If you’re looking for football on England’s south coast, you can’t do better than Southampton F.C. Representing the Hampshire port city of the same name, Southampton has an established history in the Premier League and has played in the PL every season since 2012-13. Nicknamed the Saints after their history as a church team, the club plays at St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton.
Southampton F.C. was founded in 1885 and entered the Football League in 1920, reaching two FA Cup Finals before it was even a league club in 1900 and 1902. Southampton’s early history saw it predominantly serve as a lower division club until it first reached the First Division in 1966, where it has largely stayed since. Southampton claimed its first ever – and to date, only - FA Cup in 1976 and obtained second place in the First Division in 1983-84, the club’s highest ever league finish.
Southampton was a founding member of the Premier League but struggled throughout the 1990s, staying up year after year thanks to the legendary midfielder Matt Le Tissier. The Saints were finally relegated in 2005 and seven years in the wilderness followed, until two successive promotions in 2010-11 and 2011-12 returned Southampton to the Premier League.
Since returning to England’s top-flight the Saints have gone from strength to strength, obtaining their best league finishes since their early 1980s heyday. With a reputation for recruiting ambitious foreign talent and a youth academy yielding star players such as Gareth Bale, Luke Shaw and Theo Walcott, Southampton are the team to watch to spot stars of the future and, often, an upset of the Premier League big boys.