Maya never thought to quit 'fantastic' Saints

Basingstoke Gazette: Maya Yoshida Maya Yoshida

Saints defender Maya Yoshida said he never considered leaving the club in January, despite losing his place in the team this season.

The Japanese centre half was a regular fixture in the side during the last campaign, following his arrival from Dutch outfit VVV-Venlo in August 2012.

However, the commanding partnership forged by summer signing Dejan Lovren and José Fonte at the heart of defence has resulted in him falling down the pecking order.

Yoshida did not make an appearance in the Premier League until early December and it is only recently, when he replaced the injured Lovren, that he has enjoyed a regular run in the team.

With first-team football particularly important for the 25-year-old this season, ahead of the World Cup in the summer, there were suggestions that Yoshida might look for a loan switch during the transfer window.

But he insisted that was not the case.

“No. The stadium, the club are fantastic,” said Yoshida, who is expected to start alongside Fonte again in tonight’s visit to Hull.

“My dream is to play in the Premier League and have success here.

Crazy “Why would I play half a season then go to another club or another country? That’s crazy.”

That does not change the fact, however, that it has been a difficult season for Yoshida.

He came in for a bit of criticism in his homeland last summer, after committing some costly mistakes in the Confederations Cup.

Things then got worse, as he returned to Saints and found that he had fallen out of the picture to a certain extent.

“It’s not been frustrating, but it has been a disappointing time for me, because I’m looking to play in the World Cup,” he said.

“When I wasn’t playing, the team was playing very, very well, so I couldn’t be very disappointed, but I tried to be professional and wait for my chance, and now I have a big massive chance I think. It can change.”

Yoshida has proved to be a solid deputy for Lovren, and he said it was a wonderful feeling to be back in the team.

“It is good. I’m very happy to be playing again in this stadium, but I also want to win games,” he said.

“There is very good competition for defenders and centre backs, so I need to apply myself more. I want to contribute to the team.”

Saints will look to extend their unbeaten Premier League run to six matches tonight, although there was disappointment at the weekend that they were only able to draw with Stoke at home.

“If we had won we would have caught up on Newcastle, but we missed out on it,” said Yoshida. “The game has gone now and we are focusing on Hull.”

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7:32am Tue 11 Feb 14

peregrine73 says...

He needs to be at his best tonight,an able CB,but proberley not premiership quality.Lovren to return soon I hope and puts some stability into the defence.A draw tonight will be good tonight against an improved Hull side.
He needs to be at his best tonight,an able CB,but proberley not premiership quality.Lovren to return soon I hope and puts some stability into the defence.A draw tonight will be good tonight against an improved Hull side. peregrine73

7:45am Tue 11 Feb 14

Rising_Son says...

peregrine73 wrote:
He needs to be at his best tonight,an able CB,but proberley not premiership quality.Lovren to return soon I hope and puts some stability into the defence.A draw tonight will be good tonight against an improved Hull side.
He may not be the best CB in the premiership but he definitely premiership quality.
[quote][p][bold]peregrine73[/bold] wrote: He needs to be at his best tonight,an able CB,but proberley not premiership quality.Lovren to return soon I hope and puts some stability into the defence.A draw tonight will be good tonight against an improved Hull side.[/p][/quote]He may not be the best CB in the premiership but he definitely premiership quality. Rising_Son

7:47am Tue 11 Feb 14

miltonnroad76 says...

anybody but hoover.
anybody but hoover. miltonnroad76

8:51am Tue 11 Feb 14

Saintsayer II says...

Keep Yoshida and buy another CB the same quality as Loveren Then sell Hoover or better still give him afree as athank you for his help Remember Wet Spam nil Hoover 1
Keep Yoshida and buy another CB the same quality as Loveren Then sell Hoover or better still give him afree as athank you for his help Remember Wet Spam nil Hoover 1 Saintsayer II

9:06am Tue 11 Feb 14

andoru says...

While I think the standard of the Premiership probably caught Maya off guard at first, he came on very nicely in the second half of last season and developed a decent partnership with Fonte. Considering neither of those two had experience at this level I think they did very well to adapt. Maya has shown he can and does learn quickly. He still makes a few too many mistakes and needs to continue raising his game, but we are lucky to have him as an understudy I think. We're not the kind of club who can expect to keep another Lovren happy on the bench. That Yoshida is content to keep challenging himself to improve is great for the club. I'm glad he wants to stay.
While I think the standard of the Premiership probably caught Maya off guard at first, he came on very nicely in the second half of last season and developed a decent partnership with Fonte. Considering neither of those two had experience at this level I think they did very well to adapt. Maya has shown he can and does learn quickly. He still makes a few too many mistakes and needs to continue raising his game, but we are lucky to have him as an understudy I think. We're not the kind of club who can expect to keep another Lovren happy on the bench. That Yoshida is content to keep challenging himself to improve is great for the club. I'm glad he wants to stay. andoru

9:24am Tue 11 Feb 14

Folkestone Saint says...

A very mature attitude, I don't go to all Saints games so may not be entitled to an opinion but whenever I saw Yos he was O.K., not at the same level as Lovren, but then Lovren was not always at the level he is now playing at
A very mature attitude, I don't go to all Saints games so may not be entitled to an opinion but whenever I saw Yos he was O.K., not at the same level as Lovren, but then Lovren was not always at the level he is now playing at Folkestone Saint

9:28am Tue 11 Feb 14

legh_langston says...

He ccertaainly worked hard and effectively against Fulham. Good guy to have in reserve.
He ccertaainly worked hard and effectively against Fulham. Good guy to have in reserve. legh_langston

9:36am Tue 11 Feb 14

Clever Dick says...

Rising_Son wrote:
peregrine73 wrote:
He needs to be at his best tonight,an able CB,but proberley not premiership quality.Lovren to return soon I hope and puts some stability into the defence.A draw tonight will be good tonight against an improved Hull side.
He may not be the best CB in the premiership but he definitely premiership quality.
Yes he is. He did ok last eason and was a bit unlucky that we signed Dejan who is clearly our no. 1 central defender. We have to allow him to be a bit rusty as he is not getting the game time. And when he plays he brings a hoard of Asian/Japanese fans through the turnstiles. Definitely a great backup to Jose and Dejan and we are lucky to have him. Always gives 100% and not afraid to put his boby on the line.
[quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]peregrine73[/bold] wrote: He needs to be at his best tonight,an able CB,but proberley not premiership quality.Lovren to return soon I hope and puts some stability into the defence.A draw tonight will be good tonight against an improved Hull side.[/p][/quote]He may not be the best CB in the premiership but he definitely premiership quality.[/p][/quote]Yes he is. He did ok last eason and was a bit unlucky that we signed Dejan who is clearly our no. 1 central defender. We have to allow him to be a bit rusty as he is not getting the game time. And when he plays he brings a hoard of Asian/Japanese fans through the turnstiles. Definitely a great backup to Jose and Dejan and we are lucky to have him. Always gives 100% and not afraid to put his boby on the line. Clever Dick

9:45am Tue 11 Feb 14

andoru says...

