Monday Briefing: April 27th

By SFC Media time Mon 27 Apr Club
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It’s your weekly check-in on all things Southampton Football Club as the Monday Briefing returns…

Benali raises over £13,000

Franny Benali has so far raised over £13,000 for Saints Foundation and NHS Charities Together, following the completion of his gruelling Garden Marathon.

In sweltering conditions, the former Southampton defender finished the 26.2 miles in just under five hours.

The challenge aimed to raise vital funds for good causes, both locally and nationally, having smashed his fairly modest original target of £2,600 before the challenge even began.

The feat, even more impressive considering Franny's lack of training, was part of a national effort to bolster the UK charity sector during these challenging times, on the date that the London Marathon was officially scheduled for.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Former Southampton FC player and current club ambassador Francis Benali, runs the distance of a marathon on a treadmill in his garden at his home, as part of the 2.6 challenge and to raise money for Saints Foundation and NHS Charities Trust, on April 26, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Saints legend Franny Benali preparing to run a marathon on a treadmill in his back garden

How are Saints’ players keeping fit?

As part of the Saints As One campaign, we continued our look into how different areas of the club are functioning during the current state of lockdown.

Last week it was the turn of Head of Sport Science Alek Gross, who revealed how the players are keeping fit and how their training has been adapted to the unusual circumstances society finds itself in.

To read the full Q&A or watch the embedded video interview, click here.

Walker-Peters among guests on Saints At Home

Saints At Home, our online series featuring a member of the first-team squad, reached episode three last week.

Kyle Walker-Peters was the Saints player on this occasion, and was joined by club ambassador Franny Benali, Southampton FC Women player Kelly Snook and Head of Saints Foundation Greg Baker.

The half-an-hour programme is available to watch below.

Long submits latest player playlist

Shane Long became the latest Saint to provide a 10-song playlist to help supporters get through the long days at home during lockdown.

The Irish striker, a keen music fan, included the likes of Oasis, Gerry Cinnamon and Red Hot Chili Peppers in his assortment of indie tracks.

Long’s selection, as well as previous playlists from Jack Stephens and Alex McCarthy, are available to listen to on our official Spotify channel.

Saints Rewind relives south coast derby win

The latest iconic match to be captured “as live” on was the memorable 4-0 drubbing of Portsmouth this season.

Saints were convincing 4-0 victors at Fratton Park in the first south coast derby for seven years, as the two sides went head to head in the Carabao Cup third round back in September.

For those who missed the 90-minute screening of the game, extended highlights of a memorable night are available to view below.

Saints Venny suffers United defeat

Saints’ latest eSports outing ended in defeat as Saints Venny was beaten 2-0 by Manchester United on FIFA 20.

The latest live stream was broadcast on Sunday, as we continue to follow the club’s scheduled Premier League fixture list in gaming form.

The result followed back-to-back wins for Venny over Man City over Everton.

Gunn competes in ePL Invitational

Elsewhere in the gaming world, Angus Gunn was Saints’ representative in the ePL Invitational tournament.

The goalkeeper was quick to play down his chances, and was duly beaten by Philip Billing of Bournemouth in the first round.

Wolves’ Diogo Jota was the overall winner, defeating Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool in the final.

Update on The Killers concert

Southampton Football Club can confirm the The Killers’ 2020 concert at St Mary’s will no longer take place.

The band were due to perform at the stadium on Wednesday 3rd June, with support from Blossoms, but the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has put an end to that tour date.

Instead, The Killers are provisionally due to visit St Mary’s on Monday 31st May 2021, with the group releasing a statement on social media this morning and confirming all tickets purchased will remain valid.

UEFA Women’s EURO moved to 2022

The UEFA Executive Committee has confirmed that the postponed UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 will be played in England from July 6th to July 31st 2022.

It is planned to use the same venues that were originally proposed to host the event, including Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium.

Commenting on the rescheduling, UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said: “By moving UEFA Women’s EURO to the following year, we are ensuring that our flagship women’s competition will be the only major football tournament of the summer, providing it with the spotlight it deserves.”

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: Players make their way out with mascots ahead of the Women's World Cup Qualifier match between England and Wales match at St Mary's Stadium on April 6, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by James Bridle - Southampton FC/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
St Mary's hosted the Women's World Cup qualifier between England and Wales in 2018

Head chef shares recipe secrets

Southampton Football Club’s Executive Head Chef, Zoltan Szalas, has shared one of his favourite recipes for you to try at home.

Zoltan’s “Power Porridge” contains chocolate, chia seeds and almond butter, and comes loaded with natural energy.

Click here to find out the necessary ingredients to make yours today.

Top Fives feature more memorable moments

We hope you’ve been enjoying our regular Top Fives on, featuring a never-ending supply of Saints nostalgia.

We’ve been providing a range of themes including great goals and iconic wins from years gone by.

Here are last week’s Top Fives:

- Danny Ings’s goals
- Saints’ finest volleys
- Last-gasp wins on the road
- Rickie Lambert’s free-kicks


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