Mick Chan­non

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Southamp­ton leg­end and the most-capped English­man never to fea­ture at the World Cup or Eu­ros. A 1976 FA Cup win­ner with the then sec­ond-tier Saints, the bat­ter­ing ram striker also lifted the 1985 League Cup af­ter join­ing Nor­wich.

Saints fans must love him, then…

As did club pres­i­dent Her­bert Bla­grave – he gave him two horses to stop him de­part­ing the South Coast, and it sparked a life­time’s equine love. Chan­non even ex­ited the 1976 FA Cup party early to at­tend the birth of his sta­bles’ first foal. Not one to stand around fur­long (sorry), Mick counts Alex Ferguson among many clients.

Any more big fans?

Just a bit. A “fer­vent roy­al­ist”, Mick bought the Queen’s sta­bles and cites his proud­est mo­ment as form­ing part of the tra­di­tional pro­ces­sion at As­cot. In the cheaper seats, fans were chant­ing, “There’s only one Mick Chan­non”, be­fore all the Hooray Hen­ries “raised their hats as one, with pre­ci­sion”.

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