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LSSC Legends – John McGrath

John McGrath took no prisoners – a collusus of a man in the mould of so many centre-halves of the early seventies. John McGrath ‘Jake’ was an imposing figure on the field who gave everything to the cause; a centre half noted for his no-nonsense challenges, but a man who also possessed the ability to […]

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LSSC legends: Hughie Fisher

Ted Bates made a habit of signing players that had previously performed well in opposition. Hughie Fisher was signed for a fee of £35,000 having just done that in a First Division match against Blackpool in December 1966. He signed 3 months later, making his debut (along with Eric Martin) in a 1-0 victory at […]

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LSSC legends: David Armstrong

The £600,000 that Lawrie McMenemy paid Middlesbrough in August 1981 for midfielder David Armstrong proved to be a fantastic piece of business. Armstrong was signed as a workmanlike player wtih a healthy goals to games ratio who rarely missed a game. January/February 2011 At Middlesbrough, Armstrong was noted for his remarkable durability – for many […]

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LSSC legends: Brian O’Neil

Our latest ‘LSSC legend’ was a proper cult hero. Brian O’Neil played in the early 70’s side that included some real characters – Channon, Paine, Davies, McGrath, Hollywood, etc. He epitomised that side playing with enthusiasm, character and no little skill. Brian was one of our guests at the recent ex-Saints evening and surprisingly kept […]

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LSSC legends: Jason Dodd

Jason Dodd represented Southampton a total 499 times – it would surely have been many more but for periods at either end of his career when he was unfairly dropped; Chris Nicholl used Jeff Kenna and Barry Horne for a period of time after Dodd had seemingly established himself in the first team. In the […]

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LSSC legends: Peter Shilton

Saints fans received tremendous service out of Peter Shilton’s 5 year stint at The Dell as he gave tremendous confidence to a more youthful Saints side that achieved runner-up in Division 1 and two FA Cup semi-final appearances. But there will always be a tinge of regret that his signing coincided with Kevin Keegan’s sudden […]

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LSSC legends: Tony Knapp

This month, Waterloo Sunset’s ‘legend’ takes us back to the sixties and features, Tony Knapp, Skipper of Ted Bates’ all conquering promotion team of 1966. June 2010 – Tony Knapp Tony Knapp was signed by Ted Bates in August 1961; a move that displayed Southampton’s serious intent in securing top flight status. Knapp was considered […]

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LSSC legends: Nick Holmes

London Saints’ May legend was a real ‘one club’ man. Nick Holmes was an FA Cup winner early in his career but made his name as a solid, versatile workhorse. The type of player that allowed the flamboyance of players such as Channon, Keegan and Wallace the freedom to attack. The ball kept coming to […]

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LSSC legends: Derek Reeves

LSSC’s legend of the month for April takes us back to the late fifties. Derek Reeves’ scoring record during that period was phenomenal. Although relatively small for a centre-forward, he was Saints leading scorer for four consecutive seasons between 1956 and 1960. April 2010 – Derek Reeves “Derek scored 145 goals in 273 League appearances, […]

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LSSC legends: Bobby Stokes

March the 28th sees Southampton FC return to Wembley for the first time in 18 years so it’s highly appropriate that ‘Waterloo Sunset’ features the hero of their greatest day at the old stadium – Bobby Stokes. March 2010 – Bobby Stokes Cup finals come and go for the the big boys. So they don’t […]

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