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Believe it or not there is quite a lot of literature on Southampton Football Club. I mention this because I know lifelong fans, one of whom was associated with the Club at board level for a short time, who have been flabbergasted to learn that anything at all has been published about it – other than by the Southern Daily Echo.  

In fact, I would wager that the Echo’s sports reporters would be flabbergasted to learn there are books about the Saints other than by the Southern Daily Echo.  

With five Saints’ related titles published already 2016 has been a bumper year for Saintly bibliophiles, or those fans who just like to be well informed. Not that being well informed about the Saints has ever won an argument. There are no fiercer opponents in a debate than the ill-informed, the uninformed and the obdurately pig-ignorant – not in my experience. That goes double for football and doubly-double when it comes to the Saints. Football, somehow, attracts the determinably obtuse like jam attracts wasps. Saints, alas, are no exception. That said, there are literate Saints’ fans out there, and they do read books on the Saints. These books would not be published if there was not a market for them – and that market is a crowded one at the moment.

Being a Saints’ historian I am obliged to read whatever is published about the Club, however painful or pleasurable the experience and, with Christmas approaching like a stampeding turkey, it seems only fair to pass on my impressions to assist fond aunts in their quest to find suitable gifts for their Saints supporting nephews, or Saints supporting nephews and nieces wondering how to invest the book tokens sent by strict aunts who didn’t give them cash because they would only blow it at the Saints Megastore.

A companion to the 2000 Hagiology Publications’ Match of the Millennium. If you enjoyed the original will you necessarily find joy and enlightenment in Hagiology’s latest contribution to English literature and football history?

At long last, the autobiography all true Saints’ fans have desired for a decade or more: from former manager, director and all-round “Saints legend” Lawrie McMenemy. A no nonsense lowdown and why he did what and where? He certainly puts me in my place: by name!

How do I feel about being slagged off by the “big man”? Who else is singled out for his contempt? Will we learn the truth behind Alan Ball’s defection to Manchester City? Why did he defect to Sundeland? Why was Dave Merrington sacked?

Does Lawrie entertain and inform? Is this book it worth the cover price – less three quid? Am I going to give Lawrie an honest assessment of his literary skills?

A book compiled to mark Super Kelvin Davis’s decade between the posts at St Mary’s. After a stormy opening to his career as a Saint he turned down Premiership football with West Ham United to lead Southampton out of League One and, eventually, back to the Premiership.

Is he mad? Well, he is certainly unusual and has a keen sense of humour.  

Even if Bobby Stokes had not scored Saints’ most famous goal he would still have gone down in their history as one of the Club’s most enigmatic players.

He had the talent to be a much more prominent player than he was and, having become surplus to requirements at The Dell, aged 26, he should, surely, have done better for himself than play out a couple of seasons in the United States either side of a nightmare with home-town club Portsmouth.

Did Bobby, who died aged 44, have enough of a life to justify a biography?

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