Saints need FA Cup success

Basingstoke Gazette: Saints suffer as they crash out of the League Cup against Sunderland Saints suffer as they crash out of the League Cup against Sunderland

SAINTS today tackle a game they have to take totally seriously – or face some unhappy consequences.

Both chairman Nicola Cortese and manager Mauricio Pochettino are ambitious people who are desperate to see Saints qualify for European football.

Already this season one great chance to grab that, via the League Cup, has been wasted.

Saints paid the price for fielding a weakened side by losing to the Premier League’s bottom club, Sunderland, in the last 16 of the Capital One Cup.

The likes of Swansea and Birmingham have shown in recent seasons that one of the top flight’s less glamorous clubs can qualify for the Europea League via that competition.

Today comes another chance to qualify for Europe.

It could be argued, given the club’s current league position, the FA Cup presents the BEST chance.

Eleven points off the top five following the home loss to Chelsea on New Year’s Day, Saints have drifted out of contention for European football via their league position after a run of only one win in nine matches.

It seems certain that Saints will again field a weakened side for today’s third round tie at home to Championship high-fliers Burnley.

How much weakened we don’t yet know. But we can assume that most of the first team regulars who were involved in four Premier League games in the space of 11 days over the festive period might not start at St Mary’s. At Sunderland in the League Cup, Saints Jos Hooiveld, Maya Yoshida, Danny Fox, Gaston Ramirez and Tadanari Lee all started.

At the time hardly any of them had started a Premier League game all season, though that has since changed.

Youngster Harrison Reed was given his first start while another teenager, Sam Gallagher, came off the bench for his competitive debut.

All those seven players can expect to feature again today.

And in one sense, Saints would be right to play them.

You need to keep the fringe players as match fit as possible should they be needed in the league.

The Cups also provide the likes of Reed and Gallagher with decent game time without the pressure of the Premier League and associated riches that go with it.

We have to assume that Saints will play a similar side against Burnley that faced Sunderland.

Saints are not so big these days that they can afford to treat the FA Cup with the same indifference they treated the League Cup.

In fairness, they are certainly not alone in their thinking.

But I repeat what I wrote earlier in this piece – if the club’s hierarchy are desperate for European football, the FA Cup presents them with probably their best chance in 2013/14.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert this week gave a sad and brutal assessment of the fading status of the FA Cup in the modern football calendar.

Lambert said most of his fellow top-flight bosses would rather do without the competition completely.

“If they were being honest, they probably would do,” he told the Midlands media. Hopefully Pochettino doesn’t share Lambert’s views.

Hopefully Cortese doesn’t share them either.

Burnley aren’t a mid-table fourth division team, they are second in the Championship.

Saints go into this game on the back of one win in nine league games, so could do with a victory – for morale, if nothing else.

They cannot afford to take Burnley lightly, for defeat would be a massive blow to Saints.

Under Gordon Strachan, the club finished eighth in the Premier League and 2003 AND reached the FA Cup final. Yes, they had a bit of luck – a succession of home draws against lower division opponents from the fourth round onwards. But Strachan, a past FA Cup winner as a player, also took the competition seriously as a manager, fielding his best side in all rounds. As a result, Saints enjoyed a memorable day out for the final and won a place in the UEFA Cup.

That was only 11 years ago. Has the footballing landscape in this country changed that much that Pochettino is no longer capable of doing the same as Strachan did? We will find out the answer today.

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7:34am Sat 4 Jan 14

Southampton boy says...

Looks like we are to see the some of our academy players and they do need game time
Looks like we are to see the some of our academy players and they do need game time Southampton boy
  • Score: 6

8:20am Sat 4 Jan 14

Puddletown Saint says...

My point is this - in 2023 I will remember Saints being in the Cup final in 2003 and not finishing 8th in the league - By then MoPo and NC will be long gone. If they wish to leave legacy then go win the FA Cup 2014.

Any way my team:

Davis Chambers Targett Fonte Yosida Cork JWP Davis Gaston Jay-Rod and Gallagher
Subs Gazza Clyne Fox Stephens Reed Adam SRL

Come on you Saints
My point is this - in 2023 I will remember Saints being in the Cup final in 2003 and not finishing 8th in the league - By then MoPo and NC will be long gone. If they wish to leave legacy then go win the FA Cup 2014. Any way my team: Davis Chambers Targett Fonte Yosida Cork JWP Davis Gaston Jay-Rod and Gallagher Subs Gazza Clyne Fox Stephens Reed Adam SRL Come on you Saints Puddletown Saint
  • Score: -2

8:21am Sat 4 Jan 14

costa gaz says...

Perez is in charge for this game, the same as he was for our league cup debacle.
If ever Saints need a confidence booster today is the time, however I feel an weakened side will be fielded and this will not be fair on the fans.
Burnley are flying atm, and would be capable of giving most premier league team a run for their money, take them lightly and there will be only one result today.
Perez is in charge for this game, the same as he was for our league cup debacle. If ever Saints need a confidence booster today is the time, however I feel an weakened side will be fielded and this will not be fair on the fans. Burnley are flying atm, and would be capable of giving most premier league team a run for their money, take them lightly and there will be only one result today. costa gaz
  • Score: 5

8:32am Sat 4 Jan 14

milton road says...

