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10 Jul 2022 22:27:59
Am I late to the party on the news that Saints are interested in Moussa Dembele?
Now he is a 20 goal a season forward IMO and along with Aribo we could look quite strong in attack.
At a cut price 10 mil (he's only 26) this could be the sort of quality we're all hoping for.
I just have this horrible feeling that one of you guys are going to bring me down to earth by saying he's off to Newcastle or wherever!


1.) 16 Jul 2022 19:29:42
Biggest worry if we got him is he could turn out to be similar to Osvaldo, great player who believes he is above us.



29 Jun 2022 11:54:23
So. newsflash from Southampton FC to my email account with headline, "You're going to want to see this!"

New player being announced I hoped . no, the new Saints home shirt.

Let's put more effort into getting players wearing the shirt than redesigning a perfectly good red and white striped shirt with a pillar box down the middle.


1.) 29 Jun 2022 20:09:32
What are you moaning about? We’re less than 3 weeks into the transfer window with two players signed, 22 million spent and at least another two who are joining imminently

Literally cannot please Southampton fans

2.) 29 Jun 2022 22:49:26
New shirt is pants!
Signings are pants too - 2 keepers and (another) young centre back. I can hardly contain my excitement! Before you say that the centre back comes from the Bundesliga, I would remind you that that's where Vestergaard came from. We are still not addressing the problem of no proven goal scorer. WE NEED A STRIKER WHO CAN SCORE IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE

3.) 29 Jun 2022 22:52:33
But what have we got for 22 million? Goalkeeper (x2) and a young centre back. Not going to keep us up, sorry.

4.) 30 Jun 2022 12:31:28
I think you're going to be very disappointed then Peter, a lot of the players we are linked with are being plucked straight from the big 6's youth academy's. This seems to be our transfer strategy.

I don't think we're going to get a striker "that can score in the Premier League" or at least a striker that's already been there and done that.

Spurs have just spent £50m on Richarilson, an experienced PL striker. But the most goals he's ever scored in a season is 13.
I don't think there aren't actually that many out and out proven PL strikers that will score 15+ goals a season. If there were they wouldn't come to Southampton.

Trust the board, trust the process. We're not a top 10 side, we're not a side that will get consistently get into Europe. We lucked out a few seasons ago under Keoman and I think that's because the quality of the squad was so much better than it is now. Look at what some of the players have gone onto achieve.

Fonte - Captain of Lille, went on to win the French League at 36
VVD - Regarding as the best CB in the world
Alderweireld - consistently helped Spurs finish in the top 4
Davis - Still playing at Rangers who got to the Europa league final
Tadic - He's putting up ridiculous numbers in Holland and he's helped Ajax into the latter stages onto the CL.
Mane - he's won everything with Liverpool and AFCON.

Also, these players weren't household names when we signed them, they became who they are today through what they did and achieved during their time at Southampton. So don't write off the board and new players before they've even kicked a ball because we don't know what they could achieve or accomplish yet. We're not a team that can go out and easily get experienced PL players.

5.) 30 Jun 2022 12:53:19
Sainty - it’s not moaning - it’s stating the obvious and as a fan for 50 years I’m entitled to my opinion as indeed you are. We have look and few of an average championship squad as I’ve said and the £22M we’ve spent will not make much difference to the quality of the squad this year.
As has been expressed by many others who are equally entitled to their opinion - we have little up front - who’s going to score the goals we will need to stay up. Trust the Board - let’s see eh?!

6.) 30 Jun 2022 20:28:11
This is a *new* board, it’s their first summer and so far they’ve been proactive, revamping the coaching staff and buying (so far) two of the most highly rated youth players in Europe with another two lined up. Without btw, selling any of our current players first

Last season the quality of the squad wasn’t the issue - proven by the fact that between December and March we were the most in form team besides city, losing just twice. The issue was squad depth - injuries and fatigue caught up and cost us

Yes it would be lovely to buy a proven 10/15/20 goal a season striker but as saintjay pointed out transfer fee wise that’s not realistic in the current market and as one of the ed’s pointed out before the club are very close to their financial fair play limits so even if they had £50+ million to blow on a striker they couldn’t offer them the wages they’d want anyway

