Southampton FC 2022/23 Players, Squad, History, Stadium, Kit and more

Southampton FC 2022/23 Players, Squad, History, Stadium, Kit and more

Southampton FC is a professional association football club based in Southampton, Hampshire, England. The club has been nicknamed “The Saints” since its inception in 1885 due to its history as a church football team, founded as the St. Mary’s Church of England Young Men’s Association, and plays in red shirts and white.

It has been in the Premier League (English top division) since 2012 and plays its home games at the 32,505-capacity St. Mary’s Stadium.

Founded in 1885, the club is also known by the nickname Saints (Italian Santi) as it was established as a parish, the Young Men’s Association of St. Mary’s Church of England, and is currently owned by Dragan’s Sports Republic Solak.

The club holds in its record the victory of an FA Cup in the 1975-1976 season.

In this article, you will get to know about Southampton FC 2022/23 Players, Squad, History, Stadium, Nickname, Kit, and more.

Southampton FC Profile summary

Southampton Football Club
TeamSouthampton Football Club
Nickname(s)The Saints
Home StadiumSt Mary’s Stadium
Stadium Capacity32,384
LeaguePremier League 2022–23
ManagerRalph Hasenhüttl

Southampton FC History

Foundation and union to the League of the South (1885-1920)

Southampton FC was founded in November 1885 as St Mary YMA. In 1898, the team moved to Dell Stadium, where it remained for over a hundred years. However, due to the stadium’s low capacity, the team moved to St Mary’s Stadium in 2001, which can hold 32,690 fans.

The team that now plays for rojiblanco was made up of members of the St. Mary’s Young Men’s Association F.C, young men who played soccer on the banks of the Itchen for 13 years.

Originally named Southampton St. Mary, the club joined the Southern League in 1894 and won the championship for three consecutive years between 1897 and 1899 and again in 1901, 1903, and 1904.

The success meant that there were some significant changes for the club. They moved into The Dell, a newly built £10,000 stadium in 1898. They would spend the next 103 years there, however, the future was far from rosy in the early days. The club had to rent the premises before they could shell out the money to buy the stadium early in the following century.

Join the Football League (1920-1966)

The Saints were briefly forced to play their home games at the stadiums of their local rivals: Portsmouth’s Fratton Park during World War II, when a bomb fell on the field of The Dell, leaving a 20-foot crater, which damaged an underground sewer flood. field.

The Saints hit the woodwork in 1947-48 in an attempt to move up the division to third place, a feat repeated the following season. Despite the fact that Charlie Wayman scored 56 goals in the 1948-49 and 49-50 seasons, they lost in the tie breaks against Sheffield United. In 1953, the Saints would eventually be relegated to Division 3 (South).

It took until 1960 for them to return to the English second division, Derek Reeves scoring 39 of the team’s 106 goals, culminating in the title that season. In 1963, a crowd of 68,000 at Villa Park watched them lose 1–0 to Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final.

Reach the top division and win the Cup (1966-1977)

In 1966, commanded by Ted Bates, they rose to the national elite, finishing as runners-up in the second division. Martin Chivers had scored 30 of Southampton’s 85 league goals.

The following year, Ron Davies scored 43 goals in his first season. The club remained in the elite for eight years. They qualified twice for European competitions before becoming the first victims of the new relegation system in 1974.

The most memorable day in Southampton Football Club history came in 1976 when Lawrie McMenemy’s Second Division side won the FA Cup for the first time by beating favorites Manchester United 1-0 at Wembley.

Stabilization in the national elite (1977-1992)

In 1978, the Saints returned to the top flight. A year later, they lost the League Cup final 3–2 to Nottingham Forest.

Hamburg’s signing of two-time European Footballer of the Year Kevin Keegan was a masterstroke for McMenemy; a move that stunned the football world and was followed in the 1983–84 season by the most successful campaign in the club’s history.

Under goalkeeper Peter Shilton, they were league runners-up to Liverpool in 1983–84 and then reached the FA Cup semi-finals, losing to Everton after extra time.

They finished fifth in the 1984–85 season, qualifying for European competition for the fourth time in five seasons. The following year, they reached the FA Cup semi-finals, being defeated by Liverpool. McMenemy left the club at the end of the season to be replaced by Chris Nicholl.

