Their home ground since 2001 has been St Marys Stadium, before which they were based at The Dell. Southampton has a rivalry with Portsmouth due to its close proximity. Matches between the two sides are known as the South Coast derby, the club has won the FA Cup once, in 1976, and their highest-ever league finish was second in the First Division in 1983–84. Southampton were relegated from the Premier League on 15 May 2005 and they returned after a seven-year absence, and have played there ever since. Southampton were founded at St. Marys Church, on 21 November 1885 by members of the St. Marys Church of England Young Mens Association. More important matches, such as cup games, were played either at the County Cricket Ground in Northlands Road or the Antelope Cricket Ground in St Marys Road. During this time, they moved to a newly built £10,000 stadium called The Dell, the club reached the first of their four FA Cup Finals in 1900. On that day, they went down 4–0 to Bury and two later they would suffer a similar fate at the hands of Sheffield United as they were beaten 2–1 in a replay of the 1902 final. After World War I, Saints joined the newly formed Football League Third Division in 1920 which split into South and North sections a year later, the 1921–22 season ended in triumph with promotion and marked the beginning of a 31-year stay in the Second Division. The 1922–23 season was a unique Even Season –14 wins,14 draws and 14 defeats for a total of 42 points, goals for and against statistics were also equal and the team finished in mid-table. In 1925 and 1927, they reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, losing 2–0 and 2–1 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 and 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. In 1966, when Ted Bates’ team were promoted to the First Division as runners-up, 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 and its successor, the UEFA Cup in 1971–72, in December 1973, Bates stood down to be replaced by his assistant Lawrie McMenemy. The Saints were one of the first victims of the new three-down relegation system in 1974, 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. In 1977–78, captained by Alan Ball, Saints finished runners-up in the Second Division and they finished comfortably in 14th place in their first season back in the top flight
Southampton Common is a large open space to the north of the city centre of Southampton, England. It is bounded by the districts of Shirley, Bassett, Highfield, the area supports a large variety of wildlife, including the largest recorded population of the internationally rare great crested newt. It is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, the Common is used for a wide variety of community events, Flower Festival, Race for life Cancer Research UK and formerly Power in the Park hosted by Power FM. To the west, bordering on Hill Lane, is a cemetery that also includes many rare flora. Cemetery Pond is popular for birds, the south east of the Common includes an open air paddling pool that has recently been refurbished and a play area for children. This is located near to a car parking zone and the Cowherds Inn and it has been suggested that the areas status as a common goes back to the town of Hamwic around 500AD. The documented history of Southampton Common can be traced back to a dispute over rights in the 13th century. The dispute was between the Lord of the manor of Shirley one Nicholas de Sirlie and the Burgesses of Southampton. The designation as Common Land allowed all householders with the borough paying watch and ward to use the land for fuel, clay, the most important use was for grazing, however, and there was a cowherd who was paid to be responsible for the cattle on the common. As well as looking after the cattle it was the job to perform maintenance on the gates fences. For this the cowheard was paid in the 17th century 2d per cow but was required to rent a house on the common for 20 shillings per year. By the mid 16th century the population of the Borough resulted in commoners being limited to having no more than two animals on the common. At the same time the first reference to a Brickmaker living and working on the common appear, the area around the original brickmakers house was worked out by the early 18th century resulting in the house being moved to site near the current wildlife center. This site was worked out by 1814, the use of the common for grazing declined from the mid 18th century. In order to meet this higher rent the cowherd began to sell alcoholic beverages, in 1774 the office of cowherd was taken over by a brewer and in 1789 the cowherds house was leased by town council to a firm of brewers as an inn. The cowherd ceased to be appointed sometime between 1834 and 1836 with the remaining duties falling to the Haywarden until that also stopped being filled in 1907. The last brickmaking on the common ceased in 1852, in 1803 the first of a number of reservoirs was constructed by the Southampton Waterworks commissioners in 1803. The reservoir was constructed behind the Cowherds inn, a racecourse was built in on the common in 1822 but after a time it ceased to be used
Kit (association football)
In association football, kit is the standard equipment and attire worn by players. The sports Laws of the Game specify the minimum kit which a player must use, footballers generally wear identifying numbers on the backs of their shirts. Professional clubs also usually display players surnames or nicknames on their shirts, Football kit has evolved significantly since the early days of the sport when players typically wore thick cotton shirts, knickerbockers and heavy rigid leather boots. The Laws of the Game set out the equipment which must be worn by all players in Law 4. Five separate items are specified, shirt, shorts, socks, footwear, goalkeepers are allowed to wear tracksuit bottoms instead of shorts. While most players wear studded football boots, the Laws do not specify that these are required, shirts must have sleeves, and goalkeepers must wear shirts which are easily distinguishable from all other players and the match officials. Thermal undershorts may be worn, but must be the colour as the shorts themselves. Shin pads must be covered entirely by the stockings, be made of rubber, plastic or a similar material, and provide a reasonable degree of protection. The only other restriction on equipment defined in the Laws of the Game is the requirement that a player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player. In the event of a match between teams who would wear identical or similar colours the away team must change to a different colour. The England national team plays in red shirts even when it is not required. Many professional clubs also have a kit, ostensibly to be used if both their first-choice and away colours are deemed too similar to those of an opponent. Most professional clubs have retained the basic colour scheme for several decades. Teams representing countries in international competition generally wear national colours in common with other sporting teams of the same nation, shirts are normally made of a polyester mesh, which does not trap the sweat and body heat in the same way as a shirt made of a natural fibre. Depending on local rules, there may be restrictions on how large these logos may be or on what logos may be displayed, competitions such as the Premier League may also require players to wear patches on their sleeves depicting the logo of the competition. The captain of team is usually required to wear an elasticated armband around the left sleeve to identify him as the captain to the referee. Most current players wear specialist football boots, which can be either of leather or a synthetic material. Modern boots are cut slightly below the ankles, as opposed to the high-ankled boots used in former times, studs may be either moulded directly to the sole or be detachable, normally by means of a screw thread