Clever Dick wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
peregrine73 wrote:
He needs to be at his best tonight,an able CB,but proberley not premiership quality.Lovren to return soon I hope and puts some stability into the defence.A draw tonight will be good tonight against an improved Hull side.
He may not be the best CB in the premiership but he definitely premiership quality.
Yes he is. He did ok last eason and was a bit unlucky that we signed Dejan who is clearly our no. 1 central defender. We have to allow him to be a bit rusty as he is not getting the game time. And when he plays he brings a hoard of Asian/Japanese fans through the turnstiles. Definitely a great backup to Jose and Dejan and we are lucky to have him. Always gives 100% and not afraid to put his boby on the line.
He's on the front cover of the Asian edition of Fifa 2014, isn't he? For this reason I never thought he'd leave during the window. He's our face in Japan. Plus, they'd have to reprint all those game covers.
[quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]peregrine73[/bold] wrote: He needs to be at his best tonight,an able CB,but proberley not premiership quality.Lovren to return soon I hope and puts some stability into the defence.A draw tonight will be good tonight against an improved Hull side.[/p][/quote]He may not be the best CB in the premiership but he definitely premiership quality.[/p][/quote]Yes he is. He did ok last eason and was a bit unlucky that we signed Dejan who is clearly our no. 1 central defender. We have to allow him to be a bit rusty as he is not getting the game time. And when he plays he brings a hoard of Asian/Japanese fans through the turnstiles. Definitely a great backup to Jose and Dejan and we are lucky to have him. Always gives 100% and not afraid to put his boby on the line.[/p][/quote]He's on the front cover of the Asian edition of Fifa 2014, isn't he? For this reason I never thought he'd leave during the window. He's our face in Japan. Plus, they'd have to reprint all those game covers. andoru

10:05am Tue 11 Feb 14

Clever Dick says...

andoru wrote:
Clever Dick wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
peregrine73 wrote:
He needs to be at his best tonight,an able CB,but proberley not premiership quality.Lovren to return soon I hope and puts some stability into the defence.A draw tonight will be good tonight against an improved Hull side.
He may not be the best CB in the premiership but he definitely premiership quality.
Yes he is. He did ok last eason and was a bit unlucky that we signed Dejan who is clearly our no. 1 central defender. We have to allow him to be a bit rusty as he is not getting the game time. And when he plays he brings a hoard of Asian/Japanese fans through the turnstiles. Definitely a great backup to Jose and Dejan and we are lucky to have him. Always gives 100% and not afraid to put his boby on the line.
He's on the front cover of the Asian edition of Fifa 2014, isn't he? For this reason I never thought he'd leave during the window. He's our face in Japan. Plus, they'd have to reprint all those game covers.
Yes I think he's a big star over there and that's great for increasing our worldwide profile.
[quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]peregrine73[/bold] wrote: He needs to be at his best tonight,an able CB,but proberley not premiership quality.Lovren to return soon I hope and puts some stability into the defence.A draw tonight will be good tonight against an improved Hull side.[/p][/quote]He may not be the best CB in the premiership but he definitely premiership quality.[/p][/quote]Yes he is. He did ok last eason and was a bit unlucky that we signed Dejan who is clearly our no. 1 central defender. We have to allow him to be a bit rusty as he is not getting the game time. And when he plays he brings a hoard of Asian/Japanese fans through the turnstiles. Definitely a great backup to Jose and Dejan and we are lucky to have him. Always gives 100% and not afraid to put his boby on the line.[/p][/quote]He's on the front cover of the Asian edition of Fifa 2014, isn't he? For this reason I never thought he'd leave during the window. He's our face in Japan. Plus, they'd have to reprint all those game covers.[/p][/quote]Yes I think he's a big star over there and that's great for increasing our worldwide profile. Clever Dick

10:41am Tue 11 Feb 14

Confucious says...

Europeans find it just as difficult to adapt to the ways of Japan. My uncle Algernon was an internationally famous orchestra conductor and he always found it really difficult in Tokyo having to conduct with a knife and fork.
Europeans find it just as difficult to adapt to the ways of Japan. My uncle Algernon was an internationally famous orchestra conductor and he always found it really difficult in Tokyo having to conduct with a knife and fork. Confucious

11:09am Tue 11 Feb 14

therealredarmy says...

@Clever Dick

The only reason why Asian are showing up at Saint Mary's it's because they have Cheap tickets from both University and English schools mate ! The wife told me she work for the emea team at Southampton uni
@Clever Dick The only reason why Asian are showing up at Saint Mary's it's because they have Cheap tickets from both University and English schools mate ! The wife told me she work for the emea team at Southampton uni therealredarmy

11:12am Tue 11 Feb 14

kinkyboots09 says...

He's a decent enough player and he likes it here so not surprised he has stayed
He's a decent enough player and he likes it here so not surprised he has stayed kinkyboots09

12:43pm Tue 11 Feb 14

andoru says...

therealredarmy wrote:
@Clever Dick

The only reason why Asian are showing up at Saint Mary's it's because they have Cheap tickets from both University and English schools mate ! The wife told me she work for the emea team at Southampton uni
Loads of Chinese students studying in Southampton have become serious fans of the Saints. I know, I talk to them sometimes. A lot of them read this site too. Hey guys. Sorry I've not been on QQ and Tieba lately. I'm busy planning my wedding. Xinian Kuaile.
[quote][p][bold]therealredarmy[/bold] wrote: @Clever Dick The only reason why Asian are showing up at Saint Mary's it's because they have Cheap tickets from both University and English schools mate ! The wife told me she work for the emea team at Southampton uni[/p][/quote]Loads of Chinese students studying in Southampton have become serious fans of the Saints. I know, I talk to them sometimes. A lot of them read this site too. Hey guys. Sorry I've not been on QQ and Tieba lately. I'm busy planning my wedding. Xinian Kuaile. andoru

1:02pm Tue 11 Feb 14

therealredarmy says...

@andoru

Fair enough if they are fan but I can tell you that they pay there tickets between £10 and £15 massively discounted because they are at uni. They have a bloody good deal compare to us mate
@andoru Fair enough if they are fan but I can tell you that they pay there tickets between £10 and £15 massively discounted because they are at uni. They have a bloody good deal compare to us mate therealredarmy

1:22pm Tue 11 Feb 14

REDARMYRULETHESOUTH says...

WE ARE AT HULL FOR THE WIN AND 3 POINTS.

THE THREE CROWNS FOR A BEER BEFORE THE GAME BUILD UP.

