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Crystal Palace 0-1 Southampton

A goal from Steven Davis on his 200th appearance for Southampton was enough to earn three points at Selhurst Park.

Davis netted early in the game after just six minutes to ensure Roy Hodgson's first game in charge ended in misery to make it five straight Premier League defeats for Crystal Palace.

It was Saints' first away win of the season.

Defender Virgil van Dijk returned to action for Mauricio Pellegrino's side coming on as a late substitute.


#SaintsFC team to face #CPFC: Forster, Cédric, Yoshida, Hoedt, Bertrand, Romeu, Lemina, Davis (c), Tadić, Redmond, Long. pic.twitter.com/7xLHeldjQ7 — Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) September 16, 2017
6: GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! It's @StevenDavis8 on his 200th #SaintsFC appearance...get in! (0-1) pic.twitter.com/Y61ejOIFQF — Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) September 16, 2017
What a start! 😇 #saintsfcpic.twitter.com/xytNDCHUVh — Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) September 16, 2017
22: Patient build-up play sees @NathanRedmond22 find a po…

Hoedt signs for Saints

Southampton have announced the signing of Dutch international centre-back Wesley Hoedt, from Lazio.

The 23-year-old has signed a five-year contract at St Mary’s.

Vice Chairman (Football) Les Reed said: “Wesley is one of the most promising young defenders in Europe and represents a significant addition to our squad. Having procured a Champions League finalist from one Italian club we have now added an Italian Supercoppa winner from another.

“We believe he has all the qualities to play a big part in our future, and we have worked hard to bring him to Southampton, with a number of other high-profile clubs interested in him.

"Finding a top quality central defender is difficult in the current environment and now we have six internationals in this position, both young and experienced.

"Finding a naturally left-footed player is even more difficult. We have been tracking central defenders on our target list for the past 12 months and Wesley has always been at the top of that list, s…

Gao family invest in Saints

A letter to the fans of Southampton Football Club from Katharina Liebherr...

I am pleased to confirm that talks to bring in a new partner to our club have been concluded.

Following extensive and fruitful work, we are entering into a partnership with the Gao family and I am excited about what we will achieve together.

Today is the start of a new and exciting chapter for our club. Mr Jisheng Gao and his daughter, Mrs Nelly Gao, with whom I have built a close relationship, share our values and ambitions. As a team, we will strive to build upon the strong foundation that is in place towards sustainable long-term success.

Mr Gao, Nelly and I have full trust in Ralph Krueger and his management team. We wholeheartedly support their plans to follow the Southampton Way in the years ahead.

But for now it is business as usual at Southampton Football Club and we must allow everyone at the club to focus on the first few weeks of the new season.

I would like to thank the passionate supporters of th…

Five reasons why you should support Non-League football

The love of football is a hobby, a passion and for some an obsession bordering on a religion. There are hundreds of millions of fanatical supporters all around the world for what we like to call the ‘beautiful game’. But what of Non-League football?

Here are just a few reasons why choosing to support local and non-league football can be just as rewarding and enjoyable for the average footy fan as opposed to following a side with all the glitz, glamour and money of a top-level side.


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1. Affordability An obvious advantage to begin with is the huge savings that can be made in following your local Non-League side.

When you compare the cost of being a fan of a side in Non-League football to a team in the higher echelons of football, the Premier League for example, the difference is huge.

"The Premier League in my eyes is very expensive and overrated,” said Eastleigh season ticket holder Lee Stevens.

Eastleigh chairman and owner Stewart Donald said:…

Five years a Spitfire - Stewart Donald

5 years a Spitfire
Stewart Donald – In conversation with Michael Kurn

MK= Michael Kurn

SD: Stewart Donald

{Transcript typed by Jamie Montigue}

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MK: Let’s take you back to 2011. The Spitfires were in the Conference South,. Mid-table, a side pushing for the playoffs but not quite making it. Ian Baird was the manager and crowds averaged around 650 people.

Fast forward five years. The club is in the National League pushing for promotion to the Football League with former Brentford manager Martin Allen at the helm of the playing squad.

Attendances are growing year on year and recently the Spitfires took 1500 fans away in the FA Cup third round.

The club has certainly grown under the leadership of Stewart Donald and his team. What a five years it’s been for Eastleigh FC.

Lets now take a look back and cast an eye to the future with the chairman and owner Stewart Donald.

Stewart, five years. It’s flown by.

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SD: Yes, it feels like about two days. We’ve crammed an awful lot in a short period of time b…