Southampton, on the south coast of England, is the largest city in the ceremonial county of Hampshire. It is 75 miles south-west of London and 19 miles north-west of Portsmouth, Southampton is a major port and the closest city to the New Forest. It lies at the northernmost point of Southampton Water at the confluence of the Rivers Test and Itchen, the city, which is a unitary authority, has an estimated population of 253,651. The citys name is abbreviated in writing to Soton or Soton. Significant employers in the city include the University of Southampton, Southampton Solent University, Southampton Airport, Ordnance Survey, BBC South, Southampton has a large shopping centre and retail park, Westquay. In 2014, the city approved a follow-up from the Westquay park, WestQuay Watermark. This built-up area is part of the area known as South Hampshire. With a population of over 1.5 million this makes the one of the United Kingdoms most populous metropolitan areas. Archaeological finds suggest that the area has been inhabited since the stone age, following the Roman invasion of Britain in AD43 and the conquering of the local Britons in 70 AD the fortress settlement of Clausentum was established. It was an important trading port and defensive outpost of Winchester, Clausentum was defended by a wall and two ditches and is thought to have contained a bath house. Clausentum was not abandoned until around 410, the Anglo-Saxons formed a new, larger, settlement across the Itchen centred on what is now the St Marys area of the city. The settlement was known as Hamwic, which evolved into Hamtun, archaeological excavations of this site have uncovered one of the best collections of Saxon artefacts in Europe. It is from this town that the county of Hampshire gets its name, viking raids from 840 onwards contributed to the decline of Hamwic in the 9th century, and by the 10th century a fortified settlement, which became medieval Southampton, had been established. Following the Norman Conquest in 1066, Southampton became the port of transit between the then capital of England, Winchester, and Normandy. By the 13th century Southampton had become a port, particularly involved in the import of French wine in exchange for English cloth. The Franciscan friary in Southampton was founded circa 1233, the friars constructed a water supply system in 1290, which carried water from Conduit Head some 1.7 kilometres to the site of the friary inside the town walls. Further remains can be observed at Conduit House on Commercial Road, the friars granted use of the water to the town in 1310. The town was sacked in 1338 by French, Genoese and Monegasque ships, on visiting Southampton in 1339, Edward III ordered that walls be built to close the town
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies making it the worlds most popular sport, the game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by getting the ball into the opposing goal, players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play, unless they are goalkeepers. Other players mainly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, the team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is level at the end of the game, the Laws of the Game were originally codified in England by The Football Association in 1863. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, the first written reference to the inflated ball used in the game was in the mid-14th century, Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe. The Online Etymology Dictionary states that the word soccer was split off in 1863, according to Partha Mazumdar, the term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford -er abbreviation of the word association. Within the English-speaking world, association football is now usually called football in the United Kingdom and mainly soccer in Canada and the United States. People in Australia, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand use either or both terms, although national associations in Australia and New Zealand now primarily use football for the formal name. According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju is the earliest form of football for which there is scientific evidence, cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net. It was remarkably similar to football, though similarities to rugby occurred. During the Han Dynasty, cuju games were standardised and rules were established, phaininda and episkyros were Greek ball games. An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup, athenaeus, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda, episkyros and harpastum were played involving hands and violence and they all appear to have resembled rugby football, wrestling and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football. As with pre-codified mob football, the antecedent of all football codes. Non-competitive games included kemari in Japan, chuk-guk in Korea and woggabaliri in Australia, Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other games played around the world FIFA have recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe. The modern rules of football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the widely varying forms of football played in the public schools of England
St. Mary's Church, Southampton
St. Marys Church, Southampton, is the largest church in the city of Southampton, England, and can trace its origins to the first Saxon settlements of the 7th century. In 1917, the sound of the church bells inspired the writing of the song, The Bells of St. Marys, the church stands at the southern end of St. The present church is the sixth on the site of the Saxon town of Hamwic, the first church at Hamwic is thought to have been built around AD634 when Saint Birinus arrived at the port on his mission to re-convert England to its former Christian faith. About this time, the first small church of St. Mary was built on the present site, during the Viking raids of 994, Olaf I of Norway is believed to have worshipped at the church while camped at Woolston prior to his return to Norway. The first recorded priest and holder of the benefice was named as Richerius, michaels Church being first built in 1070. However, St. Marys continued to be of significant importance as the Mother Church, with its claims to tithes, burial rights, a document of 1281 appears to confirm the status of St. Marys as a collegiate church and as the principal church of Southampton. In the 12th century, the church was rebuilt on the instruction of Queen Matilda, on account of its poor and inadequate state. This, the church, known as The great church of Our Lady Blessed Mary. Writing in 1546, the historian John Leland confirmed the 12th century rebuilding of the ancient church of St. Mary. The interior of the church, including woodwork and marble tombs, was demolished, the bells removed, in October 1551, the church, chantry, glebe lands and tithes were all leased out to a merchant and ship-owner, Robert Reniger, at one time Sheriff of Southampton. One condition of the lease, which passed to the Lambert family, was that the Rector of St. Marys should receive eighteen pounds a year from the income of the lands. From time to time the Lambert family paid towards the repair of the chancel, unsurprisingly, the little church continued to be in a sad state. After the Restoration, the leases were returned to the church of St. Mary and by 1662, Doctor Clutterbuck, the Rector, was in possession of the church and its lands. In 1711, Archdeacon Brideoak instigated the building of a new church by adding a nave at a cost of £920, on the death of the Bishop in 1873, the subsequent re-building under the Rectorship of his son, Canon Basil Wilberforce, was destined to become his memorial. During the blitz of 30 November 1940, incendiary bombs destroyed the church leaving a damaged tower, bells, the decision to complete the rebuilding of the entire church was not made until the early 1950s. The town was in ruins and this was not deemed to be a priority as worship was being maintained in the nearby Chantry Hall, the rebuilding of the sixth church was finally begun in February 1954 and completed and consecrated in June 1956. They praised Streets tower and spire as making externally a splendid composition, wonderfully impressive when seen from a medium distance. The church is a Grade II listed building, the listed building order describes the church thus, Massive church built 1878–84 to the designs of G E Street on the site of a major collegiate church of the middle ages
St Mary's, Southampton
St Marys is an inner city area of Southampton in England. It consists of two separated by Six Dials junction. The northern section of the district is literally St Marys Road, the northern section is home to the fire station. The majority of St Marys is in the southern portion, to the east of St Mary Street and this is where St Marys church is located, from which the suburbs name originates. The southern section is home to the Golden Grove area. It is bordered on the east by the rail lines and it gives its name to St Marys Stadium, where Southampton Football Club play, although the stadium itself is in the neighbouring suburb of Northam. St Marys Church serves many Christians in the area including many West African people, on the first Sunday evening of each month there is a Taizé style service. The church has peels of bells which ring on monday nights, the football club now known as Southampton Football Club were founded at St Marys Church, on 21 November 1885 by members of the St Marys Church of England Young Mens Association. After winning the Southern League title in 1896–97, the became a limited company and was renamed Southampton F. C. The area is home to the Joiners Arms at 141 St Marys Street, one of Southamptons main music venues and nationally famous for hosting such as Oasis, Coldplay. In June 2013 it was named Britains Best Small Venue by NME, there are two radio stations that broadcast from St Marys,103.9 Voice FM provides an eclectic mix of programming. Unity 101 is a community radio catering to the Asian and ethnic minority communities
Cowes Sports F.C.
