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In That Number

 

IN THAT NUMBER - 'a post-war chronicle of Southampton FC' is a massive, 640-page hardback, published in 2003 at £35. This new history of the Saints covers only the post-war seasons - the latest 57, in other words, of the club's 118 seasons to date.

Which is just as well since it comprises 640 pages (with more than 1500 illustrations) and is surely the most comprehensive post-war history of a football club, in so far as it includes:

Thumb-nail match reports of 2,376 League games
A similar style of reports on 157 League Cup-ties, 24 games in Europe and 35 matches in minor cups (like the ZDS trophy, in which Saints reached a Wembley Final in 1992).
Much fuller match reports on 178 FA Cup-ties, including 14 pages on the road to Cardiff.
Every Reserves line-up from 1946 to 2003.

Yet this is NOT a facts-and-figures compendium. Among the many features that stop this book being another collection of stats are the following:

Most thumb-nail reports end with a comment from an ECHO reporter or the manager - occasionally both.

A section of the book is devoted to pen-pictures of 384 first-team players and of those who managed them.

Even the Reserves line-ups feature some fine photographs, including one of the 16 year-old Mick Channon, pictured with the two young reserves, whose youngest-ever appearance record he had not long broken. That record recently went again and there's a place for Andrew Surman, the latest youngest-ever Reserve, in this book's comprehensive picture gallery.

The FA Cup reports are full of contextual commentary, not just on events at the club, but on the wider context of the day, as when Barnsley won at The Dell at the end of the miners' strike.

There are frequent interjections, amid the thumb-nails, of commentary - whether on the latest match or on a mid-week development in the transfer-market or wherever. Some of these interjections are serious, as when a player or manager faced criminal charges, while others are more light-hearted, like the letting off of fireworks in the directors' box.

And you are alerted to the inevitable coincidences with which fans like to tease each other - for instance, which odd occurrence in Saints' 5-1 win against Hull City in 1952 was repeated in the 3-3 draw with Blackburn in 1999? Three players, Elliott, McGarrity and Sillett each scored his first Saints goal in that 1952 match, a feat repeated by Mark Hughes, Marsden and Pahars against Blackburn.

But, then, this book is absolutely FULL of answers to those arguments about who scored against whom, when and where - and even how. And much, much more.

Compiled by Saints Official Historians, Duncan Holley and Gary Chalk, IN THAT NUMBER has been more than 20 years in the making.

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This title is out of print, although copies may still be found in some bookshops.

 

 

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