Manager: – Ronald Koeman
Chairman: – Ralph Krueger
Owner: – Katharina Hebherr
Captain: – Jose Fonte
Club Anthem: – Sports tune “When the saints go marching in”
Main Rivals: – Portsmouth
Nicknamed “The Saints”, Southampton FC was founded in the year 1885. It was initially named the “St.Mary’s YMA” which stood for “St.Mary’s Church of England Young Men’s Association”. The first name change took place in 1894 when the club joined the Southern League and it was called as Southampton St.Mary’s.
After winning the Southern League title in the 1896-97 season, the team name was again changed for the final time to “Southampton F.C.”.
Southampton F.C. play their home matches at the St.Mary’s Stadium since 2001 which holds a capacity of 32,505. From 1898 to 2001 Southampton used to play their home matches at The Dell Stadium which only holds a capacity of 15,000.
Southampton has an excellent Youth Academy and has produced the likes of Gareth Bale, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade Chamberlin and many more.
Southampton joined the Southern Football League in 1894 and within two years they managed to win their first league title in 1896-97, this was however only the first of many that was to come as they won the Southern League Championship again in 1897-1898, 1898-1899, 1900-1901, 1902-1903 and 1903-04.
The success in the Southern Championships meant that the club was financially sound and as a result they moved to a new stadium called “The Dell” in 1898, and they remained at the Dell for over a century before moving to St.Mary’s in 2001.
When the leagues were reorganized after the First World War, Southampton became a part of the newly created English Third Division in 1920. They won the Division in the 1921-22 season and got promoted to the Second Division. In the 1922-23 season Southampton achieved the unique feat of 14 wins, 14 draws and 14 defeats and ended the season with 42 points from 42 games with zero goal difference.
Southampton remained in the second division for 30 years and enjoyed a fairly successful time in the division even missing out on first division promotion a couple of times by the narrowest of margins.
Southampton ended up getting relegated in 1953 but got back to the second division in 1960 and eventually achieved the dream of First Division football in 1966.
Southampton enjoyed a fairly successful run during their time in the First Division finishing seventh in 1968 and 1970 seasons. In 1974 when the three team relegation systems was introduced, Southampton got the axe from Division One but they went on to win the FA Cup in 1976 beating Manchester United 1-0 while they were in the Second Division.
Southampton got back up to the First Division soon after that finishing second in Division two in the 1977-1978 season. They went on to play in the English Top Division for the 27 years before getting relegated in the 2004-2005 season.
Southampton’s highest league finish came in 1983-84 when they finished second behind Liverpool.
Premier League Era
Southampton was one of the pioneer members of the English Premier League when it was founded in 1992, however till they were relegated in the 2004-05 season, Southampton were pretty much relegation contenders fighting each year to avoid the drop. They even pulled the “The Great Escape” in the 1998-99 season when they won the last game of the season to avoid getting the axe.
Southampton VS Sheffield Utd – The Great Escape 2004-2005 season
In 2004-2005 Southampton were finally relegated from England’s top division after a lengthy stay of 27 years, things got bad the next season as they were almost relegated from the Championship but a strong second half of the season saved them. They remained in the Championship till 2009. Financial problems gripped the club during this time and this saw them go into administration and thus was given a 10 point deduction, and as a result was relegated back to English Football League One.
Southampton won its first trophy since 1976 in 2010 when they won the football league trophy beating Carlisle United 4-1 at Wembley. Southampton achieved promotion back to the Championship in the 2010-2011 season and again got promoted back to the Premier League in the 2011-2012 season under the guidance of Nigel Adkins.
Nigel Adkins was sacked in January, 2013 and was replaced by Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino and Southampton finished 14th in their first season back to England’s top flight.
In the 2013-14 season Pochettino led Southampton to a Premier League era high of 8th place with 56 points. Pochettino left Southampton at the end of the season and was replaced by Dutch coach Ronald Koeman.
The Season So far 2014 – 2015
Southampton has been nothing short of brilliant this season. Most pundits were predicting Southampton to face the axe this season as many of their main players in the 2013-14 season like Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, and Luke Shaw among others were leaving the club.
Koeman has arranged his resources well and are now 3rd in the table with 39 points from 21 games (As of January,11th 2014) and above the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. There is no reason for Southampton not to continue this form especially with a defence that has conceded the least amount of goals this season in the Premier League.
One thing is for sure they are not going to be relegated this year…
Here’s the 8-0 thumping Southampton gave to Sunderland this season :
Top Goal Scorer: – Mick Channon (185)
Most Appearances: – Terry Paine (815)
More Updates including Updated Squad and other fun facts in February
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