In April 2009, Southampton's parent company was placed in administration administration. A 10-point penalty was imposed but as the team was already being relegated due to finishing one place from bottom of the Football League Championship this points deduction was to apply to the 2009/10 season.

In June 2006, 74.7 per cent of the city's population were classed as economically active.[88]

Southampton's tradition of luxury cruising began in 1840.[citation needed]

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 has been used for military embarkation, including during 18th-century wars with the French,[39] the Crimean war,[40] and the Boer War.[41] Southampton was designated No. 1 Military Embarkation port during the Great War[21] and became a major centre for treating the returning wounded and POWs.[21] It was also central to the preparations for the Invasion of Europe in 1944.[21]

MOTD2 pundit Jermaine Jenas expands on his TV analysis of Jesus Navas's key role in Manchester City's win over Southampton.

The town was sacked in 1338 by French, Genoese and Monegasque ships (under Charles Grimaldi, who used the plunder to help found the principality of Monaco).[26] On visiting Southampton in 1339, Edward III ordered that walls be built to 'close the town'. The extensive rebuilding—part of the walls dates from 1175—culminated in the completion of the western walls in 1380.[27][28] Roughly half of the walls, 13 of the original towers, and six gates survive.[27]

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to the re-organization of Wessex.[12] Important industries that were previously well established in Hamwic were withdrawn further inland to the new fortifications at Winchester,[12] contributing to the decline of Hamwic.

It took until 1960 for Saints to regain Second Division status with Derek Reeves plundering 39 of the champions’ 106 league goals. On 27 April 1963 a crowd of 68,000 at Villa Park saw them lose 1–0 to Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final.

Settlements outside the city are sometimes considered suburbs of Southampton, including Chartwell Green, Chilworth, Nursling, Rownhams, Totton, Eastleigh and West End. The villages of Marchwood, Ashurst and Hedge End may be considered exurbs of Southampton.

The total columns include the League matches as above, plus matches in the following other tournaments:

Many of the world's largest cruise ships can regularly be seen in Southampton water, including record-breaking vessels from Royal Caribbean and Carnival Corporation & plc. The latter has headquarters in Southampton, with its brands including Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises and Cunard Line.

RISING star Olufela Olomola has been told to keep his feet firmly on the ground after a superb goal in Saints’ Checkatrade Trophy victory at Colchester United.

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.

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]

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]

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.

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.

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]

It has been revealed that Southampton has the worst behaved secondary schools within the UK. With suspension rates three times the national average, the suspension rate is approximately 1 in every 14 children, the highest in the country for physical or verbal assaults against staff.[146]

The city is home to Sir Edwin Lutyens' first permanent cenotaph, which was the basis for his design of the cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, London,[75] a memorial to the city's dead of World War I. When it was unveiled on 6 November 1920, it had 1,800 names, later 2,008 names. It can be found in Watts (West) Park, opposite the Titanic memorial.

The Southampton defender limped off in the 19th minute and was replaced by Tottenham counterpart Danny Rose

Saints are hoping club record signing Sofiane Boufal will make a significant first team impact in the coming weeks - before he has to leave the club for up to a month.

ENGLISH Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey has asked for the Checkatrade Trophy to be judged at the end of the season as dwindling attendances and perceived irreverence from clubs leave it ripe for criticism.

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

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.

Prior to King Henry's departure for the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the ringleaders of the "Southampton Plot"—Richard, Earl of Cambridge, Henry Scrope, 3rd Baron Scrope of Masham, and Sir Thomas Grey of Heton—were accused of high treason and tried at what is now the Red Lion public house in the High Street.[30] They were found guilty and summarily executed outside the Bargate.[31]

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]

In celebration of the club's 125th anniversary, a new home shirt was unveiled on 10 June 2010. The design was based on the original St. Mary's Y.M.A. kit used in 1885 and featured the new anniversary crest as well being without a sponsor's logo.[19] The away kit was released a short time later. This kit had a black shirt, black shorts (both with red trim) and red socks (with black trim). As with the home kit the away kit contained no main shirt sponsor and new crest.


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

Man Utd want Everton's Seamus Coleman, Philippe Coutinho set for new Liverpool deal, Roberto Mancini eyeing England job, plus more.

The Franciscan friary in Southampton was founded circa 1233.[24] The friars constructed a water supply system in 1290, which carried water from Conduit Head (remnants of which survive near Hill Lane, Shirley) some 1.7 kilometres to the site of the friary inside the town walls.[25][verification needed] Further remains can be observed at Conduit House on Commercial Road.

Players are sorted primarily by the number of total appearances, followed by the year in which they were first contracted to the club.

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.

Several Hammers put in shocking displays as Slaven Bilic's side slumped to their third home defeat in four matches while Saints impressed up top

According to 2004 figures, Southampton contributes around £4.2 bn to the regional economy annually. The vast majority of this is from the service sector, with the remainder coming from industry in the city. This figure has almost doubled since 1995.[102]

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.

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]

There are 16 Electoral Wards in Southampton, each consisting of longer-established neighbourhoods (see below).