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Southampton were originally founded at St. Mary's Church, on 21 November 1885 by members of the St. Mary's Church of England Young Men's Association. St. Mary's Y.M.A., as they were usually referred to in the local press, played most of their early games on The Common where games were frequently interrupted by pedestrians insistent on exercising their right to roam. More important matches, such as cup games, were played either at the County Cricket Ground in Northlands Road or the Antelope Cricket Ground in St Mary's Road.

The club was originally known as St. Mary's Young Men's Association F.C. (usually abbreviated to "St. Mary's Y.M.A.") and then became simply St. Mary's F.C. in 1887–88, before adopting the name Southampton St. Mary's when the club joined the Southern League in 1894. For the start of their League career, Saints signed several new players on professional contracts, including Charles Baker, Alf Littlehales and Lachie Thomson from Stoke and Fred Hollands from Millwall. After winning the Southern League title in 1896–97, the club became a limited company and was renamed Southampton F.C.

Southampton won the Southern League championship for three years running between 1897 and 1899 and again in 1901, 1903 and 1904. During this time, they moved to a newly built £10,000 stadium called The Dell, to the northwest of the city centre in 1898. Although they would spend the next 103 years there, the future was far from certain in those early days and the club had to rent the premises first before they could afford to buy the stadium in the early part of the 20th century. The club reached the first of their four FA Cup Finals in 1900. On that day, they went down 4–0 to Bury and two years later they would suffer a similar fate at the hands of Sheffield United as they were beaten 2–1 in a replay of the 1902 final.

After World War I, the Saints joined the newly formed Football League Third Division in 1920 which split into South and North sections a year later. The 1921–22 season ended in triumph with promotion and marked the beginning of a 31-year stay in the Second Division. The 1922–23 season was a unique "Even Season" – 14 wins, 14 draws and 14 defeats for a total of 42 points, or one point per game. Goals for and against statistics were also equal and the team finished in mid-table. In 1925 and 1927, they reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, losing 2–0 and 2–1 to Sheffield United and Arsenal respectively.

Saints were briefly forced to switch home matches to the ground of their local rivals Portsmouth at Fratton Park during World War II when a bomb landed on The Dell pitch in November 1940, leaving an 18-foot crater which damaged an underground culvert and flooded the pitch. Promotion was narrowly missed in 1947–48 when they finished in third place, a feat repeated the following season (despite having an eight-point lead with eight games to play) whilst in 1949–50 they were to be denied promotion by 0.06 of a goal, missing out on second place to Sheffield United. In the 1948–49 and 1949–50 seasons, Charlie Wayman rattled in a total of 56 goals. Then relegation in 1953 sent Saints sliding back into Division 3 (South).

It took until 1960 for Saints to regain Second Division status with Derek Reeves plundering 39 of the champions' 106 league goals. On 27 April 1963 a crowd of 68,000 at Villa Park saw them lose 1–0 to Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final.

In 1966 Ted Bates' team were promoted to the First Division as runners-up, with Martin Chivers scoring 30 of Saints' 85 league goals. For the following campaign Ron Davies arrived to score 43 goals in his first season. Saints stayed among the elite for eight years, with the highest finishing position being seventh place in 1968–69 and again in 1970–71. These finishes were high enough for them to qualify for the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1969–70 (going out in Round 3 to Newcastle United) and its successor, the UEFA Cup in 1971–72, when they went out in the first round to Athletic Bilbao.

In December 1973, Bates stood down to be replaced by his assistant Lawrie McMenemy. The Saints were one of the first victims of the new three-down relegation system in 1974. Under McMenemy's management, Saints started to rebuild in the Second Division, capturing players such as Peter Osgood, Jim McCalliog, Jim Steele and Peter Rodrigues (captain) and in 1976, Southampton reached the FA Cup Final, playing Manchester United at Wembley, and beat much-fancied United 1–0 with a goal from Bobby Stokes. The following season, they played in Europe again in the Cup Winners' Cup, reaching Round 3 where they lost 2–3 on aggregate to Anderlecht.

In 1977–78, captained by Alan Ball, Saints finished runners-up in the Second Division (behind Bolton Wanderers) and returned to the First Division. They finished comfortably in 14th place in their first season back in the top flight. The following season they returned to Wembley in the final of the League Cup where they acquitted themselves well, losing 3–2 to Nottingham Forest.

