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Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... 10:11 - Dec 31 with 568 viewsTripleNiemi

....thought i would pose the question of 'when was your favorite era of watching Saints?'

A tough call in some respects but i suspect a lot will suggest the L1 / Championship years whilst others whom are of slightly older persuasion might say the 80's when we we runners up etc...and when football was still almost a working 'mans' (am i allowed to say this?) game.

For me i have to say that the recent successes we have had following our close demise is right up there but (possibly due to my age) i have to say i loved the 90's at the Dell. Yes, often a relegation scrap, but the tightness of the Archers along with the never say die attitude did it for me. I am old enough to remember the Lawrie Mac years but being blunt i was still pretty young to appreciate what a side we had then.

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Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 10:15 - Dec 31 with 554 viewssaint68

The 80's are very much still my favourite years, proper grounds with proper people and no poncy pratts who saw themselves as a Brand!!

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Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 10:33 - Dec 31 with 538 viewsSaintNick

Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 10:15 - Dec 31 by saint68

The 80's are very much still my favourite years, proper grounds with proper people and no poncy pratts who saw themselves as a Brand!!


The 70's & 80's are very much the best decades from the point of view of both success on the field and the fact that commercialism was yet to completely rear it's ugly head, but they were also decades that saw just as much turmoil as this one,

All of the decades have seen ups as well as downs, the truth is no football team has a divine right to success, well run clubs get relegated and rich clubs don't always win things in relative terms there are a few clubs having worse seasons than us

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Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 10:46 - Dec 31 with 530 viewsPatfromPoole

I loved the post-Branfoot era with Saints fans in the Archers Road, and some great football particularly under Alan Ball.

Strachan days were great as well. I enjoyed the first couple of years of St. Mary’s a lot.
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Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 11:58 - Dec 31 with 500 viewsA1079

Unequivocally, it has to be the 80's.
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Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 12:42 - Dec 31 with 490 viewsTripleNiemi

Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 10:46 - Dec 31 by PatfromPoole

I loved the post-Branfoot era with Saints fans in the Archers Road, and some great football particularly under Alan Ball.

Strachan days were great as well. I enjoyed the first couple of years of St. Mary’s a lot.


Probably take a slating for this, but i loved the (albeit) brief Hoddle reign. Really enjoyed watching us then with Dean Richards (R.I.P) and Bridgey etc.

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Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 12:49 - Dec 31 with 484 viewskingslandstand1

It probably has to be the Channon, Ball, Keegan era of the early 80's when we were almost unbeatable at the Dell and were guarenteed goals (for and against). The atmosphere was decent and away teams genuinely did not like coming to us
Laurie Mac had that mix of old and new (experienced and non) players with just that right blend. Happy Days!
But also has to be said, playing in the recent Koeman era when we were getting praise from everywhere and we tended to be others "2nd team" cos of the way we played and we even started speaking about possiblt Champions League position at some points - ok, we then came back to earth, but there was great pride in being a Saints fan
Then it all went t1ts up!
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Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 12:51 - Dec 31 with 481 viewskingslandstand1

Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 12:42 - Dec 31 by TripleNiemi

Probably take a slating for this, but i loved the (albeit) brief Hoddle reign. Really enjoyed watching us then with Dean Richards (R.I.P) and Bridgey etc.


Why take a slating? Still probably one of the best tacticians we ever had as a manager. He was just a coont for the way in which he left us, although the New Year (?) 4-0 drubbing of him was very delightful soon after
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Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 13:08 - Dec 31 with 476 viewsMarcus_y

Defo depends on your age and when u started going. For me the 1978 promotion season and next 7 years or so. An exciting promotion campaign, a league cup final, two fa cup semi's, Europe, regular top 6 finishes, great home records each year and some top games for the memory box. Top players. Top years.

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Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 13:14 - Dec 31 with 470 viewsTripleNiemi

Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 12:51 - Dec 31 by kingslandstand1

Why take a slating? Still probably one of the best tacticians we ever had as a manager. He was just a coont for the way in which he left us, although the New Year (?) 4-0 drubbing of him was very delightful soon after


FA cup game from recollection....Late Saturday pm fixture on TV?

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Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 14:59 - Dec 31 with 444 viewsChesham_Saint

Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 13:08 - Dec 31 by Marcus_y

Defo depends on your age and when u started going. For me the 1978 promotion season and next 7 years or so. An exciting promotion campaign, a league cup final, two fa cup semi's, Europe, regular top 6 finishes, great home records each year and some top games for the memory box. Top players. Top years.


Got to agree with this although the MLT glory years take some beating...

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Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 15:26 - Dec 31 with 426 viewsMarcus_y

Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 14:59 - Dec 31 by Chesham_Saint

Got to agree with this although the MLT glory years take some beating...


Yeah that is true mate. When he was at his peak he was worth entry fee alone. Imagine if we had him early 80's in that form.

