Medical advances mean J-Rod should make full recovery from ligament injury

Basingstoke Gazette: Jay Rodriguez Jay Rodriguez

JAY Rodriguez will be bucking the trend of sporting stars who have suffered anterior cruciate ligament injuries if he returns to action within six months.

The Saints striker had his worst fears realised after his injury at Manchester City last weekend was diagnosed as a rupture of his ACL.

Rodriguez suffered his injury when his knee gave way after leaping to control the ball.

He was not being tackled at the time, but statistics show that the majority of ACL injuries happen without contact with another player.

The in-form Rodriguez, a candidate for England’s World Cup squad for Brazil, had been in a rich vein of form with 17 league and cup goals this season.

Now, instead of eagerly awaiting news from Roy Hodgson, he faces months of rehabilitation after suffering a cruel blow at the Etihad Stadium.

It is believed Rodriguez faces a recovery period of at least six months before he can think about playing competitively for Saints again.

But other sporting stars have had far longer time on the sidelines after sustaining the same injury.

Ex-Saint Matthew Oakley suffered only a partial tear of his ACL in a Premier League game against Middlesbrough in September 2003.

He next kicked a ball for Saints in a pre-season friendly the following July, after which he suffered further knee problems before finally making his competitive comeback on Boxing Day 2004.

Famously, Paul Gascoigne didn’t kick a ball competitively for over a year after rupturing his ACL during the 1991 FA Cup final while playing for Tottenham.

Michael Owen suffered a similar injury playing for England in the 2006 World Cup finals against Sweden in mid June.

The striker’s next competitive game was for Newcastle in the Premier League the following April 30.

World football’s governing body, FIFA, explains on its website that “the most feared knee injury is an anterior cruciate ligament tear.

“The ACL is one of the major stabilising ligaments in the knee joint that prevents excessive movements of the lower leg against the thigh.

“If you tear your ACL, you may miss six to nine months of play as a result of the injury.

“In about two-thirds of all complete ACL tears, there is also damage to other structures of the knee.

“Complete ACL tears frequently lead to long-term problems, including instability and an early onset of arthrosis of the knee normally found in elderly people as a consequence of ageing.”

Those are not words which Rodriguez will draw comfort from as he begins his extended period on the sidelines.

However, he can take hope from the quick recovery time of ex-Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien.

The Ghana international ruptured his ACL back in early September 2008, and was back playing for Chelsea by the following March.

Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, meanwhile, is aiming to follow in Essien’s footsteps.

Falcao has been out of action since rupturing cruciate knee ligaments while playing for his club, AS Monaco, in January.

But he is still confident of appearing for his country in this summer’s World Cup.

“I’m recovering quickly,” he said this week.

“Physiotherapy is going very well. The knee has responded very well, which allowed me to gain momentum in the work.

“I’m a little ahead of what was expected, but we know very well that it's day to day that we'll see the evolution.”

Described as the “Ronaldo of knees”, pioneering Portuguese surgeon Jose Carlos Noronha was the man who operated on Falcao a few months ago.

Noronha was credited as performing a “miracle cure”when he operated on Real Madrid’s Pepe in December 2009.

Thanks to Noronha’s work, the Portuguese international recovered in time to play in the 2010 World Cup.

There is also positive words for Rodriguez from America.

Across the Atlantic, medical research has shown that suffering an ACL is no longer the ‘career ender’ that it was deemed to be.

Veteran football fans will remember that an ACL ended Brian Clough’s incredible playing career back in the 1960s.

Dr Souryal, a doctor with the Dallas Mavericks NBA basketball team, says recovery times from an ACL injury are coming down all the time.

Dr Souryal said: “Recovery still takes six months, is economically demanding and involves an operation, but it’s no longer career-ending. “National results show a 96 to 98 per cent return to sport”.

There are even American-based studies now that show athletes returning from ACL surgery stronger than they were before.

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8:33am Wed 9 Apr 14

justaSaintsfan says...

I hope our Jay reads this very positive Daily Echo article!

Great words!!!

Come back better than before, Jay. Southampton FC, your fellow professional footballers and thousands and thousands of we Saints fans are all supporting you all the way!!!
I hope our Jay reads this very positive Daily Echo article! Great words!!! Come back better than before, Jay. Southampton FC, your fellow professional footballers and thousands and thousands of we Saints fans are all supporting you all the way!!! justaSaintsfan
  • Score: 25

11:04am Wed 9 Apr 14

Buddy SFC says...

Good luck Jay Rod , a wonderful season from a thoroughly decent chap, so unlucky and undeserved !!