7.) 01 Jul 2022 23:51:01
I see it differently to you Sainty although I accept that your point about the Board being new is valid.
However, I think the lack of quality and depth was a problem - each season our starting eleven gets weaker. We no longer have anyone who is world class like Mane, VVD - we hardly have anyone of true international class ( I wouldn’t count S Armstrong or McAdams as quality internationals). JWP and KWP are fringe internationals.
So I ask you Sainty - how many of our players would get starting places in the top 17 sides last season?
Probably three if you count Livramento who is potentially a top player.
The trouble is, if we are to compete we MUST invest in goals, one way or the other. It may mean making some difficult choices but we need to get rid of the likes of Walcott and one or two others to reduce the wage bill so we can attract players.
We have plenty of excuses/reasons as to why we are going to struggle but if we don’t change things we will start the new season as we finished the last. In our last 7 or 8 games we picked up just 5 points wasn’t it?

8.) 03 Jul 2022 07:04:52
SURPRISE- The Season may potentially be shaping up With Light At The End Of The Tunnel.A couple of promising class young players signed with a few more in the pipeline and especially the recruitment of much needed speciality Coaching Staff.We will probably be the Youngest Team In The League - but that’s all good (when bedded in)I would prefer to see talented Young Players (win,lose or draw) with ambition giving 100%each time rather than a few ‘Prima-Donnas’ skilled at “Disappearing”for long periods during a game-Plus Purchase Prices and wages expenditure would be considerably less.Conquer the previous history of selection problems (which now look promising)and we could set a prescedent and become the Envy of the League with future Player windfalls almost guarenteed.We need to include 2/3 Sharp Shooters!Please note I haven’t criticised Ralph Once!

9.) 03 Jul 2022 11:05:32
In the words of Alan Hanson, “you win nothing with youngsters” so let’s hope lightning strikes twice!
Love your optimism Johnnyst - here’s to the class of 22!
And well done for not knocking Ralph - he hasn’t put a foot wrong all week!

10.) 04 Jul 2022 03:18:32
Heh Millertime-appreciate your observation.Perhaps he’s taken a short holiday!



30 Apr 2022 20:31:27
Finally the penny's dropped - I actually get it now. simply put, we are just not good enough at this level to be anything other than predictably inconsistent and more often than not, mediocre to middling. It's as simple as that.

Having endured another underwhelming 90+ minutes we were shown up by a Palace side who were more hungry, quicker to the ball and quicker in their heads.
Technically speaking, most of our players lack a killer first touch. Rarely do they receive the ball and spin in an instant beating their player. All too often, and I include JWP in this, they play the ball they way they are facing - safety first giving up any chance to break with pace and purpose.

We are what we are - a Championship squad with a lack of quality and depth.
In what is a pretty meaningless match, why on God's earth would you start with Shane Long (bless him) and Redmond (who I don't bless).
The good news is that we didn't turn them over by 3 or 4 goals and then get carried away by delusions that we are going to be my thing other than relegation candidates.
We need a massive overhaul.


1.) 01 May 2022 00:02:23
Poor sub-standardspectacle.The game swung in Crystal Palace’s favour in the second half following their astute substitutions which lifted their game.Patrick Viera was obviously aware that.Bednarek was having another nightmare game and sent on Zaha to capitalise on this weakness - AND HE DID. That is TWO ROOKIE COACHES who have DESTROYED US within TWO WEEKS of one another BOTH from teams BELOW us in the League at the time So where do we lay the blame next to deflect criticism? SAY NO MORE!

2.) 01 May 2022 00:56:31
Millertime and johnyst . two posters who I have enjoyed, two posters who, like me, love the club, try and post positive posts…and have finally had enough .
Today, there was no game plan, there was no structure, no tactics.
In PV we had a very clever manager, an outstanding ex player, a player that could read a game . versus Ralph . Ralph, the book! Ralph that fails to spot the basic
Of tweeks, the opponent substitutions,
Ralph ‘it was hard to accept the loss’ . why?