In 1980, McMenemy made his biggest signing, capturing the European Footballer of the Year Kevin Keegan. Although Keegan's Southampton career only lasted two years, Saints fielded an attractive side also containing Alan Ball, prolific goal-scorer Ted MacDougall, (who still holds the record for the largest number of goals in an FA Cup game – nine – for Bournemouth against Margate in an 11–0 win), MacDougall's strike partner at Bournemouth and Norwich City Phil Boyer, club stalwart Mick Channon and Charlie George and in 1980–81 they scored 76 goals, finishing in sixth place, then their highest league finish.

The following season, Kevin Keegan helped lift the club to the top of the First Division. Southampton led the league for over two months, taking top spot on 30 January 1982 and staying there (apart from one week) until 3 April 1982. But in a disappointing end to the season, in which Keegan was hampered by a back injury, Southampton won only two of their last nine games and finished seventh. The winners of a wide-open title race were Keegan's old club Liverpool, who were crowned champions on the final day of the season. Keegan scored 26 of Southampton's 72 goals that season, but was then sold to Newcastle.

Southampton continued to progress under McMenemy's stewardship, and with a team containing Peter Shilton (the England goalkeeper), Nick Holmes, David Armstrong, striker Steve Moran and quick winger Danny Wallace reached their highest ever league finish as runners-up in 1983–84 (three points behind the champions Liverpool) as well as reaching the semi-final of the FA Cup losing 1–0 to Everton at Highbury Stadium. McMenemy then added experienced midfielder Jimmy Case to his ranks.

They finished fifth the following year, but as a result of the Heysel Disaster all English clubs were banned from European competition: had it not been for this, then Southampton would have again qualified for the UEFA Cup.

McMenemy left at the end of the 1984–85 season to be succeeded by Chris Nicholl, who was sacked after six years in charge despite preserving the club's top flight status. He was replaced by Ian Branfoot, who until the end of the 1990–91 season had been assistant manager to Steve Coppell at Crystal Palace. By this stage, a key player in the Southampton line-up was Guernsey-born attacking midfielder/striker Matthew Le Tissier, who broke into the first team in the 1986–87 season. He was voted PFA Young Player of the Year in 1990 and later made eight appearances for the England team – he finally retired in 2002 at the age of 33.

Another exciting young player to break into the Southampton team just after Le Tissier was Alan Shearer, who at the age of 17 scored a hat-trick against Arsenal in a league match in April 1988. Shearer was a first team regular by 1990, and stayed with Southampton until July 1992, when he was sold to Blackburn Rovers for a national record of more than £3 million. He then became the most expensive footballer in the world when Blackburn sold him to Newcastle for £15 million in 1996. He also scored 30 times for England internationally.

Southampton were founding members of the Premier League in 1992–93, but spent most of the next ten seasons struggling against relegation. In 1995–96, Southampton finished 17th with 38 league points, avoiding relegation on goal difference. Two important wins during the final weeks of the season did much to ensure that Saints and not Manchester City would achieve Premiership survival. First came a 3–1 home win over eventual double winners Manchester United, then came a 1–0 away win over relegated Bolton Wanderers. Former Liverpool and Rangers manager Graeme Souness, was brought in, signing foreign players such as Egil Østenstad and Eyal Berkovic.

The highlight of the season was a 6–3 win over Manchester United at The Dell in October, when both his signings scored twice. However, he had to deal with criticism over the Ali Dia debacle. He resigned after just one season in charge, being replaced by Dave Jones who had won promotion to Division One with Stockport County as well as reaching the League Cup semi-finals.

In 1998–99, they were rooted to the bottom of the table for much of the first half of the season but again avoided relegation on the last day of the season after a late run of good results, helped by the intervention of Latvian Marian Pahars and old hero Le Tissier (The so-called "Great Escape"). In 1999, Southampton were given the go-ahead to build a new 32,000-seat stadium in the St Mary's area of the city, having been playing in the Dell since 1898. The stadium had been converted to an all-seater format earlier in the decade, but had a capacity of less than 16,000 and was unsuitable for further expansion.

