Football Scarf in the colours of
- Premium football scarf in the colours of Southampton
- No logos, no badges, no branding - 100% unofficial
- Made in Great Britain of pure Saxony wool
- In stock - usually despatched within 24hrs
- Length: 72 inches (183 cm)
- Width: 10 inches (25 cm)
- Recorded delivery worldwide
- UK: 2 - 4 working days
- Europe: 5 - 7 working days
- Rest of the World: 5 - 10 working days
Nickname: The Saints
Ground: St Mary's Stadium
- FA Cup Winners: 1976
- FA Cup Runners-up: 1900, 1902, 2003
- English Third Tier Champions: 1922, 1960
Anyone who wanted to experience the highs and lows of following one of footballâ€™s smaller clubs could have done a lot worse - over the last forty years, Saints fans have surely seen it all?
Under former Guardsman and all-round good-egg, Lawrie McMenemy, the club reached the 1976 FA Cup Final, beating the mighty Manchester United 1-0 at Wembley. In the following years McMenemy assembled a squad that was amongst the best in the country. In 1982 no fewer than six England Captains turned out for the Saints: Alan Ball, Kevin Keegan, Mick Channon, Peter Shilton, Mick Mills and Dave Watson.
Southampton added ex-Chelsea star Peter Osgood and former Arsenal striker Charlie George to the squad and in 1984 ran Liverpool close for the title, eventually finishing runners-up and just three points behind the European champions.
If those were the best of times, Saints fans were to experience the worst a decade later. In 1996 hockey enthusiast and successful businessman Rupert Lowe became chairman; in the next decade or so the club would fall from the top flight to the third tier of English football and go into administration - for which they would kick-off the 2009/10 season with a 10 point penalty.
Lowe would no doubt point to the splendid new St Maryâ€™s Stadium as a major achievement but he never really understood how football fans feel. In his programme notes for the club's last game in the premiership he wrote â€œItâ€™s always easy to forget the progress we have made over the past decade when the first team results go badly. However our academy has continued to flourish, our shop is doing well and our match-day catering is the envy of other clubs.â€ Hmm...
In 2009 the administrators confirmed that the club had been sold. The following year the new owners installed Nigel Adkins as the new manager and consecutive promotions saw the Saints back in the top flight.
The last word must surely go to former manager Graeme Souness who, when questioned about his time working with Rupert Lowe, simple asked "Whoever heard of anyone in football called Rupert?â€