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Southampton : Club Background
It took a long time for Yeovil Town to play Southampton in a League match, despite both clubs having their roots in the Southern League. We missed playing Saints in their non-league days by a couple of seasons and as far as we can tell the records show we only made one visit to Southampton's former ground, The Dell, and that was to play then League club Aldershot in a second F.A.Cup replay tie. We had to wait until 2006 before we were drawn together in a cup tie, and by then Saints had moved to St Mary's. Yet for a brief two-season period we met as equals in League One, during a time when Southampton were recovering from a financial meltdown, and we were climbing our way through the leagues.

Yeovil Town v Aldershot at The Dell
Yeovil's first visit to Southampton's ground, which in 1955 was The Dell, but not to play the Saints.

The club traces its roots back to the team formed in 1885 by members of St. Mary's Church Young Men's Association. Originally called Southampton St. Mary's, the club joined the Southern League in 1894. At that time, with the Football League almost exclusively recruited from Northern and Midland clubs, it would be wrong to consider the Southern League as 'non-league' in the way we think of it today. It was composed of extremely powerful clubs, and amongst those Southampton was in the elite. They won the Southern League championship for three years running between 1897-99 and again in 1901, 1903 and 1904. In 1898 they lashed out the then very considerable sum of £10,000 to build themselves a stadium, The Dell. The club would remain on the site for 103 years. The club also reached two F.A. Cup Finals during this period, 1900 and 1902, but failed to lift the trophy on both occasions.

In the years running up to the First World War Saints were on the decline, increasingly also-rans in the Southern League, a league which itself was weakening as leading clubs gradually switched to the Football League. After the Great War Southampton themselves made the move, becoming founder members of Division Three (Division Three South from 1921) in 1920. They were runners-up the first season, and Champions the second, promoted to League Two. There they spent seventeen seasons up to the outbreak of the Second World War.

When the Football League resumed in 1946 Saints had six good or solid seasons at the second level until rather unexpectedly relegated back to Division Three South in 1953. They were still there when the divisions were restructured in 1958, but doing well enough to be placed in the new national Division Three. The following season, 1959-60, they took the title and were back into the Second Division.

In 1966 they reached the top flight for the first time, promoted to Division One under the late Ted Bates, who would manage the club for a total of eighteen years. They stayed there eight seasons, getting into Europe twice, but were then relegated in 1974, shortly after Bates' departure. And it was as a Second Division club that they achieved their most memorable feat to date, defeating red hot favourites Manchester United in the 1976 F.A. Cup Final.

Lawrie McMenemy was the man who had stepped into Bates' shoes, and after the F.A. Cup triumph he took Saints back into the First Division as Division Two runners-up in 1977-78, and to a League Cup Final, where they were defeated by Nottingham Forest, in 1979. They remained in the top tier of English football for twenty-seven consecutive years. To keep the fans amused there were a few, usually brief, European forays, rather more regular last day escapes from relegation, and a Final appearance in the Zenith Data Systems Cup in 1992.

The Chapel Stand at St Mary's - situated opposite the away end
The Chapel Stand at St Mary's - situated opposite the away end
Photo © 2009 Ciderspace

In the mid-Nineties Rupert Lowe took over as chairman. Off the pitch he masterminded the move from The Dell to the new St Mary's Stadium. It's a spendidly appointed home. Trouble was the cost was equally er, splendid, and Saints have been literally paying the price ever since. On the field he could not resist increasingly meddling. The turn over in managers began to get ridiculous, and although there was another F.A. Cup Final appearance in 2003, where they lost to Arsenal, by 2005 Southampton had been relegated to the second tier. In a bitter battle Lowe was finally forced to fall on his sword and resign in 2006, shortly ahead of a vote for control of the club he was going to lose. One minor casualty in the war was to the benefit of Yeovil Town. In the on-going politics physio Jim Joyce was forced out, and moved to Huish Park.