Think if we under value this game today the last chance of Europe this season will be gone. There is no way that Saints will push themselves back into European contention in the league. Too many teams above them would have to have a slump.
I still try to get my head round Cork being substituted in games after which we always seem to concede a goal or two. Okay we go a goal down and change tactics but so many times when we take Cork off the situation deteriorates. In fact basically every time we switch to basically three up front we struggle and start to loose the midfield.
In realism 9th is about best we can now expect. The F.A. cup is a something we should give respect to and try and win. Burnley are a good side and if we don't respect them yet another defeat will be the result. League position still seems to be more important to the club because of financial rewards than cup glory.
Think if we under value this game today the last chance of Europe this season will be gone. There is no way that Saints will push themselves back into European contention in the league. Too many teams above them would have to have a slump. I still try to get my head round Cork being substituted in games after which we always seem to concede a goal or two. Okay we go a goal down and change tactics but so many times when we take Cork off the situation deteriorates. In fact basically every time we switch to basically three up front we struggle and start to loose the midfield. In realism 9th is about best we can now expect. The F.A. cup is a something we should give respect to and try and win. Burnley are a good side and if we don't respect them yet another defeat will be the result. League position still seems to be more important to the club because of financial rewards than cup glory. milton road
  • Score: 6

9:57am Sat 4 Jan 14

saintmicky says...

Every lad who has ever played football has dreamed of winning the FA Cup, however I am not sure that Europa League qualification is good for any side? Tough schedule requiring a deep squad; some may argue the reason we are in 9th not 4th is due to lack of depth, and I think this may have impacted on the premier league ambitions of Swansea and possibly the Yids too. Still COYS
Every lad who has ever played football has dreamed of winning the FA Cup, however I am not sure that Europa League qualification is good for any side? Tough schedule requiring a deep squad; some may argue the reason we are in 9th not 4th is due to lack of depth, and I think this may have impacted on the premier league ambitions of Swansea and possibly the Yids too. Still COYS saintmicky
  • Score: 4

10:08am Sat 4 Jan 14

Santa Retfordia says...

It's hard to get that 'up' for games like this, innit. All I really hope is we're able to get through and are able to give both Adam and Jay at least 45 minutes off because they've been running themselves daft these past few weeks.
It's hard to get that 'up' for games like this, innit. All I really hope is we're able to get through and are able to give both Adam and Jay at least 45 minutes off because they've been running themselves daft these past few weeks. Santa Retfordia
  • Score: 6

10:11am Sat 4 Jan 14

Saintsteve7 says...

We all seem to be forgetting one important thing, yes the club wants European football but not the Europa cup! NC and MoPo have made no secret of their dislike for the Micky mouse Thursday night cup so we will once again see our not too shabby reserve team take to the field. Good luck to the boys! Coyr
We all seem to be forgetting one important thing, yes the club wants European football but not the Europa cup! NC and MoPo have made no secret of their dislike for the Micky mouse Thursday night cup so we will once again see our not too shabby reserve team take to the field. Good luck to the boys! Coyr Saintsteve7
  • Score: 3

10:26am Sat 4 Jan 14

Stroppy_gramps says...

article totally misses the point that NC and MP want to qualify for Europe by right, not by a cup win.

also - where are all these comments about wanting to qualify for Europe this season coming from?
from what I recall - Poch said it was a possibility this season in an interview given when we were flying high and a lot of the top sides hadn't got intotheir stride - but he never said the club were definitely aiming for it.

I do not recall anyone from the club giving an interview and claiming 'We want to qualify for Europe in the 2013-2014 season'
Please - if I am wrong then show me the interview but I think there's some word twisting going on here.

'Maybe' has been turned into 'Definitely' by the media and it is skewing perception of what Saints aims are.

with our current squad, Europe I would say is a waste of time this season and probably next season as well. There is a lot of work to do and it would be a total waste of time to expend a lot of effort qualifying for Europe only to go out in the group stages. Poch said it last week - we are building.
I simply do not understand where this idea of us qualifying for Europe this season has come from
article totally misses the point that NC and MP want to qualify for Europe by right, not by a cup win. also - where are all these comments about wanting to qualify for Europe this season coming from? from what I recall - Poch said it was a possibility this season in an interview given when we were flying high and a lot of the top sides hadn't got intotheir stride - but he never said the club were definitely aiming for it. I do not recall anyone from the club giving an interview and claiming 'We want to qualify for Europe in the 2013-2014 season' Please - if I am wrong then show me the interview but I think there's some word twisting going on here. 'Maybe' has been turned into 'Definitely' by the media and it is skewing perception of what Saints aims are. with our current squad, Europe I would say is a waste of time this season and probably next season as well. There is a lot of work to do and it would be a total waste of time to expend a lot of effort qualifying for Europe only to go out in the group stages. Poch said it last week - we are building. I simply do not understand where this idea of us qualifying for Europe this season has come from Stroppy_gramps
  • Score: 3

10:43am Sat 4 Jan 14

arm chair fan says...

the question is who needs or can handle a cup run ? (not including the fans ) any team in a battle for promotion to the prem. do not want the distraction of the cup! (burnley). any team in a relegation battle (saints last season) the cup has done wigan and Birmingham no favours lately! top six teams are also concentrating else ware at this time of year although they are capable of getting to the SF with second string team. imo we will see a second string team today (we have lot of players who need match time) but that could soon change in later rounds ,then I think we could get a long way.
the question is who needs or can handle a cup run ? (not including the fans ) any team in a battle for promotion to the prem. do not want the distraction of the cup! (burnley). any team in a relegation battle (saints last season) the cup has done wigan and Birmingham no favours lately! top six teams are also concentrating else ware at this time of year although they are capable of getting to the SF with second string team. imo we will see a second string team today (we have lot of players who need match time) but that could soon change in later rounds ,then I think we could get a long way. arm chair fan
  • Score: 4

10:44am Sat 4 Jan 14

batesieboy says...

