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Saints sign Carrillo

Southampton have completed the signing of 26-year-old Argentinian striker Guido Carrillo from AS Monaco.

Vice Chairman (Football) Les Reed said: “A huge amount of work has gone in to completing this transfer, and we are thrilled that we have now been able to push it through to completion.

“Guido represents a very exciting addition to our attacking options ahead of the final months of the season, possessing plenty of experience at the highest level, while also having the potential and the desire to improve even further.

“We are confident he will benefit us not only in the remainder of this campaign, but in the years to come.”

Guido Carrillo said: "I’m very happy. It’s a great feeling to be a part of this club.

“Lots of things attracted me. I know Southampton from watching the Premier League from when I was small, I’ve always regarded it as the most important league in the world.

“I obviously know the coaching staff, I’ve worked with them in Argentina and I also spoke with some pla…

Mason making excellent progress

Ryan Mason, 25, is making “excellent progress” having fractured his skull in a horrifying collision whilst playing for Hull City in the Premier League.


Mason, Hull’s record signing, had been visited in hospital by Chelsea defender Gary Cahill (who was involved in the sickening clash of heads) together with their assistant manager Steve Holland.

The Chelsea pair along with Hull City captain Michael Dawson and other medical staff from Hull, spent time with Mason’s family and checked on the well-being of the Tigers midfielder at the weekend.

Hull had issued an update saying that Mason had been “speaking of the incident and will continue to be monitored at the hospital.” The statement added that Hull “will remain in close contact with Ryan, his family and the staff at St Mary's.”

Ryan’s former team-mate Jake Livermore, who has just signed for West Brom from Hull and had also played alongside Mason at Tottenham too, said he “feared the worst” upon hearing the news of the head injury.

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West Brom 2-3 Southampton

Saints secured a much-needed three points to get out of the relegation zone. Mario Lemina scored his first goal for the club before Jack Stephens headed in his third goal in consecutive games. James Ward-Prowse also netted a fine free kick.

Reaction:

James Ward-Prowse: "We knew it was going to be tough here, but it's an important three points.

"No matter how we won the game, it's just important that we dug in deep. Ok, we've not been playing the best of football, but we dug in together and got the vital three points.

"There's a bit of competition for the free-kicks, but it shows how passionate we all are.

"There's a good feeling around the team and all the lads want to do well to help the team. Thankfully for me, I was able to do that today, but Sofiane played brilliantly and did his part as well."

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Jack Stephens: "I was disappointed with West Brom's opening goal – he was my man – so it's nice to make up for it."

Describing …

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…