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14th Port – known as Southampton by the natives – was a busy place during the build up and duration of the Normandy Invasions. “The Dell Field” played host to American sporting diversions.

War and Peace and War

1921-22

Division Three becomes Division Three (South) with the creation of Division Three (North).

1922-23

Saints complete their first Division Two season eleventh of  twenty-two teams  with the intriguing statistics


P: 42  W: 14  D: 14  L: 14   F: 40  A: 40   Pts: 42

Saints finish season fourth in Division Two – their best season in the Football League.

1924-25

28 MARCH

FA Cup semi-finals: Saints defeated 2-0 by Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge.

1926-1927

26 MARCH

FA Cup semi-finals: Saints lose 2-1 to Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

1935-36

23 November

Saints celebrate their Golden Jubilee with a 2-0 League win over Tottenham Hotspur at The Dell.

28 MARCH

Spurs defeat Saints at White Hart Lane: 8-0!

1938-39

7 JANUARY

FA CUP Third Round: Chelmsford City 4 Southampton 1, Saints first defeat by a “non-League” side since joining the Football League .

1939-40

Sunday 3 December

War declared on Germany.

The Football League season is abandoned for the duration of hostilities.

1940-41

30 NOVEMBER

During Southampton’s heaviest air-raid of the War The Dell is flooded when the culvert carrying Rollsbrook under the pitch is dammed by bombing.  

Saints complete the season playing all their matches away.

1942-43

16 JANUARY

Luton Town are defeated 11-0 at The Dell in League South – Saints largest win of World War Two.  

1943-44

27 NOVEMBER

Saints lose 10-1 at Aldershot, Saints’ largest defeat of World War Two.

1945

8 MAY

Germany surrenders.

1914-15

24 APRIL

Saints end the season with a 3-0 home win over Exeter City.


Meanwhile: at Old Trafford, Sheffield United defeat Chelsea 3-0 in the FA Cup Final.

Presenting the trophy Lord Derby pronounced: “You have played with one another and against one another for the Cup; play with one another for England now.”


Professional football abandoned for the duration

MAY

The Football League announces the formation of a “Division Three”, to be formed by the adoption of the Southern League’s first division.

1 MAY

Saints defeat Newport County 5-0 at The Dell and become first Division Three (South) champions.

15 FEBRUARY

Football League War Cup round one (first leg) at Fratton Park Portsmouth: Southampton 2 Brentford 2

Saints lost the second leg 5-2 at Brentford.

1915-16

Saints compete in the South Western Combination with Portsmouth; Cardiff City; Bristol Rovers; Bristol City; Swindon Town and Newport County. Saints end the season as runners-up to Pompey.

1916-17

Saints compete in London Combination. Saints finish season ninth of 14 sides. Champions: West Ham United

1917-18

Saints compete in the South Hants War League with Pompey; Thorneycrofts; Harland & Wolf; Royal Flying Corps School; Cowes and Royal Navy Torpedo Depot.

Champions: Pompey. Saints: fourth!

1918-19

Saints compete in the South Hants War League with Pompey; Thorneycrofts; Harland & Wolf; and Cowes.


11 November

Germany surrenders.

21 APRIL

Saints finish their South Hants War League fixtures with a 9-1 home win over Pompey.

Champions: Harland & Wolf. Saints: fourth! Again!

1919-20

The first post-war Southern League season ends with Saints placed eighth and Pompey as champions.   

1920-21

Saints finish the first Division Three season as runners-up to Crystal Palace. Alas, only the champions are promoted.

The Archers Road End 1915, or thereabouts.

The War was over but cartoonist David Low, of the London Star, felt that a lasting peace was far from won.

David Low, now of the Evening Standard, 20 September 1939, marks the Nazi and Soviet invasions of Poland – and, incidentally, the termination of the ’39-40 football season.

Alec Campbell leads his team out of the old West Stand circa 1922

Tom Parker & Mike Keeping, Saints back line during 1925-26.

Programme, 1936-37

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The D-Day

Embroidery

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