RED ARMY 2014. NUMBER ONE IN THE SOUTH.

COYR.
WE ARE AT HULL FOR THE WIN AND 3 POINTS. THE THREE CROWNS FOR A BEER BEFORE THE GAME BUILD UP. RED ARMY 2014. NUMBER ONE IN THE SOUTH. COYR. REDARMYRULETHESOUTH

1:26pm Tue 11 Feb 14

andoru says...

therealredarmy wrote:
@andoru

Fair enough if they are fan but I can tell you that they pay there tickets between £10 and £15 massively discounted because they are at uni. They have a bloody good deal compare to us mate
Any discount they get is no fault of theirs. I'm sure we'd all take cheaper tickets if they were offered to us (although being on the other side of the world I'm grateful just to see one game every couple of years). Sour grapes don't help anyone. Focus on the positives: the word of the Southampton revolution is going international. We're not just a small provincial club anymore. That's great, isn't it?
[quote][p][bold]therealredarmy[/bold] wrote: @andoru Fair enough if they are fan but I can tell you that they pay there tickets between £10 and £15 massively discounted because they are at uni. They have a bloody good deal compare to us mate[/p][/quote]Any discount they get is no fault of theirs. I'm sure we'd all take cheaper tickets if they were offered to us (although being on the other side of the world I'm grateful just to see one game every couple of years). Sour grapes don't help anyone. Focus on the positives: the word of the Southampton revolution is going international. We're not just a small provincial club anymore. That's great, isn't it? andoru

1:41pm Tue 11 Feb 14

jls217 says...

therealredarmy wrote:
@andoru

Fair enough if they are fan but I can tell you that they pay there tickets between £10 and £15 massively discounted because they are at uni. They have a bloody good deal compare to us mate
This just about sums this country up doesn't it. I can't have it so I'll whine about it till it's taken away and then noone can have it. Good luck to them for any concession they can get - I envy them but hope they can go one enjoying our club for the time they're spending in our country. I served in Berlin for two years and regularly got consessionary tickets to watch Hertha BSC. Over thirty years later and they are the second score I look for no matter where in the world I am. (Saints naturally being the first) I've been back there, gone to the fan shop and bought the same sort of junk I buy at the Saints shop. Let's hope these youngsters come back in a few years to watch a game or even just take an interest in the club from their own front rooms no matter where in the world they live. The politics of envy is a despicable thing to be involved in mate and Saints fans should not buy into it and just be happy that a few more people are getting to watch us at our best who otherwise may never have even heard of us. Be happy they are there - you wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to you!
[quote][p][bold]therealredarmy[/bold] wrote: @andoru Fair enough if they are fan but I can tell you that they pay there tickets between £10 and £15 massively discounted because they are at uni. They have a bloody good deal compare to us mate[/p][/quote]This just about sums this country up doesn't it. I can't have it so I'll whine about it till it's taken away and then noone can have it. Good luck to them for any concession they can get - I envy them but hope they can go one enjoying our club for the time they're spending in our country. I served in Berlin for two years and regularly got consessionary tickets to watch Hertha BSC. Over thirty years later and they are the second score I look for no matter where in the world I am. (Saints naturally being the first) I've been back there, gone to the fan shop and bought the same sort of junk I buy at the Saints shop. Let's hope these youngsters come back in a few years to watch a game or even just take an interest in the club from their own front rooms no matter where in the world they live. The politics of envy is a despicable thing to be involved in mate and Saints fans should not buy into it and just be happy that a few more people are getting to watch us at our best who otherwise may never have even heard of us. Be happy they are there - you wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to you! jls217

1:41pm Tue 11 Feb 14

therealredarmy says...

@andoru

Sour grapes Im not mate , I'm a Project manager I have the money to go when I want !. Unfortunately some are less fortunate than me and there's loyal fans who live in the city and deserve to go more than those Fake Asian fans !
@andoru Sour grapes Im not mate , I'm a Project manager I have the money to go when I want !. Unfortunately some are less fortunate than me and there's loyal fans who live in the city and deserve to go more than those Fake Asian fans ! therealredarmy

1:46pm Tue 11 Feb 14

jls217 says...

Shame Lee wasn't of the same calibre. Two Japanese internationals would've spread the name of Saints throughout Japan making a great marketing opportunity and even attract the next generation of Japanese youngsters to consider Saints. Japan are turning out more and more players capable of making the grade throughout the European leagues. Jap, Jock or Jerman, makes no difference to me as long as he plays the sort of football I want to pay to watch. And it would help if the occasional real star discovers an English great granddad to entitle him to an England shirt!
Shame Lee wasn't of the same calibre. Two Japanese internationals would've spread the name of Saints throughout Japan making a great marketing opportunity and even attract the next generation of Japanese youngsters to consider Saints. Japan are turning out more and more players capable of making the grade throughout the European leagues. Jap, Jock or Jerman, makes no difference to me as long as he plays the sort of football I want to pay to watch. And it would help if the occasional real star discovers an English great granddad to entitle him to an England shirt! jls217

1:47pm Tue 11 Feb 14

lowe esteem says...

miltonnroad76 wrote:
anybody but hoover.
S A Y S O M E T H I N G
P O S I T I V E Pleeease!



Good Posts from Andoru on here too.
[quote][p][bold]miltonnroad76[/bold] wrote: anybody but hoover.[/p][/quote]S A Y S O M E T H I N G P O S I T I V E Pleeease! Good Posts from Andoru on here too. lowe esteem

2:01pm Tue 11 Feb 14

lowe esteem says...

therealredarmy wrote:
@andoru

Sour grapes Im not mate , I'm a Project manager I have the money to go when I want !. Unfortunately some are less fortunate than me and there's loyal fans who live in the city and deserve to go more than those Fake Asian fans !
Raises an interesting question.
Now that we have a somewhat enlightened PR machine to match our play, perhaps the club could look at revisiting this area.
Saints used to encourage local junior and youth teams at 'giveaway' rates, plus very 'local walk up' sales and this was not to everyone's liking then either, but I believe it did help to engender our burgeoning fanbase. The club also recently 'filled' seats up to the 'no-go' area adjacent to the visitors allocation against Man City of all teams, and were able to sell these on to our own fans. Surely a good commercial policy with longstanding (sic sitting) benefits. All welcome in my book, especially if it plugs a few gaps too.

Discuss?

