Free sample chapter. Special ITV and BBC news reports. Pictures from Cup Final anniversary St Mary’s signing event. And yet more via Twitter…

 

Bobby Stokes author Mark Sanderson had a great time at St Mary’s last weekend, signing books and chatting to fans at the club shop. Here he is with one of hundreds of fans who attended – plus one very special customer in the shape of Saints star Graziano Pellè.

 

Click here to see a great ITV news report on the recreation of Saints’ open-top bus celebrations – plus the new Bobby Stokes book.

 

Click here to see a great BBC news feature on Saints in ‘76, and Bobby Stokes.

 

Click here to see Twitter pics from the signing event, plus Bobby Stokes selfies from Saints fans.

 

Click here for more information, or to read a sample from Bobby Stokes.

 

Bobby Stokes takes a long overdue look at the life of the Saints legend, and the man who scored the club's most famous goal. It features previously untold insights into Bobby’s life and career, including:

  • Why his beloved hometown club, Portsmouth, failed to sign him.
  • Signing for Southampton in spite of his headmaster’s and father’s wishes.
  • Transcending the local rivalry between Southampton and Portsmouth.
  • Inspiring Portsmouth to celebrate Southampton’s most famous goal.
  • Reliving his FA Cup final-winning goal through the eyes of Southampton legend Mick Channon – and from the perspective of Alex Stepney, the Manchester United goalkeeper he scored past.
  • Once and for all, clearing up whether or not Bobby’s Cup final goal was offside – with input from Brian Marchant, the linesman in the 1976 FA Cup Final.
  • Bobby Stokes’s inability to find fulfilment after his football career and untimely death.

 

Plus – Look out! for Mark’s booksigning event at Southampton’s Waterstones West Quay on 14 May.