In 2005, after 27 years of top flight football, Southampton sadly gave up the fight & bailed out of the top division. After years of dramatic escapes, defying the bookies & frankly pissing off Mark Lawrenson, we really did just go down with a wimper under the not so keen guidance of Harry Redknapp. But as our golden league story ended, another started. A small club from Greater Manchester was emerging. Dave Whelan, a local millionaire bought the club in 1995 with the single aim to get the club to the Premiership, & with some help, he achieved his dream in a pretty short amount of time considering how big the task was. Since then, Wigan have become the new perennial survivors, often leaving it very late in the season until they launch into some serious form to keep themselves up. This season, they seem to have taken that to a whole new level, beating Manchester Utd & Arsenal in consecutive games (something last achieved by the Saints in 2001), & also taking 3 points from Liverpool & Newcastle in that fantastic end of season run. The 2012/13 season is set to be a cracker, the top league really looks to have been shaken up over the last couple of season with newbies like Norwich & Swansea holding their own. But as Saints start a new journey, I hope we manage to keep the spirit we've built up, I just wonder if we'll be able to share the division for more than one season? I do hope so, but I also doubt it. It will be fun finding out. Look forward to seeing you at St Marys for the first time.