Focus on the end of that article and come back stronger next year fella ..................
Good luck Jay Rod , a wonderful season from a thoroughly decent chap, so unlucky and undeserved !! Focus on the end of that article and come back stronger next year fella .................. Buddy SFC
  • Score: 14

11:24am Wed 9 Apr 14

StPerryGroves says...

At 24, Rodriguez has at least one more World Cup in him, though I imagine the tournament most pros would really want to play in would be one held in Brazil. It's probably of little consolation to him, but the Euro's are only two years away.
At 24, Rodriguez has at least one more World Cup in him, though I imagine the tournament most pros would really want to play in would be one held in Brazil. It's probably of little consolation to him, but the Euro's are only two years away. StPerryGroves
  • Score: 11

11:37am Wed 9 Apr 14

Costa Baz says...

Hope it all goes as well as it can.
He'll has been an integral part of our improvement, this season, and will be difficult to replace.
Best wishes, Jay.
Hope it all goes as well as it can. He'll has been an integral part of our improvement, this season, and will be difficult to replace. Best wishes, Jay. Costa Baz
  • Score: 10

12:48pm Wed 9 Apr 14

DragonSaint says...

Thanks for a positive article DE! Much better than the dire end of the world stuff from Darren Anderton et al yesterday.
Thanks for a positive article DE! Much better than the dire end of the world stuff from Darren Anderton et al yesterday. DragonSaint
  • Score: 6

12:49pm Wed 9 Apr 14

miltonnroad76 says...

**** tough to be a saints fan ..been a fan since 1966 possibly the most enjoyable season since 1984 but poor Jays injury has taken the gloss of it....now we need sam to go for it and show what he can do next season to cheer us up..who knows if he shines in our last 5 games we may only need to but one striker which would save money for our cb we badly need. I live overseas there is large expat football following here and they have all been eating their words seeing how great saints have been this season...the sports bar was in shock when we played City off the park last week.never been prouder to be a Saint....winning the cup is one thing but consistantly outplaying the top teams is much more satisfying!
**** tough to be a saints fan ..been a fan since 1966 possibly the most enjoyable season since 1984 but poor Jays injury has taken the gloss of it....now we need sam to go for it and show what he can do next season to cheer us up..who knows if he shines in our last 5 games we may only need to but one striker which would save money for our cb we badly need. I live overseas there is large expat football following here and they have all been eating their words seeing how great saints have been this season...the sports bar was in shock when we played City off the park last week.never been prouder to be a Saint....winning the cup is one thing but consistantly outplaying the top teams is much more satisfying! miltonnroad76
  • Score: 9

1:54pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Jan28th1984 says...

Yea cruciate injuries are not quite so terrifying as of old and SFC has the facilities to fix a player properly. I liked the last sentence with the adjective "stronger" - when JR is back the rest of the Premiership will have to look out!
Yea cruciate injuries are not quite so terrifying as of old and SFC has the facilities to fix a player properly. I liked the last sentence with the adjective "stronger" - when JR is back the rest of the Premiership will have to look out! Jan28th1984
  • Score: 5

2:09pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

That made for an interesting read.

Good luck Jay and thank you Simon Carter.
That made for an interesting read. Good luck Jay and thank you Simon Carter. Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 6

4:38pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Poole Tom says...

miltonnroad76 wrote:
**** tough to be a saints fan ..been a fan since 1966 possibly the most enjoyable season since 1984 but poor Jays injury has taken the gloss of it....now we need sam to go for it and show what he can do next season to cheer us up..who knows if he shines in our last 5 games we may only need to but one striker which would save money for our cb we badly need. I live overseas there is large expat football following here and they have all been eating their words seeing how great saints have been this season...the sports bar was in shock when we played City off the park last week.never been prouder to be a Saint....winning the cup is one thing but consistantly outplaying the top teams is much more satisfying!
Being of a similar age to you miltonroad76 I am a bit surprised at your final comment. Surely supporting a football team or any other team for that matter is all about hoping and praying that one day you will see your team win a major competition like we were both lucky enough to do all those years ago. Playing teams off the park and then losing just does`nt cut it for me, anymore than developing loads of great players who then move on and win things at other clubs does either. I want us to play teams off the park and win. I also want us to develop great young players who then help us win things. Surely that`s the name of the game is`nt it?
[quote][p][bold]miltonnroad76[/bold] wrote: **** tough to be a saints fan ..been a fan since 1966 possibly the most enjoyable season since 1984 but poor Jays injury has taken the gloss of it....now we need sam to go for it and show what he can do next season to cheer us up..who knows if he shines in our last 5 games we may only need to but one striker which would save money for our cb we badly need. I live overseas there is large expat football following here and they have all been eating their words seeing how great saints have been this season...the sports bar was in shock when we played City off the park last week.never been prouder to be a Saint....winning the cup is one thing but consistantly outplaying the top teams is much more satisfying![/p][/quote]Being of a similar age to you miltonroad76 I am a bit surprised at your final comment. Surely supporting a football team or any other team for that matter is all about hoping and praying that one day you will see your team win a major competition like we were both lucky enough to do all those years ago. Playing teams off the park and then losing just does`nt cut it for me, anymore than developing loads of great players who then move on and win things at other clubs does either. I want us to play teams off the park and win. I also want us to develop great young players who then help us win things. Surely that`s the name of the game is`nt it? Poole Tom
  • Score: 1

