Catch up on all the latest from Southampton Football Club, with this week's Monday briefing...
Stephens: Newcastle game is massive
Southampton defender Jack Stephens spoke of the importance of next Saturday’s home game against Newcastle, following the 0-0 draw away to Bournemouth at the weekend.
Saints earned a point at Vitality Stadium, although came close to getting all three, with focus now shifting to the clash with the Premier League’s bottom-placed side, at St Mary’s.
“Next week against Newcastle is massive, there's no getting away from that,” said Stephens. “It's a home game, in front of our fans, and we're aware we haven't won at home this season yet. So we need to give them something to cheer about, and we need to get three points.”
Tickets for the game are still available and can be bought here.
Under-23s win again
It was a dramatic night at St Mary’s on Friday, as Southampton’s youngsters beat Premier League 2 Division 2 leaders Wolves, thanks to Tom O’Connor’s header deep into added time.
Saints had led 2-0, before being pegged back, but O’Connor’s last-gasp effort sealed the points.
The result keeps Radhi Jaïdi’s side fifth in the standings, ahead of next weekend’s trip to Sunderland, before they return to St Mary’s on Friday 2nd November to host West Brom – when entry will be free to all supporters, so get the date in your diary.
Women continue perfect start to season
It was another big win for Southampton FC Women at the weekend, as they triumphed 9-0 at Newbury to cement their place at the top of the Southern Region Women’s Football League Premier Division.
Ella Pusey hit a hat-trick for Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s team, while Georgie Freeland and Ellie Chaffe both added two goals each, with Shannon Sievwright and Georgie Lowe also on target.
Saints are back home next Sunday, as they host New Milton in league action, at 2pm GMT, with entry to AFC Totton’s Testwood Stadium free for Southampton Season Ticket holders, with general adult tickets £2, while concessions also go free. Full fixtures can be found here.
Narrow defeat for Under-18s
Southampton’s youngsters hosted Leicester City in the Under-18 Premier League on Saturday morning, and, despite having the better of the chances, fell to a 1-0 defeat.
The result ended a superb run of form for Paul Hardyman’s side, who had won their previous three matches.
Saints are now preparing to visit Reading in an Under-18s Premier League clash next Saturday, a few weeks on from winning there in the Under-18 Premier League Cup.
One March open day
The first One March open day, in association with the Saints Disabled Supporters Association and Saints Foundation, takes place at St Mary’s this Thursday, from midday until 5pm.
The free event is designed to introduce people to the club’s One March equality work and showcase the diverse activities and services available in the community, while also raising awareness and funds for the SDSA.
Attractions on the day will include the chance to have your photo taken with the FA Cup, take part in a penalty shootout with Saints Foundation and meet a host of very special guests! For full details, click here.
Last week of the Saints exhibition at SeaCity Museum
It’s your final chance to visit the incredible We March On: Southampton Football Club, Then and Now exhibition at the SeaCity Museum.
The showcase, which has been running since March, not only tells the story of the club’s history, but also unearths some fascinating, never-before-told stories, as well as giving an insight into what happens behind the scenes at St Mary’s and the club’s training ground.
Make sure you don’t miss out! Tickets for the exhibition can be purchased at seacitymuseum.co.uk.
All Saints Day coming up
Our Premier League home fixture against Watford, on Saturday 10th November, will mark the club’s annual All Saints Day fixture.
This is the designated tribute game when we remember all those connected with the club who we have lost in the previous 12 months.
A period of silence will take place ahead of the game, but we will also be publishing dedications in our matchday programme. We are inviting fans to send in the names, photos and a brief message of no more than 30 words in memory of supporters lost, and you can do so via [email protected] before midday on Monday 5th November.