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Match Reports

Newcastle Home Won 2 – 0 Top of the Premier League

Might have to change the rules of 0-9 Bingo after Sky’s commentator got in his reference to Ralph’s darkest hour 30 seconds before the game against Newcastle had even started. The manager has been downplaying the seriousness of Danny’s injury but our leading scorer will be missing for several weeks at best, with the obvious […]

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Aston Villa Away Won 3 – 4 (back by popular demand)

By demand, if not exactly popular demand, let me take you back to the London Saints match reports – just in time for Lockdown, Take Two. They say that the only thing worse than watching ‘live’ on TV is not watching closed door games on TV, and at least at The Buckingham Arms I can […]

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The Long, Long Season Review

This is usually the time to look forward to a new season rather than back, and the forthcoming one will be a year without stripes: I get the impression that our marketing people would prefer things that way; we only wore stripes at St. Mary’s, Norwich and Portsmouth so it was our ‘third’ away kit. […]

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Sheffield United Home Won 3 – 1

Bednarek was supposed to be fit enough to face Sheffield United at the end of the longest season ever, but he only made it as far as the bench… which is further than Højbjerg did. With the Blades playing only for 8th place and Saints trying to make their way up 11th, both sides could […]

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Bournemouth Away Won 0 – 2

Ralph took the last away game of a highly successful campaign on the road very seriously, naming what was probably his best available side to face Bournemouth: Bednarek missed out through injury but there was a rare start for Long. The hosts had finished strongly when losing at Manchester City and were expected to be […]

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Brighton Home Drew 1 – 1

Another broadcast provider for our penultimate home game, with SFC funding season ticket holders’ access to BT’s coverage. Ralph finally gave in to an increasingly compressed fixture list and made significant changes to the side to face Brighton, although keeping essentially the same formation; particularly notable were his choices of full back – Vokins on […]

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Manchester United Away Drew 2 – 2

Yet another first for the visit to Manchester United: watching Saints ‘live’ in the pub. No crowd noises, but no commentary either – not necessarily a bad thing, although it did appear Mattie had been wheeled out for what I’m sure was totally unbiased expert analysis. United’s attacking players have been brushing aside all before […]

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Everton Away Drew 1 – 1

A new broadcaster for the visit to Everton, Amazon Prime – surely they couldn’t be worse than Sky? Probably not, I don’t know; after firing up the computer at 5:30, Amazon presented me with a former Everton player and a former Everton manager as its two expert analysts, so back to The Chase on the […]

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Manchester City Home Won 1 – 0 Che of the mark with great goal

We had reason to be thankful that Stephens only received a one match ban for his recent sending off; Vestergaard handled the awkward but limited Deeney very well but his lack of mobility would have been exploited by Manchester City‘s eager forward line. Also back, as far as the subs anyway, was Djenepo, the elapsed time […]

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Watford Away Won 1 – 3

A sunny, if breezy, Sunday afternoon, first pint of Downlands Best Bitter poured and ready, sound turned down on the telly to avoid the Sky commentary, Johnnie Walker on the radio… only Saints could spoil things – and this being an away game, they didn’t let anyone down, You didn’t need TV sound to recognise […]

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