5:37pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Clever Dick says...

Poole Tom wrote:
miltonnroad76 wrote:
**** tough to be a saints fan ..been a fan since 1966 possibly the most enjoyable season since 1984 but poor Jays injury has taken the gloss of it....now we need sam to go for it and show what he can do next season to cheer us up..who knows if he shines in our last 5 games we may only need to but one striker which would save money for our cb we badly need. I live overseas there is large expat football following here and they have all been eating their words seeing how great saints have been this season...the sports bar was in shock when we played City off the park last week.never been prouder to be a Saint....winning the cup is one thing but consistantly outplaying the top teams is much more satisfying!
Being of a similar age to you miltonroad76 I am a bit surprised at your final comment. Surely supporting a football team or any other team for that matter is all about hoping and praying that one day you will see your team win a major competition like we were both lucky enough to do all those years ago. Playing teams off the park and then losing just does`nt cut it for me, anymore than developing loads of great players who then move on and win things at other clubs does either. I want us to play teams off the park and win. I also want us to develop great young players who then help us win things. Surely that`s the name of the game is`nt it?
In that case you need to find us an Arab who only needs to up the price of our petrol by a few cents a barrel or a Russian billionaire who has inherited something which should belong to the Russian people. They can then treat their own football club as a plaything and throw limitless money at it. I'll stick with what we have thanks. Responsible owners, and a club with ethics, and if we don't win a trophy just think where we were 3 short years ago.
[quote][p][bold]Poole Tom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miltonnroad76[/bold] wrote: **** tough to be a saints fan ..been a fan since 1966 possibly the most enjoyable season since 1984 but poor Jays injury has taken the gloss of it....now we need sam to go for it and show what he can do next season to cheer us up..who knows if he shines in our last 5 games we may only need to but one striker which would save money for our cb we badly need. I live overseas there is large expat football following here and they have all been eating their words seeing how great saints have been this season...the sports bar was in shock when we played City off the park last week.never been prouder to be a Saint....winning the cup is one thing but consistantly outplaying the top teams is much more satisfying![/p][/quote]Being of a similar age to you miltonroad76 I am a bit surprised at your final comment. Surely supporting a football team or any other team for that matter is all about hoping and praying that one day you will see your team win a major competition like we were both lucky enough to do all those years ago. Playing teams off the park and then losing just does`nt cut it for me, anymore than developing loads of great players who then move on and win things at other clubs does either. I want us to play teams off the park and win. I also want us to develop great young players who then help us win things. Surely that`s the name of the game is`nt it?[/p][/quote]In that case you need to find us an Arab who only needs to up the price of our petrol by a few cents a barrel or a Russian billionaire who has inherited something which should belong to the Russian people. They can then treat their own football club as a plaything and throw limitless money at it. I'll stick with what we have thanks. Responsible owners, and a club with ethics, and if we don't win a trophy just think where we were 3 short years ago. Clever Dick
  • Score: 1

7:03pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Jan28th1984 says...