During the 1999–2000 season, Dave Jones quit as Southampton manager to concentrate on a court case after he was accused of abusing children at the children's home where he had worked during the 1980s. The accusations were later proved to be groundless, but it was too late to save Jones' career as Southampton manager and he was succeeded by ex-England manager Glenn Hoddle. Hoddle helped keep Southampton well clear of the Premier League drop zone but having received an offer he moved to Tottenham Hotspur just before the end of the 2000–01 season.

He was replaced by first-team coach Stuart Gray, who oversaw the relocation to the St Mary's Stadium for the 2001–02 season. At the end of the 2000–01 season, in the last competitive match at The Dell, Matthew Le Tissier came on late to score the last ever league goal at the old stadium with a half volley on the turn in a 3–2 win against Arsenal. Gray was sacked after a poor start to the following season, and he was replaced by ex-Coventry City manager Gordon Strachan, who steered Southampton to safety and a secure 11th-place finish.

In 2002–03, Southampton finished eighth in the league and finished runners-up in the FA Cup to Arsenal (after losing 1–0 at the Millennium Stadium), thanks in no small part to the metamorphosis of James Beattie, who fired home 24 goals, 23 in the league. Strachan resigned in March 2004 and within eight months, two different managers – Paul Sturrock and Steve Wigley – had come and gone. Chairman Rupert Lowe risked the ire of Saints fans when he appointed Harry Redknapp as manager on 8 December 2004, just after his resignation at South Coast rivals Portsmouth. He brought in a number of new signings, including his son Jamie in the attempt to survive relegation.

Southampton were relegated from the Premier League on the last day of the season, ending 27 successive seasons of top flight football for the club. Their relegation was ironically confirmed by a 2–1 home defeat to Manchester United, who had been on the receiving end of many upsets by Southampton over the years, namely in the 1976 FA Cup final and since then on a number of occasions in the league, as well as inflicting a heavy defeat on them in a November 1986 League Cup tie which cost United manager Ron Atkinson his job.

In November 2005, manager Harry Redknapp resigned to rejoin Portsmouth, and was replaced by George Burley. Rupert Lowe resigned as chairman in June 2006, and Jersey-based businessman Michael Wilde, who had become the club's major shareholder assumed the post. Following a club record £6 million being spent on transfers, Polish strikers Grzegorz Rasiak and Marek Saganowski performed well and the season saw the introduction of 17-year-old left back Gareth Bale. Southampton finished in sixth place and lost the play-off semi-final to Derby County on penalties.

The board sought new investment in the club, and, in February 2007, Wilde stepped down as chairman to be replaced by local businessman Leon Crouch as "Acting chairman", a role Crouch retained until 21 July 2007. In the 2007–08 season, George Burley revealed that players such as Bale and Kenwyne Jones had to be sold to stop the club going into administration and that failing to achieve promotion had put the club in serious financial difficulty. Burley left the club in January 2008 to take over as Scotland manager and was replaced by Nigel Pearson who saved the club from relegation on the final day.

In July 2008 all the board members except one resigned, allowing Lowe and Wilde to return: Wilde as Chairman of Southampton FC and Rupert Lowe as Chairman of Southampton Leisure Holdings plc. Although Pearson kept the team up, the board did not renew his contract due to financial constraints, and the relatively unknown Dutchman Jan Poortvliet was appointed manager. Financial troubles continued to mount, resulting in more players being sold or loaned out and parts of St Mary's were closed off to reduce costs. In January 2009, Poortvliet resigned with the club one place from bottom of the Championship, with Mark Wotte taking over managerial duties.

In April 2009, Southampton's parent company was placed in administration. A ten-point penalty was imposed, but as the team was already being relegated due to finishing second from bottom of the Football League Championship this points deduction had to apply to the 2009–10 season. By the end of May, the club was unable to meet its staff wages and asked employees to work unpaid as a gesture of goodwill. The administrator warned that the club faced imminent bankruptcy unless a buyer was found.

In June, administrator Mark Fry confirmed negotiations with two groups of investors, followed by confirmation that the club had been sold to an overseas buyer "owned and controlled by Markus Liebherr". Liebherr brought in Italian businessman Nicola Cortese to look after the club's business interests on his behalf. In July 2009, with the club in the control of the new owner, Wotte was sacked as head coach and Alan Pardew was appointed as the new First Team Manager. The Saints made their first big signing under Liebherr, striker Rickie Lambert, who was purchased on 10 August from League One side Bristol Rovers.

