Enjoy a Newspaper History of the Saints
Southampton FC was formed in 1885. The club won six Southern League titles over the next decade, including three consecutive championships between 1897 and 1899. The Saints also enjoyed early Cup success, reaching the FA Cup final in 1900 and 1902. Southampton was elected into the Third Division in 1920 and the club won promotion at the end of their first season. The Saints continued to progress towards the top flight, missing out on a place in the First Division in 1950 by just 0.06 of a goal. Southampton was finally promoted to the top flight in 1966, after finishing as runners-up in the Second Division. Southampton was managed by Ted Bates at the time and he helped the club to stay at the elite level for eight years. The Saints also qualified for European football in 1969 and 1971. Southampton was relegated in 1974, but they beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final just two years later. The Saints soon returned to the top flight and they reached the final of the League Cup in 1979. Southampton enjoyed their best ever league result in 1984, finishing as runners-up in the First Division. This was part of a twenty-seven year consecutive spell in the top division.
Personalised Southampton Football Books - Inspired Gifts
A Southampton Gift Book can be an inspired present for a fan of the Saints. It is unique, smartly presented and filled with fascinating newspaper reports on the history of the club. Being able to personalise this Southampton Football Book makes the gift even more special and shows the thought that has gone into buying it. The present will also prove to be a terrific addition to a supporter’s Southampton memorabilia collection.
Southampton Football Book Coverage
This Southampton Football Book opens with a win over Southern League champions QPR in 1908. It goes on to cover a selection of great games through the decades of the 20th Century and many highlights from the present era.
Some of the memorable stories in this Southampton Football Book include winning promotion to Division Two in 1922 and Division One in 1966. The Gift Books recount the drama of exciting, high-scoring games, such as the 7-1 win over Ipswich in 1961, the 5-0 FA Cup quarter-final win over Nottingham Forest in 1963, the massive 9-3 score against Wolves in 1965 and the one sided 5-0 victory over Spurs in 1984. Relive the fantastic FA Cup triumph against Manchester United in 1976 and a further Cup final appearance against Arsenal in 2003. The Southampton Book features reports on some of the greatest managers and players in the history of the club, including Lawrie McMenemy, Mick Channon and Peter Shilton. Read about the signings of Alan Ball in 1976, Kevin Keegan in 1980 and Bruce Grobbelaar in 1994. The Gift Book also incorporates various European contests.
Newspaper coverage continues right up to the end of last season. This unique insight into the Saints’ history makes these books truly memorable gifts and a great addition for a collector of Southampton memorabilia.
If you are a collector of Southampton memorabilia or looking for other Southampton gifts, why not consider our Southampton Calendar or Southampton Diary? Each month features a newspaper headline on one of the Saints’ key games. The presents can be personalised with the recipient’s name to make them even more special and both items make great gifts for Southampton fans. Other Southampton presents include Framed Newspaper Reprints and special Southampton Mugs.
Finally – Did You Know?
- Southampton FC was originally named "St. Mary’s YMA". The club changed name after winning the Southern League title in 1897.
- Southampton compete against bitter rivals Portsmouth in the ‘South-Coast Derby’. This rivalry reflects the longstanding competition between the two cities; Southampton traditionally housed the leading civilian port, whereas Portsmouth was home to the Royal Navy.
- The Saints were forced to play at Portsmouth’s Fratton Park Stadium during the Second World War. This is because a bomb landed on the pitch at Southampton’s home ground, leaving an eighteen foot crater in the pitch.
- When Graeme Souness took charge of the Saints in 1996, he became the first non-English manager in the history of the club.
- The Southampton Academy has produced many great players who have gone on to play for England. Players to emerge in recent years have included Wayne Bridge, Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale.