eSports took centre stage last week, in the continued absence of Premier League action, as we continue our regular update on all things Southampton…
Obafemi reaches quarter-finals
Young forward Michael Obafemi suffered a cruel defeat in the quarter-finals of the second ePL Invitational tournament, succumbing to Leicester’s James Maddison via Golden Goal.
Obafemi raced into a two-goal lead against Maddison, who went on to win the competition after prevailing 4-3 in extra time.
The 19-year-old Irishman dispatched former boxer Tony Bellew in the last 16 with a 7-0 hammering, but victory over Maddison proved a bridge too far.
Stay At Home Cup group stage concludes
Southampton’s resident eSports player, Saints Venny, came up against a trio of European clubs in the Stay At Home Cup.
After a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Werder Bremen, Saints were unable to progress through a group that also included Dutch giants Ajax and PSV.
The tournament helped raise funds for Saints Foundation, which has embedded itself further within the local community in conjunction with the Saints As One campaign during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Saints relive League One promotion
Last week’s edition of Saints Rewind featured extended highlights of the 3-1 victory over Walsall on the final day of the 2010/11 campaign.
The win secured Saints’ promotion back to the Championship in a party atmosphere at St Mary’s.
If you missed the action and all the reaction, there’s another chance to relive the glory by watching the embedded video below.
Historians commemorate VE Day
On the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, club historians David Bull and Gary Chalk recalled how Saints celebrated the occasion back in 1945.
Delving the archives, the duo reflect on the two nine-goal hauls that followed against the Armed Services.
Supporters can read the fascinating insight here.
Ings shares latest Player Playlist
Saints’ top scorer Danny Ings was the latest player to share his 10-song playlist on the club’s official Spotify channel over the weekend.
Ed Sheeran, George Ezra and Oasis all featured in the striker’s selections, following in the footsteps of some of his teammates, who have also shared their favourite soundtracks.
Jack Stephens, Alex McCarthy, Shane Long and Angus Gunn have made their picks, which are available to listen again here.
Chef’s Table returns
Executive Head Chef, Zoltan Szalas, has shared another of his favourite recipes for supporters to try out at home during the lockdown: Saints Energy Balls.
Easy and fun to make, the energy balls are one of the favoured takeaway snacks for the first-team players after a match, and is great for providing a boost if you’re on your bike or undertaking a run.
Check out the recipe here to have a go yourself.
Saints Kit Clash winner revealed
Southampton supporters have been voting in their thousands across social media and e-mail to crown the winner of the Saints Kit Clash competition.
The final result was close, but the eventual winner was the 1976-80 home shirt, worn by club legends Mick Channon and Alan Ball.
We'll be recreating this shirt and other fan favourites over the coming months, so you'll be able to buy the Saints Kit Clash winner from the Saints Store.
Fantasy Saints XI reaches conclusion
Another recent social media campaign, spanning the last three weeks, has seen the club’s Twitter following vote for their Fantasy Saints XI.
The polls concluded over the weekend, when a goal-hungry duo of Mick Channon and Rickie Lambert was selected to spearhead the attack.
What do you think of the line-up?
Hammond recalls promotion journey
In the first of a three-part series, former captain Dean Hammond has penned his promotion diary, reliving his experiences as the leader of the Saints team that rose from League One to the Premier League.
Starting with the 2009/10 campaign, Hammond explains how he came to sign for Saints, his first impressions of his teammates and manager Alan Pardew and why he was handed the captain’s armband just three months later.
Culminating in victory at Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, the first-person account offers a unique insight into Saints’ fondly-remembered revival.