I am not bothered about Europe. I am not bothered about Cups. But I definitely want Saints in the top half of the Premiership, and be carefully building towards a stronger future. That's where the priorities lie.
I am not bothered about Europe. I am not bothered about Cups. But I definitely want Saints in the top half of the Premiership, and be carefully building towards a stronger future. That's where the priorities lie. batesieboy
  • Score: 1

10:51am Sat 4 Jan 14

pompey in spain says...

god bless bobby,my cousin,the only bad thing he ever done was a miss hit shot that beat stepney...we never let him forget that....other than that a top bloke who passed on far too early...r.i.p. cuz
god bless bobby,my cousin,the only bad thing he ever done was a miss hit shot that beat stepney...we never let him forget that....other than that a top bloke who passed on far too early...r.i.p. cuz pompey in spain
  • Score: 1

11:21am Sat 4 Jan 14

george chivers says...

I'm not in favour of putting strong sides out in domestic cups when the team is involved in a relegation or promotion battle. But in our position I hope we do put a strong team out, a win could boost our confidence especially at home. Despite having 27 points our home record is not good.

But I don't think NC or MP are interested in the FA Cup like most clubs aren't unless they have large quality squads.
I'm not in favour of putting strong sides out in domestic cups when the team is involved in a relegation or promotion battle. But in our position I hope we do put a strong team out, a win could boost our confidence especially at home. Despite having 27 points our home record is not good. But I don't think NC or MP are interested in the FA Cup like most clubs aren't unless they have large quality squads. george chivers
  • Score: 1

11:49am Sat 4 Jan 14

costa gaz says...

pompey in spain wrote:
god bless bobby,my cousin,the only bad thing he ever done was a miss hit shot that beat stepney...we never let him forget that....other than that a top bloke who passed on far too early...r.i.p. cuz
Come on PiS, don't try the mind games with us, the whole population in Portsmouth are cousins.
But I agree Bobby Stokes .. Saints FA Cup legend.
[quote][p][bold]pompey in spain[/bold] wrote: god bless bobby,my cousin,the only bad thing he ever done was a miss hit shot that beat stepney...we never let him forget that....other than that a top bloke who passed on far too early...r.i.p. cuz[/p][/quote]Come on PiS, don't try the mind games with us, the whole population in Portsmouth are cousins. But I agree Bobby Stokes .. Saints FA Cup legend. costa gaz
  • Score: 4

11:53am Sat 4 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

pompey in spain wrote:
god bless bobby,my cousin,the only bad thing he ever done was a miss hit shot that beat stepney...we never let him forget that....other than that a top bloke who passed on far too early...r.i.p. cuz
With you there mate, there is a memorial web site still open if you want to add a comment

https://www.gonetoos
oon.org/memorials/bo
bby-stokes
[quote][p][bold]pompey in spain[/bold] wrote: god bless bobby,my cousin,the only bad thing he ever done was a miss hit shot that beat stepney...we never let him forget that....other than that a top bloke who passed on far too early...r.i.p. cuz[/p][/quote]With you there mate, there is a memorial web site still open if you want to add a comment https://www.gonetoos oon.org/memorials/bo bby-stokes OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

12:04pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

pompey in spain wrote:
god bless bobby,my cousin,the only bad thing he ever done was a miss hit shot that beat stepney...we never let him forget that....other than that a top bloke who passed on far too early...r.i.p. cuz
When Bobby (RIP) was a promising reserve player, my Dad took me to see Saints reserves play Swansea. We went JUST because we had heard about this promising young lad. Alas, that day, Swansea won 2-0 and Bobby limped off.

A handful of years later, my Dad, Mum, Sister and I (in Southampton speak, PiS, that's 4 different people (-; ) were not only at Wembley for the '76 final but happened to be sat directly in line with Bobby when he unleached his most famous and most important shot - EVER!

You can claim his as one of your own but he IS and always will be a Saint.

Best wishes to his family, though. Whatever colour they/you wear, the Stokes family have my respect.
[quote][p][bold]pompey in spain[/bold] wrote: god bless bobby,my cousin,the only bad thing he ever done was a miss hit shot that beat stepney...we never let him forget that....other than that a top bloke who passed on far too early...r.i.p. cuz[/p][/quote]When Bobby (RIP) was a promising reserve player, my Dad took me to see Saints reserves play Swansea. We went JUST because we had heard about this promising young lad. Alas, that day, Swansea won 2-0 and Bobby limped off. A handful of years later, my Dad, Mum, Sister and I (in Southampton speak, PiS, that's 4 different people (-; ) were not only at Wembley for the '76 final but happened to be sat directly in line with Bobby when he unleached his most famous and most important shot - EVER! You can claim his as one of your own but he IS and always will be a Saint. Best wishes to his family, though. Whatever colour they/you wear, the Stokes family have my respect. Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 2

12:15pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Velleity says...

Is Guly fit? I want to be able to blame him.
Is Guly fit? I want to be able to blame him. Velleity
  • Score: -1

12:18pm Sat 4 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Velleity wrote:
Is Guly fit? I want to be able to blame him.
Don't think the super glue has quite sealed yet, you will have to pick on someone else to blame ;o)
[quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: Is Guly fit? I want to be able to blame him.[/p][/quote]Don't think the super glue has quite sealed yet, you will have to pick on someone else to blame ;o) OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

12:30pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Velleity wrote:
Is Guly fit? I want to be able to blame him.
Don't think the super glue has quite sealed yet, you will have to pick on someone else to blame ;o)
Today, Matthew, I'm going to blame Gazza. Even if he doesn't play, or even if he does play, has a blinder and we draw 0-0.