PS there is surely some unintended irony in 'the realredarmy' commenting on Chinese issues.
[quote][p][bold]therealredarmy[/bold] wrote: @andoru Sour grapes Im not mate , I'm a Project manager I have the money to go when I want !. Unfortunately some are less fortunate than me and there's loyal fans who live in the city and deserve to go more than those Fake Asian fans ![/p][/quote]Raises an interesting question. Now that we have a somewhat enlightened PR machine to match our play, perhaps the club could look at revisiting this area. Saints used to encourage local junior and youth teams at 'giveaway' rates, plus very 'local walk up' sales and this was not to everyone's liking then either, but I believe it did help to engender our burgeoning fanbase. The club also recently 'filled' seats up to the 'no-go' area adjacent to the visitors allocation against Man City of all teams, and were able to sell these on to our own fans. Surely a good commercial policy with longstanding (sic sitting) benefits. All welcome in my book, especially if it plugs a few gaps too. Discuss? PS there is surely some unintended irony in 'the realredarmy' commenting on Chinese issues. lowe esteem

2:13pm Tue 11 Feb 14

andoru says...

therealredarmy wrote:
@andoru

Sour grapes Im not mate , I'm a Project manager I have the money to go when I want !. Unfortunately some are less fortunate than me and there's loyal fans who live in the city and deserve to go more than those Fake Asian fans !
Purely by coincidence a Chinese fan has posted some pics of her two visits to see Saints matches this season. She saw an FA Cup game and a league match and posted photos of her tickets. The FA Cup ticket is an Adult ticket for 15 quid. The other ticket you can't see the price but it's a 'Young Adults 17-21' ticket, presumably the same concession offered to all people that age, not just the "Fake Asian" fans. I suppose it's a student discount, not a foreigner's discount. As for "loyal fans who live in the city", doesn't that describe the Chinese Saints fans who are studying at the uni there? This girl I mentioned has a Saints duvet cover and Saints teddy bears on her bed. She even took a photo with Luke Shaw.

Here's the link:

http://tieba.baidu.c
om/p/2860739338
[quote][p][bold]therealredarmy[/bold] wrote: @andoru Sour grapes Im not mate , I'm a Project manager I have the money to go when I want !. Unfortunately some are less fortunate than me and there's loyal fans who live in the city and deserve to go more than those Fake Asian fans ![/p][/quote]Purely by coincidence a Chinese fan has posted some pics of her two visits to see Saints matches this season. She saw an FA Cup game and a league match and posted photos of her tickets. The FA Cup ticket is an Adult ticket for 15 quid. The other ticket you can't see the price but it's a 'Young Adults 17-21' ticket, presumably the same concession offered to all people that age, not just the "Fake Asian" fans. I suppose it's a student discount, not a foreigner's discount. As for "loyal fans who live in the city", doesn't that describe the Chinese Saints fans who are studying at the uni there? This girl I mentioned has a Saints duvet cover and Saints teddy bears on her bed. She even took a photo with Luke Shaw. Here's the link: http://tieba.baidu.c om/p/2860739338 andoru

2:17pm Tue 11 Feb 14

andoru says...

lowe esteem wrote:
therealredarmy wrote:
@andoru

Sour grapes Im not mate , I'm a Project manager I have the money to go when I want !. Unfortunately some are less fortunate than me and there's loyal fans who live in the city and deserve to go more than those Fake Asian fans !
Raises an interesting question.
Now that we have a somewhat enlightened PR machine to match our play, perhaps the club could look at revisiting this area.
Saints used to encourage local junior and youth teams at 'giveaway' rates, plus very 'local walk up' sales and this was not to everyone's liking then either, but I believe it did help to engender our burgeoning fanbase. The club also recently 'filled' seats up to the 'no-go' area adjacent to the visitors allocation against Man City of all teams, and were able to sell these on to our own fans. Surely a good commercial policy with longstanding (sic sitting) benefits. All welcome in my book, especially if it plugs a few gaps too.

Discuss?

PS there is surely some unintended irony in 'the realredarmy' commenting on Chinese issues.
Love that last comment. Hahaha.
[quote][p][bold]lowe esteem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]therealredarmy[/bold] wrote: @andoru Sour grapes Im not mate , I'm a Project manager I have the money to go when I want !. Unfortunately some are less fortunate than me and there's loyal fans who live in the city and deserve to go more than those Fake Asian fans ![/p][/quote]Raises an interesting question. Now that we have a somewhat enlightened PR machine to match our play, perhaps the club could look at revisiting this area. Saints used to encourage local junior and youth teams at 'giveaway' rates, plus very 'local walk up' sales and this was not to everyone's liking then either, but I believe it did help to engender our burgeoning fanbase. The club also recently 'filled' seats up to the 'no-go' area adjacent to the visitors allocation against Man City of all teams, and were able to sell these on to our own fans. Surely a good commercial policy with longstanding (sic sitting) benefits. All welcome in my book, especially if it plugs a few gaps too. Discuss? PS there is surely some unintended irony in 'the realredarmy' commenting on Chinese issues.[/p][/quote]Love that last comment. Hahaha. andoru

2:18pm Tue 11 Feb 14

therealredarmy says...

@lowe esteem

Hahahahaha well spotted. I don't mind them coming but I do mind them coming on the cheap knowing that my mate is a real Saint fans and he's been a loyal fan since he was a boy and can't afford to go when he want not really fair is it. You right some tickets should be given to our community specially to the youngsters.
@lowe esteem Hahahahaha well spotted. I don't mind them coming but I do mind them coming on the cheap knowing that my mate is a real Saint fans and he's been a loyal fan since he was a boy and can't afford to go when he want not really fair is it. You right some tickets should be given to our community specially to the youngsters. therealredarmy

2:28pm Tue 11 Feb 14

andoru says...

therealredarmy wrote:
@lowe esteem

Hahahahaha well spotted. I don't mind them coming but I do mind them coming on the cheap knowing that my mate is a real Saint fans and he's been a loyal fan since he was a boy and can't afford to go when he want not really fair is it. You right some tickets should be given to our community specially to the youngsters.
You might have made that point earlier, because up to now it's just sounded as if you are complaining about foreigners coming to watch the Saints. What you are really arguing for is not that they shouldn't get discounts (and again, it's not the Asian's specifically but young adults in general, including locals), but that the discounts could be extended to other people. I.e. You want to see more inclusiveness. That's fair enough. It should be done occasionally, although we can't give everyone a discount as that then becomes the new normal price. I think discounts for cup games is a great idea though and maybe for less appealing fixtures, like a mid-week evening game against Stoke.
[quote][p][bold]therealredarmy[/bold] wrote: @lowe esteem Hahahahaha well spotted. I don't mind them coming but I do mind them coming on the cheap knowing that my mate is a real Saint fans and he's been a loyal fan since he was a boy and can't afford to go when he want not really fair is it. You right some tickets should be given to our community specially to the youngsters.[/p][/quote]You might have made that point earlier, because up to now it's just sounded as if you are complaining about foreigners coming to watch the Saints. What you are really arguing for is not that they shouldn't get discounts (and again, it's not the Asian's specifically but young adults in general, including locals), but that the discounts could be extended to other people. I.e. You want to see more inclusiveness. That's fair enough. It should be done occasionally, although we can't give everyone a discount as that then becomes the new normal price. I think discounts for cup games is a great idea though and maybe for less appealing fixtures, like a mid-week evening game against Stoke. andoru