Clever Dick wrote:
Poole Tom wrote:
miltonnroad76 wrote:
**** tough to be a saints fan ..been a fan since 1966 possibly the most enjoyable season since 1984 but poor Jays injury has taken the gloss of it....now we need sam to go for it and show what he can do next season to cheer us up..who knows if he shines in our last 5 games we may only need to but one striker which would save money for our cb we badly need. I live overseas there is large expat football following here and they have all been eating their words seeing how great saints have been this season...the sports bar was in shock when we played City off the park last week.never been prouder to be a Saint....winning the cup is one thing but consistantly outplaying the top teams is much more satisfying!
Being of a similar age to you miltonroad76 I am a bit surprised at your final comment. Surely supporting a football team or any other team for that matter is all about hoping and praying that one day you will see your team win a major competition like we were both lucky enough to do all those years ago. Playing teams off the park and then losing just does`nt cut it for me, anymore than developing loads of great players who then move on and win things at other clubs does either. I want us to play teams off the park and win. I also want us to develop great young players who then help us win things. Surely that`s the name of the game is`nt it?
In that case you need to find us an Arab who only needs to up the price of our petrol by a few cents a barrel or a Russian billionaire who has inherited something which should belong to the Russian people. They can then treat their own football club as a plaything and throw limitless money at it. I'll stick with what we have thanks. Responsible owners, and a club with ethics, and if we don't win a trophy just think where we were 3 short years ago.
No - I want to see some silverware on the sideboard and I want Jay Rod to win himself a medal or two....
[quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Poole Tom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miltonnroad76[/bold] wrote: **** tough to be a saints fan ..been a fan since 1966 possibly the most enjoyable season since 1984 but poor Jays injury has taken the gloss of it....now we need sam to go for it and show what he can do next season to cheer us up..who knows if he shines in our last 5 games we may only need to but one striker which would save money for our cb we badly need. I live overseas there is large expat football following here and they have all been eating their words seeing how great saints have been this season...the sports bar was in shock when we played City off the park last week.never been prouder to be a Saint....winning the cup is one thing but consistantly outplaying the top teams is much more satisfying![/p][/quote]Being of a similar age to you miltonroad76 I am a bit surprised at your final comment. Surely supporting a football team or any other team for that matter is all about hoping and praying that one day you will see your team win a major competition like we were both lucky enough to do all those years ago. Playing teams off the park and then losing just does`nt cut it for me, anymore than developing loads of great players who then move on and win things at other clubs does either. I want us to play teams off the park and win. I also want us to develop great young players who then help us win things. Surely that`s the name of the game is`nt it?[/p][/quote]In that case you need to find us an Arab who only needs to up the price of our petrol by a few cents a barrel or a Russian billionaire who has inherited something which should belong to the Russian people. They can then treat their own football club as a plaything and throw limitless money at it. I'll stick with what we have thanks. Responsible owners, and a club with ethics, and if we don't win a trophy just think where we were 3 short years ago.[/p][/quote]No - I want to see some silverware on the sideboard and I want Jay Rod to win himself a medal or two.... Jan28th1984
  • Score: 1

7:35pm Wed 9 Apr 14

miltonnroad76 says...

Jan28th1984 wrote:
Clever Dick wrote:
Poole Tom wrote:
miltonnroad76 wrote:
**** tough to be a saints fan ..been a fan since 1966 possibly the most enjoyable season since 1984 but poor Jays injury has taken the gloss of it....now we need sam to go for it and show what he can do next season to cheer us up..who knows if he shines in our last 5 games we may only need to but one striker which would save money for our cb we badly need. I live overseas there is large expat football following here and they have all been eating their words seeing how great saints have been this season...the sports bar was in shock when we played City off the park last week.never been prouder to be a Saint....winning the cup is one thing but consistantly outplaying the top teams is much more satisfying!
Being of a similar age to you miltonroad76 I am a bit surprised at your final comment. Surely supporting a football team or any other team for that matter is all about hoping and praying that one day you will see your team win a major competition like we were both lucky enough to do all those years ago. Playing teams off the park and then losing just does`nt cut it for me, anymore than developing loads of great players who then move on and win things at other clubs does either. I want us to play teams off the park and win. I also want us to develop great young players who then help us win things. Surely that`s the name of the game is`nt it?
In that case you need to find us an Arab who only needs to up the price of our petrol by a few cents a barrel or a Russian billionaire who has inherited something which should belong to the Russian people. They can then treat their own football club as a plaything and throw limitless money at it. I'll stick with what we have thanks. Responsible owners, and a club with ethics, and if we don't win a trophy just think where we were 3 short years ago.
No - I want to see some silverware on the sideboard and I want Jay Rod to win himself a medal or two....
Well its not all about winning for me coz in my heart i know as much as love Saints silverware is hard to come by and usually involves overpaid prima donnas diving and cheating and biased refs....im just proud of how we play its entertainment not grinding out boring results to win, Saints bring young players into the game playing the right way.....BUT i hope we dont sell any that would be a backward step ....if everton can get in champions league so can we next year with the right signings.
[quote][p][bold]Jan28th1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Poole Tom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miltonnroad76[/bold] wrote: **** tough to be a saints fan ..been a fan since 1966 possibly the most enjoyable season since 1984 but poor Jays injury has taken the gloss of it....now we need sam to go for it and show what he can do next season to cheer us up..who knows if he shines in our last 5 games we may only need to but one striker which would save money for our cb we badly need. I live overseas there is large expat football following here and they have all been eating their words seeing how great saints have been this season...the sports bar was in shock when we played City off the park last week.never been prouder to be a Saint....winning the cup is one thing but consistantly outplaying the top teams is much more satisfying![/p][/quote]Being of a similar age to you miltonroad76 I am a bit surprised at your final comment. Surely supporting a football team or any other team for that matter is all about hoping and praying that one day you will see your team win a major competition like we were both lucky enough to do all those years ago. Playing teams off the park and then losing just does`nt cut it for me, anymore than developing loads of great players who then move on and win things at other clubs does either. I want us to play teams off the park and win. I also want us to develop great young players who then help us win things. Surely that`s the name of the game is`nt it?[/p][/quote]In that case you need to find us an Arab who only needs to up the price of our petrol by a few cents a barrel or a Russian billionaire who has inherited something which should belong to the Russian people. They can then treat their own football club as a plaything and throw limitless money at it. I'll stick with what we have thanks. Responsible owners, and a club with ethics, and if we don't win a trophy just think where we were 3 short years ago.[/p][/quote]No - I want to see some silverware on the sideboard and I want Jay Rod to win himself a medal or two....[/p][/quote]Well its not all about winning for me coz in my heart i know as much as love Saints silverware is hard to come by and usually involves overpaid prima donnas diving and cheating and biased refs....im just proud of how we play its entertainment not grinding out boring results to win, Saints bring young players into the game playing the right way.....BUT i hope we dont sell any that would be a backward step ....if everton can get in champions league so can we next year with the right signings. miltonnroad76
  • Score: 1

