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SouthamptonNickname The Saints
Web Site www.saintsfc.co.uk
Stadium St Mary's Stadium
St Marys YMA was formed in 1885 as a church team and joined the Southern League in 1894. In 1898 they moved to a newly built stadium called The Dell which was to become home for 103 years. The following year they reached the FA Cup final for the first time but were emphatically beaten 4-0 by Bury. In 1900 they again reached the FA Cup final and were beaten in a reply by Sheffield United. A thirst for success had been created and the club now had bigger ambitions.
The Saints have reached the FA Cup final 4 times and have won it once. In the 1975/6 season they were a little fancied second division team facing Manchester United in the final. They sensationally won 1-0 to secure the teams first ever big trophy. The highest they have finished in the League has been second and they have competed in Europe on several occasions.
During the Second World War a bomb landed at the Dell which created an 18 foot crater and damaged the pitch. The team were then forced to play at local rivals Portsmouths Fratton Park for a short time. In 2001 the Club moved to The St Marys Stadium which was new and offered double the capacity of the Dell.
In 1966 Southampton gained promotion to the top flight for the first time in their history. The following season Ron Davies arrived and scored 43 goals for the club in his first season. The Saints were to enjoy 8 seasons before being relegated in 1974 when the new '3 teams relegated' rule came into force. They bounced back to the top flight in 1978 and stayed there for 27 seasons. The most successful season for the Club was in 1973/4. Manager Lawrie Mcmenemy had signed the legendary Kevin Keagan and they had Peter Shilton in goal. The club finished runners up to Liverpool and reached the FA Cup semi Finals. The following season they qualified for European football for the fourth time in five seasons and again, reached the FA Cup semi final.
Southamptons biggest rivalry is with neighbours Portsmouth. A series of Managers and players representing both clubs has inflamed the rivalry in recent years which has led to legal disputes and accusations.
Southampton were relegated from The Premiership in 2005. They had been founder members in 1992.
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