3:36pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Confucious says...

andoru wrote:
therealredarmy wrote:
@lowe esteem

Hahahahaha well spotted. I don't mind them coming but I do mind them coming on the cheap knowing that my mate is a real Saint fans and he's been a loyal fan since he was a boy and can't afford to go when he want not really fair is it. You right some tickets should be given to our community specially to the youngsters.
You might have made that point earlier, because up to now it's just sounded as if you are complaining about foreigners coming to watch the Saints. What you are really arguing for is not that they shouldn't get discounts (and again, it's not the Asian's specifically but young adults in general, including locals), but that the discounts could be extended to other people. I.e. You want to see more inclusiveness. That's fair enough. It should be done occasionally, although we can't give everyone a discount as that then becomes the new normal price. I think discounts for cup games is a great idea though and maybe for less appealing fixtures, like a mid-week evening game against Stoke.
I can't say that fake Asian fans have been on my list of worries about Saints, but this has made me wonder if a fake Asian skate fan would be worse than a real skate fan. Surely the fake Asian skate would be better than the real skate?

Anyhow, I don't think we should show any racism in this. I think that as an important matter of principle we should hate all skates equally.
[quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]therealredarmy[/bold] wrote: @lowe esteem Hahahahaha well spotted. I don't mind them coming but I do mind them coming on the cheap knowing that my mate is a real Saint fans and he's been a loyal fan since he was a boy and can't afford to go when he want not really fair is it. You right some tickets should be given to our community specially to the youngsters.[/p][/quote]You might have made that point earlier, because up to now it's just sounded as if you are complaining about foreigners coming to watch the Saints. What you are really arguing for is not that they shouldn't get discounts (and again, it's not the Asian's specifically but young adults in general, including locals), but that the discounts could be extended to other people. I.e. You want to see more inclusiveness. That's fair enough. It should be done occasionally, although we can't give everyone a discount as that then becomes the new normal price. I think discounts for cup games is a great idea though and maybe for less appealing fixtures, like a mid-week evening game against Stoke.[/p][/quote]I can't say that fake Asian fans have been on my list of worries about Saints, but this has made me wonder if a fake Asian skate fan would be worse than a real skate fan. Surely the fake Asian skate would be better than the real skate? Anyhow, I don't think we should show any racism in this. I think that as an important matter of principle we should hate all skates equally. Confucious

3:52pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Positively4thStreet says...

jls217 wrote:
Shame Lee wasn't of the same calibre. Two Japanese internationals would've spread the name of Saints throughout Japan making a great marketing opportunity and even attract the next generation of Japanese youngsters to consider Saints. Japan are turning out more and more players capable of making the grade throughout the European leagues. Jap, Jock or Jerman, makes no difference to me as long as he plays the sort of football I want to pay to watch. And it would help if the occasional real star discovers an English great granddad to entitle him to an England shirt!
The English great grandad would have to have been putting it about with the Germans or the Japanese,at round about the time of the second world war...unlikely!!
[quote][p][bold]jls217[/bold] wrote: Shame Lee wasn't of the same calibre. Two Japanese internationals would've spread the name of Saints throughout Japan making a great marketing opportunity and even attract the next generation of Japanese youngsters to consider Saints. Japan are turning out more and more players capable of making the grade throughout the European leagues. Jap, Jock or Jerman, makes no difference to me as long as he plays the sort of football I want to pay to watch. And it would help if the occasional real star discovers an English great granddad to entitle him to an England shirt![/p][/quote]The English great grandad would have to have been putting it about with the Germans or the Japanese,at round about the time of the second world war...unlikely!! Positively4thStreet

4:11pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Sainty saint saint says...

therealredarmy wrote:
@lowe esteem

Hahahahaha well spotted. I don't mind them coming but I do mind them coming on the cheap knowing that my mate is a real Saint fans and he's been a loyal fan since he was a boy and can't afford to go when he want not really fair is it. You right some tickets should be given to our community specially to the youngsters.
Lucky for your friend you've got plenty of cash from your lucrative project management job to subsidise him going to games - what a great friend you are!

As for your 'argument' about 'fake Asian fans' - the more bodies through the turnstyles the better as far as I'm concerned, especially if they can help get the international brand out there.
[quote][p][bold]therealredarmy[/bold] wrote: @lowe esteem Hahahahaha well spotted. I don't mind them coming but I do mind them coming on the cheap knowing that my mate is a real Saint fans and he's been a loyal fan since he was a boy and can't afford to go when he want not really fair is it. You right some tickets should be given to our community specially to the youngsters.[/p][/quote]Lucky for your friend you've got plenty of cash from your lucrative project management job to subsidise him going to games - what a great friend you are! As for your 'argument' about 'fake Asian fans' - the more bodies through the turnstyles the better as far as I'm concerned, especially if they can help get the international brand out there. Sainty saint saint

4:25pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Clever Dick says...

therealredarmy wrote:
@andoru

Fair enough if they are fan but I can tell you that they pay there tickets between £10 and £15 massively discounted because they are at uni. They have a bloody good deal compare to us mate
Oh dear. Perhaps we should also stop all those old age pensioners coming as well. They get a discounted ticket so are obviously fake fans as well. And then there are the family concessions. Obviously they are fake fans too. I find it difficult to believe that a non-fan would buy a ticket to watch something they have no interest in. Of course they are fans, as much so as the rest of us. Maybe we should do the opposite and only allow full price tickets for all the big games, but it's hardly likely yo be very popular is it.
[quote][p][bold]therealredarmy[/bold] wrote: @andoru Fair enough if they are fan but I can tell you that they pay there tickets between £10 and £15 massively discounted because they are at uni. They have a bloody good deal compare to us mate[/p][/quote]Oh dear. Perhaps we should also stop all those old age pensioners coming as well. They get a discounted ticket so are obviously fake fans as well. And then there are the family concessions. Obviously they are fake fans too. I find it difficult to believe that a non-fan would buy a ticket to watch something they have no interest in. Of course they are fans, as much so as the rest of us. Maybe we should do the opposite and only allow full price tickets for all the big games, but it's hardly likely yo be very popular is it. Clever Dick

4:33pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Clever Dick says...

