Southampton fan Rishi Sunak high-fives young supporters before taking his seat in the stands at St Mary’s to watch his side continue their promotion push against Plymouth

29 December 2023 0 By Total Football News
  • The Prime Minister spoke to young supporters before his side played Plymouth

Southampton fan Rishi Sunak has been speaking to young supporters before his side faced off against Plymouth at St Mary’s stadium. 

The Prime Minister was seen high fiving the mascots before taking his seat at the game, which was a crucial one for Saints as they continued their promotion push out of the EFL Championship

During the pre-match meeting, Mr Sunak asked if it was their first time being mascots for a football game, to which the youngsters all replied with a resounding ‘yes’.

He told them he had ‘always wanted to do this’ as a child but unfortunately never got the chance and admitted he was ‘very jealous’ of their opportunity. 

The 43-year-old was later spotted in the stands waving to the crowd and taking photos with other Saints fans before kick-off. 

Southampton fan Rishi Sunak has been speaking to young supporters before his side faces off against Plymouth at St Mary's stadium

Southampton fan Rishi Sunak has been speaking to young supporters before his side faces off against Plymouth at St Mary’s stadium

During the pre-match meeting, Mr Sunak asked if it was their first time being mascots for a football game, to the youngsters all replied with a resounding 'yes'

During the pre-match meeting, Mr Sunak asked if it was their first time being mascots for a football game, to the youngsters all replied with a resounding ‘yes’

The 43-year-old was later spotted in the stands waving to the crowd and taking photos with other Saints fans

The 43-year-old was later spotted in the stands waving to the crowd and taking photos with other Saints fans

The PM’s allegiance to the South Coast side comes from his father Yashvir and he previously stated that if he hadn’t become a politician he would have wanted to run Southampton. 

Speaking at a hustings event in Exeter last summer when asked what line of what he have been in outside of politics the Prime Minister said: ‘I’m a massive football fan, I’m from Southampton and if I would get to be able to run Southampton.’

On receiving a cheer from a member of the crowd upon his admission, Sunak added: ‘Oh, wow, is there a Saints fan here? Look at that, brilliant.

‘Well, there’s three of them. Amazing. Well, if I could run Southampton Football Club, I would be a very happy man.’

Mr Sunak, who boarded at the £40,000-a-year Winchester College, was born in Southampton and says football as one of his hobbies.  

He previously described his childhood hero as footballer Matt Le Tissier and revealed that he was given a card for his 18th birthday signed by the whole squad, which became one his most ‘prized possessions.’

‘One of my prized possessions is an 18th birthday card signed by the entire Saints team, but Matt in the middle there, which I’ve still got,’ Mr Sunak told the BBC in an October 2019 interview.

Rishi Sunak cheers on his team during the Championship match between Southampton FC and Plymouth Argyle

Rishi Sunak cheers on his team during the Championship match between Southampton FC and Plymouth Argyle

The PM previously stated that if he hadn't become a politician he would have wanted to run Southampton

The PM previously stated that if he hadn’t become a politician he would have wanted to run Southampton

Rishi Sunak covers his face during the Championship match between Southampton FC and Plymouth Argyle

Rishi Sunak covers his face during the Championship match between Southampton FC and Plymouth Argyle

Rishi Sunak poses for a photo with a fan as he attends the Championship match between Southampton FC and Plymouth Argyle

Rishi Sunak poses for a photo with a fan as he attends the Championship match between Southampton FC and Plymouth Argyle

Che Adams and Carlos Alcaraz netted a goal each carrying their side to a 2-1 victory at St Mary’s. 

The win helped close the gap on second-placed Ipswich, who are now just three points ahead of them.

Saints are now on a 17-league match unbeaten run – two off their 102-year club record – and have scored 12 goals in their last four fixtures to turn up the pressure on Ipswich and Leicester.