Get up to speed on all things Southampton over the past seven days with our latest Monday Briefing.
Saints fall to Wolves defeat
There was a sense of déjà vu for Southampton as Wolves mounted a second-half comeback to snatch three points at St Mary’s for the second season running.
It was in January 2020 that Saints saw a two-goal lead at the interval wiped out by a resurgent Wolves side, and 13 months later the visitors were similarly ruthless, this time overturning a 1-0 deficit with two second-half strikes.
Danny Ings brilliantly volleyed Saints in front after 25 minutes, but Ruben Neves equalised from a controversial penalty before Pedro Neto struck the winner from a tight angle.
FA Cup quarter-final draw made
After marching into the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup with victory over Wolves, Southampton will face AFC Bournemouth away in the next round.
Both teams beat their fifth-round opposition 2-0 away from home, with Bournemouth overcoming Burnley and Saints claiming victory over Wolves.
The quarter-finals are due to take place on the weekend of March 20th, with details to be confirmed in due course.
Vote for Saints’ Goal of the Month
Each month we're bringing you the best goals from across the club, in association with Sportsbet.io.
Our latest shortlist features Danny Ings’s winner against Liverpool, a trademark James Ward-Prowse free-kick and a well-rehearsed corner routine finished off by Stuart Armstrong.
Watch January's best strikes below and choose your favourite here.
B team match postponed
Southampton's B team match at Blackburn Rovers in Premier League 2 has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.
Grounds staff and match officials surveyed the pitch at Lancashire County FA and deemed the surface too solid ahead of Monday afternoon's proposed kick-off.
Details of a rearranged fixture will be announced in due course. Saints B's next fixture is at home to Derby County in Premier League 2 on 21st February.
Jaïdi joins Cercle Brugge
Southampton Football Club can confirm that Radhi Jaïdi has departed the club following his secondment with Hartford Athletic and has now joined Belgian side Cercle Brugge as assistant coach.
Jaidi joined USL Championship side Hartford Athletic in November 2019, as part of an emerging partnership between the Connecticut-based outfit and the Southampton Academy.
Following a successful season in the United States, where he led Hartford to the play-offs for the first time in their history, Jaïdi has now moved onto a new opportunity in Belgium, with his time at St Mary’s now formally at a close.
Saints welcome new coach
Southampton Football Club has further strengthened its B team programme with the appointment of Lee Skyrme from the Football Association as Individual Player Coach.
Skyrme joins the professional development phase setup, which was revamped in the summer to closely mirror the philosophies and approach of the first team, working to ensure bespoke individual development plans are created for each player.
Before being appointed at the FA, Skyrme had successful spells at Cardiff, from 2006 to 2013, and Exeter City, from 2013-2016, as Lead Professional Development Coach with both clubs. A UEFA Pro Licence holder, Skyrme then became a national specialist coach with the England men’s youth teams when he joined the FA in 2016, before being appointed head coach of the Under-15s side in 2019.
How to rollover or refund your Season Ticket
Southampton Football Club are contacting all 2020/21 Season Ticket holders to give them the option to carry over the remaining value of their tickets for next season or claim a refund.
The club would like to thank its Season Ticket holders for their incredible support and understanding during this challenging time and has made the decision to offer fans the choice to claim a refund given the uncertainty surrounding when they will be allowed back to games at St Mary’s.
Alternatively, supporters can choose to leave the remaining balance on their ticketing account to be used against future fixtures, either this season if fans are allowed back to St Mary’s, for next season’s fixtures or against the value of their 2021/22 Season Ticket.
Exclusive offer on Kingfisher Beer
Southampton’s Official Beer Partner Kingfisher have got an exclusive offer for Saints fans worth cheering!
Get yourself ready to support Saints from home with 10 per cent off all Kingfisher packs online – choose from a 12-pack of 330ml cans, 24x 330ml bottles, or an 8-pack of cans with four Kingfisher half-pint glasses.
All you need to do is head to Kingfisher’s online store and enter the discount code SFC10 when you check out. Please drink responsibly.
Saints Foundation presents: All In This Together
Get ready for an evening of entertainment from the comfort of your sofa as Saints Foundation brings you All In This Together on Thursday 4th March.
Host Kenzie Benali will be joined by Saints stars past and present – Matt Le Tissier, Wayne Bridge, Franny Benali, Danny Ings and James Ward-Prowse – for interviews, challenges and much more!
Local talent Charley Stride will have you dancing round your living room and comedian Tom Deacon will bring the laughs too. Plus, you can help support the amazing work Saints Foundation carry out in the local community by taking part in our silent auction, with incredible signed merchandise and priceless experiences up for grabs.
Beattie donates iPads to St Mary’s Primary
Saints legend James Beattie has donated 10 iPads to St. Mary’s CE Primary School, ensuring that pupils can access home schooling during this difficult period of lockdown.
With the lack of access to IT equipment threatening children's learning during this period of home schooling, James reached out to Saints Foundation to ask if there was anything he could do to help.
As part of the Saints As One campaign, we were pleased to connect him with one of our Premier League Primary Stars schools, St. Mary's CE Primary School. They have been actively seeking support to ensure their pupils can access their teaching online when at home, and after hearing their plight, James kindly came forward with the offer of 10 iPads for the school to distribute to pupils who need them most.