My name is Mike Field and I am currently the Association’s treasurer and chairman of our funding and sponsorship sub-committee. I am a chartered accountant, able-bodied and I have been on the SDSA committee since 2014.
I was born about three goal kicks away from the old Dell and was a season ticket holder from the age of nine when the likes of Ian Turner, Jim Steele, Peter Osgood and Mick Channon were playing for the Saints. I lapsed during spells living in Scotland and London only catching the odd away game but since moving back South again in late 2005 I have been a season ticket holder at St Mary’s since 2006/07 season. I have seen the lows of relegation from the Premier League and administration to the highs of back-to-back promotions through the Championship back up to the Premier League and not forgetting the EFL Cup final against Man Utd, the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea and the trip to Wembley in 2010 for the EFL Trophy final win over Carlisle.
Ironically my first live game was at Wembley for the Charity Shield loss to Liverpool in 1976 thanks to Kevin Keegan, followed by my first home game at the Dell a week later, a loss to Carlisle from an own goal from Jim Steele after Peter Osgood had scored for Saints.
When in Scotland I followed the fortunes of my then local team, Raith Rovers, who were in Scottish League One at the time and experienced the bizarre event of the two sets of opposing fans changing ends at half time before the introduction of seating behind the goals. I am passionate about helping disabled Saints fans get the most out of their experience at St Marys and away from home.
My claim to fame is that I am preparing to go on the next series of Love Island. I just need to fine tune my physique, oh and get permission from my wife! But seriously, my favourite day watching football was in 1996 when I was fortunate to be in hospitality at Wembley when England beat The Netherlands in the Euros.