You were tactically inept…

It’s time that Southampton FC and RH parted company!
He has an overinflated opinion of himself… It’s a shame he’s not honest and accepts that he’s just not good enough for the Premier League

3.) 01 May 2022 03:32:11
Thanks for your support Rich and I’m sure Millertime will feel the same-it’s just a pity that all three of us have extended our hope and belief for some three years before finally succumbing to reality,

4.) 01 May 2022 05:38:01
Whilst mentioning the calibre of Patrick Viera - I for one would be very happy if he was considered by SFC for the top job at ST.MARY’S for next season. ( HERE’S HOPING)!

5.) 01 May 2022 09:34:22
The only time under Ralph the team has played well as a team, was the run of good results this season.
He pushed the wing backs up and combined each wing back with Stu and Moi. They played as a pair and combined to provide crosses, through balls and also switching play to the opposite wing.
The team yesterday was totally disjointed. The wing backs pushed up but just like the Burnley game, there was no support, or any options for them was random based on who might have wandered into that area. Tella, nice lad, but him and Redmond slow the play down.
Anyway, awful football, very poor game plan, poor player management, poor substitutions.
Why keep Redmond on and take Che off?
Ralph will be gone in the summer .

6.) 21 May 2022 17:22:37
What about these for transfers. Joe aribo and Calvin bassey rangers. Nick pope James tarkowski Burnley



08 Jan 2022 20:14:42
We never make it easy for ourselves do we!
Good result - always good to be in the hat and hopefully we can take the momentum into Tuesday's game against Brentford.




05 Jan 2022 09:15:15
Quite a bombshell to start the NY with - new owners and with that, raised expectations. To be honest, I'm not entirely sure how this will affect the club. Early statements suggest "no revolution" and business as usual because we are a "well run club".
I am cautiously optimistic that we can expect more demands for on field performance from the hierarchy as this will affect their stated ambitions for company growth - they need Saints to be successful to enhance business profile elsewhere.
I just don't know - maybe we can become less of a selling club and hang on to our prized assets. Or maybe there will be little appreciable difference from the fans' perspective.
I would be interested to hear what people think.


1.) 05 Jan 2022 21:39:51
I’d hope this will lead to something of a second black box revolution, being sensible in the market and no more Osvaldo or Ramirez buys. We do seem to be leaning into a method we experimented with a while back, buying fringe players off the bigger clubs, but unlike Lemina and Hojbjerg we now are looking at Chelsea and City having pinched KWP from Spurs as well.

I can’t see us hammering away at our transfer fee record, however unlike Gao, who unfortunately seemed to have his hands tied by the Chinese government once he bought us, we will hopefully now get investment, even if it is ‘just’ a few £10m each window, as opposed to having to always sell to buy. Small, sensible acquisitions, maybe £20m for the odd player who will become a future star.

The squad is in a decent place, we have a loan to pay off but given Gao bought us for £200m a few years ago and we are now worth £100m + £78m in debts, and the owners have the money, we should be looking up as there is in effect money spare to invest into the club.

Hopefully one or two buys this window, and kick on in the summer. For now we look ok - given Burnley, Newcastle and Norwich have won 4 times between them this season I think 34 is probably the mark, so a few more wins and we’ll be okay, then from summer onwards hopefully a better outlook for the club and city as a whole.

I’m glad we haven’t been Newcastled, I’d rather someone who would like to grow the club organically rather than sportswashing it.

2.) 06 Jan 2022 12:01:03
I'm very excited by the takeover, it has to be said. To be the staple in a football club investment strategy that looks to echo what Red Bull has done is a very exciting prospect. It'll take some time to implement and a lot could change by the time the project gets to where the owners want it to be.

That being said, in the short term, I think we'll be more stable as a club. Having investors that will want to invest in the club and the first team, to ensure its success and PL status will put us in a better position. For example, I don't think these guys will go down the route of what we make in the transfer market will dictate what we can spend in the transfer market. If they feel like that club needs the investment of new players to improve year on year, I'm sure they will help us out.