Southampton started the 2009–10 season in League One, in the third tier of English football for the first time in 50 years and with −10 points. In March 2010, Southampton won their first trophy since 1976 when they defeated Carlisle United 4–1 at Wembley to claim the Football League Trophy. Southampton finished the season in 7th place, seven points from the last play-off position.

A new home shirt was unveiled on 10 June 2010, in celebration of the club's 125th anniversary. The design was based on the original St. Mary's Y.M.A. kit used in 1885; it featured the new anniversary crest and was without a sponsor's logo. On 11 August, it was announced that Liebherr had died; however, the club's future had been assured and planned for before his death. Pardew was dismissed in August and Nigel Adkins joined from Scunthorpe United as his replacement. The club was promoted to the Championship in May 2011 as runners-up to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Returning to the Championship for the 2011–12 season, Southampton made their best start to a season for 75 years with a winning run at St. Mary's of 13 league games, setting a new club record and going top of the league. In April 2012, Southampton achieved promotion to the Premier League as runners-up to Reading. The final game of the season game set a record attendance at St Mary's Stadium of 32,363. Lambert finished the season as the Championship's top goalscorer with 27 league goals, his third "Golden Boot" in four seasons. He also won the Championship Player of the Year award.

Southampton returned to the Premier league for season 2012–13 initially under Nigel Adkins. Substantial sums were spent to strengthen the playing squad, but early in the season, Adkins was replaced by Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino. Southampton finished the season in 14th place, and next season in 8th. At the end of the 2013–14 season, Pochettino departed the club for Tottenham. The club subsequently appointed Ronald Koeman as his replacement on a three-year contract, and made several high-profile sales over the summer.

In the final game of the 2014–15 season, a 6–1 victory against Aston Villa, Sadio Mané scored three goals in the space of 176 seconds, the fastest hat-trick in the history of the Premier League. The club finished seventh, then their highest ever Premier League rank, therefore qualifying for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League. After defeating Vitesse, the Saints were eliminated in the play-off by Midtjylland. The following season, Southampton once again set new records for the club at the end of the season, finishing in sixth place. They once again qualified for the Europa League, although this time immediately entered the group stages, as opposed to the play-off rounds.

In June 2016, Koeman left Southampton to join Everton and Claude Puel replaced him on a three-year contract. The club were eliminated in the group stage of the Europa League but were more successful in the EFL Cup, where they lost 3–2 in the final to Manchester United. The club ended the 2016–17 season in eighth. During the summer, Puel was replaced as manager by Argentine coach Mauricio Pellegrino, previously of Deportivo Alavés.

In mid-season, the club sold Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool for an estimated £75 million, Southampton's record sale and a world record for his position. Pellegrino was sacked in March 2018 with the team 1 point above the relegation zone, and his replacement, Mark Hughes, guided the club to a 17th-place finish, avoiding relegation on the last day of the season. Hughes signed a new contract at the end of the season but a poor start to the following season led him being sacked in December 2018 with the team in 18th place. He was replaced with former RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhüttl.


** – Colours / Crest – **

The Saints' anthem is the popular sports tune When the Saints Go Marching In, and since the club's official nickname is "the Saints", they are one of only a few teams who do not change the original lyric.

Originally, the club used the same crest as the one used by the city itself. However, during the 1970s a competition was run for fans to design a new one. The winning design, designed by Rolland Parris, was used for around 20 years, before being modified slightly by Southampton design agency The Graphics Workshop in the 1990s for copyright reasons.

From top-to-bottom, the halo is a reference to the nickname "Saints", the ball to the nature of the club, the scarf to the fans and the team colours (red and white). The tree represents the nearby New Forest and Southampton Common, with the water representing Southampton's connections with the rivers, seas and oceans. Below that is a white rose – the symbol of the city which is also present on the city crest. In the mid-1990s the ball was changed from a vintage style ball (such as those used in the 1960s) to the current ball with black and white panels, for copyright reasons.

