- Location: Southampton, England
- Stadium: St. Mary’s Stadium
- Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl
- Premier League Titles: 0
Current Squad / Roster
- Alex McCarthy
- Wilfredo Caballero
- Gavin Bazunu
FA Cup Champions: 1975-76.
Football League Trophy: 2009-10.
Division Three Champions: 1959-60.
Third Division South Champions: 1921-22.
Southern League Champions: 1896-97, 1897-98, 1898-99, 1900-01, 1902-03, 1903-04.
The club was founded in 1885 by members of St. Mary’s Church Young Men’s Association. They became Southampton St. Mary’s in 1894 when joining the Southern League. They won that league in 1896-97 and changed the name to Southampton F.C.
Nicknamed the Saints, the team won three straight Southern Division titles from 1897-99 and moved into The Dell in 1898. The stadium would be their home for the next 103 years. The Saints won three more Southern Division titles in 1901, 1903, and 1904.
They also played in the 1900 FA Cup Final but lost to Bury 4-0. Southampton returned to the finals in 1902 and lost to Sheffield United 2-1. They went on a tour of South America in 1904, the first English team to play in Argentina and Uruguay.
Southampton finally got to move into the Football League after World War I. They played in Division 3 South and, in 1920-21, earned a promotion to the Second Division.
The Saints stayed in the Second Division for the next 31 years. They lost in the FA Cup semifinals in both 1925 and 1927. A bomb landed on the dell in November 1940, and the Saints had to play home games in Portsmouth until the league stopped during World War II.
After the war, Southampton finished third in 1947-48 and again in 1949-50. Charlie Wayman scored 56 goals in a two-season span. The Saints 31-year run in the Second Division ended in 1853 as they were relegated back to the Third Division.
Derek Reeves scored a single-season Southampton record 39 goals in 1959-60 as the Saints earned promotion. The team finished with 106 goals to win the Third Division title.
Southampton moved up the Second Division a little at a time, and they finally earned promotion under manager Ted Bates in 1966. Martin Chivers scored 30 goals, and the Saints finished second. Ron Davies joined the team in the First Division and scored 43 goals in 1966-67. The Saints finished seventh in 1969 and 1971 and played in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the UEFA Cup.
Bates stepped down in 1973, and Lawrie McMenemy took over. The Saints were relegated at the end of the 1973-74 season and reached the 1976 FA Cup Final. At Wembley Stadium, they upset Manchester United 1-0 to lift their first cup trophy.
The FA Cup win qualified the Saints for the 1976-77 European Cup Winners’ Cup. They made it to the third round before losing on aggregate to Anderlecht.
The momentum kept going, and Southampton finished second in 1977-78 and was promoted back to the First Division. They finished 14th in 1979 and lost to Nottingham Forest in the League Cup Final. European Footballer of the Year Kevin Keegan came over in 1980 and spent two years on the Saints. In that span, they finished sixth in 1980-81 with 76 goals scored.
In the 1981-82 season, they were in first place at the end of March but collapsed down the stretch and finished seventh. Their best-ever finish came in 1983-84 with a runner-up finish, three points behind Liverpool. They went fifth the next season before McMenemy resigned at the end of the 1985 season.
Chris Nicholl kept the team in the First Division for the next six seasons. A teenage Alan Shearer teamed with matt Le Tissier to score goals and keep the Saints in the middle of the table. Shearer was sold for a national record of £3.6 million in 1992, going to Blackburn Rovers.
The Saints were founding members of the Premier League in 1992-93. They finished 10th in 1995 and only stayed up in 1996 because of goal differential. They stayed in the bottom half of the Premier League for the rest of the decade and moved into St. Mary’s Stadium in 2001. They finished eighth in 2002-03 and lost the FA Cup Final 1-0 to Arsenal.
Southampton was relegated after the 2005 season, ending a 27-year run in the top tier. They finished 12th in 2006 and brought in a 17-year-old Gareth Bale, and lost in the 2007 playoffs.
