2000-2001 Last season at The Dell.
2001-02 First season at The Friends Provident St Mary’s Stadium.
Curtain up for the FA Premier League.
Saints draw nil-all with Tottenham Hotspur at The Dell.
Saints end the first Premiership season by losing 4-3 to Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park. Matthew Le Tissier netting all three Saints’ goals.
Lawrie McMenemy returns to The Dell as a director.
Saints lose 1-0 at home to Norwich City. Ian Branfoot is sacked and soon replaced by Alan Ball.
Alan Ball departs for Manchester City and is replaced by reserve coach Dave Merrington.
Dave Merrington is “cast off” to be replaced by Graeme Souness.
Southampton Football Club is launched on the stock market as an asset of Southampton Leisure Holdings PLC
Rupert Lowe, Chairman of the PLC, becomes Chairman of the “football board”.
Graeme Souness and Lawrie McMenemy resign.
The final Premiership match at The Dell.
Southampton FC 3 Arsenal 2. Saints take all three points with two goals from Hassan Kachloul and a magnificent last gasp strike from Matthew Le Tissier.
First Premiership fixture at St Mary’s: Southampton 0-2 Chelsea
Saints defeat Charlton Athletic 1-0 to record their first victory at St Mary’s.
Scorer: Marian Pahars
FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Final Score: Arsenal 1 Southampton 0
Southampton 1-2 Manchester United
Saint relegated to the Football League Championship after 28 years in the top flight – despite having Harry Redknapp as manager.
30 JUNE 2006
Amidst much triumphalism Michael Wilde replaces Rupert Lowe as Chairman as the “Magnificent 7” sweep into power in the St Mary’s boardroom.
Michael Wilde resigns as Chairman and is replaced by “caretaker” Leon Crouch.
Leon Crouch is “removed” from chairmanship to be replaced by Ken Dulieu.
A “new structure” (sic) is put in place. Leon Crouch returns as Chairman.
Saints finish sixth in the Championship and qualify for play-offs.
They lose out to Derby County on penalties in the first round
Last day of the season: Saints defeat Sheffield United 3-2 at St Mary’s and avoid relegation by two points.
With Saints under threat of being placed into administration Leon Crouch resigns and Michael Wilde returns as chairman of the “football board” and Rupert Lowe as Chairman of the PLC.
With Saints struggling at the bottom of the Championship Southampton Leisure Holdings PLC is placed into administration.
Saints clinch relegation to League One by drawing two-all at home with Burnley.
Saints say “adieu” to the Championship with a 3-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest.
Saints’ farewell goal is scored by Bradley Wright-Phillips
A hot favourite for the most mortifying experience in the history of Saints supporting was the unveiling of Ian Brannan’s statue of Ted Bates on the evening of 17 March 2007. “… I hope there will be a decent turn out of fans to honour the man who laid the foundations to make the club what it is now”, pronounced new chairman Leon Crouch in his “Message” in the programme of 16 March.
The replacement – by Sean Hedges-Quinn and Stan Mitchell – was unveiled by Lawrie McMenemy (pictured with the media) prior to the Championship fixture with Cardiff on 22 March 2008 (a goalless draw); by which time Mr Crouch had returned after a hiatus in his chairmanship. The statue, a fitting tribute to Ted, appears to be walking briskly from St Mary’s Stadium while hailing a taxi.
It is divulged that due to the perilous state of the club’s finances the first team will be based on Academy graduates and actual academicians and that all the players are for sale. Two notable incomers are Plymouth Argyle stalwart Paul Wotton, on a “free”, and 18-year-old RC Strasbourg midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, for £1.2-million.
Above: under the West Stand 1992 Below: a last fag in the West Stand 19 May 2001
“We’re on our way to Wemb– the Millennium Stadium”
© Southampton FC
The Football League imposes a ten point penalty, to be deducted at the beginning of the 2009-10 if, as seems likely, they are relegated.
Left: programme for Ipswich Town’s visit, 24 February, which carried Michael Wilde’s last Chairman’s Message before resigning.
Below: Michael Wilde’s first programme notes after returning as Chairman for the 2008-09 season appeared for the curtain raiser with Birmingham City.