In the replay, I'm going to blame one of the academy players, just to get them used to the kind of thing they can expect from certain sections of our 'support' (badly chosen word!) once they have one bad game.

But I DO blame Guly for being injured, Velleity, and, thus, making us find a different scapegoat for today's match. :-)
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: Is Guly fit? I want to be able to blame him.[/p][/quote]Don't think the super glue has quite sealed yet, you will have to pick on someone else to blame ;o)[/p][/quote]Today, Matthew, I'm going to blame Gazza. Even if he doesn't play, or even if he does play, has a blinder and we draw 0-0. In the replay, I'm going to blame one of the academy players, just to get them used to the kind of thing they can expect from certain sections of our 'support' (badly chosen word!) once they have one bad game. But I DO blame Guly for being injured, Velleity, and, thus, making us find a different scapegoat for today's match. :-) Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 0

12:30pm Sat 4 Jan 14

mack chinnon says...

Who are Pompey playing today in the 3rd round of the F.A. Cup.
Oh I forgot. There not in it.
Who are Pompey playing today in the 3rd round of the F.A. Cup. Oh I forgot. There not in it. mack chinnon
  • Score: 1

12:41pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Velleity says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Velleity wrote:
Is Guly fit? I want to be able to blame him.
Don't think the super glue has quite sealed yet, you will have to pick on someone else to blame ;o)
Today, Matthew, I'm going to blame Gazza. Even if he doesn't play, or even if he does play, has a blinder and we draw 0-0.

In the replay, I'm going to blame one of the academy players, just to get them used to the kind of thing they can expect from certain sections of our 'support' (badly chosen word!) once they have one bad game.

But I DO blame Guly for being injured, Velleity, and, thus, making us find a different scapegoat for today's match. :-)
Never fear, Danny Fox is available for blame.
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: Is Guly fit? I want to be able to blame him.[/p][/quote]Don't think the super glue has quite sealed yet, you will have to pick on someone else to blame ;o)[/p][/quote]Today, Matthew, I'm going to blame Gazza. Even if he doesn't play, or even if he does play, has a blinder and we draw 0-0. In the replay, I'm going to blame one of the academy players, just to get them used to the kind of thing they can expect from certain sections of our 'support' (badly chosen word!) once they have one bad game. But I DO blame Guly for being injured, Velleity, and, thus, making us find a different scapegoat for today's match. :-)[/p][/quote]Never fear, Danny Fox is available for blame. Velleity
  • Score: 2

12:45pm Sat 4 Jan 14

pompey in spain says...

BTW ,im not bull s!!Ting....bobby was my cousin on my dads side of the family,and when he had the cafe on the hard in pompey,opposite the harbour station/isle of wight ferries,bobby told my old man that after he scored that goal he had women from the age of 16 to 76 throwing themselves at him!........but i dont think he done the biz ..too nice and too much of a gentleman....and rightly so a saints legend.......the magic of the cup........PLAY UP BURNLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!
BTW ,im not bull s!!Ting....bobby was my cousin on my dads side of the family,and when he had the cafe on the hard in pompey,opposite the harbour station/isle of wight ferries,bobby told my old man that after he scored that goal he had women from the age of 16 to 76 throwing themselves at him!........but i dont think he done the biz ..too nice and too much of a gentleman....and rightly so a saints legend.......the magic of the cup........PLAY UP BURNLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!! pompey in spain
  • Score: 1

12:47pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

Velleity wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Velleity wrote:
Is Guly fit? I want to be able to blame him.
Don't think the super glue has quite sealed yet, you will have to pick on someone else to blame ;o)
Today, Matthew, I'm going to blame Gazza. Even if he doesn't play, or even if he does play, has a blinder and we draw 0-0.

In the replay, I'm going to blame one of the academy players, just to get them used to the kind of thing they can expect from certain sections of our 'support' (badly chosen word!) once they have one bad game.

But I DO blame Guly for being injured, Velleity, and, thus, making us find a different scapegoat for today's match. :-)
Never fear, Danny Fox is available for blame.
Thank heavens for that! It's his fault he's available, although Guly's fault for not stamping on him in training. Then again, if Gazza had taken him out during a practice corner ........ But then Dani should have kicked him in the unprotectables, so, in the end, it's his Argie-Italiano fault.
[quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: Is Guly fit? I want to be able to blame him.[/p][/quote]Don't think the super glue has quite sealed yet, you will have to pick on someone else to blame ;o)[/p][/quote]Today, Matthew, I'm going to blame Gazza. Even if he doesn't play, or even if he does play, has a blinder and we draw 0-0. In the replay, I'm going to blame one of the academy players, just to get them used to the kind of thing they can expect from certain sections of our 'support' (badly chosen word!) once they have one bad game. But I DO blame Guly for being injured, Velleity, and, thus, making us find a different scapegoat for today's match. :-)[/p][/quote]Never fear, Danny Fox is available for blame.[/p][/quote]Thank heavens for that! It's his fault he's available, although Guly's fault for not stamping on him in training. Then again, if Gazza had taken him out during a practice corner ........ But then Dani should have kicked him in the unprotectables, so, in the end, it's his Argie-Italiano fault. Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 3

1:04pm Sat 4 Jan 14

st1halo says...

pompey in spain wrote:
BTW ,im not bull s!!Ting....bobby was my cousin on my dads side of the family,and when he had the cafe on the hard in pompey,opposite the harbour station/isle of wight ferries,bobby told my old man that after he scored that goal he had women from the age of 16 to 76 throwing themselves at him!........but i dont think he done the biz ..too nice and too much of a gentleman....and rightly so a saints legend.......the magic of the cup........PLAY UP BURNLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!
If he was indeed your cousin, and I'm not doubting you Pis, that makes you a related Saint! Where shall we send your new shirt to? Lol. Respect for your original post btw.