As you mentioned, I think we'll still look to be a "selling" club. Whereby we'll use our black-box method to look to unearth gems, who we can buy and sell for a substantial profit. However, with the direction of modern football and the inflation of transfer prices, I do think that if the club feels like they could buy the next big thing for a hirer price than what we're used to paying, then they might well pay that. So we might just see our transfer record broken.

3.) 07 Jan 2022 07:35:25
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE. What a fabulous result with the Club’s takeover and future prospects therein.As per SaintGGsy recent post I tend to absolve GAO for lack of investment as the Chinese Communist Government imposed severe restrictions on any funds leaving China.However it appears the SFC now has a much brighter future and with Ramus Andersen involved at the helm which may result iin Ralph’s overall responsibilities being diluted but allowing him more time to concentrate on fine tuning the Team to achieve better results.Failure in this respect and Ralph may well be looking over his shoulder in the direction of Brentford FC.!




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13 Aug 2022 18:31:23
Don't be fooled by the result - we actually lost 2 - 2.

Unbelievable team selection and scraped a point.

Poorest Saints side I've seen in years and years.

Ralph - put us out of our misery. Please.

I'm watching another team who play in red and white stripes turning Man U over 4 - 0 at halftime. Their secret? Pride passion and a game plan. Oh, and a manager they believe in and who believes in his players.

I know everyone's reluctant to criticise JWP but he's getting worse - even his dead ball is letting him down.

Another crap day in the office


1.) 13 Aug 2022 20:03:51
The only possible thing I can think of to justify Ralph’s selection is that during the week, in training when it’s attack v defence, Che, Stu, Adam all look masterclass. Well against our defence, they probably would do.

I sometimes feel a bit sorry for Che, plays up top with no support around him, but when you look at his first touch, it’s dreadful. His second touch isn’t a great deal better either.

Time to gamble Ralph - go for broke against Leicester. It’s probably your last chance for any points for a while although Man U on today’s showing might yield something!

2.) 13 Aug 2022 20:41:18
I’ll keep this short as I’m out for a night of wine, women and song!
The first half . disjointed, tactically awful, no apparent game plan . best player from our last game on the bench …
audios Ralph

3.) 14 Aug 2022 06:22:07
Bednarek was in a strop when the Coaches told him he was being Substituted.Also no Perraud on the bench? Bella-Kotchap may need a few weeks to iron out ‘rough edges’

4.) 14 Aug 2022 06:47:22
Continued: Elyounoussi -Not Good Enough.Finally Ralph may arrive at his best team rather by accident dictated by injuries to various players at different times;Peer pressure and months of continuous chopping and changing both Players and Formations-BUT AT WHAT COST?



08 Aug 2022 11:40:46
Great reveal .

To cheer the mood and to guarantee some entertainment this Saturday, how about a pre-match meet up with bubbles (and/or beer), nibbles and a gentle cruise aboard my boat ('Millertime') down to St Mary's and back.

My plan is to meet at 12.30pm on Saturday at the front of the Harbour Lights Cinema (next to Harbour Hotel) on Ocean Village and then we can go down to the boat.

We will be back by 2pm and then you can take a gentle 15 minute stroll to the ground.

I just thought it would be good to get to see the faces behind the intellectual banter!

Just sorry that Johnnyst won't be able to make it!

If you are up for it, please let me know and I can plan accordingly - it would be great to meet you.


1.) 08 Aug 2022 15:31:42
Great idea Millertime

2.) 08 Aug 2022 17:50:11
Great - look forward to seeing you Saturday - hopefully a few more of the regular posters can join us so we can a proper moan - oops, I meant constructive debate!

3.) 09 Aug 2022 03:22:08
Hey Millertime what a generous offer- solid gold! Hope all of you guys take up this opportunity and would loved to have been there myself.However have a great day and cap it off with a much needed win at St.Mary’s.The only possibility of matching my face to the cheeky posts is the last time we took a trip to Southampton was April/May arrival 2019 from Freo (WA)via SA.My mates and wives arranged a ‘sentimental pub crawl’ in town (juniper Berry) etc.ending for lunch at the ‘Duke of Wellington’ for lunch.Now to the relevant info - the Landlord of a rather full pub asked (and insisted) on having his photo taken with me.When I asked what on earth for?He told me he kept photos of famous people ‘lookalikes’ Apparently I was supposed to represent Country Singer Kenny Rogers (before he died)!I’m sure the Landlord didn’t say Roy Rogers! Whether or not he still runs the pub I wouldn’t know.That’s my useless information for today have a fantastic Saturday-I’llbe keen to get a post day report and finally a message from me to Ralph. - -You’ve got to know when to HOLD EM. know when to FOLD EM. Know when to WALK AWAY. know when to RUN -THAT’S ALL FOLKS!