The chaos at St Mary's reached levels of utter farce, with chairmen and boards bitching and battling in public, coming and going within months, and then Lowe returning as the supposed saviour. If his first spell had been controversial this one was unmitigated disaster, and by the time he was ejected for the second occasion more managers had come and gone, Saints were relegated to League One, in administration, deducted ten points and teetering on the brink of liquidation. The administration dragged on and on and on, with supposed buyers popping up all over the place but mostly turning out to be publicity hungry fantasists. There was a fire sale over the summer as players were shipped out to meet immediate bills and to get them off the wage costs. Just as it appeared that for once it wasn't wolf being cried and a seriously large club was actually going to collapse completely and go out of business a white knight, in the form of a Swiss industrialist, Markus Liebherr, did gallop over the horizon, and the club survived to fight another day.

One of the new regime's first acts was to recruit yet another new manager. Ex-Glover Alan Pardew was the man charged with over-coming Southampton starting the season on minus ten points and getting them out of League One in the right direction. A Football League Trophy, a Wembley Stadium decked out in Saints fans, and it seemed as though Liebherr and Pardew had brought the good times back. Sadly at the start of the 2010-11 season, Liebherr's sudden death in August 2010 shocked St Mary's, and by the end of the month Pardew had also gone - pushed out by Chairman Nicola Cortese despite a 4-0 win in his final game, with Cortese believed to not be as big a fan of Pardew as Liebherr had been. After a short period, Scunthorpe United's Nigel Adkins came in to replace him.

Adkins turned out to be the man who reignited Southampton as a club. He grabbed them consecutive promotions in 2010-11 and 2011-12 to restore their Premier League position, and to take Saints away from their brief two-year hiatus down in the League One doldrums. It was therefore something of a surprise when Cortese 'rewarded him' with the sack just half a season into their return to the big stage, and with them three points clear of the relegation zone.

Argentine Mauricio Pochettino was recruited, and he has had an impressive year - Saints have occupied the top half of the table during 2013-14, which is way above most fans expectations. The only dark cloud on the horizon has been caused by Cortese himself deciding to fall on his sword, with rumours that the Liebherr family want to sell the club - where that will leave Saints in the long run is hard to guess, but whatever happens, the Liebherr-Cortese era should go down in history as one of the good ones given the mess they were in eight years previously.

The Kingsland Stand at St Mary's - the side stand to your right of the away end
The Kingsland Stand at St Mary's - the side stand to your right of the away end
Photo © 2009 Ciderspace

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Southampton : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Southampton

27/02/1956HomeFrndD2-2Own Goal, Elder
23/08/2006AwayCC1L2-520653Gray 30, Harrold 90
28/09/2010HomeNPL1D1-15854Virgo 65
30/07/2011HomeFrndD2-22018Wotton 62, A Williams 71

Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Southampton


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Southampton : Club Statistics


04/09/2018Colchester UnitedAwayEFLGW2-0532
09/10/2018Cambridge UnitedAwayEFLGL0-4469




Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable


Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence:
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence:

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Southampton : Club Information
St Mary's Stadium,
Britannia Road,
SO14 5FP.

(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 0870 2200000
Fax : 02380 727727

Chairman : Katharina Liebherr
Club Secretary : Ros Wheeler
Press Officer :
Manager : Mauricio Pochettino

Capacity : 32,689
Seated : All-seater stadium
Covered Terrace : N/A

Colours : shirt - red shirts with white trim; shorts - red with white trim;
socks - red and white hoops
Record Attendance : (at St Mary's) 32,363 v Coventry City, Football League Championship, 28/04/2012
Nickname : The Saints

Ticket Prices :
Glovers fans will be allocated blocks in the Northam Stand. As St Mary's is a 'bowl' stadium, this is fairly relative - the blocks allocated tend to be more towards the corner of the Northam and the Itchen Stand. Away allocation is for up to 3,200 spectators. The Northam Stand caters for up to 4,750 but Saints allocate part of the stand to home supporters, thus reducing the actual capacity available. We have known the area around that segregation netting to get a bit feisty.

Prices for this 2013-14 FA Cup fixture are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Concessions: £15.00; Under-17s: £10.00; Under-11s: £5.00.