STID
[quote][p][bold]pompey in spain[/bold] wrote: BTW ,im not bull s!!Ting....bobby was my cousin on my dads side of the family,and when he had the cafe on the hard in pompey,opposite the harbour station/isle of wight ferries,bobby told my old man that after he scored that goal he had women from the age of 16 to 76 throwing themselves at him!........but i dont think he done the biz ..too nice and too much of a gentleman....and rightly so a saints legend.......the magic of the cup........PLAY UP BURNLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]If he was indeed your cousin, and I'm not doubting you Pis, that makes you a related Saint! Where shall we send your new shirt to? Lol. Respect for your original post btw. STID st1halo
  • Score: 2

1:14pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Mush On The Beach says...

pompey in spain wrote:
BTW ,im not bull s!!Ting....bobby was my cousin on my dads side of the family,and when he had the cafe on the hard in pompey,opposite the harbour station/isle of wight ferries,bobby told my old man that after he scored that goal he had women from the age of 16 to 76 throwing themselves at him!........but i dont think he done the biz ..too nice and too much of a gentleman....and rightly so a saints legend.......the magic of the cup........PLAY UP BURNLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fair play PIS, I visited that cafe just after the event and the poopey lils were indeed throwing themselves at everyone. Turns out they always have done, the magic of the clap!!! Play up Penicillin, who are you playing in the cup today?
[quote][p][bold]pompey in spain[/bold] wrote: BTW ,im not bull s!!Ting....bobby was my cousin on my dads side of the family,and when he had the cafe on the hard in pompey,opposite the harbour station/isle of wight ferries,bobby told my old man that after he scored that goal he had women from the age of 16 to 76 throwing themselves at him!........but i dont think he done the biz ..too nice and too much of a gentleman....and rightly so a saints legend.......the magic of the cup........PLAY UP BURNLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Fair play PIS, I visited that cafe just after the event and the poopey lils were indeed throwing themselves at everyone. Turns out they always have done, the magic of the clap!!! Play up Penicillin, who are you playing in the cup today? Mush On The Beach
  • Score: 2

1:14pm Sat 4 Jan 14

costa gaz says...

st1halo wrote:
pompey in spain wrote:
BTW ,im not bull s!!Ting....bobby was my cousin on my dads side of the family,and when he had the cafe on the hard in pompey,opposite the harbour station/isle of wight ferries,bobby told my old man that after he scored that goal he had women from the age of 16 to 76 throwing themselves at him!........but i dont think he done the biz ..too nice and too much of a gentleman....and rightly so a saints legend.......the magic of the cup........PLAY UP BURNLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!


!!!!!!!!!!!!
If he was indeed your cousin, and I'm not doubting you Pis, that makes you a related Saint! Where shall we send your new shirt to? Lol. Respect for your original post btw.

STID
ST1halo, PiS is already one of us, he is in the Costa del Sol saints supporters club and wears his new red saints shirt with pride.
He is known in the area as El santo a pescado
And we know you are telling the truth PiS, as I said everyone from pompey is related.
[quote][p][bold]st1halo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pompey in spain[/bold] wrote: BTW ,im not bull s!!Ting....bobby was my cousin on my dads side of the family,and when he had the cafe on the hard in pompey,opposite the harbour station/isle of wight ferries,bobby told my old man that after he scored that goal he had women from the age of 16 to 76 throwing themselves at him!........but i dont think he done the biz ..too nice and too much of a gentleman....and rightly so a saints legend.......the magic of the cup........PLAY UP BURNLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]If he was indeed your cousin, and I'm not doubting you Pis, that makes you a related Saint! Where shall we send your new shirt to? Lol. Respect for your original post btw. STID[/p][/quote]ST1halo, PiS is already one of us, he is in the Costa del Sol saints supporters club and wears his new red saints shirt with pride. He is known in the area as El santo a pescado And we know you are telling the truth PiS, as I said everyone from pompey is related. costa gaz
  • Score: 1

1:28pm Sat 4 Jan 14

pompey in spain says...

costa gas...youve crossed the line.....ive told you before...unlike us,burnley,sunderlan
d,man city,and newcastle,not including gibraltar,you aint got one on the costa del sol!!........fans not passionate enough.what i will say is that the banter on here is far superior to the news and other sites..take a bow boys and girls..........are you out for 3 kings nite gaz?
costa gas...youve crossed the line.....ive told you before...unlike us,burnley,sunderlan d,man city,and newcastle,not including gibraltar,you aint got one on the costa del sol!!........fans not passionate enough.what i will say is that the banter on here is far superior to the news and other sites..take a bow boys and girls..........are you out for 3 kings nite gaz? pompey in spain
  • Score: 0

1:39pm Sat 4 Jan 14

el caballo santos101 says...

would like to say well done to james beattie,

"Accrington Stanley boss James Beattie arranges for fans to attend Southampton v Burnley after wasted trip to Portsmouth"

"And they say all footballers are greedy – well try telling that to the Accrington fans who were given tickets to the FA Cup clash between Southampton and Burnley by Stanley boss and former England international James Beattie, after their own club’s match against Portsmouth was postponed.

Accy were due to play their League Two match at Fratton Park today but the game was called off yesterday due to a waterlogged pitch.