4.) 09 Aug 2022 06:59:03
Surely to Goodness the Owners and Board at SFC are alive to Ralph’s FRANK ABAGNALE ) conman antics when being exposed by so many knowledgeable SAINTS supporters (regardless of a potential win over Leeds Utd. on Sat).The game’s up despite his continued glowing reports from some journalists who would be well suited to exaggeration of the true facts in politics.!

5.) 09 Aug 2022 10:48:43
@millertime, unfortunatley I'm away this weekend but definatley up for meeting up for a few beers before a game sometime if anyone else is up for it?

6.) 09 Aug 2022 21:45:31
That’s a shame Saint Ben but not to worry. I didn’t give people much notice to be fair so unless I get others fancying a meet up on Saturday I will have another go later in the season with more notice.

I just think it would be great fun to meet up with like minded Saints fans and have a pre-match laugh with a few beers aboard Millertime (it’s even painted red!) I do enjoy the banter (keeps me sane at times so
my way of saying thank you! )



07 Aug 2022 13:42:42
So if you pull all our post match posts together, what we're saying is that it doesn't matter how you win, but it sure as hell matters how you lose. Yesterday, there was no plan, no idea and no fight which leads us on to the next general point of agreement; Ralph has to go.

A couple of weeks ago I asked how many points we would get from our opening games in August. I think most forecast around 4-5 points from a possible 15. That pretty much makes Leeds at home next week a 'must win'. Not necessarily within the context of the season, but from whether Ralph will be able to demonstrate that he can win sufficient points to get to 40 (survival).

To pull a run of 5 or 6 games together, you need a settled side and from where I'm sat, this is about as unsettled as it gets.


1.) 09 Aug 2022 10:03:09
I predicted 1 point. Think that's optimistic now



27 Jul 2022 22:38:17
Reasons to be cheerful!

Ok - it was a dreary predictable first half - lack lustre and confirmed to me that Che and Adam Armstrong up front are just not good enough as an attacking pair together.

Second half was transformational and we have a star in the making in Aribo - big shirt to fill (No 7) but he's big, strong and got a great first touch. Maybe the target man we've been looking for - certainly excited me!

Valery had a good game and Stu came on and had an instant impact.

Just have no idea what the strongest team is?

Anyone else there tonight?


1.) 28 Jul 2022 10:30:52
Yes Millertime the second half was very good indeed. Aribo looked sharp when he came on, Prowse and Stuart Armstrong excellent! and yes Valery looked decent, especially on his galloping forward flank runs! I think the Villarreal game should see our first choice players on the pitch, well that is my hope so I have my fingers crossed that Bazuna will be between the sticks and that he has the nod for number 1 spot for the season ahead, but I guess time will tell. If we can get in a half decent more experianced striker then I think we can say round of applause to the new owners for a great transfer window. I have also read that Colwill was at the game last night. Interesting!



25 Jul 2022 21:35:18
So, the last forward we signed with a 4 letter surname beginning with the letters MA didn't turn out so bad ??

You can't win anything with youngsters so said someone famously once!

I'm going to give my eyes a treat Wednesday to see what the newbies look like.

I would imagine that's the last of the incomings?


1.) 26 Jul 2022 02:25:57
Enjoy your evening Millertime!. With. the hysteria and infatuation of a mediocre Broja keep being resurrected it’s probably time to concentrate on other strikers who are.a step-up-certainly with the transfer funds now available to SFC. Perhaps David Moyes can offer some advice Ralph!

