Catch up on all the latest developments behind the scenes at Southampton Football Club, as the 2019/20 Premier League season moves ever closer...
Saints complete unbeaten pre-season
Saints returned to St Mary’s with victory in their final friendly of the summer, defeating German second tier champions 1.FC Köln.
Danny Ings and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg were on target either side of half time, as Saints made it four wins and a draw from five pre-season encounters.
Ché Adams made an instant impact on his home debut, winning an early penalty converted by Ings, while Saints fans were also treated to a first glimpse of Moussa Djenepo, who made a late cameo off the bench.
The Premier League is back!
After three months away, Saints return to competitive action with their Premier League opener away at Burnley on Saturday.
Tickets remain on general sale for supporters who wish to follow Ralph Hasenhüttl and co. to Turf Moor.
Phone 02381 780 780 or purchase your tickets online today. The match kicks off at 3pm BST.
Academy teams return to action
It’s not just the first team who get their season under way this weekend, as Saints’ Under-18 and Under-23 sides also begin their 2019/20 campaigns.
Paul Hardyman’s Under-18s start at home to Aston Villa on Saturday in a 12.30pm BST kick-off at Staplewood.
Then it’s the turn of Radhi Jaïdi’s Under-23s, whose first game back in the top flight is a trip to Man City on Sunday, kick-off 1pm BST.
Two October dates moved for TV
Saints’ two Premier League home fixtures in October have both been selected for live TV coverage.
The game against Chelsea will now take place on Sunday 6th October, kicking off at 2pm BST.
Three weeks later, the visit of Leicester has been brought forward to Friday 25th October, kick-off 8pm BST. Both matches will be live on Sky Sports.
United tickets on sale to Official Members
Tickets for Saints’ second home game of the season, against Man United on Saturday 31st August, are now on sale to Official Saints Members who have purchased a match ticket since the beginning of the 2013/14 campaign.
Tickets will go on general sale to supporters who have purchased in the last six years from 9am on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the away game at Brighton is now sold out after Saints supporters snapped up the club’s full allocation of approximately 3,000 tickets.
Southampton FC Women’s Season Tickets on sale
2019/20 Season Tickets for Southampton FC Women’s FA National League Division One South campaign are now on sale.
Saints Season Ticket Holders can already watch all the women’s games at AFC Totton free of charge.
Women’s Season Tickets are also free for Under-18s, while Members can secure their seat for just £10 and general admission for the whole campaign is just £15.
Club announces next fans’ forum
Southampton Football Club is pleased to announce it will be hosting the next in its series of fans’ forums on Thursday 15th August.
Chief Executive Martin Semmens, Managing Director Toby Steele, First Team Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl and captain Pierre-Emile Højbjerg have all been confirmed for the event.
The cost of tickets, priced at £2, will be donated to Saints Foundation, and will be available to purchase online only from 9am on Tuesday 6th August.
Young goalkeeper Scott signs
Saints completed the signing of 19-year-old goalkeeper Tommy Scott on a one-year contract on Friday.
The teenager, previously with Yeovil Town, said: “You can see the young players here playing and they’re not only coming on but starting, especially in pre-season. That gives you a boost because you think ‘if they can do it, why can’t I?’”
Johnson departs on loan
Saints winger Tyreke Johnson has joined National League side Woking on loan until January.
The 20-year-old made his Premier League debut last season as a late substitute against Arsenal, before making his first start against Derby in the Emirates FA Cup.
Arthur House: 1/3/1920 – 28/7/2019
Southampton Football Club was saddened to learn of the passing of Arthur House, the club’s former goalkeeper, who passed away aged 99.
Club historian David Bull has penned a fitting appreciation of the oldest surviving Saint, which you can read here.