7:39pm Wed 9 Apr 14

miltonnroad76 says...

Jan28th1984 wrote:
Clever Dick wrote:
Poole Tom wrote:
miltonnroad76 wrote:
**** tough to be a saints fan ..been a fan since 1966 possibly the most enjoyable season since 1984 but poor Jays injury has taken the gloss of it....now we need sam to go for it and show what he can do next season to cheer us up..who knows if he shines in our last 5 games we may only need to but one striker which would save money for our cb we badly need. I live overseas there is large expat football following here and they have all been eating their words seeing how great saints have been this season...the sports bar was in shock when we played City off the park last week.never been prouder to be a Saint....winning the cup is one thing but consistantly outplaying the top teams is much more satisfying!
Being of a similar age to you miltonroad76 I am a bit surprised at your final comment. Surely supporting a football team or any other team for that matter is all about hoping and praying that one day you will see your team win a major competition like we were both lucky enough to do all those years ago. Playing teams off the park and then losing just does`nt cut it for me, anymore than developing loads of great players who then move on and win things at other clubs does either. I want us to play teams off the park and win. I also want us to develop great young players who then help us win things. Surely that`s the name of the game is`nt it?
In that case you need to find us an Arab who only needs to up the price of our petrol by a few cents a barrel or a Russian billionaire who has inherited something which should belong to the Russian people. They can then treat their own football club as a plaything and throw limitless money at it. I'll stick with what we have thanks. Responsible owners, and a club with ethics, and if we don't win a trophy just think where we were 3 short years ago.
No - I want to see some silverware on the sideboard and I want Jay Rod to win himself a medal or two....
Well its not all about winning for me coz in my heart i know as much as love Saints silverware is hard to come by and usually involves overpaid prima donnas diving and cheating and biased refs....im just proud of how we play its entertainment not grinding out boring results to win, Saints bring young players into the game playing the right way.....BUT i hope we dont sell any that would be a backward step ....if everton can get in champions league so can we next year with the right signings.
More to the point is we have been in prem for just two years and we are competing with the best already thats how far weve come and to complain we dont win enough games is bit naive a few good signing and maybe we will win something but dont hold your breath for trophies lets enjoy these great times and whats to come!
[quote][p][bold]Jan28th1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Poole Tom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miltonnroad76[/bold] wrote: **** tough to be a saints fan ..been a fan since 1966 possibly the most enjoyable season since 1984 but poor Jays injury has taken the gloss of it....now we need sam to go for it and show what he can do next season to cheer us up..who knows if he shines in our last 5 games we may only need to but one striker which would save money for our cb we badly need. I live overseas there is large expat football following here and they have all been eating their words seeing how great saints have been this season...the sports bar was in shock when we played City off the park last week.never been prouder to be a Saint....winning the cup is one thing but consistantly outplaying the top teams is much more satisfying![/p][/quote]Being of a similar age to you miltonroad76 I am a bit surprised at your final comment. Surely supporting a football team or any other team for that matter is all about hoping and praying that one day you will see your team win a major competition like we were both lucky enough to do all those years ago. Playing teams off the park and then losing just does`nt cut it for me, anymore than developing loads of great players who then move on and win things at other clubs does either. I want us to play teams off the park and win. I also want us to develop great young players who then help us win things. Surely that`s the name of the game is`nt it?[/p][/quote]In that case you need to find us an Arab who only needs to up the price of our petrol by a few cents a barrel or a Russian billionaire who has inherited something which should belong to the Russian people. They can then treat their own football club as a plaything and throw limitless money at it. I'll stick with what we have thanks. Responsible owners, and a club with ethics, and if we don't win a trophy just think where we were 3 short years ago.[/p][/quote]No - I want to see some silverware on the sideboard and I want Jay Rod to win himself a medal or two....[/p][/quote]Well its not all about winning for me coz in my heart i know as much as love Saints silverware is hard to come by and usually involves overpaid prima donnas diving and cheating and biased refs....im just proud of how we play its entertainment not grinding out boring results to win, Saints bring young players into the game playing the right way.....BUT i hope we dont sell any that would be a backward step ....if everton can get in champions league so can we next year with the right signings. More to the point is we have been in prem for just two years and we are competing with the best already thats how far weve come and to complain we dont win enough games is bit naive a few good signing and maybe we will win something but dont hold your breath for trophies lets enjoy these great times and whats to come! miltonnroad76
  • Score: 1

