Southampton Football Club, commonly known as the Saints, only seem to get better as a club since They were founded by members of the St. Mary’s Church of England Young Men’s Association in 1885, as they now sit in the Premier League after climbing up the divisions. The Saints have one domestic trophy in their cabinet, and have a reputation of building up young talent and selling them on for profit, but continue to improve year after year. The quality of their squad is emphasised by the transfer figures they receive from other teams, and showcases their ability to develop players, making it an ideal place for players to take their game to the next level. They are a consistent top half team which in the Premier League, is no easy task.
Southampton Football Club, commonly known as the Saints, only seem to get better as a club since They were founded by members of the St. Mary’s Church of England Young Men’s Association in 1885, as they now sit in the Premier League after climbing up the divisions.
The Saints have one domestic trophy in their cabinet and have a reputation of building up young talent and selling them on for profit but continue to improve year after year. The quality of their squad is emphasised by the transfer figures they receive from other teams, and showcases their ability to develop players, making it an ideal place for players to take their game to the next level.
They are a consistent top half team which in the Premier League, is no easy task. Southampton were originally referred to as St. Marys Y.M.A, before changing to Southampton St. Mary’s in 1888, and then settling on Southampton FC after winning the Southern League title in 1896-97.
The Saints, as they are now known as, went on to win the Southern League championship for three years in a row between 1897 to 1899, and then later in 1901, 1903 and 1904. Their first stadium, which they went on to play in for the next 103 years, was called The Dell.
It was built just outside the city centre in 1898. Although they originally struggled to afford to buy the stadium, they eventually gathered to get enough money together to afford the stadium for themselves in the early 20th century.
Southampton joining the Football League Third Division when it was formed in 1920, before earning promotion to the Second Division in 1921-22. During World War two, they shared a pitch with rivals Portsmouth at their home ground, Fratton Park, because of a bomb landing on The Dell pitch in 1940.
They still went on to spend 31 years in the second division, before eventually being relegated, just three years after almost securing promotion to the first division. They slumped for a short while in the third division, but prolific striker, Derek Reeves bagged 39 goals and fired them back to the second division seven years later.
They finally triumphed in 1966 as they reached the first division under Ted Bates’ management. They suffered relegation in the 1974-75 season under Bates’ assistant, Lawrie McMenemy, but still went on to win their first ever FA Cup in 1976, beating Manchester United, and the odds.
After returning to the first division in 1977-78, McMenemy made his biggest ever signing, bringing European Footballer of the Year, Kevin Keegan, to the club which was a huge statement, although he did not live up to expectations in his two years at the club. However, Southampton went on to finish in a club record sixth place. He broke that record in 1984-85, achieving runners up to Liverpool.
The Saints’ youth development was also thriving with the likes of club legend Matt Le Tissier and Alan Shearer coming through the ranks. Southampton were a part of the Premier Leagues origins, and lasted a while in the top flight.
The success granted them permission to build a new stadium which is their current home ground, St Marys, and has a capacity of 32,000. However, this did not help their cause as as Southampton began to dip and managers were lasting short spells at the club, they were eventually relegated to the Football League in 2005.
They also changed ownership at the club, with Jersey-based businessman, Michael Wilde, becoming the club’s major shareholder in 2006. However, his ownership was short and only brought a dark cloud over Southampton, being forced to sell star players such as Gareth Bale and Kenwyne Jones in order to avoid administration in 2007-08.
In 2008, all but one board member walked out of the club and they went on to suffer another relegation to the third tier of English football, and still had severe money trouble as they failed to pay wages. Nigel Adkins was appointed to help revitalize the Saints, and he led them to back to back promotions, putting them back in the top flight in 2011-12.
They had gained a reputation of developing players and selling them on, as well as their managers. The relatively unknown Mauricio Pochettino took over from Adkins and went on to be a major success at the club, earning him he managers position at Tottenham.
Pochettino also contributed to the mass amount of profits made on players, such as Adam Lallana’s, Dejan Lovren’s and Rickie Lamberts transfers to Liverpool for a combined fee of around £50m. Ronald Koeman also had a hand in the sales and had a task on his hands which he grabbed with both hands, booking Southampton’s place in the Europa League in the 2015/16 season.
He also took Southampton to their highest ever Premier League season of sixth place and left for Everton at the end of the season. Claude Puel spent a year in charge and almost ended the club’s trophy drought, reaching the EFL Cup final, but narrowly losing to Manchester United.
Due to fears about Puel’s style of play, Alaves manager Mauricio Pellegrino took over for the 2017-18 season and had a top-quality squad in his hands with stars such as Sofiane Boufal and England international Nathan Redmond. Saints fans have enjoyed fantastic football at the club over recent years and it seems like Southampton’s best years could still be ahead of them. He never really adapted to England though and spent the season battling relegation with The Saints before his sacking in March.
