Monday Briefing: April 20th

By SFC Media time Mon 20 Apr Club
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The start of a new week gives you the opportunity to catch up on anything you may have missed with our latest Southampton Football Club Monday Briefing…

Saints expand supporter call service

With many of our fans facing difficult and uncertain times in light of the coronavirus pandemic, Southampton Football Club has been reaching out to vulnerable supporters over the past few weeks, and is now pleased to be expanding that service.

Since the government put lockdown measures in place, our Saints As One campaign has seen members of club and Saints Foundation staff offer support in a variety of ways to our most isolated and at-risk fans, placing calls to more than 1,000 Season Ticket holders aged 70 or over to check on their wellbeing and to provide some valuable conversation time.

We are now extending that further. The club is encouraging disabled fans who would benefit from a call – whether for support, guidance or some companionship – to let us know, and indeed for any supporters who feel they would be helped by having phone contact with another person.

If you, or one of your friends or family member, would appreciate a call from the club, simply click here, fill in the form and a member of staff will be in touch between 2pm and 5pm on a weekday.

Gunn to feature in Premier League Invitational Tournament

Angus Gunn will be representing Southampton in the inaugural ePremier League Invitational tournament, which begins this week.

Premier League footballers will be putting their EA SPORTS FIFA 20 skills to the test, as they go head-to-head in a knockout tournament which will feature a live show on Sky Sports on Saturday 25th April.

The prize fund is being donated to the #PlayersTogether initiative, which was created by Premier League players as a collective way of generating funds for the National Health Service and distributing them where they are needed most. The tournament will also continue to urge everyone to follow official advice by staying home and saving lives.

Among the players competing in the tournament are Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Todd Cantwell (Norwich City), Ryan Fredericks (West Ham United), Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) and Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

Catch up on Saints At Home

On Thursday, the club released the second episode of its new Saints At Home online broadcast, featuring guests from different areas of the club.

Host Kenzie Benali caught up with Saints’ star striker Danny Ings, former marksman James Beattie, Southampton FC Women midfielder Alisha Ware and head of sports science Alek Gross.

If you missed episode one, then click here to check it out. Meanwhile, here’s episode two in full:

Two straight wins for Saints Venny

Saints continued to follow their scheduled Premier League fixture list in the gaming world by facing off against Everton in a FIFA 20 live stream on Sunday, running out 2-0 winners at Goodison Park.

Danny Ings and James Ward-Prowse were on target in the first half as our resident eSports player Saints Venny made it back-to-back wins, following victory over Man City last time out.

Supporters can get their Saints football fix by watching back the best of the action here:

McCarthy provides latest player playlist 

Looking for some new music to motivate you when working from home? Our Saints As One playlists could be the perfect tonic for you.

Following Jack Stephens’s selection to kick things off, goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has now made his picks, with 10 songs of his choice available to listen to now.

Both player playlists are on our official Spotify channel.

Saints Rewind captures memorable Inter triumph

We’ve been celebrating another famous victory for the club by reliving the 2-1 victory over Inter Milan in the 2016/17 Europa League. 

Following the success of the 10-year anniversary live broadcast of Saints’ Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final win at Wembley, we focused on a special European night in the second instalment of Saints Rewind.

For those who missed out, you can still enjoy these extended highlights from a memorable night:

An introduction to Player Care

As the Saints As One campaign continues, we spoke to Player Care Manager Emma Walker to find out how the department has added to the coronavirus pandemic.

Responsible for the wellbeing of players in the first team, Academy and women’s team, it has been a particularly challenging period for the Player Care team, who have needed to be innovative in their means of maintaining communication.

Check out our interview and take inspiration from Emma’s tips on how best to maintain contact with others here.

Saints Foundation help launch prescription service

Saints Foundation has joined forces with Southampton City Council and Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to launch a city-wide prescription delivery scheme, aimed at supporting some the most vulnerable people in Southampton.

As part of our #SaintsAsOne campaign, Saints Foundation staff will work with pharmacies across the city to co-ordinate the service, as well as deliver prescriptions to the homes of those who are self-isolating or shielded as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The service has been launched as part of Southampton’s Community Response team effort to support those people who are unable to obtain essential medication by any other means, and will remain operational for as long as it is deemed necessary.

Benali picks ultimate five-a-side team

When Utilita Football asked Franny Benali to name his ultimate five-a-side team, he was always going to pick some familiar faces from his playing days.

Check out the video below to find out which Saints legends made the final line-up - and whether Franny finds space to pick himself?

Utilita’s ultimate Energy High 5 tips can save you up to £163 a year with five simple and free-of-charge changes to the way we use energy at home. Join the movement today, by visiting the Energy High 5 website.

Catch up on more fantastic fives

Our Top Fives are continuing apace on, with a range of new themes explored in last week’s collection.

This week, we’ll be ranking Danny Ings’s goals, Rickie Lambert’s best free-kicks and many more, as we provide some iconic Saints moments in bitesize chunks.

Here are last week’s Top Fives:

Wins over Man United 
Gunn’s great saves
Wins over Liverpool
Bale bursts on the scene


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