- Southampton F.C.
Football club infobox
clubname = Southampton F.C.
fullname = Southampton Football Club
nickname = The Saints
founded = 1885, as "St. Mary's YMA"
St Mary's Stadium Southampton England
capacity = 32,689
chairman = flagicon|England
Michael Wilde[ [http://www.saintsfc.co.uk/articles/article.php?page_id=10147 Southampton F.C. - new board confirmed] ]
mgrtitle = Head coach
manager = flagicon|Netherlands
league = The Championship
season = 2007–08
position = The Championship, 20th
Southampton Football Club is a professional English football team, nicknamed "The Saints" and based in the city of
Southampton. The club currently plays in the Championship, since relegation from the Premier Leaguein 2005. Their home ground is the St Mary's Stadium, where the club moved to in 2001 from The Dell. The Chairman is Michael Wilde and the first team is currently being managed by Jan Poortvliet, who took over managerial duties in May 2008. The club captain is the Swedish defender Michael Svensson, who was appointed in August 2008. The club has won the FA Cuponce, and their highest-ever league finish was second in the top flight in 1983-84. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2094-2047029,00.html]
The club is owned by parent company
Southampton Leisure Holdings PLC, which is listed on the Alternative Investments Market. The Chairman of Southampton Leisure Holdings PLC is Rupert Lowe.
Foundation and Southern League
In 2001 the move from The Dell to the new Friends Provident
St Mary's Stadiumwas deemed to be a spiritual homecoming for Southampton F.C., because of the new stadium's proximity to St Mary's, the church where the club was founded in 1885 by members of the St Mary's Church of England Young Men's Association.
St Mary's Y.M.A., as they were usually referred to in the local press, played most of their early games on The Common, and games were not infrequently interrupted by pedestrian insistent on exercising their right to roam. More important matches, such as cup games, were played either at the County Cricket Ground in Northlands Road or the Antelope Cricket Ground in St Mary's Road.
The club was originally known as St. Mary's Young Men's Association F.C. (usually abbreviated to "St. Mary's Y.M.A.") and then became simply St. Mary's F.C. in 1887-88, before adopting the name Southampton St. Mary's when the club joined the Southern League in 1894. After they won the Southern League title in 1896-97, the club became a limited company and changed their name to Southampton F.C.
They won the Southern League championship for 3 years running between 1897 and 1899 and again in 1901, 1903 and 1904.
That success spanned some major changes for the Saints as they moved to a newly-built £10,000 stadium called The Dell, to the North West of the city centre in 1898. Although they would spend the next 103 years there, the future was far from certain in those early days and the club had to rent the premises first before they could stump up the cash to buy the stadium in the early part of the 20th century.
Good omens were quick to arrive though and before the 19th century was out the South Coast was given a taste of things to come as they reached the first of their four
FA Cup Finals in 1900. On that day they went down 4-0 to Bury and two years later they would suffer a similar fate at the hands of Sheffield United as they were beaten 2-1 in a replay of the 1902 final, but it had given the club a thirst for the big occasion – albeit one that would not be truly satisfied for over 7 decades.
Joining the Football League
After the First World War, when many teams were broken up by the call of National Service, Saints joined the newly-formed Football League Division 3 in 1920 which split into South and North sections a year later. The 1921-22 season ended in triumph with promotion and marked the beginning of a 31-year stay in Division 2.
Saints were briefly forced to switch home matches to the ground of their local rivals
Portsmouth F.C.at Fratton Park during the Second World War when a bomb landed on The Dell pitch in November 1940, leaving an 18-foot crater which damaged an underground culvert and flooded the pitch.
Promotion was narrowly missed in 1947-48 when they finished in third place, a feat repeated the following season (despite having an 8 point lead with 8 games to play) whilst in 1949-50 they were to be denied promotion by 0.06 of a goal, missing out on second place to Sheffield United. In the 1948-49 and 1949-50 seasons,
Charlie Waymanrattled in a total of 56 goals. Then relegation in 1953 sent Saints sliding back into Division 3 (South).
It took until 1960 for Saints to regain Division 2 status with
Derek Reevesplundering 39 of the champions’ 106 league goals. On 27 April1963 a crowd of 68,000 at Villa Park saw them lose 1-0 to Manchester Unitedin the FA Cup semi-final.
