Bobby Stokes scored Southampton’s winning goal in the 1976 FA Cup Final, but how did a Portsmouth supporter end up playing for their local rivals, and should the goal have been allowed to stand? Having left Southampton in 1977 how did Bobby go from scoring the winner in front of fifty-thousand in New York to the Sussex League in the space of 12 months before dying in 1995 aged 44? This book answers those questions by telling the story of the man from Portsmouth who scored Southampton’s most famous goal.
Thanks to Jim from Washington DC for sharing this photo of Bobby with Muhammad Ali back in 1977. Jim runs a blog about how he grew up watching the Washington Diplomats back in the 1970s – which you can find here. Bobby’s family had mentioned that Bobby had met Ali, but until now I’d never seen a photo of the two of them together.
Shame about the result at Wembley yesterday – here’s hoping Saints can get back there again very soon. That said, the EFL Cup Final between Saints and Manchester United was a real shot in the arm for the book. In the week leading up to it the book was mentioned in a Giles Smith column in The Times. Very heartening that Oliver Kay, the Chief Football Correspondent at The Times took to Twitter to praise the book.
Thanks to Southampton FC historian Dave Juson for the book review. Very happy for the book to be described this way…. ‘No matter how knowledgeable you are, or think you are, about the Saints, you will learn from this book……arguably the best book on an old Saint published to date.’ The full review is on Dave’s site Deftly Hallowed www.deftlyhallowed.co.uk/reviewbobbystokes.html