But for the group of Stanley supporters who had already made the near-300 mile trip from Lancashire to the south coast, the early decision was of little consolation."
taken from the Metro.

JB you've done yourself proud again. metro you must realise that EVERY trip to poopey is a waste of time!
well done JB and welcome to the top team and ground on the south coast to all the Accrington Stanley fans.
why cant poopey get the pitch playable? should get all the `owners` on the pitch with brushes.
would like to say well done to james beattie, "Accrington Stanley boss James Beattie arranges for fans to attend Southampton v Burnley after wasted trip to Portsmouth" "And they say all footballers are greedy – well try telling that to the Accrington fans who were given tickets to the FA Cup clash between Southampton and Burnley by Stanley boss and former England international James Beattie, after their own club’s match against Portsmouth was postponed. Accy were due to play their League Two match at Fratton Park today but the game was called off yesterday due to a waterlogged pitch. But for the group of Stanley supporters who had already made the near-300 mile trip from Lancashire to the south coast, the early decision was of little consolation." taken from the Metro. JB you've done yourself proud again. metro you must realise that EVERY trip to poopey is a waste of time! well done JB and welcome to the top team and ground on the south coast to all the Accrington Stanley fans. why cant poopey get the pitch playable? should get all the `owners` on the pitch with brushes. el caballo santos101
  • Score: 1

1:40pm Sat 4 Jan 14

DisplacedFan says...

Mush On The Beach wrote:
pompey in spain wrote:
BTW ,im not bull s!!Ting....bobby was my cousin on my dads side of the family,and when he had the cafe on the hard in pompey,opposite the harbour station/isle of wight ferries,bobby told my old man that after he scored that goal he had women from the age of 16 to 76 throwing themselves at him!........but i dont think he done the biz ..too nice and too much of a gentleman....and rightly so a saints legend.......the magic of the cup........PLAY UP BURNLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!


!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fair play PIS, I visited that cafe just after the event and the poopey lils were indeed throwing themselves at everyone. Turns out they always have done, the magic of the clap!!! Play up Penicillin, who are you playing in the cup today?
Yet another reason a sailor has a woman (or is it sister?) in every port.
[quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pompey in spain[/bold] wrote: BTW ,im not bull s!!Ting....bobby was my cousin on my dads side of the family,and when he had the cafe on the hard in pompey,opposite the harbour station/isle of wight ferries,bobby told my old man that after he scored that goal he had women from the age of 16 to 76 throwing themselves at him!........but i dont think he done the biz ..too nice and too much of a gentleman....and rightly so a saints legend.......the magic of the cup........PLAY UP BURNLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Fair play PIS, I visited that cafe just after the event and the poopey lils were indeed throwing themselves at everyone. Turns out they always have done, the magic of the clap!!! Play up Penicillin, who are you playing in the cup today?[/p][/quote]Yet another reason a sailor has a woman (or is it sister?) in every port. DisplacedFan
  • Score: 0

1:46pm Sat 4 Jan 14

costa gaz says...

pompey in spain wrote:
costa gas...youve crossed the line.....ive told you before...unlike us,burnley,sunderlan

d,man city,and newcastle,not including gibraltar,you aint got one on the costa del sol!!........fans not passionate enough.what i will say is that the banter on here is far superior to the news and other sites..take a bow boys and girls..........are you out for 3 kings nite gaz?
I'll be frequenting a couple of little tapas bars on 3 kings night whilst watching the parade. Might have to take a jacket, getting a bit nippy here in the evenings now.
[quote][p][bold]pompey in spain[/bold] wrote: costa gas...youve crossed the line.....ive told you before...unlike us,burnley,sunderlan d,man city,and newcastle,not including gibraltar,you aint got one on the costa del sol!!........fans not passionate enough.what i will say is that the banter on here is far superior to the news and other sites..take a bow boys and girls..........are you out for 3 kings nite gaz?[/p][/quote]I'll be frequenting a couple of little tapas bars on 3 kings night whilst watching the parade. Might have to take a jacket, getting a bit nippy here in the evenings now. costa gaz
  • Score: 0

1:51pm Sat 4 Jan 14

dadofmy3sons says...

So.
We have learned that Saints need to take this sort of seriously, a bit and a lot.
And PiS is not too bad a sort, even if his shirt has sh 1t on it.

Informative kind of site.
So. We have learned that Saints need to take this sort of seriously, a bit and a lot. And PiS is not too bad a sort, even if his shirt has sh 1t on it. Informative kind of site. dadofmy3sons
  • Score: 0

1:54pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

el caballo santos101 wrote:
would like to say well done to james beattie,

"Accrington Stanley boss James Beattie arranges for fans to attend Southampton v Burnley after wasted trip to Portsmouth"

"And they say all footballers are greedy – well try telling that to the Accrington fans who were given tickets to the FA Cup clash between Southampton and Burnley by Stanley boss and former England international James Beattie, after their own club’s match against Portsmouth was postponed.

Accy were due to play their League Two match at Fratton Park today but the game was called off yesterday due to a waterlogged pitch.

But for the group of Stanley supporters who had already made the near-300 mile trip from Lancashire to the south coast, the early decision was of little consolation."
taken from the Metro.