Cowes Sports Football Club is a football club based in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England. They play in the Wessex League Premier Division, in 1896 they became founder members of the Hampshire League becoming its first ever champions and completing the double by winning the Hampshire Senior Cup. The club joined the Southern Football League Division Two in 1898, however, they finished as runners-up in the overall Division two play-off to Thames Ironworks. However, they were promoted to Division One after a test match against Royal Artillery Portsmouth F. C. the club was reformed in 1903, and joined the Hampshire League Division One. The club entered the FA Cup many times during its time in the Hampshire League, reaching the Fourth Qualifying Round in 1957–58, Cowes were relegated to Division Two in 1967, and won the league in 1975. The club was still a Division Two side by the 1980s when the merged with Whites Sports to form Cowes Sports. The club was promoted to Division One in 1988–89 after finishing third, the club reached the Fifth Round of the FA Vase in 1999–2000. They were placed in the Wessex League Division One upon reorganisation in 2005, Cowes Sports were relegated to Division One in 2010. In the 2014–15 season Cowes Sports gained promotion back to the Premier Division by finishing in place behind winners Team Solent. Cowes Sports play their games at Westwood Park, Reynolds Close, Cowes, the club moved to the ground in September 1912 after their old ground Brooklyn was sold for housing. The club purchased the ground in 1945 for a amount of £665.5 seconds, beating the previous record set by Ricardo Oliveira. A list of other former Players who meet the following criteria Players that have played/managed in the league or any foreign equivalent to this level. Managers/Coaches that have played/managed in the league or any foreign equivalent to this level. Jack Gregory Albie Roles Cowes Sports FC official website
Winchester City F.C.
Winchester City Football Club are an English football team based in Winchester, Hampshire and playing in the Southern Football League Division One South and West. Ian Saunders is the current manager, the club motto is Many in Men, One in Spirit. Winchester City were formed in 1891 as Winchester Swallows FC, in 1894 they changed their name to Winchester F. C. A further name change happened in 1907 when they became Winchester City F. C, the club joined the Hampshire League for the 1898–99 season. After many years in the Hampshire League they joined the Southern League in 1971–72, but they were unable to sustain this move, in 1991–92, they won the Hampshire League Division Two, and were promoted to Division One. In 1993–94, Winchester beat Cowes Sports to win the Trophyman League Cup, the club underwent a reorganization in 1999–2000 after a financially turbulent previous season. But they emerged from the period and were Division One champions again in 2000–01, earning promotion to the Premier Division. In 2001–02, the merged with Winchester Castle, but only managed to finish third in the league. However, they won the Hampshire League title, and promotion the season, and completed a treble of trophies by also winning the Trophyman Cup. However, promotion to the Southern League was denied, as their ground did not meet the set by the league. The following season saw the club have more cup success by winning the Hampshire Senior Cup, after a further title win in 2005–06 the club were admitted to the Southern Leagues new Division One South & West. The club appealed against the decision with The Football Association but lost their case and were relegated for the 2009–10 season, cockerill however left the club and Guy Butters was put in charge. On 9 April 2012, Winchester City earned promotion back to the Southern League with four games to spare after a 2–0 win over GE Hamble, however, City were relegated back to the Wessex Football League Premier Division for the 2013–14 season. In 2014, Winchester reached the qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time in 59 years. The club plays its matches at The Denplan City Ground, Hillier Way, Abbotts Barton. The Denplan City Ground has a 180-seater stand with floodlights, permanent pitch boards, advertising boards, terraces, car parking, within the ground there is a clubhouse and a refreshments kiosk selling hot and cold food and drinks. The ground has a capacity of 4500. A small terraced area behind one goal is the home of the Bus Shelter Band, a new stand was built behind the other goal during the close season of 2007-08 by members of the bus shelter band but this was dismantled 3 years later to allow for a training pitch
River Itchen, Hampshire
The River Itchen is a river in Hampshire, England. It flows from mid-Hampshire to join with Southampton Water below the Itchen Bridge in the city of Southampton, the river has a total length of 28 miles, and is noted as one of the worlds premier chalk streams for fly fishing, especially using dry fly or nymphing techniques. The river is managed by the Environment Agency, whilst the Port of Southampton is the authority for the tidal section below Swaythling. During Roman Britain, the river may have associated with the Celtic goddess Ancasta. The origin of the name is thought to be ancient and pre-Celtic, the settlement of Itchen Abbas on the river is given as Icene in the Domesday Book of 1086. The source of the Itchen is situated just south of the village of Kilmeston ], initially the river flows north, through the villages of Cheriton and Tichborne, before joining up with its tributaries the River Alre and the Candover Brook, just below the town of New Alresford. The river then flows west down the upper Itchen Valley passing the villages of Avington, Itchen Stoke, Itchen Abbas, Martyr Worthy, Easton, before entering the historic city of Winchester it crosses Winnall Moors. The main channel flows through Winchester City Mill and to the east of the citys Roman walls, between Winchester and Mansbridge, sections of the river were once deepened or widened as part of the long disused Itchen Navigation, and the former towpath forms part of the Itchen Way. Monks Brook flows into the Itchen at Swaythling, and the river passes under Woodmill Bridge. Four further bridges cross the river before its confluence with the River Test estuary in Southampton Water, Cobden Bridge, the bridge carrying the Southampton – Portsmouth railway line. Northam Bridge, a bridge carrying the A3024 road from Bitterne Manor to Northam. The Itchen Bridge, a toll road bridge connecting the docks area with Woolston. This replaced the Woolston Floating Bridge which had crossed the river at this point. Between the latter two bridges, the river passes St Marys Stadium, the home of Southampton F. C, as the river joins onto Southampton Water it passes the major mixed-development on the eastern side of the river in Woolston, called Centenary Quay. In recent years there have been attempts to reduce possible phosphate pollution from commercial businesses such as Vitacress Salads. There is an ambition for compliance by 2016, rivers of the United Kingdom Map source for the source and mouth River Itchen Archaeology Project Home Page Pictures from around the river itchen from source to its mouth