Reaching the First Division
The dream of Division 1 football at the Dell for the first time was finally realised in 1966 when Ted Bates’ team were promoted as runners-up, with
Martin Chiversscoring 30 of Saints' 85 league goals. Promotion was a never-to-be-forgotten achievement.
For the following campaign Ron Davies arrived to score 43 goals in his first season as Saints scored 74 league goals, conceding 92. Saints stayed among the elite for eight years, with the highest finishing position being 7th place in 1968-69 and again in 1970-71. These finishes were high enough for them to qualify for the
Inter-Cities Fairs Cupin 1969-70 (going out in Round 3 to Newcastle United) and its successor, the UEFA Cupin 1971-72, when they went out in the First Round to Athletic Bilbao.
In December 1973, long term manager Ted Bates stood down to be replaced by
Lawrie McMenemywho was unable to prevent The Saints becoming the first victims of the new 3-down relegation system in 1974 when they were relegated, along with Manchester United and Norwich City.
Lawrie McMenemy's management, Saints started to rebuild in Division 2, capturing players such as Peter Osgood, Jim McCalliog, Jim Steeleand Peter Rodrigues(captain) and their greatest moment came in 1976, when they reached the FA Cup Final, playing Manchester United at Wembley, and surprised all observers by beating much-fancied United 1-0 thanks to a goal from Bobby Stokes. They were only the second team outside the First Division to have won the FA Cup, the first having been Sunderland.
The following season, they played in Europe again in the Cup Winners' Cup, reaching Round 3 where they lost 2-3 on aggregate to Anderlecht.
Return to Division One
In 1977-78, captained by Alan Ball, Saints finished runners-up in Division 2 (behind Bolton Wanderers) and returned to Division 1. They finished comfortably in 14th place in their first season back in the top flight. The following season they returned to Wembley in the final of the League Cup when they acquitted themselves well, losing 3-2 to Nottingham Forest.
In 1980, McMenemy made his finest signing, capturing the "European Footballer of the Year"
Kevin Keegan. Although Keegan's Southampton career only lasted two years, Saints fielded an attractive side also containing Alan Ball, Ted MacDougall, Phil Boyer, Mick Channonand Charlie Georgeand in 1980-81 they scored 76 goals, finishing in 6th place, then their highest league finish.
Southampton continued to progress well under McMenemy's stewardship, and with a team containing
Peter Shilton, Nick Holmes, David Armstrong, top-scorer Steve Moranand Danny Wallace reached their highest ever league finish as runners-up in 1983-84 [cite web | title= Caught in Time: Southampton finish runners-up in the First Division, 1984| work= The Times| url= http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2094-2047029,00.html |date=19 February 2006|accessdate=13 September | accessyear=2008] (3 points behind the champions Liverpool) as well as reaching the semi-final of the F.A. Cup losing 1-0 to Everton at Highbury Stadium.
They finished fifth the following year, but as a result of the
Heysel Disasterall English clubs were banned from European competition - had it not been for this, then Southampton would have qualified for the UEFA Cuponce again.
Lawrie McMenemy left at the end of the 1984-85 season to be succeeded by
Chris Nicholl, who was sacked after six years in charge despite preserving the club's top flight status. He was replaced by Ian Branfoot, who until the end of the 1990-91 season had been assistant manager to Steve Coppellat Crystal Palace. By this stage a key player in the Southampton lineup was Guernsey-born striker Matthew Le Tissier, one of the best-loved players in Saints' recent history. He was voted PFA Young Player of the Yearin 1990 and later made eight appearances for the England team— he finally retired in 2002 at the age of 33 and now frequently works in TV commentary.
outhampton in the Premiership
Southampton were founding members of the Premiership in 1992-93, having played in the top flight of English football since 1978.
Ian Branfoot was sacked in January 1994 with Southampton battling relegation. He was replaced by Exeter manager Alan Ball. Ball secured the Saints' survival for the 1993-94 season and guided them to a respectable tenth-place finish in the Premiership in 1994-95, with inspirational performances from
Matthew Le Tissier. But amidst rumours of lack of support from the Board, Ball was lured to Manchester City in the summer of 1995 and Southampton turned to long-serving coach David Merringtonto take charge of the team in 1995-96. Southampton finished 17th with 38 league points, avoiding relegation on goal difference. Two important wins during the final weeks of the season did much to ensure that Saints and not Manchester City would achieve Premiership survival. First came a 3-1 home win over eventual double winners Manchester United, then came a 1-0 away win over relegated Bolton Wanderers. Merrington was dismissed a few days after the end of the season and replaced by former Liverpool and Rangers manager Graeme Souness.