On 13 May 2010, the official crest for the 125th anniversary was released: "The black outline and halo feature will now appear in gold, whilst the all important years 1885 and 2010 are scripted either side of the shield, with the figure 125 replacing the ball". The badge was used on Southampton's shirts for the 2010–11 season.


** – St Mary's Stadium – **

Since the 1980s, when Southampton regularly challenged the best sides in the English league (particularly in 1984 when they were league runners-up), there had been talk of the club relocating to a new stadium to replace The Dell due to the old stadium's cramped location which made it unsuitable for major expansion work. When the Taylor Report on 29 January 1990 required all First and Second Division clubs to have all-seater stadiums by August 1994, Southampton's directors initially decided to upgrade The Dell into an all-seater stadium (which was completed in 1993) but speculation about relocation continued, especially as an all-seater Dell had a capacity of just over 15,000; despite this, Southampton continued to defy the odds and survive in the new FA Premier League after 1992.

After a lengthy and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to build a new 25,000 seater stadium and leisure complex at Stoneham, on the outskirts of Southampton, the city council offered the club the chance to build a new ground on the disused gas work site in the heart of the city, about one and half miles from The Dell. The move was cited as the club returning home, because the club was formed by members of the nearby St. Mary's Church, as the football team of St. Mary's Church Young Men's Association before becoming Southampton St. Mary's F.C., and eventually Southampton F.C.

Construction started in December 1999 and was completed at the end of July 2001, with work on the stadium itself and improvements to local infrastructure cost a total of £32 million. The Saints have been in residence since August 2001 when they moved from The Dell, which for the final years of its life, held just over 15,000 spectators – less than half the size of the new stadium. The first match was on 1 August 2001 against RCD Espanyol, with the Spanish side winning 4–3. The first competitive hat trick at the stadium was scored by Stafford Browne for Aldershot Town in a 3–1 victory over Havant & Waterlooville in the Hampshire Senior Cup final on 1 May 2002.

The stadium is a complete bowl, with all stands of equal height. There are two large screens at either end that can be seen from any seat. The stadium has four stands, which are named after the areas of Southampton they face. The main (east) stand is the Itchen Stand, and faces the River Itchen. The opposite stand is called the Kingsland Stand. Behind the south goal is the Chapel Stand, and to the north is the Northam Stand.

At the rear of the Chapel, Kingsland and Northam Stands, there is a continuous, translucent 'panel' that is designed to allow light to access the pitch. A large section of the roof at the Chapel Stand, at the southern end of the stadium is also translucent, for the same reason.

At the rear of the Itchen Stand, there are 42 executive boxes, and a police control room. The stand also houses the club's offices, changing rooms, press facilities and corporate hospitality suites. The four main hospitality suites are named after some of Saints' greatest players:

  • Terry Paine.
  • Mick Channon.
  • Bobby Stokes.
  • Matt Le Tissier.
  • The Northam Stand is home to the majority of the more vocal supporters, as well as visiting fans. Visitors can be given up to 4,250 seats (15 per cent of the capacity) for cup games, and up to 3,200 for league matches.

    The official ground name at opening was 'The Friends Provident St Mary's Stadium'. Initially the club wanted the ground to be named purely after the sponsors, but fan pressure influenced the decision to include a non-commercial title. In 2006 the new sponsor Flybe.com did not choose to purchase the naming rights to the stadium, meaning it reverted to the name 'St Mary's Stadium'.

    The ground has an all-seated capacity of 32,505, including the press and directors boxes. Because of the segregation between home and away fans in the Northam Stand, it is unlikely the full capacity will ever be reached for a competitive match. The current record attendance was for the Football League Championship match between Southampton and Coventry City on 28 April 2012, when 32,363 spectators attended. The lowest league record was Southampton versus Sheffield United, when just 13,257 attended.

    When the club had lower league position this had a negative impact on attendances, although the visit of Exeter City on Boxing Day, 2009 in a League One fixture, attracted an attendance of 30,890. During the 2009–10 League One campaign, attendances increased significantly, attracting 29,901 against Milton Keynes Dons in the Football League Trophy and then, just 4 days later, 31,385 in a South Coast derby against Portsmouth in the FA Cup. The overall average attendance for the league season was 20,982, a near 3,000 improvement on the previous season despite being a league lower. During the 2010–11 League One campaign the lowest attendance was 18,623 against Yeovil, while the highest was 31,653 against Walsall.