Southampton list Young Adults (aged 17 to 21) and Seniors (aged 65 and above) as bring classified as Concessions.

NOTE: For this 2013-14 FA Cup fixture all away tickets have SOLD OUT. So do not travel to St Mary's if you have not got a ticket.

Disabled Info: Each visiting club receives an allocation of tickets, and disabled supporters should contact Huish Park Ticket Office. In total the away Northam Stand has 9 upper tier wheelchair / enabler places; there are 14 wheelchair / enabler places in the lower tier, plus 6 seats for ambulant disabled and 14 seats for the visually impaired. Wheelchair users are charged £22.00 with an assistant admitted free of charge.

Disabled car parking at St Mary's is limited and pretty much restricted to season ticket holders. If you need a parking space then you must call Southampton on 02380-711966 in advance of the game - there are five spaces that are made available to away supporters and these place you close to the away turnstiles.

If you have enquiries on wider issues the disabled co-ordinator at St Mary's can be contacted by phone on 023 8072 7777 or on 023 8071 1966, by fax on 0870 2200179 or by e-mail at

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Southampton : Directions To The Ground

The Itchen Stand at St Mary's - the side stand that is adjacent to the away corner of the stadium
The Itchen Stand at St Mary's - the side stand that is adjacent to the away corner of the stadium
Photo © 2009 Ciderspace


Southampton is a significant city of around 220,000 on the South coast at the end of the M3. It's 68 miles from Huish Park door to St Mary's door. However note that Britannia Road, and often other streets around the stadium, is closed on matchdays. The club strongly recommends people arriving by car do not head close towards the ground unless they have a specific pass for one of the nearby car parks. The immediate area is subject to heavy congestion.

By Road

From M27 Eastbound

Leave the M27 at Junction 5 (signed Airport) and take fourth exit off the roundabout heading to Southampton along the A335 (Stoneham Way which then merges left onto Thomas Lewis Way). Head straight along this road for roughly three miles until it becomes Bevois Valley Road, and then Onslow Road. At the end of this road go straight on at the traffic lights and then turn left onto the dual carriageway (Dorset Street). Continue along this road until you pass the Royal South Hants Hospital on your left and the British Gas offices on your right.
At the roundabout take the second exit into Six Dials. Go into the right hand lane of the dual carriageway and continue along through the traffic lights and into Kingsway (following A33 on road signs). After approximately a quarter of a mile take the fourth left into St Mary's Street. Follow bend to the right into Chapel Road (St Mary's Church will be on left hand side) and continue to the end of the road. Turn left into Marine Parade and the stadium is approximately 600 yards on the left.

From M27 Westbound

Exit the M27 at Junction 8 and then turn left at the roundabout. Follow the dual carriageway on the left hand side and on approaching the next roundabout take 3rd exit (A3024) and follow this road into Southampton (approximately 4.5 miles).
Cross the Northam Bridge, and at the set of traffic lights after the bridge turn left into Princes Street. Follow this road right to the end to get to the stadium.

From M3

Drive to the end of the M3 southbound and get onto the M27 eastbound. Leave the M27 at Junction 4 and follow the signs to get on the A33 into Southampton. Continue along this road (The Avenue) for around 3 miles to the end. The road merges into Dorset Street - continue along until you get to a roundabout. At the roundabout take the second exit (signed Six Dials), and on the dual carriageway stay in the right hand lane and continue along through the traffic lights into Kingsway (still A33). After approximately a quarter of a mile take the fourth left into St Mary's Street. Follow bend to the right into Chapel Road (St Mary's Church will be on left hand side) and continue to the end of the road. Turn left into Marine Parade and the stadium is approximately 600 yards on the left.

Park & Ride

There used to be a Park and Ride service on our previous visits to St Mary's. This service has now been discontinued.


Around the stadium parking is heavily restricted, with roads closed on matchdays and residents parking schemes in operation. Vehicles illegally park will be towed. Specifically pay attention to signage in Chapel Road, Granville Street, Melbourne Street, Britannia Road, Victoria Street, Rochester Street, Standford Street and Marine Parade all of which have 'tow away' notices for matchdays.

