A saintly approach to the top flight

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The Saints kicked off in November 1885 when members of St Mary’s Church of England Young Men’s Association formed a club. (They became known as St Mary’s YMA)

Rector Canon Albert Basil Orme Wilberforce was the fledglings club first president.

During the 1887-88 season the name changed to St Mary’s and it was only in 1894 for their first season in The Southern League that they were known as Southampton St Mary’s.

1897 saw another name change to Southampton.

1885 “the Common” was home turf but in 1897 they also frequented The County Cricket Ground and Antelope Cricket Ground.

1889 saw Antelope Cricket Ground used until 1896 when The County Cricket Ground was called home.

The legend that is The Dell was used from 1898 until a move to the very impressive StMarys in 2001.

Ex_Latic’s keeper Nigel Adkins is in charge of team affairs whilst other noteable South Coast bosses have been, Alan Pardew, George Burley, Harry Redknapp, Gordon Strachan, Glenn Hoddle, Graeme Souness, Lawrie McMeneny, & Ted Bates.

Notable ex-players, Mike Channon, Kevin Keegan, Theo Walcott, Peter Shilton & Matt Le Tissier

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