Ralph Hasenhüttl stars as the feature interviewee for Southampton’s final matchday programme of the season this weekend.
Saints host Huddersfield at St Mary’s on Sunday, and the boss is the face of the club publication as he opens up in an extended article you will not have seen elsewhere.
Hasenhüttl speaks about settling into life in England, his first experiences of the city of Southampton and explains how he created such a powerful bond with the Saints supporters so early in his reign.
Elsewhere, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg pens a captain’s column to thank the fans for staying behind the players through good times and bad, in typically heartfelt style.
We also put together a list of the top 10 moments under Hasenhüttl that defined Saints’ survival, remembering some of the major hurdles the team has overcome to secure another season of Premier League football.
Elsewhere, we pay tribute to the ‘100 percenters’, Southampton FC Women, with a gallery of their season in pictures and a preview of their upcoming League Cup final against Oxford City Ladies.
Roland Idowu is the last scholar to tackle our 20 questions for the Academy, while Yan Valery is the focus in ‘Back to the Future’, as we reveal his earliest ambitions long before the Young Player of the Year made his big breakthrough.
The traditional eight pages of quizzes and games will keep our younger audience entertained before kick-off and during the half-time break, with senior readers enjoying a nod to the past in our extended history section.
Bleacher Report’s Sam Tighe continues to offer his expert tactical view, while Hasenhüttl writes his final programme notes of the season and Saints legend Franny Benali signs off by reflecting on the remarkable achievement of surpassing his £1million in money raised for Cancer Research UK, after completing his gruelling ‘Iron Fran’ challenge.
Pick up your matchday programme from one of the numerous sellers outside St Mary’s and inside the stadium concourse, with 84 pages of original features up for grabs for just £4.
Every issue is also available to buy online, including any you might have missed over the course of the season. Our website for online sales is saintsprogrammes.co.uk.