Southampton University beat Southampton Institute 1-0 in a competitive match that was attended by over 750 spectators. The game was played on March 15th – Lisa’s birthday – at the Sparshatt Stadium, Eastleigh FC’s home ground. The weather could have been kinder but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the spectators who got behind their teams to cheer them on. The trophy was presented to the winning captain by none other than ‘Le God’ himself Matthew Le Tissier. He also presented Uni keeper Inigo Sarriegui with a bottle of bubbly for the ‘man of the match’. The game followed earlier games in the day of rugby and hockey in which the University took a clean sweep of all three events. It is hoped that the fixture will take place again next year at Eastleigh.
The game raised over £2000 for the charity.
Southampton University ran out 1-0 winners pictured, above with the Lisa Wilson Varsity Cup and ‘Le God’ himself Matt Le Tissier
Valiant losers Southampton Institute with Matty
The Southampton Stags beat Oxford 33-6 in game which was decided mostly in the 2nd half. However the game was started off by ex-Saint and director of football at Eastleigh FC, Mark Dennis, who tossed the coin for the game. With the Stags being a success on the field, the team went on to again show its heart off it. In raffling off prizes that included hospitality for one for Saints vs Newcastle at ST Marys the team managed to raise £340 on the day. That included money that was donated from the door takings at the Academy Nightclub Superbowl party. This was added to the £110 taken from match fees at the flag American football tournament before Christmas. Overall Southampton American football has raised £450 for charity this year with a bit more to come just watch this space!
Matt Le Tissier donned his boots for the last time to play for Eastleigh against Winchester City in the Hampshire Chronicle Cup. Over 1000 turned up on a hot Sunday afternoon to see the great man play, although he didn’t score he rattled the post from a free kick with the keeper stranded and came close on another occasion. Twenty five percent of the gate money was donated to Lisa’s charity and along with a raffle and charity auction the fund benefited by to the tune of £1320. Before the game Matt was presented with a plaque by Lisa’s mum and dad for his outstanding services to football.
Lisa as everyone knows was a great Saints fan and season ticket holder. Lisa’s mum Tricia wore a Saints shirt with Lisa’s name on the back at the cup final Saints v Arsenal. Lisa would have loved it, it was an emotional day and she would have been so proud of the valiant effort Saints made.
Former Southampton and Welsh international, David Hughes has dedicated his Wessex league Championship medal to Lisa’s memory. The medal was handed to Lisa’s father Clive after Eastleigh F.C. won the title to give them promotion into the Southern League. Lisa’s father’s company sponsor eastleigh and Lisa celebrated her 21st birthday at the club. The medal will be mounted and displayed at the clubhouse.