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Article also posted on OS.

 

 

Pre-Season Schedule Announced

 

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First Team Squad will travel to Asia & Australia prior to a final warm-up match at St Mary’s a week before next season's new campaign.

 

The tour heralds a watershed moment for the Club, as it embarks on its first-ever tour of Asia, before a trip to Australia to round-off the pre-season tour, before returning to England for one final showpiece match at St. Mary's Stadium.

 

Between the 17th of July 2014 and the 27th of July 2014, the club will embark on a journey taking them to Australia, China and South Korea.

 

Southampton Football Club is pleased to announce matches against Asian sides FC Seoul and Beijing Guoan as part of its pre-season preparations for the new Barclays Premier League campaign in August 2014. Saints will also face Al Jazira from the UAE and Australian A-League side Melbourne Victory.

 

 

Fixtures are as follows:

 

Wednesday 17th July (6pm local time)

Seoul vs Southampton – Seoul World Cup Stadium, South Korea

 

Saturday 20th July (7pm local time)

Al Jazira vs Southampton – Goyang Stadium, South Korea

 

Wednesday 24th July (7pm local time)

Southampton vs Beijing Guoan. – Workers' Stadium, China

 

Saturday 27th July (7pm local time)

Southampton vs Melbourne Victory – AAMI Park / Etihad Stadium, Australia

 

 

 

Saints will then return to St. Mary's Stadium on Saturday 8th of August 2014 to face un-named European opposition before the new season gets underway on the 15th of August.

 

 

Seoul FC's Director of Communications, Park Jong-Woo, expressed his delight at hosting Saints ahead of the 2014/15 Premier League season: "Southampton have had a very impressive campaign in the Premier League this season so it's only natural for us to be expecting a fool house."

 

 

Shamelessly seen as posted on the Aussie Saints FB page, so adapted it somewhat due to some of the wording - but all credit to those guys for the idea and the artwork.

 

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Too realistic to be an April fool, it should have been a south coast tour against all the big boys; Bournemouth, Exeter, Plymouth, Havant and waterlooville....

 

Would they have had to get those clubs permission before making up a fake itinerary? (Would still love it to be true)

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Too realistic to be an April fool

 

^This

 

Anyone else remember the days before social meeja when April Fools 'jokes' used to be cleverly thought out and mildly amusing? (Bah humbug)

 

That said, last year's 'Rickie picked for New Zealand' one was worth a chortle.

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^This

 

Anyone else remember the days before social meeja when April Fools 'jokes' used to be cleverly thought out and mildly amusing? (Bah humbug)

 

That said, last year's 'Rickie picked for New Zealand' one was worth a chortle.

 

Calm down dear. It was done by the Aussie Saints and meant for an Aussie and Asian based Saints audience.

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Just about to say going to Beijing in July, with our players being treated like thoroughbred race horses these days that would be crackers as the pollution is as bad as the Western Devils report it on the news, and the heat at that time of year is pretty intense too, not the best conditions no matter how much money is on the table, even the Chinese would be doubting the sanity.

 

Still the best April Fool was the Blue shirt to honour p*mpeys return to the Premiership both on the OS and in the Echo, that had many Saints fans on the verge of spontaneous combustion the give away was the Kit manufacturer Flair Polo.

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I don't understand why somebody would find it funny for April Fools.

Crap sense of humour if true.

 

because it was aimed at Asian and Aussie Saints who thought they would get to see their heroes.

 

In which case it is a decent effort.

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the effort they've gone to make up all those supposed team names & badges etc is pretty funny! I like how FC Seoul closed down in 2004 :mcinnes: and also how one of them (al jazira) is a tv station :mcinnes: amazed anyone fell for this tbh :mcinnes:

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^This

 

Anyone else remember the days before social meeja when April Fools 'jokes' used to be cleverly thought out and mildly amusing? (Bah humbug)

 

That said, last year's 'Rickie picked for New Zealand' one was worth a chortle.

 

What about the Peter Crouch is still growing one?

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the effort they've gone to make up all those supposed team names & badges etc is pretty funny! I like how FC Seoul closed down in 2004 :mcinnes: and also how one of them (al jazira) is a tv station :mcinnes: amazed anyone fell for this tbh :mcinnes:

 

 

I did. For a millisecond. But I was already thinking of a trip to Melbourne around then to see some footy.

Melbourne Victory is at least a real club to be fair.

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