SOUTHAMPTON football legend, Matt Le Tissier and his and wife won £30,000 for charity.

During the 2006–07 season, there were indications that there were financial difficulties with the board seeking to secure new investment in the club. In February 2007, Michael Wilde stepped down as chairman to be replaced by replaced by local businessman, Leon Crouch as "acting chairman". Crouch retained that role until 21 July 2007.

The Anglo-Saxons formed a new, larger, settlement across the Itchen centred on what is now the St Mary's area of the city. The settlement was known as Hamwic,[16] which evolved into Hamtun and then Hampton.[18] Archaeological excavations of this site have uncovered one of the best collections of Saxon artefacts in Europe.[16] It is from this town that the county of Hampshire gets its name.

Southampton FC, Staplewood Training Ground, Long Lane, Marchwood, Southampton SO40 4WR

In 1966, when Ted Bates’ team were promoted to the First Division as runners-up, with Martin Chivers scoring 30 of Saints' 85 league goals.

West Ham were dreadful as the visitors ran riot at the London Stadium

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Town Quay is the original public quay, and dates from the 13th century. Today's Eastern Docks were created in the 1830s by land reclamation of the mud flats between the Itchen & Test estuaries. The Western Docks date from the 1930s when the Southern Railway Company commissioned a major land reclamation and dredging programme.[65] Most of the material used for reclamation came from dredging of Southampton Water,[66] to ensure that the port can continue to handle large ships.

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Council estates are in the Weston, Thornhill and Townhill Park districts. The city is ranked 96th most deprived out of all 354 Local Authorities in England.[74]

Most goals in one match Albert Brown – 7  : against Northampton Town, 28 December 1901[48]

Southampton Football Club i/saʊθˈæmptən, -hæmptən/ is an English football club, nicknamed The Saints, based in the city of Southampton, Hampshire, that currently competes in the Premier League.

Southampton is also home to one of the most successful College American Football teams in the UK, the Southampton Stags, who play at the Wide Lane Sports Facility in Eastleigh.

Over 40 per cent of school pupils in the city that responded to a survey claimed to have been the victim of bullying. More than 2,000 took part and said that verbal bullying was the most common form, although physical bullying was a close second for boys.[145]

Most goals in one season Derek Reeves – 44  : 1959–60[47]

In March 2007 there were 120,305 jobs in Southampton, and 3,570 people claiming job seeker's allowance, approximately 2.4 per cent of the city's population.[88] This compares with an average of 2.5 per cent for England as a whole.

Four defeats in a row have led to a "toxic" atmosphere according to this supporter

On 9 May 2014, Southampton announced a two-year deal with local based global consumer electronics firm Veho to become the main club sponsor from 1 July 2014.[59]

Southampton's strong economy is promoting redevelopment, and major projects are proposed, including the city's first skyscrapers on the waterfront. The three towers proposed will stand 23 storeys high and will be surrounded by smaller apartment blocks, office blocks and shops. There are also plans for a 15-storey hotel at the Ocean Village marina,[100] and a 21-storey hotel on the north eastern corner of the city centre, as part of a £100m development.[101]

Southampton Solent University has 17,000[141] students and its strengths are in the training, design, consultancy, research and other services undertaken for business and industry.[142] It is also host to the Warsash Maritime Academy, which provides training and certification for the international shipping and off-shore oil industries.

Southampton Water has the benefit of a double high tide, with two high tide peaks,[67] making the movement of large ships easier.[68] This is not caused as popularly supposed by the presence of the Isle of Wight, but is a function of the shape and depth of the English Channel. In this area the general water flow is distorted by more local conditions reaching across to France.[69]

The city has produced a large number of musicians throughout its history, ranging from hymn writer Isaac Watts, who was born in Southampton in 1674[154] and whose composition O God, Our Help in Ages Past is played by the bells of Southampton Civic Centre,[155] to more recent musical acts such as singer Craig David, who grew up on the Holyrood estate,[156] and Coldplay drummer Will Champion.[157]

Southampton engineer Walter Taylor's 18th century mechanisation of the block-making process was a significant step in the Industrial Revolution.[38]