The Saints were relegated to League One in the 2008-09 season, and financial troubles led to a 10-point penalty the next year. Alan Pardew took over, and the team finished seventh while winning the Football League Trophy. Nigel Adkins took over the next season and got the Saints promoted to the Championship.
They finished runner-up in the Championship in 2011-12 and went back to the Premier League schedule. Mauricio Pochettino took over as manager, with the Saints finishing 14th and eighth.
Pochettino left for Spurs, and Ronald Koeman took over with Sadio Mane, helping the team to a seventh-place finish. Southampton played in the 2015-16 Europa League but lost in the playoffs.
Their spot in the standings improved to sixth and a spot in the Europa League group stage. Claude Puel took over for Koemen, and the team made the League Cup Final before losing to Manchester United.
Southampton finished eighth in 2016-17, and Mauricio Pellegrino took over as manager. Virgil van Dijk went to Liverpool in the largest sale in team history and a world record for a defender.
The Saints avoided relegation for the next two seasons, and Chinese businessman Gao Jisheng bought the team in August 2017. Ralph Hasenhuttl took over as manager, and the team finished 11th in 2019-20. They reached the 2021 FA Cup semifinals and finished 15th. Jisheng sold 80% of the team to Serbian group Sport Republic in 2022, and the team finished 15th again.
Southampton has a major rivalry with Portsmouth, though the South Coast Derby no longer impacts the Premier League standings or odds with Portsmouth in a lower league.
Looking at the Southampton stats and Premier League stats, the player with the most career appearances is Terry Paine, with 713 games between 1956 and 1974.
Mike Channon holds the Southampton career goals record with 185 goals from 1966 to 1982. Derek Reeves holds the single-season goals record with 39 goals in Division Three during the 1959-60 season.
Southampton’s biggest league win was a 9-3 victory over Wolves in 1965, and their biggest cup win was a 7-1 third-round FA Cup win over Ipswich Town in 1961. Their worst loss was a 9-0 against both Leicester City in 2019 and Manchester United in 2021.
Looking at the Southampton stats for transfers, they broke their record when they bought forward Danny Ings from Liverpool for £20 million in 2019
The most money they have received for a transfer is £75 million, paid by Liverpool for defender Virgil van Dijk in 2018.
What are the Southampton 2022-23 Transfers?
Heading into the 2022-23 Premier League season, Southampton made some major additions that helped those who like Southampton betting in the Premier League odds. Overall, Southampton brought in six players, spending over £50 million. They added two goalkeepers, spending around £12 million on Gavin Bazunu from Manchester City and adding Matuess Liz for free. They spent over £10 million on Sekou Mara from Bordeaux, Romeo Lavia from Man City, and Armel Belia-Kotchap from Bochum. They also spent £6 million to add Joe Aribo from Rangers.
Southampton didn’t have many significant transfers out this summer that will impact their Premier League betting stats or Southampton betting prospects. Goalkeeper Fraser Forster was released, as was forward Shane Long.
Who are the Southampton Best Coaches?
The manager with the longest tenure at Southampton was Ted Bates, who was in charge from 1955 to 1973. He managed a team record of 850 games and picked up a record of 333 wins and 212 draws. Bates won the Third Division Championship.
Lawrie Mcmenemy is second in games managed with 539 and wins with 225. He was in charge at Southampton right after Bates, working from 1973 to 1985. He won one FA Cup and made one Football League Cup Final.
Ernest Arnfield managed Southampton from 1897 to 1911. He was the first to manage 500 games with 514, winning an impressive 52.1 percent with 268 victories. Arnfield won five Southern League Championships and made the FA Cup Final twice.
Alfred McMinn won a Southern Division Championship in 1897. Jimmy McIntyre won a Southern Division Championship after World War I, and Alan Pardew won a Football League Trophy.