20 years since the last game at The Dell
It has been 20 years since the Southampton football club played their last game at the old ground “The Dell”.
On the 19th of May in 2001 The Saints came back twice to beat Arsenal in the last game of the season.
The lifelong Southampton fan and a former media officer at the club Graham Hiley shared the best memories from one of the most iconic grounds in England, The Dell.
” It was almost like home for me”,- Graham said when he was asked what the Dell meant to him. “I loved it as a stadium, it was a proper old fashioned football stadium”.
“It was tight, compact, the fans were right on top of the pitch, it was an intimidating place for the opposition teams to come. When the team were winning the crowd were really behind the team.”
Graham remembers the last Premier League game at the Dell against Arsenal with joy, “It was one of the most memorable matches of my career covering The Saints, for so many reasons, it was always going to be an emotional game, the last league game at The Dell. The way it transpired, and I know its a cliche that you couldn’t write it as a script, but if you were to write it as a script, it might have been dismissed as unbelievable.”
Talking about the game-winning goal by a club legend Matt Le Tissier, who came on as a sub towards the end of the game Graham remembers everything about it.
“Matt came off the bench, with a few minutes to go, and the ball just dropped to him at the edge of the area, Matt got there first and hit it, top corner. And in all my career covering the Saints that was the only time I’ve been unable to speak.”
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