Kick-off your week by getting up to speed on the latest developments across all levels at Southampton Football Club with our Monday Briefing...
Saints take step closer to safety
It was another fruitful weekend for the first team, as Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men chalked up a fourth win in six Premier League matches with a 3-1 success over Wolves at St Mary’s.
Nathan Redmond struck a first-half brace either side of Willy Boly’s equaliser, before substitute Shane Long poached the killer third, scoring in successive games.
The result moved Saints eight points clear of Cardiff, who currently occupy the final relegation spot, with five games to go.
Next up is a trip to Newcastle on Easter Saturday for a 5:30pm kick-off. Tickets, subsidised by Virgin Media, have been capped at £20.
2019/20 Season Tickets on sale
Season Tickets for Southampton’s 2019/20 campaign are on sale to supporters.
Adult prices start from £399, while the young adults age range has been extended to 18-25.
For a full list of prices and benefits, and to secure your own piece of St Mary’s, click here.
Ralph Krueger to depart St Mary’s
Southampton Football Club has confirmed the departure of Chairman Ralph Krueger.
Following recent talks with shareholders Mr Gao and Katharina Liebherr, it was agreed by all parties that Ralph’s contract would not be extended beyond its end date of June 30th.
The shareholders and everyone involved with the club would like to put on record their thanks for Ralph's leadership, dedication and hard work over his six years with Southampton.
Under-23s’ International Cup dream ends
Southampton Under-23s’ hopes of a place in the Premier League International Cup final against Bayern Munich were ended by a 3-1 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb at St Mary’s.
A crowd of 3,605 was in attendance to support the young Saints, who were well placed in the game after Harry Hamblin’s first-half equaliser, only for the goalscorer to be controversially sent off before the interval, shown a straight red card despite winning the ball in a sliding tackle.
A pair of second-half strikes sealed the Croatians’ progress, while Saints’ focus returns to their Premier League 2 promotion push, which resumes with a trip to West Brom on Thursday.
Under-18s fall to Villa defeat
It was a disappointing result for Southampton Under-18s on Saturday, who were beaten 3-1 by their Aston Villa counterparts at Staplewood Campus.
Jaden Philogene-Bidace scored two of the visitors’ goals, coming either side of a Christian Norton penalty for Saints, before Harrison Sohna’s late clincher.
Saints’ next fixture is their last of the season, away at bottom-of-the-table Norwich, but is not until Saturday 27th April.
Women win again to extend perfect record
Southampton FC Women extended their winning run to 15 league games out of 15 with another comfortable victory, this time 3-0 at Barton Rovers.
All three goals came in the second half, as Shannon Sievwright, Rachel Woods and Ella Pusey were on target for Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s side.
Saints return to action against Warsash Wasps on Wednesday night, before facing Barton Rovers again on Sunday, with both matches taking place at AFC Totton’s Testwood Stadium.
Saints Foundation Charity Dinner raises £40,000
On Thursday evening, Saints Foundation’s annual charity dinner raised more than £40,000 thanks to the generosity of Saints fans, with all proceeds going to help those in the local community.
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhüttl, who was joined by his coaching staff, members of the first-team squad and members of the club’s board, fielded questions from fans and auctioning off prizes. A lunch with the boss raised £5,000 for Saints Foundation alone!
Hasenhüttl said: “I didn’t know too much about the Foundation before I joined the club, but I am so proud to be part of Southampton and its work in the community.”
Saints Foundation also had a strong presence at the Wolves game on Saturday, as the club hosted its annual charity matchday.
Meet Danny Ings this evening
Southampton striker Danny Ings will be appearing at the club’s Stadium Store today, to help launch a new range of leisurewear.
The forward will be in store from 5pm to 6.30pm, with fans able to meet him during the signing session.
West Ham and Huddersfield tickets on sale
Tickets for Southampton’s final two games of the season have now reached the next phase of sale.
The trip to West Ham on Saturday 4th May is now on sale to Season Ticket Holders, while the last match of the campaign, at home to Huddersfield on Sunday 12th May, is on sale to all supporters with a 2018/19 purchase history.
Click here for ticket information on all our remaining matches.