Total Saints Podcast, the audio element of Total Saints, celebrated its 150th episode in style earlier today, releasing an exclusive interview with Club legend, Lawrie McMenemy.
Rated by the Guinness Book of Records as one of the twenty most successful managers in post-war English football, McMenemy spoke to Ben Stanfield and Glen de la Cour about a 50 year love affair with the Saints.
Having first arrived on the South Coast in 1973, McMenemy went on to lead Saints to their greatest ever achievement - winning the 1976 FA Cup.
An 83rd minute goal from Bobby Stokes was enough to secure a famous 1-0 win over Tommy Docherty's Manchester United, in front of almost 100,000 at Wembley.
You can find a replay of the 1976 FA Cup final (via YouTube): Click here
Alongside talking about his memories of that FA Cup run and Final, McMenemy reflects on rebuilding his side after relegation, having to deal with a very unhelpful Terry Paine, signing the likes of Peter Osgood and Alan Ball, working (or trying to....) with Rupert Lowe and much more.
McMenemy also stunned world football in February 1980 by announcing the arrival of two-time European Footballer of the Year, Kevin Keegan.
Suffice to say, Keegan's arrival took a lot of hard work and encouragement on McMenemy's part, which he is only too happy to relive.
It’s 90 minutes of unique opinion and storytelling by Southampton’s most successful ever manager!
If you'd like to listen to TSP150 you can find it via any of the following links:
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Article by Ben Stanfield
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