same but to be doing it for Kelvin makes it all the more worthwhile because he’s a top, top fella and a top player. I wouldn’t have wanted to share that moment with anybody else. He thoroughly deserves everything he gets and I’m sure that he will continue to.”
Sharp was also grateful to play in front of the Saints supporters once again.
“A big thanks to Kelvin for the invite because it was great to come back and play at such a great stadium in front of fans where I had a short but successful time,” he said.
“I had a good relationship with them. I was only here for a short time but they were brilliant with me and I enjoyed every minute. “
Midfielder Wotton, who is now back as a coach at Wembley-bound Plymouth Argyle, said it was a night played out in good spirit.
“I loved it, it was brilliant,” he said. “It’s the first time I’ve kicked a ball for about 18 months but it was brilliant. All the boys came back and Kelvin had a great turnout.
“I literally haven’t stopped laughing from the minute we turned up. All the banter with the lads was good and I really enjoyed it.”