Southampton fared little better in 1996-97 despite the arrival of Souness, whose track record included two Scottish league titles with Rangers and an FA Cup victory with Liverpool. Souness brought in quality foreign players with
Egil Ostenstadand Eyal Berkovic. The highlight of the season was a 6-3 win over Manchester United at the Dell in October, when both his signings scored twice. However, he had to deal with criticism over the Ali Diadebacle. He resigned after just one season in charge following a dispute over transfer funds, after he had overseen Southampton's 16th place finish in the Premiership. Southampton's directors turned to Dave Jones— one of the most respected managers outside the Premiership who had won promotion to Division One with Stockport County as well as reaching the League Cup semi finals.
With such an inexperienced manager, Southampton were tipped by many observers to be relegated from the Premiership in 1997-98. But thanks to the addition of young striker
Kevin Davies, and the acquisition of a few others, Southampton achieved a respectable 11th place finish in the table and managed a home win over Manchester United for the third consecutive season. Their form seriously dipped in 1998-99 as they were rooted to the bottom of the table for much of the first half of the season, but they again avoided relegation on the last day of the season after a late run of good results, helped by the intervention of Latvian Marian Paharsand old hero Le Tissier (The so-called "Great Escape"). In 1999 Southampton were given the go-ahead to build a new 32,000-seat stadium in the St Mary's area of the city, a welcome move after playing in the cramped Dell since 1898.
During the 1999-2000 season, Dave Jones quit as Southampton manager to concentrate on a court case after he was accused of abusing children at the children's home where he had worked during the 1980s. The accusations were later proved to be groundless but it was too late to save Jones's career as Southampton manager and he was succeeded by ex-England team manager
Glenn Hoddle helped keep Southampton well clear of the Premiership drop zone but having received an offer from a higher profile club, he moved to Tottenham Hotspur just before the end of the 2000-01 season. He was replaced by first-team coach Stuart Gray, who oversaw the relocation to the St Mary's Stadium for the 2001-02 season. At the end of the 2000-01 season, in the last competitive match at the Dell, talismanic
Matthew Le Tissiercame on late to strike the last ever goal at that famous and much-loved old stadium in sublime fashion with a half volley on the turn. Southampton finished the match 3-2 against Arsenal, providing a fairy-tale ending to the days at The Dell. But Gray was sacked after a disastrous start to the following season, and in came ex-Coventry manager Gordon Strachanas his replacement.
Gordon Strachan did much to revitalise Southampton during the 2001-02 season, and they finished in a secure 11th place in the final table. They did even better in 2002-03, finished eighth in the Premiership and coming runners-up in the FA Cup to Arsenal (after losing 1-0 at the
Millennium Stadium), thanks in no small part to the metamorphisis of James Beattie, who fired home 24 goals, 23 in the league. Consistency followed in the next season, as a side led in attack by Beattie and Kevin Phillipssecured 12th place and yet again defeated Manchester United on their own soil.
Strachan resigned in March 2004 (to take a break from football) and was replaced by
Paul Sturrock, who had been in the process of guiding Plymouth Argyle to their second promotion in three seasons. However, rumours of player dissatisfaction and personal problems dogged Sturrock, and he was replaced just five months later by reserve team coach Steve Wigley. Wigley's tenure proved disastrous, with Southampton slipping further and further down the Premiership table during 2004/05. Frenchman Christian Damianowas brought in to assist, but after a run of only one win in 14 games, both men's contracts were terminated.
Rupert Lowerisked the ire of Saints fans when he appointed Harry Redknappas manager on December 8 2004. The news shocked much of the football world, as Redknapp had resigned as manager of Saints' arch-rivals Portsmouth just days previously. He brought in a number of new signings, including his own son Jamie Redknappin the attempt to survive relegation. However, it was all in vain as West Bromwich Albionsecured survival at Southampton's expense. Having overcome years of being on the brink of relegation, Southampton were finally condemned just as they began to look secure.
Lowe and Southampton continued to make headlines after former England Rugby World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward joined the club - eventually being appointed Technical Director.