Council run pay car parks within reasonable walking distance of the stadium (distance varies but allow around twenty to thirty minutes) can be found at :

1. Bedford Place Multi-storey Car Park – SO15 2QW
2. Grosvenor Square Multi-storey Car Park – SO15 2GR
3. West Park Road Multi-storey Car Park – SO15 1AP
4. Marlands Multi-storey Car Park – SO15 1BA
5. Eastgate Multi-storey Car Park – SO14 3HH

These are General Purpose Tariff B, and suitable if you're pretty much just coming for the game itself. Giving yourself walking time etc. a four hour stay will cost £4.50.

Bond Street is probably the nearest long-stay car park for the stadium if you are planning to make a day of it in Southampton. It is Tariff I and over four hours will cost you £6.00.

Details of all council car park charges can be found here (PDF/Adobe Reader needed).

Parking at the ground used to be available, provided you booked it in advance. However, Southampton now sell season-passes to home fans, claiming a limited number of spaces will be advertised on a match-by-match basis. For this game they haven't been. So you can probably assume there are none..

The stadium has 175 free motorcycle spaces in the North and South car parks. You can apply for a day pass on 02380 711966. You can also park a bicycle for free at the ground alongside the Kingsland Stand. Note that you must arrive more than 40 minutes before kick-off and will not be allowed to depart until 20 minutes after the game, to give pedestrians priority on exits.

By Rail

2013-14 season Engineering Works: Normally the rail route from Yeovil Junction is to change at Salisbury and then arrive at Southampton Central. However, thanks to engineering works in the Southampton area, things get a little more complicated. If you use the National Rail website, you'll find the message: "Engineering work is taking place between Southampton Central and Romsey / Brockenhurst with all lines closed" - see here for full details. They will offer a Rail Replacement Service between Romsey and Southampton that will add 30-45 minutes extra to your journey. An alternative is to take the train up to Basingstoke, and then join the London service going down to Southampton which avoids the engineering works - this feels like a huge dog-leg of a journey, but it avoids having to get onto a bus at Romsey and so is a bit more predictable timewise.

For south-eastern based Glovers there's a good direct service from Waterloo on South West Trains. Four trains an hour leave Waterloo for Southampton, with the fastest taking one hour and fourteen minutes. Return services post-match are on the hour and half past the hour. The last train back to London is the 23.00, but this stops absolutely everywhere and takes two and a quarter hours, arriving Waterloo at 01.14. The last reasonably quick return service is the 22.30, which takes one hour and thirty-six minutes.

There are shuttle bus services in operation on matchdays from Southampton Central Station and from the Town Quay Ferry Terminal. These services commence from two hours before kick-off and continue to run until kick-off. The service is also in operation after the match to take passengers back to the railway station / ferry terminal. The service is not a numbered bus service and simply says "Stadium Shuttle" on inbound journeys and "Rail/Ferry Shuttle" on outbound journeys.

The railway shuttle service picks up from the Commercial Road side of the station outside Blechynden Terrace. The ferry shuttle picks up from the main bus stop at the terminal. When leaving the stadium, the pick-up point is where Chapel Road meets Granville Street.

Show your match ticket in order to use the shuttle bus service and it will cost you £2.00. Travel Line on 0871 2002233 for any queries. The only caveat we'd add is that Southampton's club website only includes this information within the home fans guide, and omits it in the information for away fans, which sort of implies that they'd rather discourage pesky away fans from getting on board. However there's nothing that says we can't use it.

St Denys Station is slightly closer to the ground than Southampton Central, but unless your train happens to be stopping there anyway the minimal saving on walking probably isn't worth the effort of getting there, and also there's noshuttle bus service.

