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Welcome to IBO

The IBO (itsbeautifuloutside) website grew out of the forum which was set up in 2011 to satisfy an apparent need for a Saints supporters forum that did not seem to be full of internet warriors sniping at each other. This also coincided with the start of probably the most exciting period to have been Saints fan ever.

We try to keep it simple and not over-regulate, to encourage discussion on a range of topics, not just football.

The main rule on the forum is simply to respect your fellow posters. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

Click on the link in the menu bar above to go to the forum directly and have look for yourself.

Meanwhile, this website developed out of our need to have constant Saints related things to read about. One of those things were match reports. I freely admit that it has taken a while to get this right, but for the 2014/15 season a hardcore of IBO regulars took it in turn to write match reports from a Saints point of view. The result exceeded my wildest expectations, and we now have a complete record of the matches for the season. The intention is to do the same in future seasons.

In the meantime, have a rummage and have a look at what is on here so far.

Signings 2015-16


Juanmi

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Saints moved quickly to sign 22-year-old Spanish international forward, Juanmi on 16th June from La Liga side Málaga, when he signed a four year deal.



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Cédric

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Saints made their second signing in a week, when 23 year old Portuguese international Cédric Soares (more commonly known as just Cédric) was signed on 19th June from Sporting CP of Lisbon on a four year deal.

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Maarten Stekelenburg

On the 22nd June Saints announced that they had signed the 32 year old Dutch goalkeeper, Maarten Stekelenburg, on a year long loan from Fulham.

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Jordy Clasie

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Late in the evening on the 15th July, Jordy Clasie signed a five year contract with Saints, completing his move from Feyenoord.

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Cuco Martina

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25 year old Rhuendly Martina, more well known as Cuco Martina, signed a two year contract with Saints on the 7th July. He is the first Curaçao International to play for the club.

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Stephen Caulker

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Queens Park Rangers central defender, 23 year old Steven Caulker signed for Saints on a season’s long loan on Wednesday 29th July.


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Match Reports
For the best reports on Saints Home and Away Games

These are the last Saints home and away match reports

Saints in Europe

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So far, so good. Saints win their first european match in an age by beating Vitesse 3-0 at St.Mary’s on the 30th July. Now comes the second leg in Holland next week

The other English teams in the Europa League are Liverpool, Spurs and West Ham. The first two teams not joining the competition until the league stage and the latter qualifying for the first round, by virtue of Uefa’s Fair Play League.

The last time we qualified for Europe was of course in 2003, after losing to Arsenal in that years FACup Final.

Bring it on!


Ronald Koeman Reviews the 2014/15 Season
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Ronald Koeman reviews the eventful and ultimately successful 2014/15 season. Speaking from the comfort of his office at the Staplewood training ground, he covers the eventful preseason and the turnover of players. The expectations were less than low amongst the press and the fans were worried. The always calm Koeman said it would be fine and he was as good as his word.

He touches on the successes of the season and looks forward to the next. The word family crops up quite a lot. His family and the Saints family. He also is clearly happy with his job and relishes the challenges that the Premier League is constantly throwing up. I would say that our club is in a safe pair of hands.

Saints 8-0 Sunderland

Saturday 18th October 2014
Clicking on the picture of the St.Mary’s scoreboard below takes you to last season’s Sunderland match report page. There are a whole heap of extra interviews, video clips and pictures since the original report was posted. Go and have a wallow in the matches events!

That was an afternoon that will stay with me for as long as I live. Simply unbelievable. As I said in the IBO Forum that evening, I walked down the stairs and out of the stadium in a daze. I was actually incoherent, until we got at least two hundred yards down the road and then I just couldn't stop smiling like an idiot.

In short it is a wonderful time to be a Saints fan
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“The Official History of the Saints”
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This was uploaded to YouTube from a Saints fans Video collection. Made by Meridian Films in 1990, it has never been released on DVD and as such, there is a whole generation of fans who will never have seen it.

A word of warning though, it runs to just over 1 hour 27 minutes, so be prepared to settle down for a while...

itsbeautifuloutside was founded in March 2011 to try to give an unbiased, unblinkered view of life as a supporter of Southampton Football Club. We are completely unofficial and have no links whatsoever with the club.