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28 March

Wembley: Saints defeat Carlisle United 4-1 in the Final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.


8 July

Saints are bought out of Administration by DMWSL613 Limited, owner Swiss industrialist Markus Liebherr. He appoints Nicola Cortese as Chief Executive.

17 July

Alan Pardew is appointed manager.


8 August

Saints kick-off their first season in League One at St Mary’s, drawing one-all with ancient protagonists Millwall.

The scorer of Saints’ first goal in the third tier since 30 April 1960 (when George O’Brien’s 80th minute strike secured a 2-0 home win over Bradford City and the Third Division championship) was Matt Paterson.  

11 August

Rickie Lambert makes his debut against Northampton Town at St Mary’s in the first round of the League Cup. Signed from Bristol Rovers for £1-million plus add-ons, Rickie, a goalscoring centre-forward, is handed Saints’ talismanic number 7 shirt.

Saints win 2-0, scorers Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert!

3 October

Saints defeat Gillingham 4-1 at St Mary’s and advance from minus one point to plus two 2 points!

17 October

Saints win 3-1 at Oldham and rise above Wycombe Wonderers at the bottom of League One

Boxing Day

Exeter City attract a crowd of 30,890 to St Mary’s. Saints win 3-1, with goals from Lloyd James, Neal Trotman and Papa Waigo N’Diaye

8 May

Saints end the season with a 3-1 win over Southend United at St Mary’s.

The score leaves them seventh, seven points behind sixth placed Huddersfield Town but with a superior goal difference.

    11 August

     Saints supporters are stunned to learn that Markus Liebherr has      died, a little over a year after saving the Club.

    The statement from the Club reads: Anyone who came to know Markus learned of his quick wit, love of football - most especially Saints football -

    and   his unquenchable thirst for better knowledge of all things. Anyone who had the privilege of meeting Markus met a man who was quiet,     unassuming,   undemonstrative and fantastic fun to be with.

30 August

With Saints 14th in League One Alan Pardew  and coaches Wally Downes and Stuart Murdoch are sacked.

12 September

Scunthorpe United Manager Nigel Adkins is appointed Saints manager.

1 January

Saints defeat Exeter City 4-1 at St Mary’s and move up into second place in League One.


Saints end the season promoted as runners-up to Brighton & Hove Albion, following a “stylish” 3-0 win over Walsall at St Mary’s


6 August

Saints open the season with a 3-1 home win over Leeds United.

The result places Saints second in the Championship – the lowest they will drop throughout the duration of what proved to be a promotion campaign.  

28 MAY

Saints complete the season with a 4-0 home win over Coventry City, finishing as runners-up to Reading.  


18 January

With Saints sitting at 15th in the Premier League Nigel Adkins is sacked and instantly replaced with former Argentina international and Espanyol manager Mauricio Pochettino.

19 May

The season ends with Stoke City at St Mary’s.

Result: one-all, with Rickie Lambert scoring his 15th goal of the season – making him the joint highest English goalscorer in the Premier League.  

2010-11   Saints’ 125th Anniversary Season

Fans (above) celebrate with flare after the 2011-12 season climaxes with a 4-0 win over Coventry City at St Mary’s and automatic promotion to the Premiership.

A little more decorum is exhibited (below) a year later when, following a goalless draw with Stoke City, Southampton celebrates finishing the season comfortably clear of relegation.   

Wednesday 12 March

Canadian ice-hockey coach Ralph Krueger is appointed Chairman of Southampton FC.


Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez make their England debuts on the 7th v Ukraine, and 15th, v Chile, respectively.  

Wednesday 15 January

Nicola Cortese resigns as Chairman of DMWSL613 Limited (a.k.a. Southampton Football Club) and is replaced pro tem by the owner, Katharina Liebherr.

Summer 2013

Saints sign Kenyan international midfielder Victor Wanyama from Celtic; Croatian international centre-back Dejan Lovren from Olympique Lyonnais; and, as the season kicked-off, A.S. Roma’s leading scorer, Argentinean born Italian international striker Dani Osvaldo  


Wednesday 14 August

Rickie Lambert makes his England debut at Wembley, coming on as a substitute after 67 minutes. He gets his first touch three minutes later, making the score 3-2 to England with a “thunderous header”. Final score: England 3 Scotland 2.

Saturday 17 August

Saints open their Premiership programme at the Hawthorns, with six Englishmen in the starting eleven; four of whom are Saints’ Academy graduates.

Saints defeat West Bromwich Albion 1-0, courtesy of a late Rickie Lambert penalty.   

Saturday October 25

Saints rise to third in the Premiership after defeating Fulham 2-0 at St Mary’s. Goals: Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez.

Friday 24 January

The Southern Daily Echo reveals that Dani Osvaldo has been suspended by the club after “allegedly headbutting José Fonte” during a training session at Spaplewood on the previous Wednesday.   

Wednesday 5 March

Luke Shaw makes his England debut as a half-time substitute in the 1-0 defeat of Denmark. Adam Lallana (having replaced Jack Wilshere after 59 minutes) lays on the cross for Dean Sturridge’s match winning header.    

Sunday 11 May

Saints end the season placed eighth in the Premiership following a one-all draw with Manchester United at the St Mary’s Stadium. Having taken the lead with a Rickie Lambert strike in the 28th minute, United denied them all three points thanks to a Juan Mata free-kick after 54 minutes.

Monday 12 May

England manager Roy Hodgson names his provisional squad for the World Cup in Brazil, calling up Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Rickie Lambert, who all make the final selection.  Jay Rodriguez, is out of contention after tearing after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament, in the 4-1 defeat at Manchester City on 7 April.


BELOW: After the annual St Mary’s Manchester United fixture, Saints and families commence their second annual lap of appreciation.

Saints would have  ended up champions of  the world with with  me at the helm! Home Bounce Back 2009 ... #top The  Bounce  Back Sure Nicola. And  I would  have ended up on  housing benefit