Southampton FC isn’t the first club you think of when you imagine the English Premier League. There are so many iconic teams that it’s easy to gush over Man Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal, yet Southampton deserve to be in the conversation in their own right.
Most people don’t know this, but they are one of the founding members of the EPL and have only spent a total of 11 seasons outside of the top flight, occurring over two stints. As a result, Southampton Football Club is steeped in history and the latest football news should always involve the Saints. Can the club make history this year? It’s tough, but it’s not impossible.
Highest Points Total
How many points a club secures is a sign of success. For Southampton, staying in the Premier League is sometimes the goal because the EPL is the Promised Land as far as English football is concerned. However, the Saints haven’t always been a side that wanted to finish 17th. In 2014/15, they achieved something great by ending the season 7th, recording 60 points.
That’s the highest points total that Southampton FC has ever claimed during its long stint in the Premier League. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men are quite a way off that target currently, but that’s partly because there are so many matches left to play. With new signings Adam Armstrong and the Chelsea loanee Armando Broja providing cover for the outgoing Danny Ings up front, Southampton have a promising strike force who can push them into the top half of the league and closer to the 60-point mark.
First Silverware Since the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy
Southampton’s trophy cabinet is quite bare. Although fans need to be realistic, clubs must recognise the importance of winning trophies for the supporters. Going to Wembley or somewhere in Europe is an incredible occasion they won’t forget. Plus, the victory is recorded in the annals of history, such as the 1976 FA Cup win.
Since then, the Saints have managed to win the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, now known as the Football League Trophy, in 2010. Defeat in the Carabao Cup against Chelsea was unfortunate, but taking one of the favourites for the league title to penalties was a massive plus. With the FA Cup due to start for Premier League teams around Christmas, it would be amazing if Southampton could add their third major trophy to their haul, and the club’s first FA Cup since 1976.
Longest-Serving Manager in 30 Years
Southampton have been through a lot of turmoil from the turn of the millennium onwards. After beginning life in the Premier League, the Saints fell into the lower leagues from 2005 onwards, returning to England’s main division in 2012. So, it’s not surprising that many coaches have been and gone in this time.
Although the likes of Ted Bates will be almost impossible for a modern manager to overhaul – he has 346 wins in 18 years – Hasenhuttl does have an opportunity to become Southampton’s longest-serving manager in the last three decades. At the moment, George Burley is in front of the Austrian as he was in the post for just under three years. However, Hasenhuttl will surpass the landmark if he stays at St Mary’s until the beginning of December. Seeing as his team has enjoyed a decent start to the season, it appears as if the hierarchy will keep the faith.
If Southampton Football Club sets a strong points tally in the Premier League and acquires a trophy, it will feel like a record-breaking season.