    All stands, apart from the Itchen stand, can be built upon and expanded. Overall this would give an approximate capacity of around 50,000, and would cost a similar amount to how much it cost to build the stadium in the first place, which was approximately £32,000,000.

    The St Mary's Stadium has hosted one full England international match, a 2–2 draw between England and Macedonia in October 2002, while Wembley Stadium was out of action due to redevelopment and the Football Association decided that England games would be played at various venues around the country. David Beckham and Steven Gerrard scored for England. There has also been an international between Japan and Nigeria.

    The stadium first hosted European football in September 2003, when the Saints faced Romanian side Steaua Bucharest in the first round of the UEFA Cup. The game ended in a 1–1 draw. In 2016, Southampton had their first venture in the UEFA Europa League and their first game against Czech side Sparta Prague ended in a 3-0 win. Later in the group stage, they faced former champions Inter Milan and won 2-1.

    The venue hosted two England under-21 internationals. The first was a 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification Group 3 match against the Republic of Ireland’s under-21s on November 20, 2008. The hosts thrashed the visitors 3 - 0 thanks to Stephen O'Halloran’s sixtieth minute own goal followed by James Milner’s sixty eighth-minute goal and Theo Walcott’s seventy eighth-minute goal with 31,473 in attendance. The other was an international friendly against Norway’s under-21s on March 28, 2011. The hosts beat the visitors 2 - 0 with goals from Daniel Sturridge on the ninth minute and Danny Rose on the fortieth minute with 18,000 in attendance.

    Between Monday 1 June and Friday 5 June 2015, St. Mary's Stadium hosted a world record breaking match for the longest continuous football game ever played. Players from Southampton-based charity Testlands Support Project played for 102 hours straight, beating the previous record of 101 hours.

     

    ** – Facilities – **


    Buying Tickets

    To purchase Season or Match Tickets at Disabled Adult, Senior or U17 rates and qualify for a free enabler ticket you must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • - DLA (Middle or Higher rate care component, or Higher rate mobility component).
  • - PIP – Standard or Enhanced rate Mobility component, or Enhanced rate Daily Living component.
  • - Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI).
  • - Attendance Allowance (AA).
  • - War Pension.
  • They ask that evidence is provided to the Ticket Office on an annual basis - ideally in person by bringing along your documentation. If you have any questions relating to the criteria or how you can provide evidence if you are unable to visit the Ticket Office please contact their Supporter Relations Team.

    You can also visit the stadium to purchase tickets where their staff will be happy to assist. There is a lowered counter and hearing loop available and their Disabled Liaison Officers are based nearby and available Monday - Friday and on matchdays should you have any additional requirements, or are just looking to engage with the team. For all questions please contact Supporter Relations on 02380 711 980 or email supporterrelations@saintsfc.co.uk

    Enablers

    Disabled Supporters that meet the above criteria also qualify for a free enabler ticket. Whilst our staff work hard to ensure a safe and pleasant matchday experience for all of our disabled supporters, the enabler is responsible for the needs of the disabled supporter and should accompany them at every visit to the stadium.

    An enabler cannot gain entry to the stadium without accompanying the disabled supporter - any enabler wishing to attend the match without the disabled fan must upgrade their ticket at the Ticket Office prior to the match, paying the relevant price for the ticket. If you are an enabler and you have any questions regarding your visit or you feel you may need additional assistance in caring for the disabled supporter on matchday please do not hesitate to contact their Supporter Relations Team.

    Disabled Seating

    At St Mary's Stadium they have wheelchair accessible spaces in all stands:

  • Upper Tier: 52
  • Lower Tier: 104
  • Away Section Lower Tier: 14-16
  • Away Section Upper Tier: 8
  • They also have 98 seats in which Visually Impaired supporters can make use of radios and headsets for full match commentary provided by Hospital Radio. If you would like to sit elsewhere in the Stadium they are able to provide a DAB radio for you to listen to local radio commentary. To book a radio please contact their Supporter Relations Team.

    Ambulant disabled supporters are welcome to purchase a disabled ticket for any seat they feel is safe and appropriate. There are seats that have been reserved as seating more suited to ambulant disabled supporters. It comprises of a mixture of front row seating for extra leg room and aisle seats for ease of access. To discuss your requirements and to ensure you have the opportunity to purchase a seat most suited to your needs, please contact their Supporter Relations Team.

    They are keen to ensure that all supporters have the opportunity to sit with Family and Friends whenever possible. Please contact them and let them know about your group. For all questions please contact Supporter Relations on 02380 711 980 or email supporterrelations@saintsfc.co.uk


    Accessibility Stewards

    In every stand and raised deck area there are Accessibility Stewards that are dedicated to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of disabled fans visiting the stadium. Accessibility Stewards can be easily identified as they will be wearing high visibility jackets with the words 'ACCESSIBILITY STEWARD' on the back. If you have any questions, concerns or require assistance during your visit to St Mary's on a matchday their team will be happy to help.


    Accessible Toilets.

    There are accessible toilets in every stand - for both right and left hand transfer. They also have accessible facilities outside of the stadium near the Ticket Office and Megastore which are available on both match and non matchdays.

    Please note that most of our accessible toilets are fitted with RADAR locks and disabled supporters will need to bring their RADAR key to access the facilities. If you do not have a RADAR key these can be purchased from local councils, shop-mobility schemes and online Disability Rights UK. Should you find yourself without a key please approach an Accessibility Steward in the area who will be happy to help.

    Changing Places Facility.

    Southampton Football Club are pleased to be able to offer the use of their new Changing Places Facility. Supporters in need of this facility are encouraged to contact the club's Supporter Relations Team for full information and advice and to enable them to ensure easy access to the facility as and when required. Contact Supporter Relations on: 02380 711 980 or Email: supporterrelations@saintsc.co.uk


    Assistance Dogs.

    Southampton Football Club welcomes assistance dogs and they have fully assessed appropriate areas with help from organisations such as Guide Dogs for the Blind and Canine Companions. They ask that you contact them as soon as possible so that they can assess your needs and that of your assistance dog and ensure availability of seats. Please call their Disabled Liaison Officers on 02380 711 980 or Email: supporterelations@saintsfc.co.uk


    Audio Description.

    At Southampton Football Club they offer an Audio Description Service for blind or partially sighted supporters, and have receivers available for use by both home and away fans. Their Audio Description is provided by specially trained commentators that keep up with play to the second, so listeners don’t miss anything happening on the pitch. The simple to use receivers can be used anywhere in the stadium, and although they can provide you with headphones with the receiverthey recommend you bring your own.

    There is no charge for this service, although they do ask that you get in touch with them to book a receiver once you have your match ticket by telephoning 02380 711 980 or by emailing supporterrelations@saintsfc.co.uk . They will arrange to have a receiver brought to your seat before kick off.

    At the end of the match they ask that you look out for a member of their team at the front of your stand to return your receiver, or hand to a nearby steward. In order for them to continue providing this service it is vital that they have all receivers returned to them at the end of each match. If you have any questions about this service or any other aspects of your matchday experience please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Supporter Relations team.


    Away Fans.

    There are 6 disabled parking spaces available to away disabled supporters on a first come first saved basis. These are subject to a £6.00 charge which is payable upon arrival on matchday. If you have any questions or to book a space please contact Daniel in our Supporter Relations Team 02380 711 909 .

    Visiting supporters who are Visually Impaired do have the opportunity to use a DAB digital radio whilst at St Mary's. If you would like to take the opportunity to hire one when at St Mary's please contact your Disabled Liaison Officer via the Supporter Relations department on 02380 711 909 to book.

    Any fan visiting St Mary's is welcome to contact them at any time to discuss their individual needs. At Southampton Football Club they strive to provide a comfortable and inclusive experience for all of their visitors and look forward to hearing from you with any requests or feedback.


    Disabled Car Parking.

    Disabled car parking for Home Fans at the Stadium for Premier League fixtures is currently sold out. Enquiries relating to seasonal car parking for League matches should be directed to their Operations Team on 02380 727785. To book a disabled parking space for a Cup Match, please contact their Operations Team on 02380 727785 who will allocate parking on a first come first served basis.

