We may be into June but it's still a busy time at St Mary's! Find out what's been going on behind the scenes and preview the week ahead with our latest Monday Briefing...
Season Ticket renewal deadline looms
Tomorrow (Tuesday) is the last chance for existing Season Ticket Holders to renew their seat for 2019/20.
Season Tickets will then go on general sale from next Monday 10th June, with all remaining unsold seats made available.
For more information and details of how to buy, click here.
Hasenhüttl to headline Saints Fest
Southampton Football Club is hosting its very own Saints Fest on Saturday 29th June, with Ralph Hasenhüttl the star attraction.
The boss will undergo a Q&A along with members of the first-team squad, Women’s team and Academy, all showcasing the new 2019/20 kit, while live music and roaming entertainment will add to the summer celebration at St Mary’s.
Tickets will be available to buy online and from the St Mary’s ticket office from midday today.
Saints announce FC Köln friendly
Southampton will host German second tier champions FC Köln at St Mary’s on Saturday 3rd August (3pm BST) as part of their 2019/20 preparations.
The friendly clash has been scheduled for the week before the start of the new Premier League campaign.
Ticket details for the match will be announced in due course.
Sims’s England upset by Japan
Josh Sims was a second-half substitute as England Under-20s fell to a surprise 2-1 defeat to Japan in the opening match of this summer’s Toulon Tournament.
The Young Lions, who have won the tournament for the last three years running, held a half-time lead in southern France, but Japan mounted an impressive comeback to secure the points.
Sims was introduced by manager Paul Simpson in the 73rd minute and came close to salvaging a share of the spoils when his last-gasp header was saved.
The Saints winger will hope to be involved from the start in England’s second game, against Portugal, tomorrow evening (6pm BST).
Quintet of Saints ready for Euro 2020 qualifiers
Euro 2020 qualifying resumes this week, with five Saints due to be involved for their respective countries.
On Friday, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg meets Shane Long as Denmark host Republic of Ireland, while Mohamed Elyounoussi’s Norway are at home to Romania and Jan Bednarek will travel to Macedonia to represent Poland, with all three games kicking off at 7.45pm BST.
On Saturday evening, Stuart Armstrong will hope to make a positive first impression as Steve Clarke takes charge of Scotland for the first time against Cyprus at Hampden Park (7.45pm BST).
All five players are in action again next week as part of the international doubleheaders.
Westquay store closure
Supporters are reminded Saints’ Westquay store is closed this morning for stocktaking, reopening at 1pm BST.
The Stadium store at St Mary’s opens its doors again tomorrow morning (9am BST), having been closed due to the Take That and Rod Stewart concerts.
Official Saints merchandise remains available for purchase 24/7 through the online store. The club apologises for any inconvenience caused.
Pitch work well under way at Staplewood
Head of Grounds Andy Gray has been speaking about the hard work involved in making sure the Staplewood pitches are in the best possible condition when the Saints players return for pre-season training.
Gray revealed he and his staff renovated five full-size pitches within eight days of the season’s end, while work has also extended to AFC Totton’s Testwood Stadium pitch – the home of Southampton FC Women.
Supporters can read the full interview here.
Rod Stewart wows St Mary’s
St Mary’s played host to its third and final concert of the summer when the stadium opened its doors to Rod Stewart and his legions of fans on Friday evening.
A capacity crowd was in attendance to welcome the 74-year-old star, who followed in the footsteps of Take That by performing a memorable set.
Were you in attendance? See if you can spot yourself in our gallery.