Relegated after 27 years
Saints made a disappointing start to life back in the second tier of English football, with the emergence of young star
Theo Walcottas a rare cause for optimism. Yet even more shocks were to await the fans.
November 24 2005, Portsmouth manager Alain Perrin, the man who himself replaced Harry Redknapp at Southampton's arch-rivals, was sacked by chairman Milan Mandaric. Rumours gradually grew apace that Mandaric and Redknapp had resolved the dispute that caused Redknapp to walk out in the first place, and that he was poised to rejoin his former club.
With these rumours seemingly reaching breaking point in the media - not to mention the bookmakers - Redknapp walked out on Southampton on
December 3 2005. The two rival clubs found themselves at loggerheads over legal compensation, which threatened to leave Redknapp in limbo, but with the dispute eventually resolved, Redknapp rejoined Portsmouth on December 7 2005. After three matches under caretaker manager Dave Bassettand assistant Dennis Wise, George Burleywas unveiled as the club's new head coach on December 23to work alongside Clive Woodward, who was promoted from Performance Director to Director of Football.
In the wake of overwhelming calls for him to stand down, Lowe eventually resigned on
June 30 2006, a few days before an Extraordinary General Meetingthat was predicted to see him removed from the club's board. He was replaced as Chairman by Jersey-based businessman Michael Wildewho had become the club's major shareholder.
During the 2006-07 season, the board set about trying to secure new investment in the club. However, on
26 February 2007, it was announced that Michael Wildewould step down as chairman of the football club on 28 February. On 2 Marchit was announced that Leon Crouchwould take the role of "acting Chairman" until the end of that season, when the Board would reassess the situation. Crouch was reportedly fired on 21 July 2007.
27 April 2007, it was rumoured that Paul Allen, the American entrepreneur who formed Microsoftwith Bill Gates, might launch a takeover bid for the club. These rumours were later confirmed when the club announced that Allen had made a preliminary offer cite news
title = Saints confirm takeover bid received| url = http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/display.var.1359684.0.saints_confirm_takeover_bid_received.php| publisher = Daily Echo| date =
2007-04-27| accessdate = 2007-04-27] although Allen subsequently denied any such interest [cite news
title = Paul Allen: No interest in taking over at Saints| url = http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/search/display.var.1473984.0.paul_allen_no_interest_in_taking_over_at_saints.php
publisher = Daily Echo| date =
2007-06-15| accessdate = 2007-06-23] .
22 October 2007it was announced the club's plc board had received a takeover bid from an unknown investor which would purchase 55% of the shares in the company. Two days later, a London-based hedge fund, SISU Capital, was named as the potential new owner.Cite web|url=http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/investing-and-markets/article.html?in_article_id=425606&in_page_id=3|title=Saints targeted by secretive hedge fund|accessdate=2007-10-24|publisher=Associated Northcliffe Digital|year=2007-10-24|author=Robert Lea|work=Thisismoney: News] The self-described "special situations investment fund management company"Cite web|url=http://www.therams.co.uk/details.asp?back=true&key=1D29%7C0%7C2185366269754%7CR%7C536%7C8681231122006336785331&parentkey=1D29%7C0%7C2185366269754%7Cp%7C536%7C0|title=SISU run rule over the Rams|accessdate=2007-10-24|publisher=Northcliffe Electronic Publishing Ltd and Derby Daily Telegraph Ltd|year=2007|work=TheRams.co.uk website] has previously attempted to gain control of Derby County F.C.and Manchester City F.C.; former footballer Ray Ransonwas involved with both bids, and SISU intended to nominate him for a place on the Southampton board.Cite web|url=http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23417910-details/Saints+are+the+goal+for+secretive+hedge+fund/article.do|title=Saints are the goal for secretive hedge fund|accessdate=2007-10-24|publisher=Associated Newspapers Ltd|year=2007-10-24|author=Robert Lea|work=Evening Standard website] However, on 14 Decemberit was confirmed that SISU had completed a takeover of Coventry City, effectively ending their interest in Southampton.
In January 2008 it was reported in the media that tycoon
Kia Joorabchianwas mounting a £50 million take over bid, a rumour later exposed as pure speculation. [cite news| title = Tycoon Wants Southampton| url = http://goal.com/en-us/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=536171
publisher = goal.com| date =
2008-01-05| accessdate = 2008-01-06]
The day before a proposed EGM to reinstate Lowe along with Wilde was to take place, the remaining board room members bar David Jones resigned, allowing Lowe and Wilde to return. Wilde as Chairman of Southampton Football Club and Rupert Lowe as Chairman of Southampton Leisure Holdings PLC
In the Championship
Southampton's off-the-field controversy affected their on-the-field fortunes substantially during 2005-06, and at one point they were in real danger of a second successive relegation. But their form improved during the final weeks of the season and they finished a secure 12th.
