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Big Crowd For Leicester Expected
Wednesday, 23rd Oct 2019 12:53

Despite being played on TV on a Friday night it looks like the visit of Leicester City is going to draw a big attendance to St Mary's after a late rush at the start of this week.

This time last week i was expecting the visit of Leicester City to St Marys to draw the lowest crowd of the season, especially since the Foxes have returned Block 43 in the Northam End and these were going on sale to Saints supporters.

But in the last few days there has been a surge in sales and we are now down to the last 1,400 or so tickets in the home sections with block 43 now being 80 % sold out.

So given that the first four home games saw full away sections it is now looking like the Leicester game will see more Saints fans in attendance than those earlier games and with two days still to go before the game a fair few of those tickets still left are likely to be sold.

For those who want to see Saints play cheaply there are still a few £30 tickets available in block 14, but they will be gone way befoe the day of the game I would imagine.

But most of the seats not bought are still only £35 for adults and that is a cheap price to see a Premier League football game these days, perhaps some would say even that is too much and football should be cheaper and I can agree with that, but the current prices charged are what they are throughout the League and there aren't many clubs selling individual tickets to their own fans for a game for £30-35.

It would be nice to sell the last tickets and once again show a full house to a watching TV audience, games under lights always have that extra magic, lets show the St Mary's atmosphere to the world.

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halftimeorange added 16:05 - Oct 23
Perhaps this article should be headed Big Crowd For Leicester Expected Until Halftime. The Leicester I've seen this season have played some exciting football and I do fear the worst on Friday from their counter-attacking. It really is an awful feeling going to support your team and wondering how an earth we'll get a result with the management seeming to be floundering. as for the St Marys atmosphere - well, there hasn't been one other than of resigned doom and gloom. I really hope the battling point at Wolves kickstarts our revival but, realistically I think we've got to get lucky.
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SaintNick added 16:19 - Oct 23
The leicester team that goes away sits back and goes on the counter so not exactly exciting football, personally I go to see the team play, i go to support them and go with hope and expectation, people talk of this season as if there is no hope and we are floundering, perhaps we are going through a bad patch but overall we are better than we have been for the last couple of seasons and a lot better than we have been for most of the last 30 years, perhaps we need a reality check sometimes.

Atmosphere is made by the supporters not the way the team is playing, get behind the team and create an atmosphere that we can win games in, if you are going with resigned doom and gloom then you are part of the problem with the atmosphere not part of the solution.

We give Pompey stick, but one thing you cant accuse them of is giving up on their team, where would you rather be this weekend watching Saints in the Premier League or watching Pompey in League 1 ?
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Saintsforeverj added 17:53 - Oct 23
Nick, Pompey fans are booing their team at home when they lose. Arsenal fans want their manager sacked and they are 5th! Saying the atmosphere is created by the fans and not what is happening on the pitch is nonsense. Fans going into this game expecting a defeat is based on 2 wins in 10 months. If you were a gambler, based on facts that we have the worst home form in the league, you would expect a defeat against a really good team. We are not just a miserable bunch! Yes, winning 3 games in a whole year adds to the misery and the pessimism.

We are not going to standing there cheering as we get torn apart are we? But rest assured, I am sure under the lights, the fans will be up for this from the start and get behind the team. Let's see if the players on 60k a week, can man up and deliver at least a battling performance. I for one will support the team 100%, win, lose or drawer, if I can see them tackling and battling. If I see Vardy and Co easily walking through our defence, while our defenders turn their backs or just look in amazement then I will moan and tell them to dam well put a tackle in.
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halftimeorange added 08:08 - Oct 24
Nick, You talk about a reality check and we are having one right now. We are fourth from bottom, we are playing at best in a haphazard fashion and we have only workmanlike players - no stand-out quality. We are in a dogfight and, from what I see on the pitch, we may well not get out of it. Of course I go to support the Saints and I rarely leave before the final whistle, irrespective of the score. Surely, you must have noticed that, after the first fifteen minutes of huff and puff St Mary's is often funereal even at the Northam end. Noise is generated by two things - in the first place the anticipation and needs of the fans and second, by the effort and success of the team. In the latter case, there ain't too much these days. The EPL is a wildly different and imbalanced place compared to even ten years ago and sadly, Saints currently appear to be lightweights in a division of heavy and super-heavyweights. Nevertheless, I still pay to watch them!
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LoisDeem added 11:04 - Oct 24
It's just not cool to support your team though, is it?
To the point that many go to away matches to release their inhibitions and seek and find reward for their efforts.
Oh well, until the penny drops it can be their little secret, whilst others revel in the gloom and doom -shame is.
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janecook added 12:14 - Oct 24
Big Crowd hope the team turn up and put in a bit of effort.
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