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Sports reporter joins football club that threw him out of meeting

Gordon SImpsonA regional daily sports reporter has joined a Premier League football club which once threw him out of a fans’ meeting.

Gordon Simpson, left, has left his role as senior sports reporter with the Southern Daily Echo to join Southampton FC as a communications officer.

Gordon joined the Echo in 2007 and went on to become one of its main Southampton FC reporters as well as covering a number of other sports, including golf.

In March 2008, he went to a Southampton Independent Supporters Association forum to meet the then Saints manager Nigel Pearson, but along with other media was asked to leave by club officials.

The incident was later put down to a “misunderstanding,” with the club saying it had only meant to exclude cameras from the meeting.

Gordon revealed his latest news in a series of tweets last month.

“Very excited about becoming a part of the outstanding @SouthamptonFC media team from next week. Can’t wait to get started!” he wrote.

“Been a privilege to work with so many amazing, talented people at the paper. Have loved being a part of it. But now onto something new.”

Gordon also made the news in 2013 when he and his then-fiancee, Echo health reporter Melanie Adams, appeared on Strictly Come Dancing as they received professional lessons for their first wedding dance.

The two journalists, who married in December that year, won the chance to be part of the show after Strictly bosses asked for couples tying the knot during the festive period who wanted to learn to dance to get in touch.

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  • November 6, 2015 at 8:51 am
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    There you go Courtney Friday – you could become a police officer!

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  • November 6, 2015 at 10:28 am
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    Didn’t this mob get into problems for trying to control media coverage? They chose coverage and barred press and ended up being g called South Coast club in league tables?

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  • November 6, 2015 at 10:43 am
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    Anything and anywhere is better than Newsquest…!

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  • November 6, 2015 at 10:52 am
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    bright lad. sort of poacher turned keeper (of secrets). The nationals are clogged up with old hands sitting on pretty good money so not a lot room for progress from regionals in the paper (click bait) trade for talented lads and lasses.

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  • November 7, 2015 at 8:23 am
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    Well done mate…good luck….it is a bit poacher turned gamekeeper. Saints seem to be a well run club who appreciate their staff, you might find the culture a bit different.

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