Those We Have Lost: The Dell, Southampton


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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6 Responses

  1. Sambosa75 says:

    Decent enough article but a little bit harsh on Le Tissier to say his “raison d’etre” was scoring penalties.

  2. Jason says:

    Sambosa: Thanks for reading. I didn’t intend that line to come off sounding as a slight on LeTissier–far from it. Rather, it might be a poorly-worded way to reference one of the best penalty takers the game’s ever seen.

  3. Ian Hensman says:

    I think I`ve spotted an error – didnt the chocolate boxes come down in th early eighties – well before Hillsborough. I remember seeing my team (AFC Bournemouth) win from the family stand (that tooks its place)

  4. Jason says:

    Wow, I really have to work on my phrasing.

  5. With reference to the small size of the place, I recall Match of the Day’s showing Mark Hughes thump the ball into the goal: the boards were “mere inches” behind the net, and the ball ricocheted back out, into the penalty area. The officials must have assumed that the ball had struck the post, as they allowed play to continue. The BBC replay later showed that a goal should have been awarded.

  6. Dan Rickard says:

    I had the pleasure of being at The Dell’s last day.
    As an Arsenal fan it’s the only time I remember cheering an opposition goal – quite a few joined in with at least a round of applause and to this day I always look for Saints results after some very friendly meeings with pitch invaders from the stand to our right.
    Couldn’t have been a more fitting way to sign off my favourite away ground.

    And yes, very harsh on Le Tissier – I’m not sure that’s hoe most of us remember him. Underrated and should have played more for England perhaps closer to the mark.

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