Sunday, 24 January 2010

St Marys Stadium, Southampton 23rd January 2010

FA Cup 4th round - Southampton 2 Ipswich 1

A weak display saw Town bow out of the cup, and the days made worse by not even being able to purchase a programme! You think a club like Southampton would want and need the money from programme sales.

One good thing about a lot of new or modernised grounds is you often find a statue of an ex player or manager - Wolves, Ipswich, Preston, Middlesbrough are some of the stadia you can find these welcome additions to stadium surrounds.

For Southampton fans the arrival of a statue at St Marys was not that welcome as the statue of Ted Bates was felt to look more like Jimmy Krankie, but a new statue was put up in 2008, this time the sculpture was Sean Hedges-Quinn, an Ipswich fan who did the brilliant Ramsey and Robson statues.

Ted Bates trying to find a programme seller!

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