Woolston is a suburb of Southampton, Hampshire, located on the eastern bank of the River Itchen. It is bounded by the River Itchen, Sholing, Peartree Green, Itchen, the area is rich in maritime and aviation history. The ancient hamlet grew as new industries, roads and railways came to the area in the Victorian era with Woolston being formally incorporated into the borough of Southampton in 1920. Woolston is believed to originate from Olafs tun, a fortified tun on the East bank of the River Itchen established by the Viking leader Olaf I of Norway in the 10th Century, in the Domesday Book of 1086, the area is recorded as Olvestune. The area now known as Woolston is certain to have received consignments of wool to be ferried across the River Itchen, the evolution of Olvestune into Woolston is a result of that trade. The ancient hamlet grew as new industries, roads and railways came to the area in the Victorian era with Woolston being formally incorporated into the borough of Southampton in 1920. Development of the Itchen Bridge in the 1970s, to link Woolston with the Southampton City Centre, old terraces had to be demolished to make room for the new structure. However, as the station served passengers boarding and departing the Woolston ferry was no longer required, it was demolished. Woolston is within the Woolston ward which includes the neighbouring Weston. The ward elects three councillors to the city council, currently all Labour members, the Woolston ward is within the Southampton Itchen parliamentary constituency, represented in the House of Commons by Royston Smith of the Conservative Party since 2015. The area is represented in the European Parliament within the South East England constituency, Woolston is bounded by Sholing, Peartree Green, Itchen and Weston, with the western boundary as the River Itchen. Its boundary with Weston is the stream runs through Mayfield Park. The nearest motorway is the M27, Woolston is closest to Junctions 7 and 8, a busy shopping area centred on the Victoria Rd/Portsmouth Rd crossroads and by the Woolston Floating Bridge was bypassed by the Itchen Bridge, resulting in a loss of trade for the area. There had been a site on Victoria Road since 1870. The Victoria Road shipyard site was acquired by the South East England Development Agency in March 2003. and finally vacated by Vosper Thorneycroft March 2004. 8.2 hectares for a marine employment quarter at the north of the resulting in 820 employees – with plans developed by Dean and Dyball. This sector will also include an upper tier budget hotel, developers of the residential site are reported to be considering the possibility of re-introducing a ferry service to Southampton. Work started on one of the Centenary Quay development July 2010
John I. Thornycroft & Company
Thornycroft & Company Limited, usually known simply as Thornycroft was a British shipbuilding firm founded by John Isaac Thornycroft in Chiswick in 1866. It moved to Woolston, Southampton, in 1908, merging in 1966 with Vosper & Company to form one organisation called Vosper Thornycroft, from 2002 to 2010 the company acquired several international and US based defence and services companies, and changed name to the VT Group. John Isaac Thornycroft had shown shipbuilding ability when aged 16 he began building a steam launch in 1859. The vessel was named Nautilus and in 1862 it proved to be the first steam launch with enough speed to follow the contenders in the University race. The ensuing publicity prompted his father, the sculptor Thomas Thornycroft, to purchase a strip of land along the Thames at Chiswick in 1864, in its first 10 years the yard had a very modest production, mostly building steam launches and steam yachts. The breakthrough came in 1873, when the built the small steel torpedo craft Rap for the Navy of Norway. Torpedoes and torpedo boats were seen as weapons of the future, as Banbury put it, No high-pressure salesmanship was needed to sell torpedo-boats in the nineteenth century, on the contrary, the customers queued up. The original boats had locomotive-type boilers but, like its competitors, the size of the vessels grew steadily, exceeding 100 tons with the Ariete, delivered to Spain in 1887 and 200 tons in the Daring-class torpedo-boat destroyers of the Royal Navy. The largest vessel built at Chiswick was the Alarm-class torpedo gunboat Speedy of 810 tons, in 1904 the Oscar Mordaunt yard at Woolston was acquired, and production gradually moved there. At its peak, the yard at Chiswick employed 1.700 men, the production of destroyers at the yard caught the imagination of the writer H. G. Thornycroft and Co. Ltd in 1901, with Beardmore as chairman, william Beardmores interest in the company proved rather short-lived and he resigned as chairman in 1907. The management team of the new company consisted of John Thornycrofts son, John Edward Thornycroft as manager, the first ship built by Thornycrofts for the Royal Navy at the Woolston Yard was the Tribal-class destroyer HMS Tartar. Up to the start of World War I, the yard built 37 destroyers for the Royal Navy, during the war, the yard made 26 destroyers,3 submarines and a large number of smaller craft for the Royal Navy. The construction of smaller boats did not move to Woolston, the construction on Platts Eyot included yachts and - during the two world wars - a large number of small vessels for the Royal Navy. The yachts included the Enola, Estrellita, Aberdonia, and Moonyeen, the pre-war motor yacht Prunella may also have been built at Hampton. These four have survived and are now recorded on National Historic Ships National Register, in the inter-war years there was still some construction for the Royal Navy at Woolston, but the yard also built civilian ships, like the ferry SS Robert Coryndon for Uganda in 1930. She apparently still survives, but as a wreck on the shore of Lake Albert. When World War II broke out, production was stepped up again, production was delayed by several bombings, probably influenced by the yards proximity to the Spitfire-building Supermarine factory, also situated in Woolston
Old Etonians F.C.
The Old Etonian Association Football Club is an English football club whose players are alumni of Eton College, in Eton, Berkshire. Founded by Lord Kinnaird, they were the last amateur or true blue club to win the FA Cup on 25 March 1882 when they beat Blackburn Rovers 1–0 at The Oval and they lost 2–1 after extra time to another Blackburn club, Blackburn Olympic, the following year. In all, they reached the six times in nine years between 1875 and 1883, winning twice. They also supplied a number of players for the England team, in modern times, Old Etonians are members of the Amateur Football Alliance and field three teams in the Arthurian League. The 1st XI have won the leagues Premier Division title on two occasions, whitfeld scored in a 2–1 victory. Official website Old Etonians at the Football Club History Database
Wimborne Town F.C.
Wimborne Town Football Club is a football club based in Wimborne Minster in Dorset, England. They were established in 1878 and won the FA Vase in 1992 and they reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup in the 1982–83 season for the first time. For the 2014-15 season, the club is playing in the Southern League Division One South & West, the club is affiliated to the Dorset County Football Association and is a FA Chartered Standard club. Wimborne Town Football Club was formed in 1878 and originally catered for football, in 1884, Wimborne Town were one of the founder members of the South Hampshire and Dorset Football Association. In 1887 the club became a member of the Dorset County Football Association. The clubs first piece of Silverware was in 1913 when they won the Dorset Minor Cup for the time in their history. They almost achieved more silverware a year later when they finished as Runners up in the Dorset Junior Challenge Cup. During the 1930s, Wimborne Town won the Dorset League Division Two championship three times, finished runners-up on an occasion and were runners-up in Dorset League Division One in 1939. Wimborne Towns first senior honour came in 1937 by winning the Dorset Senior Amateur Cup, wimbornes fortunes dramatically took off when they won the Dorset League Division One title in 1980–81 without losing a match. Despite missing out the Dorset Combination, they made an impact by just losing out on third spot to local rivals Swanage Town & Herston on goal difference. Wimborne Town entered both the FA Cup & FA Vase for the first time in 1982–83, 1984–85 was Wimborne Town’s most successful season in the Western League when they finished in third place, this time ahead of Swanage on goal difference. In 1987, Wimborne Town joined the Wessex League, which played in up until the 2009–10 season. The club have won the Wessex Championship on three occasions, in 1991–92, 1993–94 and 1999–2000— and finished runners-up in 1992–93, 1996–97 & 2009–10, before 1992, Wimborne Town’s best performances in the FA Vase had brought them to the third round proper on three occasions. However, in 1991–92, the Club enjoyed a run to the Wembley final under joint managers Alex Pike and Nick Jennings, in so doing, Wimborne Town became the first ever Dorset club at any level to contest a Wembley final. During that same season, Wimborne Town also won the Dorset Senior Challenge Cup and they won the Wessex League Cup in 1993–94 becoming the first club to achieve the league and cup double. At the end of the 2009–10 season, after years of ground grading issues and they have since remained in the Southern League Division One South & West. In 2011–12, they reached the final of the Dorset Senior Cup, in 2014-15, Wimborne had reached its highest position with the current English football league pyramid system and achieved its highest run in the 1st Round of the FA Trophy. In January 2016, the club unveiled Harry Redknapp as a director, Wimborne Town play their games at the W+S Stadium, Cowgrove Road, Wimborne BH21 4EL
