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
Match of the Millennium
Match of the
Millennium

 

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About Hagiology

 

HAGIOLOGY PUBLISHING is a collective comprising four Saints fans - David Bull, Gary Chalk, Duncan Holley and Barry Webb - the first three of whom have been appointed Official Historians 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 ten books.

About the members of the collective:

DAVID BULL: First match 27 December 1948 v Nottingham Forest, 2-1, while attending Devizes Road Primary School, Salisbury. Moved in 1954, to become, in turn, a Camberley teenager, an Exeter student and a university teacher in Exeter, Manchester and Bristol. Edited two collections of fans’ memories, We’ll Support You Evermore (1992) and Football and the Commons People (with Alastair Campbell, 1994), as fund-raisers for the Child Poverty Action Group, in which he has long been an activist. Following early retirement from his university post in 1996 and statutory retirement from a tribunal judgeship in 2009, he now sits at home all day – moving only between keyboard and kitchen – writing on the Saints, whether for the match-day magazine (from 1981) or for Hagiology Publishing, for whom he serves as Editor-in- Chief. His editorial commitments apart, he has sole- authored biographies of Ted Bates (1998) and Terry Paine (2008). Along the way, he has been appointed an Official Historian of Southampton FC and a Visiting Fellow to the School of Sport, Health and Social Science at Southampton Solent University..

GARY CHALK: First match 28 October 1967 v Burnley, 2-2. A native of Eastleigh, Gary attended Chamberlayne Primary and Alderman Quilley Schools. He was a coppersmith at Eastleigh Railway Works for over 30 years and spent seven years as a Mechanical Engineer with Lymington-based Solutions Water and Air. While quickly becoming a fan on the terraces, he developed a passion for collecting memorabilia and researching the club’s history, ignited by a family post-card showing his great-grandfather in a 1907 Dell crowd scene. His collection has grown and must now be the finest amassed by a Saints fan, including medals, shirts, caps and an impressive programme collection. He teamed up with Duncan Holley in 1984 and co-wrote Saints – A Complete Record in 1987: the first of many collaborations. He is the main statistician and chief records-researcher in the Hagiology collective.

DUNCAN HOLLEY: First match 20 May 1963 v Stoke, 2-0 (alas, Stan Matthews was rested). Having moved to Archers Road in 1959, Duncan’s second home became the Dell car park, playing football and autograph- hunting. Aged 11 in 1966, became a boarder at Peter Symonds, Winchester; then finished his education at Taunton’s 1969-73. With Gary Chalk, co-wrote Saints – A Complete Record (1987), Alphabet of the Saints (1992) and In That Number (2003), while solo efforts include Saints’ Scrapbook (1988) and Suited and Booted (2012). He became Saints’ first-ever Official Historian in 1998, while his day job saw him spend 34 years as cabin crew with British Airways. Since hitting turbulence at BA in 2010, he has embarked on a full-time life of leisure, unless otherwise occupied in Hagiology undertakings, including a forthcoming On This Day-style publication due in 2017 and an update to In That Number. A remaining ambition is to persuade Southampton FC to find space at St Mary's for a museum dedicated to the club’s history and memorabilia.

BARRY WEBB: First match 3 October 1981 v Ipswich Town, 4-3. Educated in Salisbury and Cambridge, he spent over 30 years in the NHS moving from general management into programme management in Public Health. Though a latecomer to watching the Saints, because of education, work and family commitments, Barry quickly got the bug, becoming immersed in support for the club. A season ticket-holder who attends nearly all away matches, barring mishaps, such as getting to Gatwick and finding he had the wrong passport for the Denmark trip in the Europa League. He stewards on the Travel Club coaches, gathering votes for the away man- of-the- match for the award for the Away Player of the Season. Barry also went to Lesotho in 2014, raising funds for the Saints Foundation and Kick For Life. After retiring in 2010, he finally achieved his long-held ambition to write and published his first (and probably only) novel, A Book About A Matchbox, which he had started to write in 1973. He then contributed to All the Saints and in 2016 compiled SUPER Kelvin Davis, serving on the committee organising Kelvin’s Testimonial. He lives in Salisbury with his highly supportive wife, Ingrid. They have four daughters and six grandchildren, three of whom are old enough now to have become Saints fans.

 

 

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

Match of the New Millennium

Match of the
New Millennium