A top six-a-side team will always need technically gifted players and Southampton have been blessed with their fair share down the years, so there’s plenty of talent for Feddie Hunt from The Ugly Inside to choose from.
Selecting half-a-dozen heroes spanning almost 40-years of football on the South Coast, this side would be a match for just about anyone, boasting a number of household names and led by a proven manager who will always be regarded as a legend among Southampton fans.
It’s essential for any side to have a great shot-stopper, a goal-line keeper and not overly big, considering we’re playing in smaller goals and Antti Niemi was all of the above. “He rarely came off his line and was quick to react, saving shots that seemed destined to the back of the net,” explains Freddie.
In defence, you need players that are as good going forward as they are at the back, so not surprising then that Wayne Bridge has got the call with his wicked left foot ensuring that he makes the ultimate Saints six-a-side lineup.
Virgil Van Dijk
The Dutch defender would make 80 appearances at St Mary’s before joining Liverpool and is now regarded as one of the best in the world, a player described by Freddie as: “Strong, quick and brave across the pitch.”
Beginning his Saints career back in 2006 before moving to Anfield in 2014, Lallana is blessed with two great feet as well as the ability to change the game in the blink of an eye, making him a priceless commodity in the middle of the park.
Matthew Le Tissier
Club legend Le Tissier, who scored 209 goals in 540 games for Southampton, would often leave defenders for dead and could score from pretty much anywhere – so would be deadly on the six-a-side pitch.
Former England, Liverpool and Hamburg star Keegan arrived at The Dell in 1980, a player who Freddie describes as: “nimble, technically gifted and a supreme finisher,” really would thrive at this level of football.
McMenemy took Southampton to FA Cup glory over Manchester United at Wembley in 1976 and was a true character who Freddie describes as: “the greatest of the lot, a terrific man manager, all-round great bloke and squeezed every ounce out of the unlikely lads.”
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