Morton Peto Betts was a leading English sportsman of the late 19th century. He was notable for scoring the first goal in an English FA Cup Final and he was educated at Harrow School and at Trinity College, Cambridge. Betts most notable moment came when he scored the goal in the 1872 FA Cup Final for Wanderers. In the match, he played under the pseudonym A. H. Chequer and this was because Betts used to play for Harrow Chequers. Betts goal was a relatively simple tap-in, coming as a result of Walpole Vidals successful dribble through the Royal Engineers defence, Betts usually played football as a full-back, though his one appearance for England national team was as a goalkeeper. By this time, he was with the Old Harrovians Football Club, for twenty years, Betts was a board member of the Football Association. His sporting career also featured first-class cricket appearances for Middlesex County Cricket Club, switching between football and cricket duties frequently, he is also associated with Essex County Cricket Club. He played for Essex in 1884, before they became a first-class county and he spent his final years living in France, and died aged 66, shortly before the outbreak of World War I. Giller, Norman,2004, Football and all That, Hodder and Stoughton, pp15–16, ISBN 0-340-83589-3 Morton Betts at ESPNcricinfo
Wanderers Football Club is an English amateur football club based in London. Founded as Forest Football Club in 1859, the changed its name to Wanderers in 1864. The club played friendly matches until the advent of the FA Cup in 1871. They won the FA Cup three times in succession during the late 1870s, a feat which has only been repeated once. Among the players who represented the club were C. W. Alcock, the father of modern sport. The club took its name from never having a stadium of its own but playing at various locations in London. By the 1880s the clubs fortunes had declined and it was reduced to playing only a match against Harrow School. The club was reformed in 2009, reportedly with the endorsement of the descendants of the Alcock family, since 2011, the revived club has competed in the Surrey South Eastern Combination. Alcock, who had just left Harrow School, his brother John F. Alcock, J. Pardoe, several Old Foresters also played for the Forest club, as Forest School was located less than a mile north of the ground. Forests first match against another club took place on 15 March 1862, both this match, and a return fixture between the two teams the following month, involved fifteen players on each team. The following year, the club played its first match under the name Wanderers Football Club, during this period the club played a number of home matches at Battersea Park and Middlesex County Cricket Clubs Lillie Bridge Grounds. Wanderers subsequently made Kennington Oval its semi-permanent home in 1869, the club played 151 matches at The Oval. In the 1870–71 season, the Wanderers finally turned around their fortunes, for the following season the FA, following a suggestion by Alcock, initiated the Football Association Challenge Cup, a knock-out tournament open to all member clubs. The club beat the Royal Engineers 1–0 to become the first ever winners of the cup, the goal being scored by Morton Betts. The following season, under the original rules, Wanderers, as holders. In the final Wanderers beat Oxford University 2–0 to retain the cup, the club was unable to replicate this success over the next two seasons, although the team did manage a club record 16–0 victory over Farningham in the first round of the 1874–75 FA Cup. In October 1875, Wanderers travelled to Scotland for the first time, to play a match against the team from north of the border. Despite fielding their strongest team, Wanderers were outclassed by the Scots, the London club gained its revenge four months later, however, when Queens Park travelled to London for a re-match and lost 2–0
1872 FA Cup Final
The 1872 FA Cup Final was a football match between Wanderers and Royal Engineers on 16 March 1872 at Kennington Oval in London. It was the final of the first staging of the Football Association Challenge Cup, which became the cup competition in English football. Fifteen teams entered the competition in its first season and, due to the rules in place at the time, Wanderers reached the final having won only one match in the four preceding rounds. In the semi-finals, they drew with the Scottish club Queens Park, the final was decided by a single goal, scored after fifteen minutes by Morton Betts of Wanderers, who was playing under the pseudonym A. H. Chequer. The Engineers were praised for their use of passing, then referred to as the Combination Game. Despite this they could not manage to score a goal, the winning Wanderers team did not receive the trophy until the following month, when it was presented to them at a special reception at the Pall Mall Restaurant. Wanderers and Royal Engineers were among fifteen teams who entered the inaugural FA Cup competition, Wanderers were paired with Harrow Chequers, a team consisting of former pupils of Harrow School, and the Engineers were set to face Reigate Priory. Neither match actually took place, however, as in cases the away team withdrew from the competition, sending the home team through to the next round on a walkover. In the second round, both teams played matches and emerged victorious. Wanderers defeated Clapham Rovers 3–1 in December and the Engineers beat Hitchin 5–0 the following month, at the quarter-final stage, Wanderers drew 0–0 with Crystal Palace. The Engineers beat Hampstead Heathens 2–0, in the semi-finals Wanderers took on the leading Scottish club Queens Park who, due to a combination of walkovers and byes, had reached this stage of the competition without actually playing a match. The Engineers also drew their semi-final at the Oval 0–0, as was common at the time, both teams focused mainly on attack rather than defence, the Engineers lining up with seven forwards and Wanderers with eight. Wanderers forward Morton Betts played under the pseudonym A. H. Chequer and this, however, is unlikely to be true, as in the early amateur era of football players were not required to be formally registered with clubs. Cuthbert Ottaway, a captain of the England national team. Wanderers captain C. W. Early in the game, Edmund Creswell of the Royal Engineers suffered a broken bone in a melee. He refused to leave the pitch but due to his injury was forced to spend the remainder of the match as a passenger on the wing, Wanderers took the lead fifteen minutes into the game when Betts opened the scoring from an acute angle after Robert Vidals long dribble. After twenty minutes Alcock put the ball past the Engineers goalkeeper, William Merriman, Wanderers continued to exert further pressure on the Engineers goal and only Merrimans skill was able to prevent them from increasing their lead. One newspaper later described his performance as perfect, despite a late rally from the Engineers, Wanderers were able to hold on to their lead and the game ended in a 1–0 victory
