For the start of their League career, Saints signed several new players on professional contracts, including Charles Baker, Alf Littlehales, and Lachie Thomson from Stoke and Fred Hollands from Millwall. After winning the Southern League title in 1896 – 1997, the club became a limited company and was renamed Southampton F.C. Southampton won the Southern League championship for three years ...
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.
History of the Southampton FC
Southampton Football Club is an English professional football club based in Southampton, Hampshire, which plays in the Premier League, the top tier of English football. One of the founding members of the Premier League, they have spent the majority of their history in the top flight since their first promotion to it in 1966; their longest continuous period was for 27 seasons between 1978 and 2005.
Their home ground since 2001 has been St Mary's Stadium, prior to which they were based at The Dell. The club has been nicknamed "The Saints" since its inception in 1885 due to its history as a church football team, founded as St. Mary's Church of England Young Men's Association, and plays in red and white shirts. Southampton has a long-standing rivalry with Portsmouth, due in part to geographic proximity and both cities' respective maritime histories. Matches between the two clubs are known as the South Coast derby.
1897 - Present / Southampton Football Club
1894 - 1897 / Southampton St. Mary's
1888 - 1894 / St. Mary's Football Club
1885 - 1888 / St. Mary's Young Men's Association Football Club
Southampton’s nickname also pays close attention to their roots. The team was founded in 1885 by the young men at St Mary’s Church – and to this day they are known as "The Saints." The church is still standing and is only a few minutes’ walk from the ground.
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FA Cup / 1
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2001 - Present / St Mary's Stadium
1898 - 2001 / Dell
1896 - 1898 / County Cricket Ground
1886 - 1896 / Antelope Cricket Ground
1885 - 1886 / The Common
2017 - Present / Lander Sports Investment
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