Want to get a Southampton Retro Shirt? Read on…
Team: Southampton Football Club
Nickname: The Saints
Team Colours: Red, White and Black
Year Founded: 1885
Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium
Location: Southampton, England
If you want to relive the days of Le Tissier, Paine, Channon, Benali, Wallace and Shearer and get a Southampton retro shirt, then see what your options are:
Who else doesn’t automatically think about Matt Le Tissier when they think about Southampton? I could watch this guys goals over and over again, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one player score so many great goals. They always had exciting attacking players – Le Tiss, Danny and Rod Wallace, Shearer, Beattie, but flirted with relegation from the top flight for so long as defensively they were always a bit dodgy. I am glad to see them back in top flight. Steve
Favourite player: Matt Le Tissier – the fact he was nicknamed ‘Le God’ by Saints fans says it all!
Favourite kit: 1985-86 home shirt. Such a great design and retro style. Available from Classic Football Shirts (see below for link)
Classic Football Shirts set themselves apart from many other companies by the fact that their shirts are all original shirts from the dates listed, not reproductions trying to replicate a classic shirt. All shirts come with condition details – ie whether they are in Mint Condition, As New, etc, etc. The prices are slightly higher but you are really getting a piece of history.
They have just under 200 classic Southampton shirts from 1980 to the present day.
Among them are the 1980-83 home shirt, which has a lovely vintage design and was sported by 1978 and 1979 Ballon D’Or Winner Kevin Keegan who joined the club in 1980.
Despite only spending two seasons at the club Keegan made his mark scoring 30 goals in his second season – the 81-82 season.
In fact during this season Southampton led the First Division from 30 January 1982 until 3 April 1982 – disappointingly the club won just two of their last nine games and finished seventh with Liverpool winning the League.
You can also pick up a 1985-86 home shirt (above).
This lovely shirt was worn during the Saints centenary season when they finished mid-table in the First Divison and reached the FA Cup Semi Finals where they lost 1-0 to Everton.
The season was a disappointment though as in their two preceding seasons Southampton had finished fifth and second, in fact in three out of the four previous seasons they had competed in European competitions.
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Vintage Football Shirts also offer original shirts rather than reproductions with each shirt marked for its condition – from BNIB (brand new in bag) to Excellent (may have tiny defect, may not be noticeable).
They have just under 40 Southampton shirts ranging from 1980 to the present day. They include a lovely 1989-91 away shirt worn by Soton legends Matt Le Tissier, Jason Dodd and Alan Shearer.
The Saints finished 7th and 14th and had much to thank Le Tissier for as he scored 24 and then 23 league goals and was named PFA Young Plater of the Year in the 89-90 season.
Or you can get the 1993-95 away shirt (above) – the shirt was the first worn by Southampton as they faced up to life without Alan Shearer after he was sold to Blackburn Rovers for a record fee of £3.6million.
They struggled and finished 18th and just one point above relegation despite Le Tissier having another great scoring season and getting 25 goals.
The following season was an improvement as they finished tenth, again this owed much to Le Tissier as he netted 29 times and became the first ever Southampton player to win their Player of the Season award three times.
Not a moment, but a collection of moments from a Southampton legend and one of the most gifted British footballers ever.
Amazon have a small selection of retro Southampton shirts and memorabilia including a 1940s to 1950s home shirt (above).
For a couple of seasons during this period Southampton were forced to play their home games at local rivals Portsmouth’s Fratton Park after a bomb landed on the Dell pitch during World War Two in 1940.
Aside from this the period was of little note for the Saints as they struggled in Division Two before being relegated to Division Three in 1953.
TOFFS (which stands for The Old Fashioned Football Shirt) specialise in handcrafted, vintage football shirts made to the highest quality in the North of England – with each shirt as close to the real thing as possible.
You can pick up some top notch retro Southampton shirts here including a beautiful replica of a 1960s home shirt.
The 60s were a decade of progression for the South-Coast team who were promoted to the Second Division in 1960 after almost a decade in the third tier of English football. They spent six seasons in the second tier before gaining promotion back to the top flight in 1966.
Prominent through the entire decade was Terry Paine – a Southampton legend who played 816 games for the club – a record and in fact 200 more than Mick Channon who is second on the list with 607 appearances!
You can also get a fantastic 1975-78 away shirt (above) which was worn when Southampton won the FA Cup as a Second Division team in 1976, beating the much fancied Manchester United in the Final 1-0 thanks to a goal from Bobby Stokes.
In the last of these seasons they gained promotion back to the First Division and Southampton would remain in the top tier of English football for the next 27 years.
So there you have it. If, like me, you are a lover of football and all things retro there are a huge selection of classic Southampton shirts you can pick up to revel in the nostalgia of days gone by!