Southampton is a family club full of outstanding qualities; founded in 1886 as ‘St Mary’s YMA’, the club is nicknamed ‘The Saints’ and have a long-standing rivalry with Portsmouth, known as the South Coast derby. Despite not inheriting huge amounts of major success throughout the club’s history, Southampton do still have some excellent silverware to be proud of.
The club’s last major trophy dates all the way back to 1976, winning the FA Cup for the first and only time in their history. Southampton fans have been treated to many years of top-flight football but they will be hoping to see their club push on and add to that trophy collection.
Overall, Southampton have never won the top-flight of English football. However, they did come close to winning the First Division - now known as the Premier League - throughout the 1983-84 campaign, finishing as runners-up on that occasion. Despite the club’s FA Cup triumph, Saints have never won the League Cup, coming close in the 2016/17 campaign but losing to Manchester United in the final. The club has also finished runners-up in the FA Charity Shield.
In terms of European competitions, Southampton have failed to inherit much success. They did come close, however, to winning the Anglo-Italian League Cup in 1976 but could only finish as runners-up.
Southampton fans have been treated to some very exciting, talented players over the years; many of whom went on to become club legends. Names such as Matt Le Tissier and Terry Paine both inspired the Saints fans whenever they stepped onto the pitch and they will be hoping to see more players of a similar calibre in the near future.
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