Confucious wrote:
andoru wrote:
therealredarmy wrote:
@lowe esteem

Hahahahaha well spotted. I don't mind them coming but I do mind them coming on the cheap knowing that my mate is a real Saint fans and he's been a loyal fan since he was a boy and can't afford to go when he want not really fair is it. You right some tickets should be given to our community specially to the youngsters.
You might have made that point earlier, because up to now it's just sounded as if you are complaining about foreigners coming to watch the Saints. What you are really arguing for is not that they shouldn't get discounts (and again, it's not the Asian's specifically but young adults in general, including locals), but that the discounts could be extended to other people. I.e. You want to see more inclusiveness. That's fair enough. It should be done occasionally, although we can't give everyone a discount as that then becomes the new normal price. I think discounts for cup games is a great idea though and maybe for less appealing fixtures, like a mid-week evening game against Stoke.
I can't say that fake Asian fans have been on my list of worries about Saints, but this has made me wonder if a fake Asian skate fan would be worse than a real skate fan. Surely the fake Asian skate would be better than the real skate?

Anyhow, I don't think we should show any racism in this. I think that as an important matter of principle we should hate all skates equally.
I think you will find that hating skates equally is pretty much a worldwide phenomenum so no worries there. The Chinese government looked into banning anything skunt related from their internet ,but then it was pointed out that nobody in China had heard of them so the matter was dropped. Anyway red is a lucky colour over there so the whole of China supports the Saints.
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]therealredarmy[/bold] wrote: @lowe esteem Hahahahaha well spotted. I don't mind them coming but I do mind them coming on the cheap knowing that my mate is a real Saint fans and he's been a loyal fan since he was a boy and can't afford to go when he want not really fair is it. You right some tickets should be given to our community specially to the youngsters.[/p][/quote]You might have made that point earlier, because up to now it's just sounded as if you are complaining about foreigners coming to watch the Saints. What you are really arguing for is not that they shouldn't get discounts (and again, it's not the Asian's specifically but young adults in general, including locals), but that the discounts could be extended to other people. I.e. You want to see more inclusiveness. That's fair enough. It should be done occasionally, although we can't give everyone a discount as that then becomes the new normal price. I think discounts for cup games is a great idea though and maybe for less appealing fixtures, like a mid-week evening game against Stoke.[/p][/quote]I can't say that fake Asian fans have been on my list of worries about Saints, but this has made me wonder if a fake Asian skate fan would be worse than a real skate fan. Surely the fake Asian skate would be better than the real skate? Anyhow, I don't think we should show any racism in this. I think that as an important matter of principle we should hate all skates equally.[/p][/quote]I think you will find that hating skates equally is pretty much a worldwide phenomenum so no worries there. The Chinese government looked into banning anything skunt related from their internet ,but then it was pointed out that nobody in China had heard of them so the matter was dropped. Anyway red is a lucky colour over there so the whole of China supports the Saints. Clever Dick

4:52pm Tue 11 Feb 14

therealredarmy says...

@Clever Dick

Maybe you should read the messages above before posting anything !. Like I said I don't think it's fair for the loyal fans who struggle to see the Mighty Saint to pay full price knowing that these 1 time fans have a massive discounts. I don't mind anybody coming as long have they spend their money so please read before posting. Cmon you Saint 0-1 vs Hull
@Clever Dick Maybe you should read the messages above before posting anything !. Like I said I don't think it's fair for the loyal fans who struggle to see the Mighty Saint to pay full price knowing that these 1 time fans have a massive discounts. I don't mind anybody coming as long have they spend their money so please read before posting. Cmon you Saint 0-1 vs Hull therealredarmy

5:02pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Clever Dick says...

therealredarmy wrote:
@Clever Dick

Maybe you should read the messages above before posting anything !. Like I said I don't think it's fair for the loyal fans who struggle to see the Mighty Saint to pay full price knowing that these 1 time fans have a massive discounts. I don't mind anybody coming as long have they spend their money so please read before posting. Cmon you Saint 0-1 vs Hull
I have read ALL the above comments thanks. It would seem you are in a minority of one.
[quote][p][bold]therealredarmy[/bold] wrote: @Clever Dick Maybe you should read the messages above before posting anything !. Like I said I don't think it's fair for the loyal fans who struggle to see the Mighty Saint to pay full price knowing that these 1 time fans have a massive discounts. I don't mind anybody coming as long have they spend their money so please read before posting. Cmon you Saint 0-1 vs Hull[/p][/quote]I have read ALL the above comments thanks. It would seem you are in a minority of one. Clever Dick

5:09pm Tue 11 Feb 14

warrens 76 says...

Growing into the role…no doubt slowly and inexorably leaving Hooiveld behind, nonetheless we are conceeding for fun at the moment ..ultimately it will be Lovren and Fonte/A.N,Other…
Meanwhile even Citeh frequently concede but usually score for laffs..
Start converting possesion and chances into goals and then…woo woo..
Growing into the role…no doubt slowly and inexorably leaving Hooiveld behind, nonetheless we are conceeding for fun at the moment ..ultimately it will be Lovren and Fonte/A.N,Other… Meanwhile even Citeh frequently concede but usually score for laffs.. Start converting possesion and chances into goals and then…woo woo.. warrens 76

5:13pm Tue 11 Feb 14

warrens 76 says...

Clever Dick wrote:
Confucious wrote:
andoru wrote:
therealredarmy wrote:
@lowe esteem

Hahahahaha well spotted. I don't mind them coming but I do mind them coming on the cheap knowing that my mate is a real Saint fans and he's been a loyal fan since he was a boy and can't afford to go when he want not really fair is it. You right some tickets should be given to our community specially to the youngsters.
You might have made that point earlier, because up to now it's just sounded as if you are complaining about foreigners coming to watch the Saints. What you are really arguing for is not that they shouldn't get discounts (and again, it's not the Asian's specifically but young adults in general, including locals), but that the discounts could be extended to other people. I.e. You want to see more inclusiveness. That's fair enough. It should be done occasionally, although we can't give everyone a discount as that then becomes the new normal price. I think discounts for cup games is a great idea though and maybe for less appealing fixtures, like a mid-week evening game against Stoke.
I can't say that fake Asian fans have been on my list of worries about Saints, but this has made me wonder if a fake Asian skate fan would be worse than a real skate fan. Surely the fake Asian skate would be better than the real skate?