JB you've done yourself proud again. metro you must realise that EVERY trip to poopey is a waste of time!
well done JB and welcome to the top team and ground on the south coast to all the Accrington Stanley fans.
why cant poopey get the pitch playable? should get all the `owners` on the pitch with brushes.
The PFC owners tried to get the match playable - to their advantage; they tried to turn it into a fish tank. Alas, unlike the skates, the accy players aren't fitted with aqualungs and flippers.
[quote][p][bold]el caballo santos101[/bold] wrote: would like to say well done to james beattie, "Accrington Stanley boss James Beattie arranges for fans to attend Southampton v Burnley after wasted trip to Portsmouth" "And they say all footballers are greedy – well try telling that to the Accrington fans who were given tickets to the FA Cup clash between Southampton and Burnley by Stanley boss and former England international James Beattie, after their own club’s match against Portsmouth was postponed. Accy were due to play their League Two match at Fratton Park today but the game was called off yesterday due to a waterlogged pitch. But for the group of Stanley supporters who had already made the near-300 mile trip from Lancashire to the south coast, the early decision was of little consolation." taken from the Metro. JB you've done yourself proud again. metro you must realise that EVERY trip to poopey is a waste of time! well done JB and welcome to the top team and ground on the south coast to all the Accrington Stanley fans. why cant poopey get the pitch playable? should get all the `owners` on the pitch with brushes.[/p][/quote]The PFC owners tried to get the match playable - to their advantage; they tried to turn it into a fish tank. Alas, unlike the skates, the accy players aren't fitted with aqualungs and flippers. Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 1

1:59pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

mack chinnon wrote:
Who are Pompey playing today in the 3rd round of the F.A. Cup.
Oh I forgot. There not in it.
Harsh, Mack. You have to remember that they are putting all their effort into a concerted promotion push.
[quote][p][bold]mack chinnon[/bold] wrote: Who are Pompey playing today in the 3rd round of the F.A. Cup. Oh I forgot. There not in it.[/p][/quote]Harsh, Mack. You have to remember that they are putting all their effort into a concerted promotion push. Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 1

2:03pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

costa gaz wrote:
pompey in spain wrote:
costa gas...youve crossed the line.....ive told you before...unlike us,burnley,sunderlan


d,man city,and newcastle,not including gibraltar,you aint got one on the costa del sol!!........fans not passionate enough.what i will say is that the banter on here is far superior to the news and other sites..take a bow boys and girls..........are you out for 3 kings nite gaz?
I'll be frequenting a couple of little tapas bars on 3 kings night whilst watching the parade. Might have to take a jacket, getting a bit nippy here in the evenings now.
How's the weather on your side of the peninsular?

Like the coasts of France and the British Isles, Portugal took a Norgie last night.

....... a Norgie? Ergo, a hell of a beating!
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pompey in spain[/bold] wrote: costa gas...youve crossed the line.....ive told you before...unlike us,burnley,sunderlan d,man city,and newcastle,not including gibraltar,you aint got one on the costa del sol!!........fans not passionate enough.what i will say is that the banter on here is far superior to the news and other sites..take a bow boys and girls..........are you out for 3 kings nite gaz?[/p][/quote]I'll be frequenting a couple of little tapas bars on 3 kings night whilst watching the parade. Might have to take a jacket, getting a bit nippy here in the evenings now.[/p][/quote]How's the weather on your side of the peninsular? Like the coasts of France and the British Isles, Portugal took a Norgie last night. ....... a Norgie? Ergo, a hell of a beating! Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 0

2:03pm Sat 4 Jan 14

dadofmy3sons says...

The majic of the cup?
Blackburn have just equalised against City and are making a game of it.
City have fielded, for them, a slightly weakened team. A team that could start a Prem league game against most teams.
Blackburn have fielded their best and are having a go.
They do not care who the players are, they are drawing with Man City.
Their fans are getting right behind their team too.
The majic of the cup? Blackburn have just equalised against City and are making a game of it. City have fielded, for them, a slightly weakened team. A team that could start a Prem league game against most teams. Blackburn have fielded their best and are having a go. They do not care who the players are, they are drawing with Man City. Their fans are getting right behind their team too. dadofmy3sons
  • Score: 0

2:07pm Sat 4 Jan 14

dadofmy3sons says...

dadofmy3sons wrote:
The majic of the cup?
Blackburn have just equalised against City and are making a game of it.
City have fielded, for them, a slightly weakened team. A team that could start a Prem league game against most teams.
Blackburn have fielded their best and are having a go.
They do not care who the players are, they are drawing with Man City.
Their fans are getting right behind their team too.
Sorry Blackburn not playing all their best.
Jordan Rhodes on the bench.
Not getting cup-tied, a prospective sale?
[quote][p][bold]dadofmy3sons[/bold] wrote: The majic of the cup? Blackburn have just equalised against City and are making a game of it. City have fielded, for them, a slightly weakened team. A team that could start a Prem league game against most teams. Blackburn have fielded their best and are having a go. They do not care who the players are, they are drawing with Man City. Their fans are getting right behind their team too.[/p][/quote]Sorry Blackburn not playing all their best. Jordan Rhodes on the bench. Not getting cup-tied, a prospective sale? dadofmy3sons
  • Score: 0

2:07pm Sat 4 Jan 14

el caballo santos101 says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
mack chinnon wrote:
Who are Pompey playing today in the 3rd round of the F.A. Cup.
Oh I forgot. There not in it.
Harsh, Mack. You have to remember that they are putting all their effort into a concerted promotion push.
and poopey have never taken the cup that seriously either!
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mack chinnon[/bold] wrote: Who are Pompey playing today in the 3rd round of the F.A. Cup. Oh I forgot. There not in it.[/p][/quote]Harsh, Mack. You have to remember that they are putting all their effort into a concerted promotion push.[/p][/quote]and poopey have never taken the cup that seriously either! el caballo santos101
  • Score: 1

2:15pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Clever Dick says...

el caballo santos101 wrote:
would like to say well done to james beattie,

"Accrington Stanley boss James Beattie arranges for fans to attend Southampton v Burnley after wasted trip to Portsmouth"

"And they say all footballers are greedy – well try telling that to the Accrington fans who were given tickets to the FA Cup clash between Southampton and Burnley by Stanley boss and former England international James Beattie, after their own club’s match against Portsmouth was postponed.