2.) 27 Jul 2022 16:40:30
We will 100 percent see another striker come in before the window closes




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11 Aug 2022 17:36:30
Cheers Ed, I just hope the KWP doesn’t happen. For me, he’s the most attack minded player we have, certainly one of only 2 or 3 PL standard players in the present squad.

And Tella going out on loan - unbelievable. He’s 23 now, so should be approaching the best form of his career. If only he was given a decent run.

I just don’t see how we’re going to get to 40 points without the likes of KWP and Tella, fit and available.




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11 Aug 2022 11:42:41
OMG - did Semmens really say that?

That is the biggest insult I’ve heard yet. How dare he say such a thing - outrageous. I’m sitting here livid.

Like most fans, I can accept that many of our players lack ability at PL level but to not put a shift in because the players don’t feel the fans are behind them is unforgivable. Anyone who doesn’t give 100% (and some) should be out the door - end of.




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11 Aug 2022 09:50:47
One of the disappointments, irrespective of formation is that we used to be highly effective without the ball. Players knew when to press and when not to, and there was a general understanding of each others’ roles.

Now we are easy to pick off with or without the ball and teams slice through our midfield as if it’s non existent.

Worse of all is when we try and play the ball out from the back…. 3 or 4 hesitant passes before we invariably lose the ball before we’ve got to the halfway line. Whilst I appreciate the way Man City and the likes master the art of building from the back, I think our boys need to know their limitations.

So my take is that I agree with you Saintjay - you don’t change a system to accommodate a couple of newbies (unless they’re world beaters) and Llamedossaint you’re spot on. There was no obvious formation or system - we just spent the afternoon chasing shadows.




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11 Jul 2022 15:47:56
Well that will be that then. Shame




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09 Jul 2022 22:06:37
Thanks mlt7 for update.
Is it just me or do others rate Dan Nlundulu whose gone out on loan to Cheltenham Town?
I’ve always thought he looked a handful (in a Broja sort of way) and had the potential to do well. He’s 23, physically tall, strong and I think would be worth a place on our bench certainly in front of one or two others we could all name.
Maybe the loan is his last chance to prove himself.
Maybe I’m just a lousy judge of forwards - I didn’t rate Shearer much in his first full season as a youngster at Saints!





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16 Aug 2022 10:06:59
Very well said Saint Ben. Couldn’t agree more.

Aim for the stars and sometimes great things can happen - just ask Leicester City fans.

We tend to set a glass ceiling of 15th ish which suggests “We plod on” would be more appropriate club slogan. If we truly are to “march on” then we need to overhaul the culture. Unbelievably I hear some fans saying they would prefer us to be in the championship where could possibly thrive, rather than struggle in the PL. I could never subscribe to that way of thinking but it shows how a club’s culture can influence the mindset of supporters.




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13 Aug 2022 20:03:51
The only possible thing I can think of to justify Ralph’s selection is that during the week, in training when it’s attack v defence, Che, Stu, Adam all look masterclass. Well against our defence, they probably would do.

I sometimes feel a bit sorry for Che, plays up top with no support around him, but when you look at his first touch, it’s dreadful. His second touch isn’t a great deal better either.

Time to gamble Ralph - go for broke against Leicester. It’s probably your last chance for any points for a while although Man U on today’s showing might yield something!




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12 Aug 2022 16:01:46
Forget misplaced loyalty (apparently) I would take Ings back in a heart beat. We haven’t got a 20 goal striker - actually I’m not sure we’ve got 20 goals between us.

As for Watkins - definitely. One or the other …

I see Tella is likely to start tonight for Burnley!




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12 Aug 2022 13:18:49
If it wasn’t so tragic it would be funny!

I mean, why on earth would we let Tella go out on loan - yes we save a few quid on wages and he may get some championship game time but that is just illogical.

Ralph is beginning to think and act like he’s bigger than the club!

Heh Johnnyst, I think of myself as a glass half full guy but it’s very difficult to remain positive however hard you try. Maybe putting a few thousand miles between yourself and the football club is the answer!




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12 Aug 2022 13:12:49
Thanks South Hants Rich - I think I didn’t give enough notice so will set a new date and see if there is interest. As you say, it would be great for us all to meet up and have the chance to share a few beers amongst like minded fans.