Portsmouth Football Club /ˈpɔərtsməθ/ is a professional football club in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, which plays in League Two, the fourth tier of English football. Home matches have been played at Fratton Park since the formation in 1898. Portsmouth have been champions of England twice, in 1949 and 1950, in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, Portsmouth played European heavyweights A. C. Milan. In this period, the club had international footballers including England players Glen Johnson, Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, David James, financial problems, however, soon set in and Portsmouth were relegated to the Football League Championship in 2010. In 2012, they were relegated, to League One. They began the 2013–14 season in the tier of the English football league system for the first time since the late 1970s. Portsmouth became the largest fan-owned football club in England, after the Pompey Supporters Trust successfully gained possession of Fratton Park in April 2013, Portsmouth Football Club are nicknamed Pompey, a name which it shares with the city of Portsmouth and its historic naval base. Pompey is thought most likely to originate from the abbreviation of Portsmouth Point to the shorter Pom. The club was founded in 1898 with John Brickwood — owner of the local Brickwoods Brewery — as chairman, a blue plaque on the wall of 12 High Street Portsmouth commemorates the founding on 5 April. That first season was successful, with the club winning 20 out of 28 league matches, 1910–11 saw Portsmouth relegated, but with the recruitment of Robert Brown as manager, the team was promoted the following season. League football was suspended during First World War, but following the resumption of matches Portsmouth won the Southern League for the second time, continuing success saw them in the Third Division for the 1920–21 season. They finished 12th that year, but won the division in the 1923–24 season, the club continued to perform well in the Second Division, winning promotion by finishing second in the 1926–27 season, gaining a record 9–1 win over Notts County along the way. Portsmouths debut season in the First Division was a struggle, the next season they continued to falter, losing 10–0 to Leicester City, still a club record defeat. Despite their failings in the league, however, that also saw Portsmouth reach the FA Cup final for the first time. Portsmouth managed to survive relegation, and their fortunes began to change, the 1933–34 season saw Portsmouth again reach the FA Cup final, beating Manchester United, Bolton, Leicester and Birmingham City on the way. The club was defeated in the final, this time to Manchester City. Having established themselves in the top flight, the 1938–39 season saw Portsmouth reach the FA Cup final and this time, Portsmouth managed to convincingly defeat favourites Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–1. Bert Barlow and Jock Anderson scored, whilst Cliff Parker scored twice to complete a famous victory, League football resumed for the 1946–47 campaign after five years and Portsmouth continued in the First Division
Arthur Conan Doyle
He is also known for writing the fictional adventures of Professor Challenger, a second character he invented, and for propagating the mystery of the Mary Celeste. He was a writer whose other works include fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction. Doyle is often referred to as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or simply Conan Doyle and his baptism entry in the register of St Marys Cathedral, Edinburgh, gives Arthur Ignatius Conan as his given names and Doyle as his surname. It also names Michael Conan as his godfather, the cataloguers of the British Library and the Library of Congress treat Doyle alone as his surname. Steven Doyle, editor of the Baker Street Journal, wrote, shortly after he graduated from high school he began using Conan as a sort of surname. But technically his last name is simply Doyle, when knighted, he was gazetted as Doyle, not under the compound Conan Doyle. Nevertheless, the use of a compound surname is demonstrated by the fact that Doyles second wife was known as Jean Conan Doyle rather than Jean Doyle. Doyle was born on 22 May 1859 at 11 Picardy Place, Edinburgh and his father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was English, of Irish Catholic descent, and his mother, Mary, was Irish Catholic. In 1864 the family dispersed because of Charless growing alcoholism, in 1867, the family came together again and lived in squalid tenement flats at 3 Sciennes Place. Doyles father died in 1893, in the Crichton Royal, Dumfries, supported by wealthy uncles, Doyle was sent to England, at the Jesuit preparatory school Hodder Place, Stonyhurst in Lancashire at the age of nine. He then went on to Stonyhurst College until 1875, from 1875 to 1876, he was educated at the Jesuit school Stella Matutina in Feldkirch, Austria. He later rejected the Catholic faith and became an agnostic and he also later became a spiritualist mystic. From 1876 to 1881, Doyle studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh Medical School, including working in Aston, Sheffield and Ruyton-XI-Towns. During that time, he studied botany at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. While studying, Doyle began writing short stories and his earliest extant fiction, The Haunted Grange of Goresthorpe, was unsuccessfully submitted to Blackwoods Magazine. His first published piece, The Mystery of Sasassa Valley, a set in South Africa, was printed in Chamberss Edinburgh Journal on 6 September 1879. Doyle was employed as a doctor on the Greenland whaler Hope of Peterhead in 1880 and, C. M. as a ships surgeon on the SS Mayumba during a voyage to the West African coast. He completed his M. D. degree on the subject of tabes dorsalis in 1885, arriving in Portsmouth in June 1882 with less than £10 to his name, he set up a medical practice at 1 Bush Villas in Elm Grove, Southsea
International Standard Book Number
The International Standard Book Number is a unique numeric commercial book identifier. An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation of a book, for example, an e-book, a paperback and a hardcover edition of the same book would each have a different ISBN. The ISBN is 13 digits long if assigned on or after 1 January 2007, the method of assigning an ISBN is nation-based and varies from country to country, often depending on how large the publishing industry is within a country. The initial ISBN configuration of recognition was generated in 1967 based upon the 9-digit Standard Book Numbering created in 1966, the 10-digit ISBN format was developed by the International Organization for Standardization and was published in 1970 as international standard ISO2108. Occasionally, a book may appear without a printed ISBN if it is printed privately or the author does not follow the usual ISBN procedure, however, this can be rectified later. Another identifier, the International Standard Serial Number, identifies periodical publications such as magazines, the ISBN configuration of recognition was generated in 1967 in the United Kingdom by David Whitaker and in 1968 in the US by Emery Koltay. The 10-digit ISBN format was developed by the International Organization for Standardization and was published in 1970 as international standard ISO2108, the United Kingdom continued to use the 9-digit SBN code until 1974. The ISO on-line facility only refers back to 1978, an SBN may be converted to an ISBN by prefixing the digit 0. For example, the edition of Mr. J. G. Reeder Returns, published by Hodder in 1965, has SBN340013818 -340 indicating the publisher,01381 their serial number. This can be converted to ISBN 0-340-01381-8, the check digit does not need to be re-calculated, since 1 January 2007, ISBNs have contained 13 digits, a format that is compatible with Bookland European Article Number EAN-13s. An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation of a book, for example, an ebook, a paperback, and a hardcover edition of the same book would each have a different ISBN. The ISBN is 13 digits long if assigned on or after 1 January 2007, a 13-digit ISBN can be separated into its parts, and when this is done it is customary to separate the parts with hyphens or spaces. Separating the parts of a 10-digit ISBN is also done with either hyphens or spaces, figuring out how to correctly separate a given ISBN number is complicated, because most of the parts do not use a fixed number of digits. ISBN issuance is country-specific, in that ISBNs are issued by the ISBN registration agency that is responsible for country or territory regardless of the publication language. Some ISBN registration agencies are based in national libraries or within ministries of culture, in other cases, the ISBN registration service is provided by organisations such as bibliographic data providers that are not government funded. In Canada, ISBNs are issued at no cost with the purpose of encouraging Canadian culture. In the United Kingdom, United States, and some countries, where the service is provided by non-government-funded organisations. Australia, ISBNs are issued by the library services agency Thorpe-Bowker
History of Southampton F.C.
