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First Brazilian For 116 Years To Play For Saints

Charles(Nipper)Miller was living in England as a student, when as a youngster he learned the game.

He was studying at Bannister Court School where amongst other things he learned the art of football.

His first game for Southampton was way back in 1892 in a game with Aldershot Division, which we won 3-1, as a 17 year old.

At just 5'6' in height he was a quick, stylish player with a large repertoire of ball tricks.

Charles left for Sao Paulo in October 1894 just as Saints joined the Southern League. His immortality rests partly with the fact that he took with him the first football rule book to Sao Paulo.

The Hampshire rule book and a load of footballs was the start of the Brazilian love affair with our beautiful game. With him was another Brazilian schooled in Europe.

Antonio da Costa was taught in Switzerland and also learned his football away from home. Antonio assisted Charles in the organisation of Brazils first soccer competition, La Liga Paulista.

Charles Miller is hero worshipped in Brazil but little known in Southampton. We all know how well Brazil has done in the football world.

It is hoped that the early investment of the old Saints club is about to be repaid with the acquisition of Guly.

Welcome to the club and good fortune, Guly.




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Writer: SFC Forever Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 27 2010

Time: 5:49PM

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That is a story worth tellincountryman did for Brazil so manyg don't you think SFC. Let us hope that Guly can make as big an impact for us as his previous countryman did.
VSrednwhite
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27/08/2010 22:36:00

Sorry computor trouble again. As I was trying to say, the Charlie Miller story looks like one that is well worth telling. If Guly can make as big an impact for us we will be well pleased.
VSrednwhite
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27/08/2010 22:39:00

If Guly adds more creativity and skill to the team then he will surely become a very welcome addition at Saints.
St Alexis
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28/08/2010 00:15:00

I am excited now and am looking forward to seeing him at St Mary's. He is a welcome addition to our squad.
sfc4ghg
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28/08/2010 06:23:00

Unless I am being a bit wary I want to see him in action before I get too excited. He looks a bit like a tall bean stick to me. Hope he is strong enough to play in div 3.
VSrednwhite
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28/08/2010 13:39:00

He looks strong enough. He didn't seem too phased by the style of football when he came on at Bristol Rovers, and weighed in with a couple of strong challenges.
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