The following years would be prolific for the Saints. Matthew Le Tissier earned his place in the starting line-up in 1986-87, as well as being named PFA Young Player of the Year in 1990, playing eight games for England. At the age of 17, Alan Shearer “came into the world” scoring a hat-trick against Arsenal in April 1988. Shearer started for the club until July 1992, until he was sold to Blackburn Rovers for £3m. Sterling.

Southampton in the Premier League (1992-2005)

Since the founding of the Premier League in 1992-93, Southampton has spent most of its elite years battling relegation. In 1995-96 they finished 17th with 38 points. In the final weeks of the season, they ended up escaping relegation by achieving key results for their permanence, such as a 1-0 win against relegated Bolton Wanderers and a 3-1 win over champions Manchester United. Former Rangers and Liverpool manager Graeme Souness was hired and signed two foreign players: Egil Østenstad and Eyal Berkovic. The highlight of the season would be the 6-3 win over Manchester United at The Dell stadium, in which his two signings each scored twice. He resigned after one season in charge and was replaced by Dave Jones.

In the 1999-2000 season, Dave Jones resigned to focus on defending himself against the accusation that he molested children in his home in the 1980s. The accusations, in turn, turned out to be false and Dave was replaced by Glenn. Hoddle. He managed to save the club from relegation with ease the following season, however, he received an offer from Tottenham, accepting it at the end of the 2000-01 season. Stuart Gray took his place. Matthew Le Tissier scored the team’s last goal at their old stadium, volleying in a 3–2 victory against Arsenal. Gray was sacked after unsatisfactory results the following season and Gordon Strachan took his place and led the team to 11th place.

In 2002–03, Southampton finished eighth in the league and were runners-up in the FA Cup, losing it to Arsenal 1–0 at the Millennium Stadium. Strachan resigned in March 2004 and within eight months, two managers, Paul Sturrock and Steve Wigley took over and were fired. Chairman Rupert Lowe incurred the ire of fans by signing Harry Redknapp (former manager of rivals Portsmouth). However, Redknapp was unable to stop the decline despite bringing in five new players during the January transfer window. After 27 years in the top flight, the Saints were relegated on the last day of the 2004-05 season. Lost 2-1 at home to Manchester United. Harry would return to Portsmouth soon after.

The period outside the elite (2005-2012)

The 2006-07 Championship campaign was a rollercoaster to the finish with George Burley in the bunker. The club won five of their last seven games to secure sixth place and a play-off place, however, they were beaten in the semi-finals by Derby County on penalties. That season they revealed 17-year-old Gareth Bale. The board then decided to invest in the team and under the financial risk of “going into management” if he did not get promoted to the Premier League, he had to sell some of his players, such as Bale and Kenwyne Jones. Burley left the club in January 2008 to coach the Scottish national team, being replaced by Nigel Pearson, saving the club from further relegation.

In April 2009, the club was put into administration. Ten points would be deducted from their league ranking, but since they have already relegated, these would only be given in the following season. Southampton was unable to pay wages and other bills and was on the verge of bankruptcy unless buyers appeared. In June the club was sold to Markus Liebherr on 8 July 2009, the owner would commission Nicola Cortese to take over the day-to-day running of the club as manager. Alan Pardew was hired as a trainer. He would be followed by the likes of Ipswich’s Dan Harding, experienced Tunisian Radhi Jaidi, and striker Rickie Lambert.

On 28 March 2010, over 50,000 fans traveled to Wembley to see the club win their first silver salvo in 34 years with goals from Lambert, Adam Lallana, Papa Waigo, and Michail Antonio in a 4–1 victory over Carlisle United. In the end, Southampton finished the season in seventh place, seven points short of a play-off place. Dark days would come with Liebherr’s death on August 11, however, the club would recover and continue to live up to his legacy to the best of its ability. Pardew was fired in August and Nigel Adkins took over. The club was promoted to the English second division in May 2011, being vice-presidents of Brighton at the time. The club would later reveal Frenchman Morgan Schneiderlin and emerging Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

In early February 2012, the club announced that it had started development on its new training facility in addition to the new facility at Training Ground Staplewood in Marchwood. The Saints on the field made progress and were in the midst of a 12-game unbeaten streak that lasted nearly two months. Meanwhile, West Ham and Reading kept them under pressure, having to wait until the final day of the season to secure promotion to the Premier League when they beat Coventry City to secure second place after a seven-year spell in the Premier League and Championship. The club broke its transfer record twice in the summer of 2012, signing striker Jay Rodríguez from Burnley before signing Uruguayan Gastón Ramírez on the final day of the transfer window. Japanese Olympic captain Maya Yoshida has also moved to St Mary’s with her compatriot Tadanari Lee, who arrived in January.