Southampton Football Club is a professional football club that was formed in 1885. The roots of the club can be traced to members of St, more important matches, such as cup games, were played either at the County Ground, Northlands Road, or the Antelope Cricket Ground in St Marys Road. After the club won the Southern League title in 1896–97, it became a limited company, the club won the Southern League championship for three years running between 1897 and 1899 and again in 1901,1903 and 1904. This success spanned some major changes for the Saints, as the club moved to a built, £10,000 stadium called The Dell. Good omens were quick to arrive, however, and before the 19th century closed, the 1920–21 season ended in triumph with promotion and marked the beginning of a 31-year stay in Division 2. In 1925 and 1927, Saints reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, losing 2–0 and 2–1 to Sheffield United, in the 1948–49 and 1949–50 seasons, Charlie Wayman scored a total of 56 goals, but relegation in 1953 sent Saints sliding back into Division 3. It took until 1960 for Saints to regain Division 2 status, on 27 April 1963, a crowd of 68,000 at Villa Park saw the side lose 1–0 to Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final. The dream of Division 1 football at the Dell for the first time was finally realised in 1966 when Ted Bates team was promoted as runners-up, with Martin Chivers scoring 30 of Saints 85 league goals. For the following campaign, Ron Davies arrived to score 43 goals in his first season as Saints scored 74 league goals, Saints stayed among the elite for eight years, with the highest finishing position being seventh place in 1968–69 and again in 1970–71. The following season, Saints played in Europe again in the 1976–77 European Cup Winners Cup, in 1977–78, captained by Alan Ball, Saints finished runners-up in the Second Division and returned to the First Division. In 1980, McMenemy made his finest signing, capturing reigning European Footballer of the Year Kevin Keegan and this meant that they came closer than any other English team that season to winning the double. McMenemy resigned as manager on 1 June 1985 after nearly 12 years in charge, lawrie McMenemy left at the end of the 1984–85 season to be succeeded by Chris Nicholl, who was sacked after six years in charge despite preserving the clubs top-flight status. He was replaced by Ian Branfoot, who until the end of the 1990–91 season had been assistant manager to Steve Coppell at Crystal Palace, by this stage, a key player in the Southampton lineup was Guernsey-born striker Matthew Le Tissier, the best-loved player in Saints recent history. He was voted PFA Young Player of the Year in 1990, after months of speculation that Shearer was going to join Manchester United, he was sold to Blackburn Rovers for a national record of £3.6 million in July 1992. Shearer was also capped 63 times for England, scoring 30 goals, Southampton were founding members of the Premiership in 1992–93, having played in the top flight of English football since 1978. In May 2005, however, they were relegated to the tier of English football for the first time in 27 years. Ian Branfoot was sacked in January 1994 with Southampton battling relegation and he was replaced by Exeter City manager Alan Ball. Ball secured the Saints survival for the 1993–94 season and guided them to a respectable finish in the Premiership in 1994–95
South Coast derby
The South Coast Derby or the Hampshire Derby are terms used to describe football matches played between Portsmouth Football Club and Southampton Football Club. Portsmouth play their games at Fratton Park, while Southampton play theirs at St. Marys Stadium. The two clubs are the most successful on the southern coast of England, and lie only 19 miles apart, Southampton currently play in the Premier League. Portsmouth currently play in League Two, Southampton were originally formed in 1885 as St. Marys Young Mens Association F. C. before adopting the name Southampton St. Marys when the club joined the Southern League in 1894. The first match between the two came in a friendly at Portsmouths Fratton Park ground on 6 September 1899. The match was won on their merits 2–0 by Portsmouth, with goals from Dan Cunliffe, Southampton and Portsmouth first played each other in the Southern League in April 1900, with Portsmouth winning 2–0 twice in three days. The first of four South Coast derbies in the FA Cup took place on 13 January 1906. Because of the crowd expected for the first FA Cup meeting between the two rivals, the local registrars in both towns postponed voting in the 1906 general election until the following week. For the 1920–21 season, both teams were admitted to the Football League, the first Football League game between the two clubs was on 11 September 1920, with Southampton winning 2–0. After two seasons in the Third Division, Saints were promoted as champions in 1922, Pompey joined them in the Second Division in 1924 and were promoted to the First Division in 1927. Up to this time the teams had met ten times in the Football League, with Saints winning four, Pompey three and three draws. From the 1960s onwards, Southampton found themselves in the ascendancy, with Southampton being in a higher division for most of the period from the 1960s through to the early 2000s, the two clubs rarely met. Events such as the death of Portsmouth goalkeeper Aaron Flahavan, a Southampton-born footballer whose brother Darryl had played for Southampton, however, events of recent years have altered this markedly. Southampton dominated the South Coast derby games in the post-war era, Southampton held the upper-hand, winning two of the three matches played between the two sides in the 2003–04 season to Portsmouths one. Southampton were subsequently relegated from the Premiership a few games later on the day of the 2004–05 season. Harry Redknapp caused more controversy when he left Southampton and returned to Portsmouth, Portsmouth won the FA Cup again in 2008 under Redknapp whilst, in 2009, Southampton were again relegated, this time to League One. Portsmouth were in turn relegated to the Championship for the 2010–11 season after having been deducted nine points as a penalty for entering administration. While Southampton have finished 14th, 8th, 7th and 6th since their Premier League return, Portsmouth were relegated again and now play in League Two, the acrimonious departure of Harry Redknapp from Portsmouth to Southampton brought the bitter rivalry between the two clubs to a new level
The Dell, Southampton
The Dell in Milton Road, Southampton, Hampshire, England was the home ground of Southampton F. C. between 1898 and 2001. Since 1896, Southampton had been tenants of Hampshire County Cricket Club at the County Ground, the merger proposals had fallen through, but at the Extraordinary general meeting in June 1897, the members were informed that the committee had a ground in view. At a shareholders meeting on 11 November 1897, the chairman stated, although the minutes do not record the location of the new ground, it was common knowledge within the town that the new ground was situated. In the dell that is not far from the County Ground, and nearer West Station and the town and it will not be a large ground, but the natural banks on all sides will be a great help in arranging for the convenience of the spectators. The project was abandoned at this point and agreement reached to connected to the London, the dell had been drained with 13,000 ft of pipe being laid, all draining into the central culvert formed from the Rollsbrook stream. The playing field had to be levelled and the made up. On completion, the stadium was described in the Southampton Observer, the stadium was opened in September 1898, with the inaugural match on 3 September being against Brighton United. The first goal at the stadium was scored by Watty Keay, with the others from Abe Hartley, Jim McKenzie and Tom Smith and it hosted an international match in 1901, as England defeated Ireland 3–0 in the 1900–01 British Home Championship. In 1927, the original West Stand was demolished and the new West Stand was built and this was designed by Archibald Leitch, one of the greatest football stand designers of the day, who had also designed stands at Fratton Park, Roker Park and at Goodison Park. A year later, on the last