    A “drop off and pick up area” is available for Blue Badge Holders. This is situated outside the Main Reception area, adjacent to the Ted Bates statue. Access is via Chapel Road and Granville Street to the South of the Stadium. This facility is available for vehicles displaying a blue disabled badge and is strictly for set down purposes up to 2 hours prior to the match and again for pick up purposes for up to 1 hour after the final whistle. Please be aware that any vehicles parking in this area are likely to be towed away. If you require assistance getting from the drop off area to your entrance or seat whilst your enabler parks, please do let them know by contacting our Supporter Relations Team on 02380 711 980 or by E Mail supporterrelations@saintsfc.co.uk .


    Disabled Dial-a-Ride.

    Southampton Football Club funds a Dial-a-Ride service through '1 Community' for disabled supporters who live in the City of Southampton. The membership of this service is completely free of charge to those attending first-team home matches at the stadium. For members with first-team match tickets, bookings can be made Monday to Friday and are subject to availability. Please ensure you book a minimum of three days in advance of the fixture. For further details on Dial-a-ride membership and how to book your matchday travel, please contact '1 Community' directly on 023 8090 2400


    Powered Wheelchairs and Scooters.

    Powered wheelchairs and scooters can be used in all wheelchair accessible spaces – please advise their ticket office staff at the time of your purchase that you require a wheelchair space. They ask that you remain in your powered wheelchair or scooter for the duration of your visit, as they do not have storage facilities available. Please ensure that your powered wheelchair or scooter is fully charged for the duration of your visit to St Mary’s, including their journey to and from the Stadium.


    Refreshment Facilities.

    All fixed catering outlets have a lower counter for wheelchair users and fans that find the lower level more easily accessible. Menus are available in large print for fans that are visually impaired. Please feel free to request these at any of their fixed outlets – they are printed on matte paper to prevent glare and can be taken away to peruse.

    Enablers with supporters on the raised wheelchair decks will have access to concourse areas for half time refreshments. An Accessibility Steward or a member of the Supporter Relations Team may assist with the purchase of refreshments if needed – if you would prefer to request assistance prior to the match please contact them on 02380 711 980 or by E Mail supporterrelations@saintsfc.co.uk

     


    ** – Getting to St Mary's Stadium – **

    The stadium is served by the following main roads:

  • •From North: M3; via M25, passing Winchester and Basingstoke.
  • •From South: no route, ground is located on the South Coast.
  • •From East: M27; from Portsmouth, passing Fareham.
  • •From West: M27, M271, A33; passing Copythorne and Nursling.
  • From City Centre: The city centre is located roughly two miles west of the stadium. The A3024 and St. Andrews Road runs from the centre of the town, around the northern side of the stadium and onto Britannia Road.

    Stadium Area. The stadium is approached from Britannia Road and Belvidere Road from the north, Marine Parade from the south, and St Andrews road from the west. The River Itchen lines the eastern side of the stadium; meaning access from the east requires crossing the A3205 Itchen Bridge and heading north back towards the stadium.

    Parking. There are parking restrictions on a matchday, so using all local City Council Car Parks is recommended. Fans have recommended the Marina Area, which costs £5 and is only a 10 minute walk to the stadium.

    By Train

    Southampton Central Station [SOU]. The station is located at Blechynden Terrace, Southampton SO15 1AL; 30 mins' walk from the ground. It offers the following services:

  • •South West Trains services to London Waterloo, Weymouth, Poole, Portsmouth and Salisbury
  • •Southern services to Brighton and London Victoria.
  • •First Great Western services to Portsmouth, Cardiff, and Brighton.
  • •CrossCountry services to Bournemouth, Manchester Piccadilly and Newcastle.
  • Directions to ground: Head left out of the station. Follow the road up the hill, continuing straight, past the KFC on your left. Look out for the short cut on Northam Road just as you pass across the railway bridge. The pedestrian walkway crosses the railway and brings you out at the corner of the Northam Stand.

    Taxis: West Quay Cars - 023 8099 9999

     


    Location : St Mary's Stadium, Britannia Rd, Southampton SO14 5FP

    Transport: Southampton Central (National Rail) then bus or taxi. Bus Routes: 8A, 11 and 18 stop at the stadium.

    Capacity : 32,505

    Tel: 02380 711 980