8:31pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Clever Dick says...

Jan28th1984 wrote:
Clever Dick wrote:
Poole Tom wrote:
miltonnroad76 wrote:
**** tough to be a saints fan ..been a fan since 1966 possibly the most enjoyable season since 1984 but poor Jays injury has taken the gloss of it....now we need sam to go for it and show what he can do next season to cheer us up..who knows if he shines in our last 5 games we may only need to but one striker which would save money for our cb we badly need. I live overseas there is large expat football following here and they have all been eating their words seeing how great saints have been this season...the sports bar was in shock when we played City off the park last week.never been prouder to be a Saint....winning the cup is one thing but consistantly outplaying the top teams is much more satisfying!
Being of a similar age to you miltonroad76 I am a bit surprised at your final comment. Surely supporting a football team or any other team for that matter is all about hoping and praying that one day you will see your team win a major competition like we were both lucky enough to do all those years ago. Playing teams off the park and then losing just does`nt cut it for me, anymore than developing loads of great players who then move on and win things at other clubs does either. I want us to play teams off the park and win. I also want us to develop great young players who then help us win things. Surely that`s the name of the game is`nt it?
In that case you need to find us an Arab who only needs to up the price of our petrol by a few cents a barrel or a Russian billionaire who has inherited something which should belong to the Russian people. They can then treat their own football club as a plaything and throw limitless money at it. I'll stick with what we have thanks. Responsible owners, and a club with ethics, and if we don't win a trophy just think where we were 3 short years ago.
No - I want to see some silverware on the sideboard and I want Jay Rod to win himself a medal or two....
We all would like to win some silverware but we also have to be realistic. Only one team can win the league, only one team can win the fa cup and only one team can win the league cup. We are competing against Arab money and Russian stolen wealth. With the best will in the world a medium sized club( like the Saints) can only expect to carry that kind of thing off once in a blue moon. We have to be an extremely comfortable, well established prem side before we can look beyond that. This season has seen yet another improvement on the previous 3 seasons and I for one am grateful for that.
[quote][p][bold]Jan28th1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Poole Tom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miltonnroad76[/bold] wrote: **** tough to be a saints fan ..been a fan since 1966 possibly the most enjoyable season since 1984 but poor Jays injury has taken the gloss of it....now we need sam to go for it and show what he can do next season to cheer us up..who knows if he shines in our last 5 games we may only need to but one striker which would save money for our cb we badly need. I live overseas there is large expat football following here and they have all been eating their words seeing how great saints have been this season...the sports bar was in shock when we played City off the park last week.never been prouder to be a Saint....winning the cup is one thing but consistantly outplaying the top teams is much more satisfying![/p][/quote]Being of a similar age to you miltonroad76 I am a bit surprised at your final comment. Surely supporting a football team or any other team for that matter is all about hoping and praying that one day you will see your team win a major competition like we were both lucky enough to do all those years ago. Playing teams off the park and then losing just does`nt cut it for me, anymore than developing loads of great players who then move on and win things at other clubs does either. I want us to play teams off the park and win. I also want us to develop great young players who then help us win things. Surely that`s the name of the game is`nt it?[/p][/quote]In that case you need to find us an Arab who only needs to up the price of our petrol by a few cents a barrel or a Russian billionaire who has inherited something which should belong to the Russian people. They can then treat their own football club as a plaything and throw limitless money at it. I'll stick with what we have thanks. Responsible owners, and a club with ethics, and if we don't win a trophy just think where we were 3 short years ago.[/p][/quote]No - I want to see some silverware on the sideboard and I want Jay Rod to win himself a medal or two....[/p][/quote]We all would like to win some silverware but we also have to be realistic. Only one team can win the league, only one team can win the fa cup and only one team can win the league cup. We are competing against Arab money and Russian stolen wealth. With the best will in the world a medium sized club( like the Saints) can only expect to carry that kind of thing off once in a blue moon. We have to be an extremely comfortable, well established prem side before we can look beyond that. This season has seen yet another improvement on the previous 3 seasons and I for one am grateful for that. Clever Dick
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8:42pm Wed 9 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Jan28th1984 wrote:
Clever Dick wrote:
Poole Tom wrote:
miltonnroad76 wrote:
**** tough to be a saints fan ..been a fan since 1966 possibly the most enjoyable season since 1984 but poor Jays injury has taken the gloss of it....now we need sam to go for it and show what he can do next season to cheer us up..who knows if he shines in our last 5 games we may only need to but one striker which would save money for our cb we badly need. I live overseas there is large expat football following here and they have all been eating their words seeing how great saints have been this season...the sports bar was in shock when we played City off the park last week.never been prouder to be a Saint....winning the cup is one thing but consistantly outplaying the top teams is much more satisfying!
Being of a similar age to you miltonroad76 I am a bit surprised at your final comment. Surely supporting a football team or any other team for that matter is all about hoping and praying that one day you will see your team win a major competition like we were both lucky enough to do all those years ago. Playing teams off the park and then losing just does`nt cut it for me, anymore than developing loads of great players who then move on and win things at other clubs does either. I want us to play teams off the park and win. I also want us to develop great young players who then help us win things. Surely that`s the name of the game is`nt it?