Return to the Premier League (2012–present)

After a mid-season run with Adkins and his subsequent sacking, Southampton has appointed Argentine Mauricio Pochettino as manager following his three-year spell at RCD Espanyol. They finished the season in 14th place and the following season in 8th. At the end of 2013-14, the Argentine would change clubs and go on to train Tottenham Hotspur. Santos would make big sales and appoint Ronald Koeman as the new coach for 3 years. At the end of the 2014-15 season, he would beat Aston Villa 6-1 with three goals from Sadio Mané in 176 seconds. That would be the fastest hat-trick in the league so far. They would finish the season in seventh place qualifying for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League. After defeating Vitesse, So’ton was eliminated by Midtjylland in the playoffs. They managed to compete once again in European competition by finishing sixth in the Premier League in 2015-16, entering directly into the group stage.

In June 2016, the Dutchman would leave Southampton to take charge of Everton, while Claude Puel would enter his place to sign a three-year contract. The club would end up eliminated in the group stage of the Europa League and reach the final of the EFL Cup, in which they were beaten 3-2 by Manchester United. The club would finish the 2016-17 season in eighth place. During the European summer, Puel was replaced by Argentine Mauricio Pellegrino. In the winter window of the following year, the club sold Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool for £75 million, a club transfer record and the most expensive signing in the position. Pellegrino would be fired in March 2018 after leaving So’ton on the verge of relegation, with 8 league games remaining, his replacement, Mark Hughes, managed to avoid relegation on the last day. Hughes lasted until December 2018, leaving the Saints in the relegation zone. Former RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl would take over until the end of the season, saving the club from relegation and finishing in 16th place. In August 2020, signed as the club’s front jersey sponsor for the 2020/21 Premier League season. This happened because LD Sports had prematurely terminated his three-year contract. In 2021 Southampton FC announced a three-year partnership with valued at over £7.5m a year. This is the club’s biggest partnership to date.

In January 2022 the ownership of the club was acquired by the Sports Republic group, controlled by Serbian tycoon Dragan Solak.

Southampton FC Home Stadium

St Mary’s Stadium has been the home of the Saints since August 2001. It has a capacity of 32,689 and is one of the few stadiums in Europe to meet UEFA’s four-star criteria. The stadium has also hosted several international games. The field attendance record is 32,363, set in a match between Southampton and Coventry City in April 2012.

From 1898 to 2001, Southampton played their home games at The Dell. The purpose-built stadium was refurbished several times throughout its 103-year history, with two of the stands being completely rebuilt after the fires and in 1950 becoming the first ground in England to have permanent lighting installed. Following Taylor’s report, The Dell was converted to an all-seater stadium and, with a capacity of approximately 15,000, became the smallest top-flight ground in England, precipitating a move to a new home. Before The Dell, the club’s grounds were the Antelope Ground, from 1887 to 1896, and the County Cricket Ground, from 1896 to 1898.

The club’s training facility, Staplewood Campus, is located in Marchwood, on the outskirts of the New Forest. The current facility opened in November 2014, at a cost of nearly £40 million. The main building is named after the club’s late owner, Markus Liebherr.

St. Mary's Stadium
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For the 2012–13 season until the end of the 2013–14 season, the club reached an agreement with Eastleigh FC, currently in the Southern Conference, for the use of their stadium, Ten Acres, for under-21 team matches. from The Saints. This continues a partnership with Eastleigh that has lasted for the last decade. However, this association ended and Southampton’s youth teams continued to play at Staplewood and St. Mary’s until the 2019–20 season when some U23 cup games would be played in AFC. Totton’s Testwood Stadium, where Southampton F.C. The women play their home games.

Southampton FC Kit

Home uniform: red and white shirt, black pants, red socks with white trim.
Away uniform: Yellow shirt, black pants, yellow socks.
Alternative uniform: White shirt, white pants, and black socks.

Here is Southampton 2022/23 Kit, Home, Away, and Third Jersey by Hummel.