day of the 1928–29 season a dropped cigarette caused a fire destroyed the East Stand. A replacement stand was built which mirrored the West Stand, increasing the capacity to approximately 30,000. On 30 November 1940, a German bomb fell on the stadium during the Blitz, in March 1941, an explosion of munitions stored at the ground caused a major fire in the West Stand although this was rebuilt soon afterwards. At the start of the 1941–42 season they played their games at Dew Lane, Eastleigh. In 1950, the Dell became the first ground in England to have permanent floodlighting installed, during the post-war years, huge crowds packed into the Dell. The attendance record was broken on 8 October 1969, when 31,044 watched Southampton lose 3–0 to a Manchester United team which included George Best and Bobby Charlton. The stadium hosted First Division football for the first time in the 1966-67 season, during this time, Southampton won the FA Cup in 1976, and achieved their highest league finish of second place in 1984. New stands were erected at both ends of the stadium, but by the 1993–94 season the stadium now had a capacity of just over 15,000, the Milton Road Stand was notable for its wedge-like appearance. By this time, Southampton were looking for a new home, by the mid-1990s it seemed as if the search was over as the club announced plans to move to a new stadium at Monks Brook playing fields near the village of North Stoneham, Eastleigh
St Mary's Stadium
St. Marys Stadium in Southampton, England, has been the home stadium of Premier League club, Southampton F. C. since 2001. The stadium has a capacity of 32,505 and is currently the largest football stadium in the south of England, outside of London. Construction started in December 1999 and was completed at the end of July 2001, with work on the stadium itself, the first match was played on 1 August 2001 against RCD Espanyol, with the Spanish side winning 4–3. The first competitive hat trick at the stadium was scored by Stafford Browne for Aldershot Town in a 3–1 victory over Havant & Waterlooville in the Hampshire Senior Cup final on 1 May 2002, the stadium is a complete bowl, with all stands of equal height. There are two screens at either end that can be seen from any seat. The stadium has four stands, which are named after the areas of Southampton they face, the main stand is the Itchen Stand, and faces the River Itchen. The opposite stand is called the Kingsland Stand, behind the south goal is the Chapel Stand, and to the north is the Northam Stand. At the rear of the Chapel, Kingsland and Northam Stands, there is a continuous, a large section of the roof at the Chapel Stand, at the southern end of the stadium is also translucent, for the same reason. At the rear of the Itchen Stand, there are 42 executive boxes, the stand also houses the clubs offices, changing rooms, press facilities and corporate hospitality suites. Visitors can be given up to 4,250 seats for cup games, the official ground name at opening was The Friends Provident St Marys Stadium. Initially the club wanted the ground to be named purely after the sponsors, in 2006 the new sponsor Flybe. com did not choose to purchase the naming rights to the stadium, meaning it reverted to the name St Marys Stadium. The ground has a capacity of 32,505, including the press. Because of the segregation between home and away fans in the Northam Stand, it is unlikely the full capacity will ever be reached for a competitive match. The current record attendance was for the Football League Championship match between Southampton and Coventry City on 28 April 2012, when 32,363 spectators attended, the lowest league record was Southampton versus Sheffield United, when just 13,257 attended. When the club had lower league position this had a impact on attendances, although the visit of Exeter City on Boxing Day,2009 in a League One fixture. The overall average attendance for the season was 20,982. During the 2010–11 League One campaign the lowest attendance was 18,623 against Yeovil, all stands, apart from the Itchen stand, can be built upon and expanded. Overall this would give a capacity of around 50,000, and would cost a similar amount to how much it cost to build the stadium in the first place
Southampton F.C. Player of the Season
Southampton Football Club is an English association football club based in Southampton, Hampshire. Founded in 1885 as St Marys YMA, they became a club in 1891. Southampton won the Southern League championship six times between 1896 and 1904, and were elected to the Football League in 1920 as co-founders of the Third Division. The Saints finished as runners-up in their first Football League season, the club first entered the First Division in 1966, and currently play in its modern-day counterpart, the Premier League. Southampton won the FA Cup in 1976, reached the final of the League Cup in 1979, the Southampton Player of the Season award is voted for annually by the clubs supporters, who send their choice of player to the Southern Daily Echo, a local newspaper in Southampton. Since its inception in 1973,36 different players have won the award, six of these players have received the accolade for a second time, and as of 2016 only Matt Le Tissier has won the award for a third time. Three players have won in seasons,28 winners have represented their country at international level. The most recent winner of the award is Irish forward Shane Long for the 2015–16 season, in recent years, the club has also presented its own Player of the Season award, alongside other end-of-season accolades. The most recent winner of the club-run Fans Player of the Season award is Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk, who was also named Players Player of the Season. C
Southampton Saints Girls & Ladies F.C.
Southampton Saints Girls and Ladies Football Club is an English womens football club formerly affiliated with Southampton F. C. They play in the FA Womens Premier South West Football League, at the end of the 2013–14 season the South West Combination WFL dissolved and the team moved into FA Womens Premier League - Division One South West. They finished 4th out of the 9 teams in the newly formed leagues first season, the club began in 1979 as Red Star Southampton, competing in the Home Counties League then the Southern Regions League. In 1991 Red Star won the Southern Region Division One and became members of the FA Womens Premier League National Division. In August 1991 the club were in Russia as guests of FC Spartak Moscow during the collapse of the Soviet Union. The first season at national level saw Red Star finish second in the League to Doncaster Belles, Red Star failed to build on their promising start and were relegated from the top flight in 1994–95. In summer 1995 the club known as Southampton Saints due to affiliation with Southampton F. C. winning promotion as Southern Premier League champions in 1995–96. However the clubs spell in the top-flight lasted only a season. Southampton Saints then won the 1997–98 Southern Premier League and secured a mid-table finish in the 1998–99 National Premier League – being named Most Improved Side at the annual FA Awards, in 1999 the club reached its second FA Womens Cup final. This time they were beaten 2–0 by Arsenal Ladies, before a crowd of 6,450 at The Valley, the club maintained its top-flight status and was merged into Southampton F. C. in 2001. As part of process the Saints long-serving manager Vanessa Raynbird was controversially sacked to make way for a male coach. The club was relegated in 2002–03 and this time was unable to bounce straight back, sue Lopez had been appointed manager in 2003. In 2005 Southampton FC were relegated from the mens Premier League and they had evaded relegation by a point in 2005–06. Yet another relegation saw the playing at Southern Region level from 2008 until 2010. Southampton Saints First Team play at the home of Sholing F. C. Silverlake Arena, VT Sportsground, Portsmouth Road, Southampton, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, for details of former players, see Category, Southampton Saints L. F. C. Saints Train at Fleming Park, Passfield Avenue, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 9NL on Thursday evenings and it was in fact won by the original Southampton Womens Football Club who won the tournament at the second attempt