Anyhow, I don't think we should show any racism in this. I think that as an important matter of principle we should hate all skates equally.
I think you will find that hating skates equally is pretty much a worldwide phenomenum so no worries there. The Chinese government looked into banning anything skunt related from their internet ,but then it was pointed out that nobody in China had heard of them so the matter was dropped. Anyway red is a lucky colour over there so the whole of China supports the Saints.
Would they be SK8'ts..slightlty different to the originals to avoid prosecution from the authorities for ..wife beating, inbreeding, paedophilia, violence, breathing whilst stupid etc.
[quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]therealredarmy[/bold] wrote: @lowe esteem Hahahahaha well spotted. I don't mind them coming but I do mind them coming on the cheap knowing that my mate is a real Saint fans and he's been a loyal fan since he was a boy and can't afford to go when he want not really fair is it. You right some tickets should be given to our community specially to the youngsters.[/p][/quote]You might have made that point earlier, because up to now it's just sounded as if you are complaining about foreigners coming to watch the Saints. What you are really arguing for is not that they shouldn't get discounts (and again, it's not the Asian's specifically but young adults in general, including locals), but that the discounts could be extended to other people. I.e. You want to see more inclusiveness. That's fair enough. It should be done occasionally, although we can't give everyone a discount as that then becomes the new normal price. I think discounts for cup games is a great idea though and maybe for less appealing fixtures, like a mid-week evening game against Stoke.[/p][/quote]I can't say that fake Asian fans have been on my list of worries about Saints, but this has made me wonder if a fake Asian skate fan would be worse than a real skate fan. Surely the fake Asian skate would be better than the real skate? Anyhow, I don't think we should show any racism in this. I think that as an important matter of principle we should hate all skates equally.[/p][/quote]I think you will find that hating skates equally is pretty much a worldwide phenomenum so no worries there. The Chinese government looked into banning anything skunt related from their internet ,but then it was pointed out that nobody in China had heard of them so the matter was dropped. Anyway red is a lucky colour over there so the whole of China supports the Saints.[/p][/quote]Would they be SK8'ts..slightlty different to the originals to avoid prosecution from the authorities for ..wife beating, inbreeding, paedophilia, violence, breathing whilst stupid etc. warrens 76

5:29pm Tue 11 Feb 14

SaintJD says...

It's a shame that we can't have an article about a Japanese player loving it at Saints without it becoming a debate on whether Asian or student fans are worthy of taking the seats of other fans.

Shall we start vetting the kids in the family centre and any school kids given tickets for games to make sure they are worthy of a discount, especially as some of them may not necessarily support the home team?

And I once saw a Uruguayan student going to watch Gaston Ramirez for £15 - disgraceful.

Surely the idea of discounting tickets is to achieve exactly what you're against - getting non Saints fans or casual fans or even people with no interest in football to come along, give it a go and, just maybe, go on to love the club and be life-long supporters as worthy as any others.

You simply aren't going to attract young or casual fans with top price tickets and it is virtually impossible to discount full price adult tickets based on whether someone has enough money to go or not, has lost their job or whatever.

However, I do agree that football has, very sadly, become out of reach of a lot of its original fans, which, in my opinion, is taking the life-blood of the sport away.

Well done Maya by the way - you've been patient and dignified without being the type to be happy just taking a wage. Well done for getting back in and I hope you'll be able to establish yourself as first choice reserve and, potentially even more than that. Once your confidence is fully restored I think the future will be bright.
It's a shame that we can't have an article about a Japanese player loving it at Saints without it becoming a debate on whether Asian or student fans are worthy of taking the seats of other fans. Shall we start vetting the kids in the family centre and any school kids given tickets for games to make sure they are worthy of a discount, especially as some of them may not necessarily support the home team? And I once saw a Uruguayan student going to watch Gaston Ramirez for £15 - disgraceful. Surely the idea of discounting tickets is to achieve exactly what you're against - getting non Saints fans or casual fans or even people with no interest in football to come along, give it a go and, just maybe, go on to love the club and be life-long supporters as worthy as any others. You simply aren't going to attract young or casual fans with top price tickets and it is virtually impossible to discount full price adult tickets based on whether someone has enough money to go or not, has lost their job or whatever. However, I do agree that football has, very sadly, become out of reach of a lot of its original fans, which, in my opinion, is taking the life-blood of the sport away. Well done Maya by the way - you've been patient and dignified without being the type to be happy just taking a wage. Well done for getting back in and I hope you'll be able to establish yourself as first choice reserve and, potentially even more than that. Once your confidence is fully restored I think the future will be bright. SaintJD

6:06pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Rank Xerox says...

I agree with most posts that Maya has come on leaps and bounds......however, too often he plays himself in to difficulty.
I agree with most posts that Maya has come on leaps and bounds......however, too often he plays himself in to difficulty. Rank Xerox

6:14pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Confucious says...

Positively4thStreet wrote:
jls217 wrote:
Shame Lee wasn't of the same calibre. Two Japanese internationals would've spread the name of Saints throughout Japan making a great marketing opportunity and even attract the next generation of Japanese youngsters to consider Saints. Japan are turning out more and more players capable of making the grade throughout the European leagues. Jap, Jock or Jerman, makes no difference to me as long as he plays the sort of football I want to pay to watch. And it would help if the occasional real star discovers an English great granddad to entitle him to an England shirt!
The English great grandad would have to have been putting it about with the Germans or the Japanese,at round about the time of the second world war...unlikely!!
My granddad taught me to speak Japanese before I went there for a holiday. When I spoke to the staff behind the check in counter at the hotel in Tokyo I had no idea I was saying: "Come on out with your hands up!"
[quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jls217[/bold] wrote: Shame Lee wasn't of the same calibre. Two Japanese internationals would've spread the name of Saints throughout Japan making a great marketing opportunity and even attract the next generation of Japanese youngsters to consider Saints. Japan are turning out more and more players capable of making the grade throughout the European leagues. Jap, Jock or Jerman, makes no difference to me as long as he plays the sort of football I want to pay to watch. And it would help if the occasional real star discovers an English great granddad to entitle him to an England shirt![/p][/quote]The English great grandad would have to have been putting it about with the Germans or the Japanese,at round about the time of the second world war...unlikely!![/p][/quote]My granddad taught me to speak Japanese before I went there for a holiday. When I spoke to the staff behind the check in counter at the hotel in Tokyo I had no idea I was saying: "Come on out with your hands up!" Confucious

6:50pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Jan28th1984 says...

Yosh and Fonte are our Most Improved Players since joining the Premiership. OK they may not be the best in the top flight but you can't fault their loyalty and commitment and I am proud of them both.
Yosh and Fonte are our Most Improved Players since joining the Premiership. OK they may not be the best in the top flight but you can't fault their loyalty and commitment and I am proud of them both. Jan28th1984

6:40am Wed 12 Feb 14

callcopse says...

andoru wrote:
therealredarmy wrote:
@andoru

Sour grapes Im not mate , I'm a Project manager I have the money to go when I want !. Unfortunately some are less fortunate than me and there's loyal fans who live in the city and deserve to go more than those Fake Asian fans !
Purely by coincidence a Chinese fan has posted some pics of her two visits to see Saints matches this season. She saw an FA Cup game and a league match and posted photos of her tickets. The FA Cup ticket is an Adult ticket for 15 quid. The other ticket you can't see the price but it's a 'Young Adults 17-21' ticket, presumably the same concession offered to all people that age, not just the "Fake Asian" fans. I suppose it's a student discount, not a foreigner's discount. As for "loyal fans who live in the city", doesn't that describe the Chinese Saints fans who are studying at the uni there? This girl I mentioned has a Saints duvet cover and Saints teddy bears on her bed. She even took a photo with Luke Shaw.

