Southampton Football Club was founded in 1885 by St. Mary’s Church of England Young Men’s Association hence their nickname of “The Saints”. Their first home was The Dell where they played for 103 years.
Southampton have won major honour to their name, the 1976 FA Cup when as a 2nd division side they beat huge favourites, Manchester United 1-0 in one of the biggest upsets in FA Cup history. They were also runners-up in the League Cup in 1979 losing to Nottingham Forest 3-2.
The clubs best ever finish in the top flight of English football was 1984 when they finished second to Liverpool FC. Southampton was relegated from the top flight in 2005 ending a run of 27 consecutive seasons. In 2012 they finally achieved promotion back to the Premier League after dropping down two divisions.
St. Mary’s Stadium is their current home and it has been In use since 2001. It is a UEFA 4- star rated stadium costing 32 million pounds and has hosted England internationals. The capacity is 32,689 while its record attendance was 32,363 against Coventry City on April 28, 2012.
FA Cup 1976