The wait is over! Saints return to Premier League action on Friday and it's been another productive week at St Mary's, with Will Smallbone penning a new four-year contract...
Saints set for Norwich trip
The 2019/20 Premier League campaign resumes on Friday 19th June, with Southampton heading to Norwich City (6pm BST).
The first of Saints’ nine remaining fixtures, the Carrow Road clash will also be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side will then have two further fixtures in June, hosting Arsenal on Thursday 25th June (6pm BST), before travelling to Watford on Sunday 28th June (4.30pm BST).
Players to support NHS and Black Lives Matter
When Premier League matches resume this week, the players’ shirts will carry NHS and Black Lives Matter messaging,
The Premier League stands alongside players, clubs, the FA, EFL, PFA, LMA, PGMOL and all those who oppose discrimination in any form.
The League supports the players’ wish to have their names replaced by Black Lives Matter on the back of their shirts for the first 12 matches of the restarted 2019/20 season. A Black Lives Matter logo will also feature on shirts for the remainder of the season, along with a badge thanking the NHS for their work during the COVID-19 crisis.
In addition, the League will support players who ‘take a knee’ before or during matches.
Smallbone signs four-year deal
Southampton Football Club is delighted to announce midfielder Will Smallbone has signed a new four-year contract at St Mary’s.
The Academy graduate, 20, has agreed a fresh deal that runs until the summer of 2024 and which would take his association with the club up to 16 years.
Smallbone, a Republic of Ireland youth international, has been with Saints since the age of eight, progressing through the youth ranks impressively and then breaking into the first-team this season under the guidance of manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, who himself signed a new four-year contract recently.
Saints stage Bristol City friendly
Saints hosted Championship outfit Bristol City in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Friday afternoon, running out 3-2 victors.
Split into three 45 minute periods, the hosts had the lead within 35 seconds courtesy of Stuart Armstrong, with the Scotland international adding a second just six minutes later.
However, City battled back and drew level thanks to efforts from Niclas Eliasson and Callum O’Dowda, before Danny Ings restored the lead with what proved to be the winning strike.
Panting wins 2019/20 Goal of the Season
Supporters voted Rachel Panting's strike against Coventry United in the FA Cup as Southampton FC Women's Goal of the season.
With 38% of the votes over Facebook and Twitter, Panting's strike in her side's very first game at St Mary's Stadium took the accolade ahead of three other worthy candidates.
Her goal in the FA Cup pipped Ella Pusey's effort against Portsmouth in the 2-0 WNL Cup win away from home.
Ticket Office refund update
All supporters who bought tickets for home matches against Arsenal and Manchester City have now been refunded, along with fans who had tickets for away trips to Norwich, Everton and Watford.
Also, coach travel for those three away games has been refunded, with emails being sent as confirmation.
However, the Ticket Office does have a handful of fans outstanding who have been contacted by email and/or telephone to arrange a refund. If you haven’t received your money back by Wednesday 17 June, please email email@example.com.
Virgin Media Super Saints Fan Wall
Southampton Football Club is gearing up for the return of football and we want you to get involved with the Virgin Media Super Saints Fan Wall!
You can still be in that number when we return to action thanks to club partner Virgin Media who are creating the Super Saints Fan Wall, made up of photos of our fantastic supporters.
Plus, we'll be selecting five entrants to win a 2019/20 home shirt, all thanks to Virgin Media! Click the link below to find out how to get involved.
Football's making a return and you can game ready at home by picking up a Saints Matchday Box!
You'll get everything you need to support the Saints from the comfort of your sofa with a variety of options available for adults and kids, from just £35!
Each Matchday Box will include a special edition programme covering the remaining games of the 19/20 Premier League season. Plus, you'll get a range of gifts to help turn your living room into a Saints haven, including a matchday scarf, your very own Southampton pint glass, and much more.
Pre-order SAINTS collector’s edition
The Southampton matchday programme returns with a collector’s edition packed with brand-new content to make sure you still feel close to the action – even from your sofa – when the Premier League resumes next week.
The bumper 100-page souvenir publication includes a host of features and interviews, and plenty to entertain Saints fans young and old. It also includes close to 100 messages from supporters from all over the world and we’ve found space for every single one of them, so be sure not to miss out on a unique keepsake if you were among those to get in touch.
This one-off collector’s edition of SAINTS is available to pre-order now, priced at £5, or as part our Matchday Box range.