On Thursday, October 25th, the Southampton Football Club and Saints Disabled Supporters Association held a “One March Open Day” in the Kingsland Concourse at St Mary’s Stadium.
Although a bit chilly (or rather very chilly), at 12pm the doors opened and people started to stream in to see what there was on offer.
There was a mixture of local groups to speak to, demos to watch and try out, places to be drawn or have your face made to look like a tiger or similar, and a bouncy castle and soft area, to tire out the little ones.
Outside in the car park, Princess Coaches brought a coach that can accommodate wheelchairs, and the bus that the 1976 team used for their tour of Southampton after winning the FA Cup was there, for people to see.
Once again, a replica of the 1976 FA Cup (very kindly loaned to us by its owner) was on site, and visitors could hold and have photos taken with it.
Throughout the afternoon, a number of ex-saints made personal appearances, posing for photos and signing autographs. We saw Lawrie McMenemy MBE, Franny Benali, Rueben Agboola, Jim Steele, and Peter Rodrigues.
Mid way through the afternoon, we had 5 current men’s first team players and 4 from the women’s team, drop by to sign autographs.
For those in need of refreshment, there were teas, coffees, and snacks available.
We are always very grateful to the ex-saints who give up their time to attend our events, and whilst the younger visitors may not recognise all the ex-saints, the adults who accompany them will do.
The draw details and winners can be see on page 2.