By Bus

Amongst services running close to the stadium on Northam Road, with the bus stop about two minutes walk from the stadium, are :

Nos. 3 and 18 (Bluestar)
Nos. 8A, 9, 11C and 12C (First Southampton)

The 8A and 18 buses are particularly relevant as they go via Southampton Central station (Bus Stop SA). For further information on bus services contact :

First Southampton Bus Company - 02380 224854 or head here
Bluestar - 01983 827005 or head here

Additionally there is a shuttle service on matchdays for rail and ferry passengers. See above in the Rail section.

By Coach

The GWSC and Devon and Away Travel Club are running transport that may make some of the pitfalls of negotiating the St Mary's exclusion zone a little bearable to deal with - particularly if your intention is to just go to the match and back rather than spend time in the city.


A selection of Southampton taxi companies can be found here.

The Northam Stand at St Mary's - the away end - the far part usually contains a block of home supporters
The Northam Stand at St Mary's - the away end - the far part usually contains a block of home supporters
Photo © 2009 Ciderspace

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Southampton : Web Resources
Web Sites

On The Cross
Footy Mad franchise site.

Saints Web
Launched in September 2008 this a nice uncluttered unofficial site with news and views, match reports, and lots of other stuff - oh, and a proper archiving system. There used to be plenty of good general purpose independent sites on the Net in years gone by, but they are becoming rarer and rarer so pleasing to see a relatively new one on the block.

Southampton Football Club Official Site
Three years ago we wrote this: "What far more Official Sites could be like if they weren't saddled with the sh*** that is PTV. It's embarrassing really, with the Football League pushing a sub-standard mono-culture onto its clubs. One hopes the likes of Southampton resist any pressure, stick with their superior product, and tell PTV to get stuffed."
Sadly, for reasons completely beyond us, the excellent bespoke Saints OS is indeed now gone, replaced by PTV. And yep, it's the inferior sh*te mess we predicted.

The Ugly Inside
This is the on-line presence of the fanzine The Ugly Inside. A major publication that ran from 1988 to 2000, and at its height sold up to 3,000 copies an issue, it then moved to the Net.

Up The Saints
Another independent site that isn't part of some franchise chain. Running for eight years it's well put together, was regularly updated, and generally covered most things supporters would want. However it seems to have ground to something of a halt since the summer of 2009.

Vital Southampton
Vital franchise site.

Web Message Boards

On The Cross
Footy Mad forum. Registration to post. Not exactly busy, but two or three threads a day makes it a hive of activity compared to the average Mad messageboard.

Saints Web Forum
Forum attached to the web site of the same name. Multi-section format, and the busiest Southampton messageboard. However for full access there's an annual £5.00 subscription fee, so maybe not so useful for the average opposition supporter only interested in Saints twice a season.

Southampton Fans Online
Does steady business.

The Ugly Inside
The forum of the website of the same name. Fairly busy messageboard with 924 members at the time of writing, it's no longer Rivals - since they have ceased to be - though it still rather looks like one.

Up The Saints Fans Forum
Forum attached to Up The Saints. Unused.

Vital Southampton
The Vital forum for the Saints. Very little used.

E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters

Local Press

This is Hampshire
The Daily Echo provides the most extensive and in depth coverage of The Saints. This now feeds its coverage into the This is....... network, in this case, as one would expect : This is Hampshire.

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Southampton : Food & Drink


St Mary's Stadium is about 25 minutes walk from the Railway Station, and 15-20 minutes from the City Centre where there is a host of places to eat and drink.

Club Bar :

The stadium is pretty much state-of-the-art, and very impressive. There are bars on the inner concourse, which serve up to fifteen minutes prior to kick-off. A lager and a bitter are offered. The kiosks are open 90 minutes before kick-off and from ten minutes before half-time until ten minutes after. The usual range of football stadium food is available. Reports suggest it is better than the norm. Note that because of licencing restrictions there are two different sorts of kiosks, one serving alcohol and a limited range of food, the other hot and cold soft drinks and a wider range of food.
Each concourse has a betting booth and televisions. Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the stadium. You can't pop out for one at half-time either as Southampton has a policy of no re-admissions.

