Hagiology Publishing
 
In That Number
In That Number
Dell Diamond
Dell Diamond
Saints v Pompey
Saints v Pompey
Full-Time at The Dell
Full-Time at
The Dell
Full-Time at The Dell

 

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About Hagiology

 

HAGIOLOGY PUBLISHING is a collective comprising three Saints fans - David Bull, Gary Chalk and Duncan Holley – each of whom has been appointed an Official Historian of Southampton FC. The collective is committed to the collection and dissemination of accurate information on the history of the club.

To date, that dissemination of accurate information has taken the form of answering enquiries, many of them from callers referred by the club, about the Saints’ history but a major purpose of this site is to advise you of the information on that history that has been gathered together and published in eight books.

About the members of the collective:

DAVID BULL saw his first game at The Dell in 1948, soon after which he left his native Salisbury to become in turn a Camberley teenager, an Exeter student and a university teacher in Exeter, Manchester and Bristol. Having taken early retirement from that full-time work in 1996 and statutory retirement from his part-time post as a Tribunal Judge in 2009, he is able to focus full-time on writing about the Saints. Although he serves Hagiology Publishing principally as its editor, he has sole-authored two biographies:DELL DIAMOND and CONSTANT PAINE. A longstanding contributor to the Saints Matchday Programme, he has also written for three Southampton fanzines and has edited two collections of fans’ memories, as fund-raisers for the Child Poverty Action Group.

GARY CHALK was born in Eastleigh and educated at the Alderman Quilley School. Has been employed at the local Railway Works for more than 30 years. A dual interest in history and collecting led him to record and publish material on Southampton FC (with Duncan Holley, as below). Having travelled the length and breadth of the country collating facts and figures to that end, he has now amassed a huge amount of ephemera including an almost complete collection, from 1946, of the Football Echo and Saints programmes. Shares responsibility with Dave Juson for historical contributions to the Matchday Programme.

DUNCAN HOLLEY is a fourth-generation supporter, whose great grandfather was an original shareholder, whose grandfather went to the 1927 semi-final and whose dad bought a house in Archers Road to be near The Dell, where he was a stileman in the 1960s. Developed a passion for stats and photos and was determined that, if he could not play for Saints, he would write about them. The initial outcome in 1987 – SAINTS: A COMPLETE RECORD – and its successor, IN THAT NUMBER, each set a new standard for football club histories (see the latter’s reviews). While hoping for another idol to thrill him in the manner of a Davies, Channon or Le Tissier, he somehow feels the glory days lie in the past – which is why he continues to appreciate and document it.

 

 

Match of the Millennium
Match of the
Millennium
Tie A Yellow Ribbon
Tie A Yellow Ribbon
Constant Paine
Constant Paine
(hbk edn)
Constant Paine
Constant Paine
(pbk edn)
Suited And Booted
Suited and Booted

All the Saints

All the Saints