The ardent Southampton supporters have gathered here in the Transfer Tavern this morning to fill themselves with ale ahead of the Saints’ eagerly anticipated EFL Cup Final against Manchester United.
It is several years since the club from the south coast have taken their place in a major final and their loyal supporters are going to enjoy their day in the Tavern regardless of whether the team wins or loses the game.
United will be firm favourites for the contest but in dispatching Liverpool in the semi-final, Southampton proved that they can mix it with the better sides in the Premier League.
A younger Saints fan is sat playing on the games machine whilst sinking his fourth pint of the morning and he believes that today will be the proudest moment in his life as a Southampton supporter and he is determined to relish the occasion.
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