Artist's impressions expose idiocy of Saints' photo ban
Published 14/08/2010 | 05:00
ANOTHER season and another club shows that football is being ruined by men who know nothing about the game.
Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese's decision to ban press photographers from home games -- so the club can sell its own images -- has at least given us a great story.
With Plymouth travelling to St Mary's for the Saints' first game of the season last weekend, the 'Plymouth Herald' came up with the crafty idea of commissioning artist Chris Robinson to cover the game.
His impressions duly appeared in the 'Herald' and were such a big hit that the newspaper is considering using him every week. For those of us reared on 'Roy Of The Rovers' and 'Shoot' magazine's You Are The Ref, the comic-strip style drawings -- and Argyle's 1-0 win -- provide a suitably old-school up-yours to Cortese's crazy decision.
Not to be outdone, after Bournemouth's League Cup defeat by Southampton a few days later, local paper 'The Echo' got around the ban by using pictures from the teams' last two encounters in 1987, with shots of Jimmy Case and Glenn Cockerill appearing alongside the match report.
'The Sun' has begun referring to Southampton as 'The Opposition' or 'South Coast Team'.
Surely Cortese must realise by now that there's only going to be one winner in this one?