The good form which secured Southampton's Championship status in 2005-06 was carried through to the start of the 2006-07 season, and the turn of the year saw the team in fourth place in the table. The new board of directors had spent a club record £6 million on transfers. Polish strikers
Grzegorz Rasiakand Marek Saganowskiand 17 year-old left back Gareth Baleall had great runs in form. A drastic loss in the team's form overall, coupled with poor displays against fellow promotion hopefuls, saw the team drop to eighth place by mid-March 2007, and rapidly losing touch with the promotion race. However, with other promotion rivals dropping points and a small run of form in late April, Southampton were able to reach 6th place, the last play-off position. They lost the home leg of their playoff semi-final to Derby County, and on 15 Mayachieved parity on aggregate but lost on penalties in a thrilling encounter.
Since relegation, the club has had to sell players to meet the shortfall in income. A number of players from the club's academy have been sold for large sums, such as
Theo Walcottand Gareth Bale.
The 2007-08 season went much worse for Southampton, with many players being sold over the summer, boardroom unrest and the loss of manager
George Burley, who moved on to become the Scotland international team manager. On February 18, 2008, former West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle assistant manager Nigel Pearsonwas appointed as manager. In a closely contested league, they survived relegation on the final day of the 2007–08 season with a 3–2 victory over Sheffield United, at the expense of Leicester City.
On 29th May 2008, Saints opted not to renew Nigel Pearson's contract and replaced him with Dutch duo
Jan Poortvlietand Mark Wotte.
tadium and training facilities
The St. Mary's Stadium has been home to the Saints since August 2001. It has a capacity of 32,689 and is one of only a handful of stadia in Europe to meet
UEFA's Four Star Criteria. In the 2004-05 season, attendances never fell below 30,000. The stadium has also been host to a number of internationals including England's qualifying game against FYR Macedonia in 2002 where the teams drew 2-2, with David Beckhamand Steven Gerrardscoring for England.
The club's previous home had been The Dell, which it moved into in 1898 and remained at for 103 years.
The club's training facilities, known as
Staplewoodare located in Marchwood, on the edge of the New Forest. They have received significant investment over the last 10 years, most notably during the time Sir Clive Woodwardwas employed by the club between 2005 and 2006, and are now considered to be among some of the best in the country.
In June 2008 it was announced that several parts of St Mary's Stadium are to be closed for the 2008/09 season. The closures are a cost-cutting measure forced on the club by financial pressures. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/southampton/7452330.stm "Saints to close parts of stadium"] , BBC Sport, 13 June 2008]
The Saints' anthem is the popular sport tune When the Saints Go Marching In, and since the club's official nickname is 'the Saints', they are one of the only teams who do not change the original lyrics. It can often be heard being chanted from the stands during matches.
Originally, the club used the same crest as the one used by the city itself. However during the 1970s a competition was run for fans to design a new one.
The winning design was used for around 20 years, before being modified slightly by Southampton design agency The Graphics Workshop in the 1990s for copyright reasons.
From top-to-bottom, the halo is a reference to the nickname 'Saints', the ball to the nature of the club, the scarf to the fans and the team colours. The tree represents the nearby New Forest and the water Southampton's connections with the rivers, seas and oceans. Below that is a Mayflower - the symbol of the city which is also present on the city crest. The Mayflower was also the name of the first Puritan ship of immigrants that originally left Southampton (and Plymouth) for the "New World", thus beginning the colony that eventually became the United States.
In the mid-1990s the ball was changed from a vintage style ball (such as those used in the 1960s) to the current ball with black and white panels, for copyright reasons.
