Forever Saint Award: Dave Merrington

By SFC Media time Wed 29 Dec Club
Photo by Isabelle Field | Dave Merrington

Southampton Football Club proudly presented former manager Dave Merrington with its latest Forever Saint award, at half-time of Tuesday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur.

The award celebrates incredible contributions made both at Saints and in the community by ex-players, club servants and community champions, with Merrington giving a rousing speech to fans and receiving a tremendous reception from the crowd as he picked up the honour.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: Dave Merrington receiving the Saints award during the Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on December 28, 2021 in Southampton, England (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Dave Merrington salutes the crowd at half-time of the game against Spurs

A long-time youth coach at Southampton, Merrington helped to guide and develop the likes of Alan Shearer, Matt Le Tissier and the Wallace brothers, as they progressed through the ranks at The Dell.

He then went on to take charge of the first-team in the 1995/96 season and, against the odds, was able to guide the team to Premier League survival.

Merrington, 76, has subsequently worked for many years as the much-loved summariser and co-commentator for the club’s matches on BBC Radio Solent, bringing his passion, enthusiasm and knowledge for Saints, as well as the game as a whole, to listeners everywhere.

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