In that case you need to find us an Arab who only needs to up the price of our petrol by a few cents a barrel or a Russian billionaire who has inherited something which should belong to the Russian people. They can then treat their own football club as a plaything and throw limitless money at it. I'll stick with what we have thanks. Responsible owners, and a club with ethics, and if we don't win a trophy just think where we were 3 short years ago.
No - I want to see some silverware on the sideboard and I want Jay Rod to win himself a medal or two....
On that subject, has anyone done the Stadium Tour and seen the Trophy Cabinet? Are there Replicas of the Trophies that we have won in there? I was disappointed never to have seen the JPT close up, just a distant view at Wembley and pictures posted afterwards. Was there a Runners Up Trophy for the Championship, never saw anything of that if there was one.
[quote][p][bold]Jan28th1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Poole Tom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miltonnroad76[/bold] wrote: **** tough to be a saints fan ..been a fan since 1966 possibly the most enjoyable season since 1984 but poor Jays injury has taken the gloss of it....now we need sam to go for it and show what he can do next season to cheer us up..who knows if he shines in our last 5 games we may only need to but one striker which would save money for our cb we badly need. I live overseas there is large expat football following here and they have all been eating their words seeing how great saints have been this season...the sports bar was in shock when we played City off the park last week.never been prouder to be a Saint....winning the cup is one thing but consistantly outplaying the top teams is much more satisfying![/p][/quote]Being of a similar age to you miltonroad76 I am a bit surprised at your final comment. Surely supporting a football team or any other team for that matter is all about hoping and praying that one day you will see your team win a major competition like we were both lucky enough to do all those years ago. Playing teams off the park and then losing just does`nt cut it for me, anymore than developing loads of great players who then move on and win things at other clubs does either. I want us to play teams off the park and win. I also want us to develop great young players who then help us win things. Surely that`s the name of the game is`nt it?[/p][/quote]In that case you need to find us an Arab who only needs to up the price of our petrol by a few cents a barrel or a Russian billionaire who has inherited something which should belong to the Russian people. They can then treat their own football club as a plaything and throw limitless money at it. I'll stick with what we have thanks. Responsible owners, and a club with ethics, and if we don't win a trophy just think where we were 3 short years ago.[/p][/quote]No - I want to see some silverware on the sideboard and I want Jay Rod to win himself a medal or two....[/p][/quote]On that subject, has anyone done the Stadium Tour and seen the Trophy Cabinet? Are there Replicas of the Trophies that we have won in there? I was disappointed never to have seen the JPT close up, just a distant view at Wembley and pictures posted afterwards. Was there a Runners Up Trophy for the Championship, never saw anything of that if there was one. OSPREYSAINT
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10:07pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Jan28th1984 says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Jan28th1984 wrote:
Clever Dick wrote:
Poole Tom wrote:
miltonnroad76 wrote:
**** tough to be a saints fan ..been a fan since 1966 possibly the most enjoyable season since 1984 but poor Jays injury has taken the gloss of it....now we need sam to go for it and show what he can do next season to cheer us up..who knows if he shines in our last 5 games we may only need to but one striker which would save money for our cb we badly need. I live overseas there is large expat football following here and they have all been eating their words seeing how great saints have been this season...the sports bar was in shock when we played City off the park last week.never been prouder to be a Saint....winning the cup is one thing but consistantly outplaying the top teams is much more satisfying!
Being of a similar age to you miltonroad76 I am a bit surprised at your final comment. Surely supporting a football team or any other team for that matter is all about hoping and praying that one day you will see your team win a major competition like we were both lucky enough to do all those years ago. Playing teams off the park and then losing just does`nt cut it for me, anymore than developing loads of great players who then move on and win things at other clubs does either. I want us to play teams off the park and win. I also want us to develop great young players who then help us win things. Surely that`s the name of the game is`nt it?
In that case you need to find us an Arab who only needs to up the price of our petrol by a few cents a barrel or a Russian billionaire who has inherited something which should belong to the Russian people. They can then treat their own football club as a plaything and throw limitless money at it. I'll stick with what we have thanks. Responsible owners, and a club with ethics, and if we don't win a trophy just think where we were 3 short years ago.
No - I want to see some silverware on the sideboard and I want Jay Rod to win himself a medal or two....
On that subject, has anyone done the Stadium Tour and seen the Trophy Cabinet? Are there Replicas of the Trophies that we have won in there? I was disappointed never to have seen the JPT close up, just a distant view at Wembley and pictures posted afterwards. Was there a Runners Up Trophy for the Championship, never saw anything of that if there was one.
Not a lot in the SFC trophy cabinet is there? lol

