1894–95 Southampton St. Mary's F.C. season
|President||Dr Henry William Russell Bencraft|
|FA Cup||Round 1|
League: Jack Angus, Charles Baker, Herbert Ward (6)|
All: Charles Baker (12)
|Highest home attendance||7,000 vs Nottingham Forest (2 February 1895) (FA Cup)|
They finished the league season in third place behind the champions, Millwall Athletic, and Luton Town. In the FA Cup they reached the First Round Proper for the first time, where they were defeated by Nottingham Forest, of the Football League.
Summary of the season
In 1894, Southampton St Mary's were one of the nine founder members of the Southern League, which had been created to enable clubs in southern England who were not admitted to the Football League, to play competitive football on a regular basis. St. Mary's were not originally invited to join the new league and their initial application to join had been rejected, even though seven of the original nine clubs were wholly or mainly amateur, whereas Southampton had employed their first professional footballer in 1892 and by now the team was composed mainly of professionals. Because of the interest in the new league, a Second Division was to be created, which Southampton were considering applying to join when the 2nd Scots Guards withdrew and St. Mary's were invited to take their place.
In his preview of the forthcoming season in the Southampton Times, "Ariel" predicted:
It is very wonderful to notice the pertinacity with which the prophets continue to prophecy. Southampton St. Mary's have not yet played in the competition, but their position at the end of the season has already been positively fixed by some people, and I have not heard anybody place them lower than third on the list, Millwall Athletic and Luton only taking precedence.
Saints' first league match was played at the Antelope Ground on 6 October 1894 in front of a crowd estimated at between 4,000 and 5,000, who paid 6d each for admittance; Harry Offer, Jack Angus and Fred Hollands scored in a 3–1 victory over Chatham. During the match, Chatham's centre-forward, Gamble, was sent-off for making "uncomplimentary" comments to the referee following Southampton's second goal, for which he claimed the ball had been "carried right into goal on one of the player's arms".
The Saints' first home defeat came against Luton on 22 December (2–1), having previously lost at Luton by a 4–1 scoreline; the worst defeat (4–0) came at Millwall on 23 March with their best result coming a week later, a 7–1 victory over Swindon Town on 30 March, with two goals each from Jack Angus and Herbert Ward. Saints finished their inaugural league season in third place, behind Millwall and Luton Town.
Saints supplemented their fixture list with several friendly matches, including matches in November against Football League clubs, Stoke and Bolton Wanderers, the latter being won 5–2. On 19 January, the Saints entertained a team from the Wiltshire Regiment, winning 13–0 on a "quagmire of a pitch" at the Antelope Ground, with Joe Rogers scoring ten goals. in April, after the league season had ended, the Saints entertained teams from Tottenham Hotspur (drawn 0–0) and the famous Corinthian club, which was won 2–0.
|Date||Opponents||H / A||Result
F – A
|6 October 1894||Chatham Town||H||3 – 1||Angus, Hollands, Offer|
|20 October 1894||Royal Ordnance||H||3 – 1||H. Ward (2), Offer|
|27 October 1894||Luton Town||A||1 – 4||Angus|
|17 November 1894||Millwall Athletic||H||2 – 2||Baker, Thomson|
|8 December 1894||Reading||A||1 – 0||H. Ward|
|22 December 1894||Luton Town||H||1 – 2||Baker|
|29 December 1894||Ilford||A||2 – 1||Hollands, Nineham|
|5 January 1895||Reading||H||1 – 3||Offer|
|12 January 1895||Clapton||A||3 – 1||Baker, Offer, Rogers|
|23 February 1895||Swindon Town||A||3 – 2||Baker, Nineham, H. Ward|
|9 March 1895||Chatham Town||A||1 – 1||Baker|
|14 March 1895||Royal Ordnance||A||0 – 2|
|23 March 1895||Millwall Athletic||A||0 – 4|
|30 March 1895||Swindon Town||H||7 – 1||Angus (2), H. Ward (2), Baker, Dorkin, Hollands|
|12 April 1895||Clapton||H||3 – 0||Nineham (2), Dorkin|
|13 April 1895||Ilford||H||3 – 0||Angus (2), Dorkin|
Top of league table
|3||Southampton St Mary's||16||9||2||5||34||25||1.36||20|
Played = Matches played; Won = Matches won; Drawn = Matches drawn; Lost = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GA = Goal average; Points = Points scored
1 Teams tied on points were separated by use of goal average.
2 The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a defeat.
In the FA Cup, Southampton met Newbury on 13 October 1894 in the First Qualifying Round at the Antelope Ground. Saints were "in particularly rampant mood" and won 14–0, with hat-tricks from Herbert Ward and Arthur Nineham; this is still Southampton's biggest victory in a competitive match. They had easy victories in the next three rounds, defeating Reading 5–2, Marlow 7–3 and Warmley 5–1, with all four qualifying matches being played at the Antelope Ground. This meant that the Saints went into the draw for the First Round proper for the first time, from which they received yet another home tie, against Nottingham Forest of the First Division.
The match against Nottingham Forest was played at the Antelope Ground on 2 February 1895. On the day of the match, the pitch was covered with three inches (76 mm) of snow. After a long delay, while the referee assessed whether or not the frozen ground was fit to play on, the crowd (estimated at 7,000) were admitted. Despite scoring 31 goals in the qualifying stages, the Saints were no match for the "skill, subtlety and cohesion" of their opponents who ran out 4–1 victors, with two goals from Thomas Rose The local press blamed the defeat on the failure of the Southampton players to train adequately and also suggested that the "more northerly visitors were more accustomed to the Arctic conditions".
|Date||Round||Opponents||H / A||Result
F – A
|13 October 1894||1st Qualifying Round||Newbury||H||14 – 0||H. Ward (3), Nineham (3), Angus (2), Hollands (2), Offer (2), Taylor, Thomson||4,000|
|3 November 1894||2nd Qualifying Round||Reading||H||5 – 2||Baker (3), Angus, H. Ward||5,000|
|24 November 1894||3rd Qualifying Round||Marlow||H||7 – 3||Offer (3), Charles Baker (2), Dorkin, Angus||5,000|
|15 December 1894||4th Qualifying Round||Warmley||H||5 – 1||Nineham (2), Offer, Baker, Littlehales||3,000|
|2 February 1895||Round 1 Proper||Nottingham Forest||H||1 – 4||H. Ward||7,000|
The players who appeared in the Southern League or FA Cup matches were as follows. This list does not include players who only played in friendly or reserve team matches.
|FW||England||A. Ward a||1||0||0||0||1||0|
- ^a A. Ward played at Millwall on 23 March 1895, on trial from the Lancaster Regiment, for whom he impressed when he played against St. Mary's in a friendly in February. He was unable to reproduce his form in the league match and played no other senior football for the club.
|Summer 1894||FW||Charles Baker||Stoke|
|Summer 1894||FB||David Hamer||Cowes|
|Summer 1894||FW||Fred Hollands||Millwall Athletic|
|November 1894||FB||William Jeffrey||Woolwich Arsenal|
|Summer 1894||HB||Alf Littlehales||Stoke|
|December 1894||FW||Joe Rogers||Macclesfield|
|November 1894||GK||H. Williamson||Local football|
|Summer 1894||FB||George Carter||Retired|
|Autumn 1894||FW||Charles Miller||Returned to Brazil|
|Summer 1894||FW||Ernie Nicholls||Retired|
|Summer 1894||HB||William Stride||Retired|
- Juson & Bull 2001, p. 35.
- Bull & Brunskell 2000, pp. 14–15.
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