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]

Vikings raids on Southampton disrupted trade with the continent and contributed to the re-organization of Wessex.[12] Important industries that were previously well established in Hamwic were withdrawn further inland to the new fortifications at Winchester,[12] contributing to the decline of Hamwic.

A former footballer starts a charity challenge to run and cycle to every Premier League and Championship stadium in two weeks.

On the other hand, many of the medieval buildings once situated within the town walls are now in ruins or have disappeared altogether. From successive incarnations of the motte and bailey castle, only a section of the bailey wall remains today, lying just off Castle Way.[36]

The hugely talented but temperamental ex-Newcastle winger who worked well with the Saints boss last season isn't even making match-day squads in Paris

BBC pundits, commentators and journalists predict who will win the Premier League title and who will finish in the top four.

In 1925 and 1927, they reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, losing 2–0 and 2–1 to Sheffield United and Arsenal respectively.

Henry II, the first King of the House of Plantagenet, was a regular visitor to Southampton and established Southampton Castle.[19] The Castle was principally used to store the King's wine.[20] Surviving remains of 12th Century merchants houses such as King Johns House and Canutes Palace are evidence of the wealth that existed in the town at this time.[18] Archaeological excavations have revealed evidence of other houses of similar stature.[18]

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Players (excluding scholars) who will qualify as U23s in season 2016–17 (i.e. born on or after 1 January 1993) and who are outside the first team squad.

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

Hampshire County Cricket Club play close to the city, at the Rose Bowl in West End, after previously playing at the County Cricket Ground and the Antelope Ground, both near the city centre. There is also the Southampton Evening Cricket 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]

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.

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 only a few teams who do not change the original lyric.

Viking raids from 840 onwards contributed to the decline of Hamwic in the 9th century,[19] and by the 10th century a fortified settlement, which became medieval Southampton, had been established.[20]

The world's oldest surviving bowling green is the Southampton Old Bowling Green, which was first used in 1299.[129]

Youngest player Theo Walcott– 16 years 143 days. Against Wolverhampton Wanderers, 6 August 2005[47]

Appearances and goals are for first team competitive appearances only, including substitute appearances.

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.

Promotion was narrowly missed in 1947–48 when they finished in third place, a feat repeated the following season (despite having an eight-point lead with eight 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 Wayman rattled in a total of 56 goals. Then relegation in 1953 sent Saints sliding back into Division 3 (South).

At the 2001 Census, 92.4 per cent of the city's populace was White—including one per cent White Irish—3.8 per cent were South Asian, 1.0 per cent Black, 1.3 per cent Chinese or other ethnic groups, and 1.5 per cent were of Mixed Race.[82]

Sportspeople born in Southampton include rugby union player Mike Brown[166] and Australian tennis player Wally Masur.[167]

By the 13th century, Southampton had become a leading port and was particularly involved in the trade of French wine and English wool.[20] The Wool House was built in 1417 as a warehouse for the medieval wool trade with Flanders and Italy.

The national headquarters of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency is located in Commercial Road.

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.

The city hockey club, Southampton Hockey Club, founded in 1938, is now one of the largest and highly regarded clubs in Hampshire, fielding 7 senior men's and 5 senior ladies teams on a weekly basis along with boys’ and girls’ teams from 6 upwards.

Pochettino departed the club in the close season for Premier League rivals Tottenham. The club subsequently appointed Ronald Koeman as his replacement on 16 June 2014, signing a three-year deal.

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is one of the city's largest employers. It provides local hospital services to 500,000 people in the Southampton area and specialist regional services to more than 3 million people across the South of England. The Trust owns and manages Southampton General Hospital, the Princess Anne Hospital and a palliative care service at Countess Mountbatten House, part of the Moorgreen Hospital site in the village of West End, just outside the city.

The two local Sunday Leagues in the Southampton area are the City of Southampton Sunday Football League and the Southampton and District Sunday Football League.

For the following campaign Ron Davies arrived to score 43 goals in his first season. Saints stayed among the elite for eight years, with the highest finishing position being seventh place in 1968–69 and again in 1970–71. These finishes were high enough for them to qualify for the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1969–70 (going out in Round 3 to Newcastle United) and its successor, the UEFA Cup in 1971–72, when they went out in the first round to Athletic Bilbao.


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

At certain times of the year, The Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria may all visit Southampton at the same time, in an event commonly called 'Arrival of the Three Queens'.

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]

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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]

Under McMenemy's management, Saints started to rebuild in the Second Division, capturing players such as Peter Osgood, Jim McCalliog, Jim Steele and Peter Rodrigues (captain) and in 1976, Southampton reached the FA Cup Final, playing Manchester United at Wembley, and beat much-fancied United 1–0 with a goal from Bobby Stokes. 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.

Antonine Itinerary VII[4] documents the Roman settlement of Clausentum in Roman Britain as being 20 miles (32 km) West of Noviomagus Reginorum (Chichester)[4] and 10 miles (16 km) from Venta Belgarum (Winchester).[4]

The town was the subject of an attempt by a separate company, the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway, to open another rail route to the North in the 1880s and some building work, including a surviving embankment, was undertaken in the Hill Lane area.[148]