Accy were due to play their League Two match at Fratton Park today but the game was called off yesterday due to a waterlogged pitch.

But for the group of Stanley supporters who had already made the near-300 mile trip from Lancashire to the south coast, the early decision was of little consolation."
taken from the Metro.

JB you've done yourself proud again. metro you must realise that EVERY trip to poopey is a waste of time!
well done JB and welcome to the top team and ground on the south coast to all the Accrington Stanley fans.
why cant poopey get the pitch playable? should get all the `owners` on the pitch with brushes.
Great gesture by Beatts. What a contrast for them. They set out expecting an easy win but at a smelly sh-thole and end up at a hugely impressive Premier League ground where international stars play every week.
[quote][p][bold]el caballo santos101[/bold] wrote: would like to say well done to james beattie, "Accrington Stanley boss James Beattie arranges for fans to attend Southampton v Burnley after wasted trip to Portsmouth" "And they say all footballers are greedy – well try telling that to the Accrington fans who were given tickets to the FA Cup clash between Southampton and Burnley by Stanley boss and former England international James Beattie, after their own club’s match against Portsmouth was postponed. Accy were due to play their League Two match at Fratton Park today but the game was called off yesterday due to a waterlogged pitch. But for the group of Stanley supporters who had already made the near-300 mile trip from Lancashire to the south coast, the early decision was of little consolation." taken from the Metro. JB you've done yourself proud again. metro you must realise that EVERY trip to poopey is a waste of time! well done JB and welcome to the top team and ground on the south coast to all the Accrington Stanley fans. why cant poopey get the pitch playable? should get all the `owners` on the pitch with brushes.[/p][/quote]Great gesture by Beatts. What a contrast for them. They set out expecting an easy win but at a smelly sh-thole and end up at a hugely impressive Premier League ground where international stars play every week. Clever Dick
  • Score: 1

2:23pm Sat 4 Jan 14

pompey in spain says...

and normal service resumes,,,,,,,,,,,,,
,,will your club complain again today if the ref speaks to any of them.....wimps!
and normal service resumes,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,will your club complain again today if the ref speaks to any of them.....wimps! pompey in spain
  • Score: 0

2:31pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Mush On The Beach says...

Clever Dick wrote:
el caballo santos101 wrote:
would like to say well done to james beattie,

"Accrington Stanley boss James Beattie arranges for fans to attend Southampton v Burnley after wasted trip to Portsmouth"

"And they say all footballers are greedy – well try telling that to the Accrington fans who were given tickets to the FA Cup clash between Southampton and Burnley by Stanley boss and former England international James Beattie, after their own club’s match against Portsmouth was postponed.

Accy were due to play their League Two match at Fratton Park today but the game was called off yesterday due to a waterlogged pitch.

But for the group of Stanley supporters who had already made the near-300 mile trip from Lancashire to the south coast, the early decision was of little consolation."
taken from the Metro.

JB you've done yourself proud again. metro you must realise that EVERY trip to poopey is a waste of time!
well done JB and welcome to the top team and ground on the south coast to all the Accrington Stanley fans.
why cant poopey get the pitch playable? should get all the `owners` on the pitch with brushes.
Great gesture by Beatts. What a contrast for them. They set out expecting an easy win but at a smelly sh-thole and end up at a hugely impressive Premier League ground where international stars play every week.
I like that story, pure class James.
Poopey FC ..... Who are they?
[quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]el caballo santos101[/bold] wrote: would like to say well done to james beattie, "Accrington Stanley boss James Beattie arranges for fans to attend Southampton v Burnley after wasted trip to Portsmouth" "And they say all footballers are greedy – well try telling that to the Accrington fans who were given tickets to the FA Cup clash between Southampton and Burnley by Stanley boss and former England international James Beattie, after their own club’s match against Portsmouth was postponed. Accy were due to play their League Two match at Fratton Park today but the game was called off yesterday due to a waterlogged pitch. But for the group of Stanley supporters who had already made the near-300 mile trip from Lancashire to the south coast, the early decision was of little consolation." taken from the Metro. JB you've done yourself proud again. metro you must realise that EVERY trip to poopey is a waste of time! well done JB and welcome to the top team and ground on the south coast to all the Accrington Stanley fans. why cant poopey get the pitch playable? should get all the `owners` on the pitch with brushes.[/p][/quote]Great gesture by Beatts. What a contrast for them. They set out expecting an easy win but at a smelly sh-thole and end up at a hugely impressive Premier League ground where international stars play every week.[/p][/quote]I like that story, pure class James. Poopey FC ..... Who are they? Mush On The Beach
  • Score: 0

2:40pm Sat 4 Jan 14

el caballo santos101 says...

pompey in spain wrote:
and normal service resumes,,,,,,,,,,,,,

,,will your club complain again today if the ref speaks to any of them.....wimps!
don't know about that pis
but will your club go into administration again today if you don't get the fans through the gates?
[quote][p][bold]pompey in spain[/bold] wrote: and normal service resumes,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,will your club complain again today if the ref speaks to any of them.....wimps![/p][/quote]don't know about that pis but will your club go into administration again today if you don't get the fans through the gates? el caballo santos101
  • Score: 0

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