About Southampton - Sports Memorabilia
Southampton Football Club is one of the longest standing teams in existence, having started out in 1885 as a church football team, St Mary's Church of England Young Men's Association, which is why the team is known as 'The Saints' to this day.
The red and white colours have remained to this day, too, although the team and the world of professional football have changed beyond recognition.
After winning the Southern League title in 1896-1897, the club became a limited company and took the current name, Southampton FC. It won the Southern League Championship for three years running between 1897 and 1899 and took three more titles before 1904. Success brought its own rewards and Southampton FC moved to a stadium called The Dell in 1898, where the team would remain for the next 103 years. They were tight beginnings and the team had to rent the stadium before they finally bought it at the start of the 20th century.
Southampton reached the FA Cup Final in 1900 and were regulars in the final, although they did not win, for the next few years. In fact Southampton FC was a major player in those days and when it finally joined the football league after World War I, when many teams were disbanded due to National Service, it shot through Division 3 before spending an epic 31 years in Division 2.
They would go to become a founding member of the Premier League, though, and despite a momentary drop into the lower divisions, Southampton has remained an upper tier team with devoted fans. That has allowed solid merchandising opportunities, including replica kits, badges and team stickers.