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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.
Division Three becomes Division Three (South) with the creation of Division Three (North).
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.
FA Cup semi-finals: Saints defeated 2-0 by Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge.
FA Cup semi-finals: Saints lose 2-1 to Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.
Saints celebrate their Golden Jubilee with a 2-0 League win over Tottenham Hotspur at The Dell.
Spurs defeat Saints at White Hart Lane: 8-0!
FA CUP Third Round: Chelmsford City 4 Southampton 1, Saints first defeat by a “non-League” side since joining the Football League .
Sunday 3 December
War declared on Germany.
The Football League season is abandoned for the duration of hostilities.
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.
Luton Town are defeated 11-0 at The Dell in League South – Saints largest win of World War Two.
Saints lose 10-1 at Aldershot, Saints’ largest defeat of World War Two.
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
The Football League announces the formation of a “Division Three”, to be formed by the adoption of the Southern League’s first division.
Saints defeat Newport County 5-0 at The Dell and become first Division Three (South) champions.
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.
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.
Saints compete in London Combination. Saints finish season ninth of 14 sides. Champions: West Ham United
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!
Saints compete in the South Hants War League with Pompey; Thorneycrofts; Harland & Wolf; and Cowes.
Saints finish their South Hants War League fixtures with a 9-1 home win over Pompey.
Champions: Harland & Wolf. Saints: fourth! Again!
The first post-war Southern League season ends with Saints placed eighth and Pompey as champions.
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.