Here's the link:

http://tieba.baidu.c

om/p/2860739338
I remember seeing that lass at the Manchester United game last year as it goes - cute as a button. Not that it would matter if she was a munter of course. Obviously not a fake fan though.

Point I would make is that foreign students are likely from wealthy backgrounds and can afford proper tickets. I am doing okay but can't afford to go to every game, I certainly don't resent those who can. There is no loyalty test there is just a willing to pay test - that's capitalism.

For any and all visitors to our city and football team I welcome you with open arms.
[quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]therealredarmy[/bold] wrote: @andoru Sour grapes Im not mate , I'm a Project manager I have the money to go when I want !. Unfortunately some are less fortunate than me and there's loyal fans who live in the city and deserve to go more than those Fake Asian fans ![/p][/quote]Purely by coincidence a Chinese fan has posted some pics of her two visits to see Saints matches this season. She saw an FA Cup game and a league match and posted photos of her tickets. The FA Cup ticket is an Adult ticket for 15 quid. The other ticket you can't see the price but it's a 'Young Adults 17-21' ticket, presumably the same concession offered to all people that age, not just the "Fake Asian" fans. I suppose it's a student discount, not a foreigner's discount. As for "loyal fans who live in the city", doesn't that describe the Chinese Saints fans who are studying at the uni there? This girl I mentioned has a Saints duvet cover and Saints teddy bears on her bed. She even took a photo with Luke Shaw. Here's the link: http://tieba.baidu.c om/p/2860739338[/p][/quote]I remember seeing that lass at the Manchester United game last year as it goes - cute as a button. Not that it would matter if she was a munter of course. Obviously not a fake fan though. Point I would make is that foreign students are likely from wealthy backgrounds and can afford proper tickets. I am doing okay but can't afford to go to every game, I certainly don't resent those who can. There is no loyalty test there is just a willing to pay test - that's capitalism. For any and all visitors to our city and football team I welcome you with open arms. callcopse

7:39pm Wed 12 Feb 14

jls217 says...

lowe esteem wrote:
therealredarmy wrote:
@andoru

Sour grapes Im not mate , I'm a Project manager I have the money to go when I want !. Unfortunately some are less fortunate than me and there's loyal fans who live in the city and deserve to go more than those Fake Asian fans !
Raises an interesting question.
Now that we have a somewhat enlightened PR machine to match our play, perhaps the club could look at revisiting this area.
Saints used to encourage local junior and youth teams at 'giveaway' rates, plus very 'local walk up' sales and this was not to everyone's liking then either, but I believe it did help to engender our burgeoning fanbase. The club also recently 'filled' seats up to the 'no-go' area adjacent to the visitors allocation against Man City of all teams, and were able to sell these on to our own fans. Surely a good commercial policy with longstanding (sic sitting) benefits. All welcome in my book, especially if it plugs a few gaps too.

Discuss?

PS there is surely some unintended irony in 'the realredarmy' commenting on Chinese issues.
Great points. Something else to consider. Off duty paramedics,nurses,po
lice,military who are willing to wear a vest with a red cross on it or something like club assistant (doubt you could use the word security). Foreign servicemen/women. All under 10yrs old offered a big concession. A good enough reason to add some capacity maybe? The big attraction of course being the possibility of bringing some people who may not otherwise have gone to the ground. The spin off being catering/programme/m
emento sales and an individual who may eventually grow to love the club in the same way we do. I first went to a game on a school trip as a very young lad, the game being Pompey v Fulham - Johnny Haynes being the up and coming star of the day (if you can be bothered you look up the date I can't remember) I got hooked on the whole match day excitement. Dad couldn't afford to take me but there was a lad in the village who went to most Saints games and offered to chaperone me when we had the money to go - I started getting up earlier in the mornings and going picking wild mushrooms and blackberries then going door to door selling them along with a paper round so I could save the money for the start of the season. So, by accident really, became a Saints fan. There are thousands of others who could, almost by accident become a follower of Saints if given the motivation and the reason to attend in the first place. Our future is being born today and we should make sure they come to us and not become TV Mancy, Manure or Arse 'n all fans instead of enjoying the real thing - Saturday afternoon on a freezing December afternoon, eating a pie and leaving greasy fingerprints on a programme and listening to the colourful language of all the churchgoers in the crowd = fantastic day out for any kid. STID.
[quote][p][bold]lowe esteem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]therealredarmy[/bold] wrote: @andoru Sour grapes Im not mate , I'm a Project manager I have the money to go when I want !. Unfortunately some are less fortunate than me and there's loyal fans who live in the city and deserve to go more than those Fake Asian fans ![/p][/quote]Raises an interesting question. Now that we have a somewhat enlightened PR machine to match our play, perhaps the club could look at revisiting this area. Saints used to encourage local junior and youth teams at 'giveaway' rates, plus very 'local walk up' sales and this was not to everyone's liking then either, but I believe it did help to engender our burgeoning fanbase. The club also recently 'filled' seats up to the 'no-go' area adjacent to the visitors allocation against Man City of all teams, and were able to sell these on to our own fans. Surely a good commercial policy with longstanding (sic sitting) benefits. All welcome in my book, especially if it plugs a few gaps too. Discuss? PS there is surely some unintended irony in 'the realredarmy' commenting on Chinese issues.[/p][/quote]Great points. Something else to consider. Off duty paramedics,nurses,po lice,military who are willing to wear a vest with a red cross on it or something like club assistant (doubt you could use the word security). Foreign servicemen/women. All under 10yrs old offered a big concession. A good enough reason to add some capacity maybe? The big attraction of course being the possibility of bringing some people who may not otherwise have gone to the ground. The spin off being catering/programme/m emento sales and an individual who may eventually grow to love the club in the same way we do. I first went to a game on a school trip as a very young lad, the game being Pompey v Fulham - Johnny Haynes being the up and coming star of the day (if you can be bothered you look up the date I can't remember) I got hooked on the whole match day excitement. Dad couldn't afford to take me but there was a lad in the village who went to most Saints games and offered to chaperone me when we had the money to go - I started getting up earlier in the mornings and going picking wild mushrooms and blackberries then going door to door selling them along with a paper round so I could save the money for the start of the season. So, by accident really, became a Saints fan. There are thousands of others who could, almost by accident become a follower of Saints if given the motivation and the reason to attend in the first place. Our future is being born today and we should make sure they come to us and not become TV Mancy, Manure or Arse 'n all fans instead of enjoying the real thing - Saturday afternoon on a freezing December afternoon, eating a pie and leaving greasy fingerprints on a programme and listening to the colourful language of all the churchgoers in the crowd = fantastic day out for any kid. STID. jls217

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