Cortese's vision was to put that right, I hope it remains Kruger's vision....
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jan28th1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Poole Tom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miltonnroad76[/bold] wrote: **** tough to be a saints fan ..been a fan since 1966 possibly the most enjoyable season since 1984 but poor Jays injury has taken the gloss of it....now we need sam to go for it and show what he can do next season to cheer us up..who knows if he shines in our last 5 games we may only need to but one striker which would save money for our cb we badly need. I live overseas there is large expat football following here and they have all been eating their words seeing how great saints have been this season...the sports bar was in shock when we played City off the park last week.never been prouder to be a Saint....winning the cup is one thing but consistantly outplaying the top teams is much more satisfying![/p][/quote]Being of a similar age to you miltonroad76 I am a bit surprised at your final comment. Surely supporting a football team or any other team for that matter is all about hoping and praying that one day you will see your team win a major competition like we were both lucky enough to do all those years ago. Playing teams off the park and then losing just does`nt cut it for me, anymore than developing loads of great players who then move on and win things at other clubs does either. I want us to play teams off the park and win. I also want us to develop great young players who then help us win things. Surely that`s the name of the game is`nt it?[/p][/quote]In that case you need to find us an Arab who only needs to up the price of our petrol by a few cents a barrel or a Russian billionaire who has inherited something which should belong to the Russian people. They can then treat their own football club as a plaything and throw limitless money at it. I'll stick with what we have thanks. Responsible owners, and a club with ethics, and if we don't win a trophy just think where we were 3 short years ago.[/p][/quote]No - I want to see some silverware on the sideboard and I want Jay Rod to win himself a medal or two....[/p][/quote]On that subject, has anyone done the Stadium Tour and seen the Trophy Cabinet? Are there Replicas of the Trophies that we have won in there? I was disappointed never to have seen the JPT close up, just a distant view at Wembley and pictures posted afterwards. Was there a Runners Up Trophy for the Championship, never saw anything of that if there was one.[/p][/quote]Not a lot in the SFC trophy cabinet is there? lol Cortese's vision was to put that right, I hope it remains Kruger's vision.... Jan28th1984
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