Local Pubs :

There are three significant (in terms of output) breweries in Hampshire, and over half a dozen micros. Gale's is an old brewer in the area, founded in 1847 and was still family owned until the early part of the 21st Century. It maintains that tradition of both brewing and holding an estate of tied pubs, 111 in total in their case. Unexpectedly bought by another independent family brewery, Fullers, for £92 million in 2005, thankfully Fullers appear to be staying true to the Gale's principles. Although Gale's is now brewed at Chiswick in London, a visit we did to the Chiswick Brewery a few years ago assured us that the yeast cultures that are critical to a beer's taste, were being preserved in laboratory conditions, and segregated entirely from the corresponding Fuller's brand. We've not heard any bad words about this yet.

Ringwood is an example of the more modern type of brewery, focusing on supplying a wide range of outlets rather than its own stable of pubs. Founded as a micro in 1978 producing a few barrels a week it's now up to around 30,000 a year. A decade and a half behind Ringwood, it was founded in 1992, but growing fast and developing an excellent reputation, is the Hampshire Brewery. Around 300 outlets are supplied.

Of the micros one particularly worth mentioning is White Star Brewery. A ten barrel a week plant, it is just around the corner from St Mary's Stadium, off Radcliffe Road.

As you approach the stadium from the city centre there are a number of pubs about five to ten minutes from the ground such as the Oddfellows Arms, Plume Of Feathers and Kingsland Tavern. These are very much home pubs and not particularly recommended for away supporters especially if wearing colours. If it's a 'convenient' pub you want, then we have three recommendations from Yeovil's Police Football Liaison Officer listed below, namely Yates (for those coming via the railway station), the Chapel Arms (south of St Mary's) and the Prince of Wales (north of the stadium) as being away-fan friendly. There are some far far better pubs in the city than this trio, but are listed as 'easy options' for a pint.

Excellent pub and welcoming to away fans (Pompey possibly excepted)
Excellent pub and welcoming to away fans (Pompey possibly excepted)
© Hugh Gleave
Bevois Castle: Ten (very brisk) - fifteen (slightly dawdling) minute walk north of the stadium, this pub has bar, games area, lounge, courtyard garden at the back and tables out the front. On our previous visit there was a cheap pool table and a plasma screen showing Sky. There's parking, and very competitively priced food is served lunchtimes, from opening - 2.00 p.m., with the 'Traditional Breakfast' particularly popular. Local real ales King Alfred's Hampshire Bitter, Hidden Quest, Nuptu'ale, Landlord and Hole Hearted were on, plus changing guests from both the locality and further afield. Also Grolsch, Carling, Strongbow, Guinness and Guinness Extra Cold. Opening is 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. weekdays and Saturday, 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. on Sunday. Away friendly. New landlord who had only been there a few months when visited. An egg chaser rather than a football fan but very friendly and pleasant.
Bevois Castle, 63, Onslow Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 0JL. Tel: 023 8033 0350. Map: Click Here.

Chapel Arms: Was the Anglesea Arms, then the Le Tissier Arms Feet, then became the Chapel Inn and it's now the Chapel Arms. Ten minutes walk to the south of the stadium in Ocean Village it's a major Saints venue littered with memorabilia, but one that shouldn't provide issues for away fans (unlike a few others in this area, which are best avoided). Regular opening is 11.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 11.00 a.m. -12.00 midnight Friday and Saturday, 12.00 noon till late on Sunday.
Substantial 'snacks' menu 11.00 - 3.00, main meals menu 6.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. Hog roasts are laid on when Southampton are at home. There's a big screen with Sky, pool table, darts, gaming machines and a juke box. Children allowed.
Chapel Arms, 40, Albert Road North, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 5GB. Tel: 023 8063 1278. Email: Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Dolphin: Right by St Denys railway station for anyone arriving by that route. Large single bar pub with eight real ales: Adnams Broadside, Bowman Swift One, Gale's HSB, Ringwood Best Bitter and guests, often from the Wychwood and Timothy Taylor breweries. Has Old Rosie cider. Food available lunchtimes (1.00 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.) and evenings (6.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.) - except Mondays. It's wise to get there early to eat; everything is freshly cooked on the day, so once they run out of something that's it. Has an external smoking area in a large beer garden and own parking. Opening is: 4.00 p.m. - 10.30 p.m. Monday; 4.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. Tuesday; 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; noon - midnight Friday and Saturday, 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. Sunday. Children welcome until 6.00 p.m.
Dolphin, 30, Osborne Road South, St Denys, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 2EZ. Tel: 023 8039 9369. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Old fashioned in every way
Old fashioned in every way
© Hugh Gleave
Duke of Wellington: If you're down in the sea front area and you want real ales, a couple of streets back is probably the oldest pub in Southampton. There are six hand pumps, with Ringwood Best Bitter and Wadworth IPA and 6X as regulars. An extensive menu, both snacks and main meals, is available lunchtimes (12.00 noon - 2.30 p.m.) and evenings (6.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.). Wheelchair access (via the back door) and children allowed. Opens 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. (12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. Sunday).
Duke of Wellington, 36, Bugle Street, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 2AH. Tel: 023 8033 9222. Map: Click Here.

