Star-studded send-off for an emotional Southern

Tom Ince with an attempt on the Everton goal and (below) Keith Southern applauds the Pool fans for the final time.
Tom Ince with an attempt on the Everton goal and (below) Keith Southern applauds the Pool fans for the final time.
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KEITH Southern paid tribute to the “magnificent” Blackpool fans for giving him a send off he will never forget.

The midfielder brought the curtain down on 10 years at Bloomfield Road in his testimonial against Everton.

Keith Southern applauds the Pool fans for the final time.

Keith Southern applauds the Pool fans for the final time.

Almost 10,000 fans turned up to salute Southern – now a Huddersfield player – who played the first 15 minutes before leaving the pitch.

Goals from Alex Baptiste and triallist James Caton secured an impressive 2-0 victory for the Seasiders.

But it was really all about Southern, who returned after the final whistle, carrying his young son, and was given a long standing ovation by the supporters, including the 2,000 Everton fans at the game.

“It was emotional and pretty surreal really. I thought testimonials were only for people who were crocked at 45 and can’t move. I can still move I hope!” Southern, far right, said.

“I am only 31 and I feel as fit as ever. I feel probably in my prime so to come back for a testimonial game was a bit strange, but it was a fantastic day all round.

“I got to run on to the pitch with my son. I think he actually wanted to play the game – he was desperate to stay out there!

“He probably won’t remember it but we will have the photos and the DVD so I’ll be able to show him in years to come.

“On top of that, the lads won the game as well so I was really pleased. It was a good send off.”

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