The Saints Academy
Southampton runs a highly successful youth academy, with a number of teams from ages nine to 18 years. Recent products of the club's youth system include England international wingers
Theo Walcottand Wayne Bridge, Wales left-back Gareth Bale, and Northern Ireland defender Chris Baird.
outh Coast derby
The South Coast Derby is the name given to matches between the Saints and their fierce nearby rivals,
Portsmouth F.C., from the city of the same name 17 miles from Southampton. The matches are also referred to as the Hampshire Derby. Including Southern League games, there have been 67 games between the clubs, with Southampton winning 34 and Portsmouth 20. The rivalry is infamous as one of the most unpleasant and fractious in world football - the two sets of supporters loathe each other. It is speculated that this stems from the cities' own competitive past: Portsmouth is one of Britain's leading Royal Naval bases, and Southampton is the country's leading civilian port, and home to the famous ocean liners that plied the cross-Atlantic route to America.
Anglo-Italian League Cup
FA Community Shield
1979 Football League Cup Final
Full Members Cup
Football League Division 1
Football League Division 2
**Runners-up: 1965-66 and 1977-78
Football League Division 3
Football League Third Division South
**Champions: 1896-97, 1897-98, 1898-99, 1900-01, 1902-03, 1903-04
Most league goals
Mick Channon, who had two spells with the club, currently holds the record for the number of Football League goals scored for The Saints. During his times with the club between 1966 and 1977, and 1979 and 1982, he netted 185 times in league competition. The next highest scorer is Matthew Le Tissier, an attacking midfielder who spent his entire career with the club between 1986 and 2002, scoring 162 goals in 442 league appearances. As of April 2007, he is the only midfielder to have scored more than 100 goals in the Premier League. Third highest is winger Terry Paine, who played at The Dell between 1956 and 1974. He scored 160 goals for the club.
The full list of the club's top ten all-time Football League scorers are:
Mick Channon1966-1977 & 1979-1982
Matthew Le Tissier1986-2002
*154 George O’Brien 1959-1966
*134 Ron Davies 1966-1973
Tommy Mulgrew1954-1962 Bill Rawlingsalso scored 19 goals in the Southern League in 1919-20.
Seven companies have sponsored the club, thus appearing on the player's shirts, over the course of its history. The first company to do so was photocopier manufacturer
Rank Xeroxwho sponsored the club for three years from 1980. Air Floridabriefly sponsored Southampton in 1983 before Draper Tools, who have a large factory in nearby Eastleighsponsored the club for nine years between 1984 and 1993. Millbrook based company Dimplex, who produce electrical goods such as heaters were the next brand name to appear on the club's shirts and merchandise. They began sponsoring in 1993 before the deal ended in 1995. The Sanderson Group PLCtook up the mantle, for four years from 1995, also sponsoring Sheffield Wednesday at the same time.
Friends Providentwere the final sponsors of the club's time at The Dell. Their deal began in 1999 and was renewed shortly before the naming of St. Mary's Stadium, to which they also bought the naming rights. However they chose not to renew either deal in 2006, after which budget airline Flybe.com stepped in.
Notable former Saints players
*flagicon|England David Armstrong
*flagicon|England Alan Ball
*flagicon|England Ted Bates
*flagicon|England James Beattie
C. B. Fry
Matthew Le Tissier
*flagicon|England Jack Robinson
*flagicon|England Dave Watson
*flagicon|England Kevin Phillips
*flagicon|England Steve Williams
*flagicon|England Mark Wright
;Trinidad and Tobago
*flagicon|Trinidad and Tobago
*flagicon|Wales Ron Davies
*flagicon|Wales Paul Jones
*flagicon|Zimbabwe flagicon|South Africa
Biggest wins -
* 14-0 against
A.F.C. Newbury, 13 October 1894 FA Cup1st qualifying round
* 11-0 against
Northampton Town F.C., 28 December 1901(Southern League)
* 11-0 against
Watford F.C., 13 December 1902(Southern League)
* 8-0 against
Northampton Town F.C., 24 December 1921
* 9-3 against
Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., 18 September 1965
* 8-2 against
Coventry City F.C., 28 April 1984
* 7-1 against
Ipswich Town F.C., 7 January 1961(FA Cup proper)
* 6-0 against
Luton Town F.C., 8 February 1995(FA Cup replay)
* 6-0 against
Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., 31 March 2007( Football League Championship)
Biggest losses -
* 0-8 against
Tottenham Hotspur F.C., 28 March 1936
* 0-8 against
Everton F.C., 20 November 1971
Most appearances -
Terry Paine- 815 : 1956-1974
Most goals -
Mick Channon- 228 : 1966-1977, 1979-1982
Most goals in one season -
Derek Reeves- 44 : 1959-60
Most goals in one match -
Albert Brown - 7 : against
Northampton Town F.C., 28 December 1901
Youngest player -
Theo Walcott- 16 years 143 days. Against Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., 6 August 2005
Most capped player while at Southampton -
Peter Shilton- 49 (125 in total)
Record transfers -
Rory Delap, £4,000,000 from Derby County F.C.