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Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 17:37 - Dec 31 with 386 viewsSalisburySaint

I’ve been watching Saints since mid 60’s and have two periods I’d call my most enjoyable

I left school in 1975 and as I was working started going to away games regularly that season, which ended with us winning the Cup, the period after that until 83/84 was brilliant with slow steady progress in the league, promotion back to Div 1, European football, good cup runs and finishing runners up in top flight. Some great away trips in those days winning at all the big clubs and great European trips for me to Marseilles, Anderlecht, Limerick and Hamburg

But just as enjoyable was the rise back from league one to Premier League since 2010, the trips away in League one to places like Hartlepool, Orient, Carlisle, Oldham and Johnstone’s Paint trophy. The great season in the Championship where right from the start of the season with performances like 5-2 at Ipswich we looked the part. After first season in Premier we made steady progress with 2 European qualifications and memorable trips to Arnhem, Bere Sheva, Milan and Prague and also another cup final that season.

It may have been a bit disappointing the last few seasons, but being a Saints supporter has always been about ups and downs even this season great performances at Pompey, Villa and Chelsea but many poor performances to go with these, but it those good days that make it still worthwhile and enjoyable watching Saints
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Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 18:31 - Dec 31 with 355 viewsOccasional_Showers

The late 80's early 90's because that was my era. I think it's the same for everyone. All depends on your age.

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Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 18:54 - Dec 31 with 342 viewsKennington

Watching saints since the mid 90s, and although going to the Dell with my brother was brilliant and memories I’ll never forget the best footballing times were the Liebherr era. Coming up from league 1 was brilliant and doing it with such overwhelming positivity. Even this place was upbeat :-)

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Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 18:57 - Dec 31 with 339 viewsVagina_Dentata

League one up to losing the league cup final.

you can drink your weak lemon drink now.

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Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 19:02 - Dec 31 with 327 viewsOccasional_Showers

Beating Pompey 3-0 under Dave Merrington, Crewe at home in the league cup (it was a record gate at the all seater dell), Man U 3-1, Man U 6-3, Forest when Le Tiss scored a penalty and Forest when he missed, Le Tiss v Newcastle, Le Tiss v Coventry, so many good memories of that era. Football today is rubbish in comparison with those days. Losing against Tranmere wasnt so good.
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Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 19:17 - Dec 31 with 313 viewsHappy_Jack

76 to 84. The rise back from 09 to 12 was brilliant too. It is age dependant though and being a grumpy old coont I can't stand the sanitized bullshit of today's game.

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Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 20:54 - Dec 31 with 280 viewskernow

Promotion to the top flight for the first time 1965-66 and the first season in Division 1.
1976 to 1978 Cup winners and promotion back to Div 1.
The early 80s under Lawrie Mac.
The tenure of Glen Hoddle.
The early years at St Mary's under Gordon Strachan.
The Nigel Adkins years.
Teams that earnt respect.
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Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 00:30 - Jan 1 with 228 viewskingslandstand1

Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 17:37 - Dec 31 by SalisburySaint

I’ve been watching Saints since mid 60’s and have two periods I’d call my most enjoyable

I left school in 1975 and as I was working started going to away games regularly that season, which ended with us winning the Cup, the period after that until 83/84 was brilliant with slow steady progress in the league, promotion back to Div 1, European football, good cup runs and finishing runners up in top flight. Some great away trips in those days winning at all the big clubs and great European trips for me to Marseilles, Anderlecht, Limerick and Hamburg

But just as enjoyable was the rise back from league one to Premier League since 2010, the trips away in League one to places like Hartlepool, Orient, Carlisle, Oldham and Johnstone’s Paint trophy. The great season in the Championship where right from the start of the season with performances like 5-2 at Ipswich we looked the part. After first season in Premier we made steady progress with 2 European qualifications and memorable trips to Arnhem, Bere Sheva, Milan and Prague and also another cup final that season.

It may have been a bit disappointing the last few seasons, but being a Saints supporter has always been about ups and downs even this season great performances at Pompey, Villa and Chelsea but many poor performances to go with these, but it those good days that make it still worthwhile and enjoyable watching Saints


Tell you what Salisbury, being a Saints fan is a damn site better that being a top 6 fan where success is almost always guarenteed and expected and outside of that is suicidal

Much prefer the ups and downs of Saints without all the tourists who don't know about the lower divisions with those top 6
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Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 08:53 - Jan 1 with 193 viewsMarcus_y

Following on from the 'Do you enjoy watching Saints thread'...... on 18:31 - Dec 31 by Occasional_Showers

The late 80's early 90's because that was my era. I think it's the same for everyone. All depends on your age.


Pardon me, but on your thread about 'Is life all that' you state you are 27. So how did you manage to get into games in the late 80? Could you see the game through your old mans sack?

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