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Those old legendary names...
at 09:51 6 Aug 2018

When growing up I continually heard my father talking about the Saints heroes of his generation ..Ted Drake..and later Wayman, Bates, Ellerington and others.
When I became a "serious fan " my list of heroes would have included Ron Davies, David Burnside, Ken Wimshurst and ...Cliff Huxford (who sadly passed away last week).

Someone said that you realise you have grown older when you stop reading the Births and Marriages column...and begin to look at the section of those... who have passed on.
Cliff was an unsung hero (in the 1960's) who played 300+ games as defensive CB, and "didn't take any prisoners". He had his share of warnings from ref's, but Cliff great strength was..just that. I met Cliff a few times and although not overly tall, he was solid muscle from the neck down, as some who came up against him would surely confirm.

My lasting memory of Cliff Huxford (aside from his comedy routines as sub. goalie) was a rare Pompey derby at The Dell soon after the legendary Jimmy Dickinson had hung up his boots at Fratton. Pompey's new young star, Vince Radcliffe (?) took over Jimmy's role, but on that day made the mistake of trying to tackle Huxford (from behind). The lad's leg crumbled in a multiple break that almost finished his career. Huxford who was entirely innocent of any malice, was himself very upset, but his tough physique spoke for itself.

So ..just another name in the catalogue of hundreds who have pulled on a Saints shirt throughout many generations. Fans younger than I have already mourned the loss of Ball and Osgood, and it's only in such sad circumstances that their names return to our memories. Today's generation will have to listen to their father's talking about Channon, Golac, Holmes, Moran, Shilton.. .that young Shearer lad ... and of course Matt Le Tissier.

Like many fans, I await the "next successful Saints generation" to emerge, but thankfully my sons' generation will have a few hours video to look back on, whereas I have only fond memories of the many who have gone before, and whose names are just stats. ... in the record book somewhere.

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Carrillo scores (!)
at 15:50 28 Jul 2018

Saw today that Guido Carrillo scored the winner (1-0) in a game for Leganes.
also noted that Leganes sold one of their better players (Diego Rico) to Bournemouth for £10 million last week.

Obviously that will help their finances if they have to pay Carrillo's salary, but if our lad finds some scoring form we may see him back next season and start getting our money's worth. Will keep a weather eye on Leganes results in the coming season.

Carrillo was clearly out of his depth coming into the side when he did, and got little or no service, but in his defence - he wasn't the worst player in the side at a time when we needed goals and no-one was scoring.
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