The club’s struggles were a surprise following the exciting arrivals of Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina and AS Monaco forward Guido Carrillo, who also struggled to make an impact during their first season in the country. It was a big blow losing key defender Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool in January though, a blow that they never really seemed to recover from.
Southampton won just seven Premier League games all season and had to put survival hopes down to former player Mark Hughes, who took charge for the remainder of the campaign and kept them in the top-flight by just three points. Pellegrino did manage Southampton to a good run in the FA Cup though, as the seaside club reached the semi-finals at Wembley Stadium where they were narrowly beaten by eventual winners Chelsea.
Mark Hughes will lead The Saints into the 2018-19 season and made Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong his first signing of the summer, however, lost talented attacker Dušan Tadić to Ajax. Vast improvement is expected come August 2018, in terms of league position anyway as the club will look to regain their reputation as a top-half side.
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After safely maintaining their Premier League status late last season, Southampton Football Club are currently preparing for their sixth consecutive top-flight campaign for the first time 14 years.
In recent years, the club have enjoyed football in the UEFA Europa League and they are comfortably the biggest club on the south coast of England.
Their popularity has made it difficult to find tickets at times, however, we at Box Office Events have created a guide into how and where to purchase official Southampton football tickets from.
The most cost-effective and secure way of ensuring a seat for all of Southampton’s home league matches is by purchasing a season ticket.
Southampton currently allow up to 20,000 season ticket holders inside the St Mary’s Stadium per campaign.
Benefits that season ticket holders at Southampton for the 2018/19 season shall receive include: free entry to all home league matches and for both of the Saints’ friendlies at home to Celta Vigo and Borussia Monchengladbach, a discount on food and drink up to 30 minutes before kick-off, an exclusive monthly season ticket holders newsletter containing competitions and discounts, a £2 saving on travel to away matches, 30% off room hire at St Mary’s, priority access when purchasing tickets for domestic cup and away matches, a discount on retail products from the club and use of the club’s ticket exchange service.
Fans aged 65 and over will also receive a discount of up to £79 when sat in premium areas.
Prices for season tickets in standard seating areas for adults aged between 22 and 64 costs between £541 and £682 (£25.76-£32.48 per match) per person, between £355 and £584 (£16.90-£27.81 per match) for fans aged 65 and over, young adults aged between 18 and 21 are charged between £243 and £474 (£11.57-£22.57 a match) for the campaign, prices vary from £150 to £404 (£7.14-£19.24 per match) for supporters aged between 11 and 17 and fans aged under 11-years-old are charged between £50 and £202 (£2.38-£9.62 per match).
Season ticket prices for fans requiring disability access are significantly reduced in price. For adults aged between 22 and 64, season tickets cost £541 (£25.76 per match) per season, for senior citizens aged 65 over, it costs £355 (£16.90 per match) for the season, fans in this area between the ages of 18 and 21 are charged £243 (£11.57 per match) for a season ticket, supporters aged between 11 and 17 are charged £150 (£7.14 per match) for their yearly pass and it costs only £50 (£2.38 per match) for disabled fans under the age of 11.
The club also offer premium season tickets which are located in the Kingsland Central & Premium and the Itchen Centre & Premium sections of the stadium. For disabled supporters, there is no additional cost, but prices are increased for all other supporters. Seats in these areas cost between £660 and £680 (£31.43-£32.38 per match) for fans aged 65 and over, whilst all other supporters are charged between £737 and £759 (£35.10-£36.14 per match) for the season.
A 10-month payment plan can be used when purchasing all season tickets, but there is an additional £37 administration fee for those opting to use this finance option.
For fans not wanting to either pay for or commit their time to a season ticket, then buying a club membership is the next best way of gaining access to official Southampton tickets.
After season ticket holders, members of the club will receive exclusive access to tickets and be eligible for a number of exclusive offers and discounts.
The best ways of purchasing Southampton tickets are via the club’s ticket office at St Mary’s Stadium, through their over the phone box office or on the club’s website.
Southampton’s official ticket exchange service also allows season ticket holders to sell their tickets to supporters when they cannot attend certain matches. Season ticket holders using this service to sell their tickets will receive between £5 and £30 per match that they sell their seat for, dependant on their age and which opponent that particular match is against.
Official Southampton football tickets can also be bought via Box Office Events.
Tickets may also reach general sale, allowing non-season ticket holders and non-members to purchase individual match tickets.
Prices of match tickets may be increased when they reach general sale.