The railway link from Southampton to London was fully opened in May 1840,[48] although it had been operating as far as Winchester since June 1839,[48] It was delayed by work on the chalk cutting between Winchester and Basingstoke.[50] In 1847, Southampton was connected to Dorchester by rail.[50] In 1866, a branch line extended the railway over the River Itchen at St Denys, passing through Bitterne and Woolston to Netley.[51] This created further competition for the Floating Bridge company.[45]

The importance of Southampton to the cruise industry was indicated by P&O Cruises's 175th anniversary celebrations, which included all seven of the company's liners visiting Southampton in a single day. Adonia, Arcadia, Aurora, Azura, Oceana, Oriana and Ventura all left the city in a procession on 3 July 2012.[150]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

For the 2012–13 season, and for the foreseeable future, the club agreed a deal with Eastleigh F.C., currently of the Conference South, for the use of their stadium, The Silverlake Stadium, for The Saints' U21 team fixtures. This continues a partnership with Eastleigh that has lasted for the last decade.[56]

BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage on how expectations do not help Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino as he faces his former club.


With the Premier League now over, chief football writer Phil McNulty assesses how each team performed over the season.

Southampton continued to progress under McMenemy's stewardship, and with a team containing Peter Shilton (the England goalkeeper), Nick Holmes, David Armstrong, striker Steve Moran and quick winger Danny Wallace reached their highest ever league finish as runners-up in 1983–84[3] (three points behind the champions Liverpool) as well as reaching the semi-final of the FA Cup losing 1–0 to Everton at Highbury Stadium. McMenemy then added experienced midfielder Jimmy Case to his ranks.

The club's principal prize was its FA Cup win over Manchester United in 1976. The club was one of the founding members of the Premiership in 1992-93. The club was out of the top flight of football from 2005 until 2012 during which time the company owning the club went into administration but its fortunes were revived following purchase by the Swiss billionaire, Markus Liebherr, and since 2012-13 the club has competed in the Premier League.

At the end of the 2013–14 season, Southampton made a number of high-profile sales – including Rickie Lambert, captain Adam Lallana and Lovren all joining Liverpool for estimated fees of £4 million, £25 million and £20 million respectively,[25][26][27] left-back Luke Shaw to Manchester United for a club record fee in the region of £27 million,[28] and right-back Calum Chambers joined Arsenal for approximately £16 million.[29]

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 in June 2005.[7]

Fraser Forster will await Gareth Southgate’s first England team selection knowing he has done all he can to challenge Joe Hart for the number one slot.

The city has a Mayor and is one of the 16 cities and towns in England and Wales to have a ceremonial sheriff who acts as a deputy for the Mayor. The current and 793rd Mayor of Southampton is Linda Norris. Catherine McEwing is the current and 578th sherriff.[54] The town crier from 2004 until his death in 2014 was John Melody, who acted as master of ceremonies in the city and who possessed a cry of 104 decibels.[55]

Southampton is a major UK port which has good transport links with the rest of the country. The M27 motorway, linking places along the south coast of England, runs just to the north of the city. The M3 motorway links the city to London and also, via a link to the A34 (part of the European route E05) at Winchester, with the Midlands and North. The M271 motorway is a spur of the M27, linking it with the Western Docks and city centre.

The city also has the Southampton Sports Centre which is the focal point for the public's sporting and outdoor activities and includes an Alpine Centre, theme park and athletics centre which is used by professional athletes. With the addition of 11 other additional leisure venures which are currently operate by the Council leisure executives. However these have been sold the operating rights to "Park Wood Leisure."[126]

In addition to school sixth forms at St Anne's and King Edward's there are two sixth form colleges: Itchen College and Richard Taunton Sixth Form College. A number of Southampton pupils will travel outside the city, for example to Barton Peveril College. Southampton City College is a further education college serving the city. The college offers a range of vocational courses for school leavers, as well as ESOL programmes and Access courses for adult learners.[143]

Southampton were founded at St. Mary's Church, on 21 November 1885 by members of the St. Mary's Church of England Young Men's Association.

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