Eagle: Traditional style pub in the city centre about half way between Southampton Central and St Mary's. Has Whitbread Flowers (oh dear) as the house real ale, but also three guests. Opening 10.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m Monday - Saturday (sometimes to 12.00 midnight Friday and Saturday), 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. Sunday. Pool table, darts, plasma screen TV with Sky Sports. Snacks available throughout the day, main menu lunchtimes and early evenings.
Eagle, 1, Palmerston Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 1LL. Tel: 023 8033 3825. Map: Click Here.

Could have been an 'off day' but the real ale was poor
Could have been an 'off day' but the real ale was poor
© Hugh Gleave
Encore: Those arriving at Southampton Central railway station in the past may well have dropped in to The Victory as the first pub they saw. No longer, it is no more as of summer 2006. A little further from the station, on the north side, is this one. Large pub on split levels and part of the Mill House Inns chain. A fair all-rounder, it has Fosters, Kronenbourg, Stella Artois, John Smiths Smooth, Guinness, Dry Blackthorn Cider and three or four changing real ales (though only two when visited, and not well kept). Opening hours are 10.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday - Wednesday, 10.00 a.m. - 11.30 p.m. Thursday, 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 midnight Friday and Saturday, 11.00 a.m. - 10.30 p.m. Sunday. On Monday, 4.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. and Tuesday - Friday, 4.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m., there's a 'Happy Hour' with discounted prices on certain drinks. Food of the 'pub fayre' genre, with an extensive menu of main meals and snacks served between 10.00 a.m. and 9.00 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 11.00 a.m. - 9.00 p.m. on Sunday. Children are welcome whilst food is being served, there's Sky Sports and Premiership Plus on three TVs and a Big Screen, a pool table, wheelchair access, and an outdoor smoking area (pretty much the street really). Debit and credit cards accepted. Can get very busy if there's something on at the theatre as it's right next door.
Encore, 22 - 26, Commercial Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 1GE. Tel: 023 8022 5687. Fax: 023 8022 4297. Email: Map: Click Here.

Giddy Bridge: One of three Wetherspoon outlets in Southampton (see Standing Order below). This one is around ten minutes walk from the ground and slightly more convenient for the away end. Opening is 9.00 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. every day. There's an outside patio area where smoking is still allowed, and it has a Child Certificate (although see Standing Order again as to whether this is a helpful piece of information). Tries harder than many Wetherspoons do these days to stock more than just the standard range, with guest ales from all around the country. Also has two ciders: Old Rosie and Weston's Organic Vintage.
Giddy Bridge, 10–16, London Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 2AE. Tel: 023 8033 6346. Map: Click Here.

Guide Dog: Back-street Victorian drinkers hostelry just off the main route from St Denys station to St Mary's, and a couple of hundred yards further away from the stadium than the Bevois Castle (above). There are seven hand pumps, five for guests plus the house beers of BowmanSwift One and Fuller's ESB. Food is usually put on on matchdays but not otherwise served. Opening is 3.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. on weekdays, 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. Saturday, 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. Sunday.
Guide Dog, 38, Earl's Road, Bevois Valley, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 6SF. Tel: 023 8022 5642. Map: Click Here.