Theo Walcott, £12,000,000 to Arsenal F.C., payable by instalments. (£5 million down, £5 million club appearances, £2 million England appearances). [cite web|url=http://www.saintsfc.co.uk/uploads/documents/nov_06/sfc_1164129866_Media_Guide_v8.pdf| | title=Saints media pack 2006-07 (see page 10)] Revised to a total of £9.1 million by a compromise settlement agreed on 31 March 2008. [cite news | date= 2008-04-01| url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2008/04/01/sfnsou101.xml | title=Southampton lose £2.9m over Theo Walcott | publisher= Telegraph| accessdate=2008-04-01]
Record home attendance -32,151 against
Arsenal F.C., 29 December 2003
3 September 2008." [cite news |title=Saints squad list |url=http://www.saintsfc.co.uk/articles/article.php?page_id=8719|publisher=Saintsfc.co.uk|accessdate=2008-07-15|date=2008-07-15] [cite news |title=Saints squad list |url=http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/2008-2009/flcham/southam.htm|publisher=FootballSquads|accessdate=2008-09-27]
Out on loan
*with professional contract
President John Mortimore
Rupert Lowe, Andrew Cowen, David Jones (company secretary),
Mark Wotte(academy director), Malcolm Webster(goalkeeping), Stewart Henderson (reserve team), Dave Hockaday(under 18s)
Sports Scientists Paul Balsom (head of sports science), Scott McLachlan (performance analysis), Andy Barr (head of sports medicine)
The Saints Trust
[http://www.saintstrust.co.uk/index.php The Saints Trust] , a [http://www.saintstrust.co.uk/membership.php democratic] , not-for-profit organisation, committed to strengthening the voice of supporters in the decision making processes at Southampton Football Club, was officially launched on
3 February2006. The aims of the trust are to:
* Strengthen the bonds between the Club and the local community.
* Work for the football and financial success of the club.
* Encourage and promote supporter representation on the club's board acting as communication to the supporters.
* Acquire shares in the club, formally creating a supporters' stakeholding.
The trust currently now over 700 members and the proxy control of some 720,000 shares, approximately three per cent of the club.
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* [http://southampton.pl/ Southampton.pl - Centre of the Fan]
* [http://www.anditsallsouthampton.co.uk/ Articles and Saints News]
* [http://www.upthesaints.com/ Up The Saints - Independent Fansite]
* [http://www.hksaints.com/ Fansite by fans in Hong Kong]
* [http://www.theuglyinside.com/ The Ugly Inside - Webzine & Forum]
* [http://plasticsaints.myfreeforum.org/ Plastic Saints - Forum]
* [http://www.hksaints.com/ Fansite by fans in Hong Kong]
* [http://www.footballfancast.com/Your-club/Southampton Weekly Podcast and articles on Southampton FC]
* [http://thesaintsfc.proboards55.com/ Southampton FC chat forum - Independent Forum]
* [http://www.theexiledsaint.net/ The Exiled Saint - Observations of a Southampton FC supporter - independent fan site]
* [http://www.saintstrust.co.uk/ The Saints Trust - Supporters' Trust for Southampton Football Club]
* [http://www.geckosaint.com/ GeckoSaint - One of the designers of the team's kits]
*cite book |author=Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk |title=In That Number - A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC |publisher=Hagiology |year=2003 |isbn=0-9534474-3-X
*cite book |author=Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk |title=The Alphabet of the Saints |publisher= ACL & Polar Publishing |year=1992 |isbn=0-9514862-3-3
*cite book |author=Gary Chalk & Duncan Holley |title=Saints - A complete record |publisher= Breedon Books |year=1987 |isbn=0-907969-22-4
*cite book |author=David Bull & Bob Brunskell |title=Match of the Millennium |publisher=Hagiology |year=2000 |isbn=0-9534474-1-3
*cite book |author=Jeremy Wilson |title=Southampton’s Cult Heroes |publisher=Know The Score Books |year=2006 |isbn=1-905449-01-1
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