Southampton offer five different seasonal hospitality packages, all of which are situated in the Kingsland and Itchen stands of the ground.
Options available to supporters wishing to experience one of the hospitality packages available to them whilst watching Southampton’s home matches include: the Saints Bar, the President’s Lounge, the Markus Liebherr Lounge, The Locker Room and one of the executive boxes.
For £1,370 + VAT per person, a standard package in the Saints Bar includes: premium seating with a fantastic sight of the pitch, access to a private bar throughout, a complimentary wine, beer or soft drink at half time, purchasable food from a street food market, a priority booking window to purchase hospitality packages for domestic cup home matches and the same priority as season ticket holders when purchasing standard tickets for away games. For an additional £340 + VAT per person, fans can instead purchase the Saints Bar Premium package, which includes two courses of food from the street food market.
The President’s Bar, which costs £2,500 + VAT per person, comes with: wine, beer and soft drinks available for the whole of your time there, exclusive premium seating, a pre-match three-course buffet, a complimentary matchday magazine and team sheet for every guest and a priority booking window for seasonal President’s Bar residents to book hospitality packages for home domestic cup ties.
Places inside the Markus Liebherr lounge, an area named after the club’s former Swiss owner, who died in 2010, features: a top of the range three-course menu, a fully inclusive variety of premium drinks, premium seating with a great view of the action, a broad range of British cheeses at half time, post-match refreshments and light snacks, appearances from Southampton players and complimentary matchday magazines and team sheets for every spectator within the lounge. Prices in this area cost £3,120 + VAT per person for the season.
Seats within the locker room cost £5,700 + VAT per person for the season, however, it does come with some first-class benefits, such as: your own private hire car pick up from anywhere within a 10 mile radius of St Mary’s Stadium, premium padded balcony seats on the halfway line, a unique dining experience which incorporates magnificent views of the pitch, a grazing menu consisting of three courses, an all-inclusive drinks package, a mixologist to serve your drinks in style, a visit from a first-team player after every match and a personalised gift.
Costing £34,500 + VAT, club packages in an executive box inside the St Mary’s Stadium comes with: premium padded balcony seating for up to 10 people, a two-course gourmet burger meal, wines, beers and soft drinks available throughout, half-time light snacks and refreshments, a selection of British cheeses after every match, a complimentary team sheet and matchday magazine for every guest, post-match appearances from players, dry use of your private box for home domestic cup matches and use of your own box on non-matchdays. The Fully Inclusive Package comes with a three-course meal instead of the two-course gourmet burger option and costs an additional £9,500 + VAT. Meanwhile, for £50,400 + VAT, the Centre Box package comes with the same benefits as the Fully Inclusive package, as well as having your box located on the halfway line.
Best places to sit at St Mary’s Stadium
Southampton’s most-dedicated fans, who are best known for their vocal support on a matchday, can be found inside the Northam Stand of the ground. The North section of the Itchen Stand also contains loud support from the home fans on a matchday.
However, if you are looking for the best views of the action, then head to either the Kingsland North, Family Areas and Itchen Centre and Premium parts of the stadium, all of which provides great views of the pitch.
St Mary’s Stadium information and facts
St Mary’s Stadium is located on Britannia Road, Southampton, Hampshire. Postcode: SO14 5FP.
It opened in August 2001 and Southampton Football Club have played their football there ever since, being the only ever tenants of the ground.
Prior to the Saints’ stadium move 17 years ago, the side played their home matches at The Dell for 103 years.
The ground has a maximum capacity of 32,505 people, making it the 11th largest in the Premier League.
Its record attendance of 32,363 spectators came during a 4-0 victory over Coventry City in April 2012, which secured Southampton’s return to the top-flight of English football.
England’s national side have hosted matches at senior, under-21s and women’s levels. Five games have so far been held at the venue, with England yet to lose inside the stadium.
St Mary’s has hosted film premieres, including the 2007 movie, Casino Royale. It has also held numerous music concerts, with Elton John, Craig David, Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones and Robbie Williams all performing there during the stadium’s 17-year history.
Parking is incredibly limited at and around the stadium, with the nearest available car parks located a 15-20-minute walk away from St Mary’s. However, parking at the Marina is located just 10 minutes away on foot from the ground and costs £1 per hour, is free after 6pm and avoids the grid-locked traffic in the area after the game.
The nearest train station is Southampton Central railway station, which is situated 1.3 miles away and is walkable in just under 30 minutes. A shuttle bus service is in use from the station to the stadium and back, and costs £3 return for adults and £2 return for children under 15-years-old.
Angelsea Terrace, City College and Brintons Road bus stops are less than half a mile away from the stadium, all of which are walkable to Southampton’s ground in less than 10 minutes.