keegan sporting lisbon

Before the endless noise, the incessant speculation and perpetually spinning narrative of the modern day transfer window; before the interminable rolling twenty-four hour sports news and frenzy of social media, it was possible to conduct transfers without each signing and sale becoming a protracted public saga to be debated, analysed and mythologized. It was even […]

jermain defoe bournemouth

It was the moment a large assembly of the nation’s sports media had been waiting for – the reason they had made an unlikely trip to the Abbey Stadium in Cambridge on a freezing cold Saturday in January – a moment of football history… or so they thought. Sixty-four minutes were on the clock when […]

morganschneiderlin

For any other club in the Championship that season it would have represented a major coup, but for Southampton, desperately staving off the looming threat of administration, the signing of a promising French under-19 international was baffling. The summer of 2008 was a turbulent one for Southampton Football Club: the divisive ex-Chairman Rupert Lowe returned, manager […]

portsmouth plaque

“I always imagined our biggest challenge would be off the pitch, but it’s been on it where we’ve been really tested… every time we thought we were up and running we’ve been kicked in the teeth again.” – Mark Catlin, Chief Executive at Portsmouth Football Club. A fresh chapter was written in Portsmouth’s extraordinary survival […]

Pell and Reason celebrate Eastleigh opening the scoring against Macclesfield.

The Silverlake is swinging. Jai Reason, Eastleigh’s diminutive playmaker and creative lynchpin is tormenting Macclesfield’s backline once more. Moments after curling in a magnificent third goal, he slaloms into the box again, this time playing in James Constable who in turn coolly slides the ball across the goalmouth for striker Deon Burton to thump home. […]

Southampton's Lloyd Isgrove celebrates scoring against Bournemouth in a pre-season friendly.

As the climax to the season draws closer, Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth remain embroiled in one of the great Championship promotion races. The Cherries’ extraordinary campaign has lifted them to the brink of the Premier League and a chance to take their place in English football’s top tier for the first time in the club’s history. […]

staplewood

Southampton’s incredible start to the new season may well be, as numerous pundits have suggested, just a blip.  A result of a quirk in the fixture list; allowing the Saints to surge up the league table before they regress back to mean and their true position in the Premier League.  But while it is true […]