itsbeautifuloutside Southampton Football Club Fan Site & Forum

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Welcome to IBO

The IBO (itsbeautifuloutside) site 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 and any possible passing innocents. This also coincided with the start of probably the most exciting period to be a Saints fan. 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 grew out of the forum and 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.

There are other exciting plans under development for next season and we hope that they will be up and running for the start of the 2015/16 season.

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

Saints in Europe 2015/16

With Arsenal’s victory in the FACup Final, Saints now can look forward to a Europa League Campaign, joining the competition in the third qualifying round, with the first leg to be played on the 30th July.

The other English teams in the Europa League are Liverpool, Spurs and West Ham. 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!

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

The above are the last Saints home and away match reports

“The Official History of the Saints”
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...

Ronald Koeman Reviews the 2014/15 Season
Ronald Koeman reviews the eventful and ultimately successful season that has just drawn to a close. 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 allright 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.

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.