Kit sponsorship

Since 2021, Southampton kits have been made by hummel, who previously made Southampton kits between 1987 and 1991. Previous manufacturers included Umbro (1974–76, 2008–13), Admiral (1976–80, 1991–93 ), Patrick (1980–87), Pony (1993–99), Adidas (2013–14, 2015–16), and Under Armor (2016–21). From 1999 to 2008 and from 2014 to 2015 they used their own brand, Saints.

Main Rivalry

Southampton’s main rival is Portsmouth, with whom they hold the “South Coast Derby” or “Hampshire Derby”. In 139 games, there were 56 victories for Santos against 62 for Pompey, currently in League One, corresponding to the English third division, and as a result, the classic has not been held since April 7, 2012, when the two met. in the Power Championship, tied 2-2.

Who are Southampton FC players?

Have a look.

NoPositionPlayer Name
1GKAlex McCarthy
2DFKyle Walker-Peters
5DFJack Stephens
6MFOriol Romeu
8MFJames Ward-Prowse
9FWAdam Armstrong
10FWChé Adams
11MFNathan Redmond
13GKWilly Caballero
15DFRomain Perraud
16DFThierry Small
17MFStuart Armstrong
19MFMoussa Djenepo
20MFWill Smallbone
NoPositionPlayer Name
21DFTino Livramento
22DFMohammed Salisu
23MFNathan Tella
24MFMohamed Elyounoussi
27MFIbrahima Diallo
29DFJake Vokins
31DFKayne Ramsay
32MFTheo Walcott
35DFJan Bednarek
40FWDan Nlundulu
43DFYan Valery
GKGavin Bazunu
GKMateusz Lis
DFArmel Bella-Kotchap
MFWill Ferry

Update: 4 July 2022


James Ward-Prowse (Captain)

Oriol Romeu (Vice-captain)

Who are the Southampton FC captain?

James Ward-Prowse is captain of the team.

Southampton FC captain

Have a look at the profile summary of Southampton FC’s current captain.

Profile summary

  • Name: James Ward-Prowse 
  • Date of birth/Age: Nov 1, 1994 (27)
  • Place of birth: Portsmouth
  • Citizenship: England
  • Height: 1,77 m
  • Position: Central Midfield
  • Agent: ICM Stellar Sports
  • Current international: England
  • Caps/Goals: 11 / 2

Southampton FC world rankings

World Ranking #200

Southampton FC trophies

Longest winning run

  • 10 matches, 16 April 2011 – 20 August 2011 (League)
  • 11 matches, 16 April 2011 – 20 August 2011 (All competitions)

Longest unbeaten run

  • 19 matches, 5 September 1921 – 31 December 1921

Longest home winning streak

  • 19 matches, 12 February 2011 – 29 November 2011 (League)
  • 21 matches, 12 February 2011 – 29 November 2011 (All competitions)

Biggest wins

  • Home
    • 11–0 against Northampton Town, 28 December 1901 (Southern League)
    • 11–0 against Watford, 13 December 1902 (Southern League)
    • 8–0 against Northampton Town, 24 December 1921 (Football League Third Division South)
    • 8–0 against Sunderland, 18 October 2014 (Premier League)
  • Away
    • 8–0 against Newport County, 25 August 2021 (EFL Cup)
    • 6–0 against Carlisle United, 22 January 1977 (Football League Second Division)
    • 6–0 against Wolverhampton Wanderers, 31 March 2007 (Football League Championship)
    • 6–0 against Oldham Athletic, 11 January 2011 (Football League One)

Biggest losses

  • Home
    • 0–9 against Leicester City, 25 October 2019 (Premier League)
    • 0–6 against Plymouth Argyle, 5 December 1931 (Football League Second Division)
    • 0–6 against Brentford, 9 March 1959 (Football League Third Division)
  • Away
    • 0–9 against Manchester United, 2 February 2021 (Premier League)
    • 0–8 against Crystal Palace, 16 November 1913 (Southern League)
    • 0–8 against Tottenham Hotspur, 28 March 1936 (Football League Second Division)
    • 0–8 against Everton, 20 November 1971 (Football League First Division)

Highest scoring Football League game

  • 9–3 (at home) against Wolverhampton Wanderers, 18 September 1965 (Football League Second Division)

Record home attendance 32,363 against Coventry City, 28 April 2012


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