King Alfred: Closest pub to the stadium, and as such, though convenient for the away end, pretty much a home pub. Used to segregate supporters, with home fans in the main bar and away fans in the small upstairs bar, using match tickets as the check, but we have been informed via the Green Room that this is no longer the case. Has Sky TV.
King Alfred, 51-53, Northam Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 0PD. Tel: 023 8063 0130. Map: Click Here.

Kolebka: With around 500 pubs on our profiles database to date this was a first: a Polish pub. Why a Polish pub in Southampton we haven't a clue. Perhaps they didn't either as the Polish theme and food seems to have disappeared in the intervening time. Opens Sunday - Thursday 3.00 p.m. - 12.00 midnight, Friday and Saturday 3.00 p.m. - 2.00 a.m. Has three real ales, Young's Bitter and two guests. There's a decked terrace and courtyard garden. Live music on Fridays and Sundays, an extensive jukebox the rest of the time.
Kolebka, 40-42, Bevois Valley Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 0JR. Tel: 023 8021 1115. Map: Click Here.

Eccentric, but good for all that
Eccentric, but good for all that
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Platform Tavern: Virtually built into the city walls and close by the Isle of Wight ferry terminal (well we know one Glover who will be coming across), the cafe part of the establishment opens from 8.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon when the pub part takes over until 11.00 p.m. Food in the pub is served from 12.00 noon - 8.00 p.m. (12.00 noon - 5.00 p.m. Sunday). Big on music, mainly jazz and blues. The regular real ales are Fuller's London Pride and Itchen Valley Godfathers, plus a changing guest. Also Amstel, Fosters, Budweiser, Guinness, Caffreys and Stowford Press Cider on draught.
Platform Tavern, Town Quay, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 2NY. Tel: 023 8033 7232. Email: Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Prince of Wales: Little is known about this pub, except that Yeovil's Police Football Liaison have indicated that they'll admit away fans. It's walking distance from the ground around ten minutes north of the stadium. Serves Flowers Original. May be worthwhile if you only want a short walk to the pub once you've parked up at the stadium.
Prince of Wales, 198 Northam Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 0QF. Tel: 023-8022-6899. Map: Click Here.

South Western Arms: This is CAMRA country. Local Pub of the Year three times in a row and a national finalist in 2003. Right by St Denys station, the other side of the tracks from the Dolphin (above). Real cider is not common in Southampton and this is one of only three entries in this selection that serves it. That stocked varies but there's almost always one on. There are up to ten beers on handpumps. Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Butcombe Bitter, and Sharp's Cornish Coaster are the regulars, plus changing guests from all over the country. Food is restricted to snacks though there are barbeques in the garden in the summer. On two floors, the upstairs has juke box, pool, table football and TV. Serious drinking pub, but children are allowed in the upper part or garden, which has a heated smoking area. Opening is 12 noon - 11.00 p.m. Sunday - Thursday, noon - midnight Friday and Saturday.
South Western Arms, 38-40, Adelaide Road, St Denys, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 2HW. Tel: 023 8032 4542. Map: Click Here.

One of three Wetherspoon pubs in the city
One of three Wetherspoon pubs in the city
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Standing Order: Another Wetherspoon in Southampton (see Giddy Bridge above), right in the heart of the city centre. About fifteen minutes walk to the ground. Opening is 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 midnight Sunday - Thursday, 9.00 a.m. – 1.00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. This one states no Child Certificate, but who can tell what that means? Wetherspoon's child policy is chaotic, with seemingly different rules in every establishment and the presence or absence of a Child Certificate appearing to have no bearing on what is happening on the ground in each pub. It's something the chain needs to sort out. Has an outside area.
Standing Order, 30, The High Street, Southampton, Hampshire. Tel: 023 8022 2121.

The Hobbit: Open 12.00 noon - 3.00 a.m. Monday to Saturday, 12.00 noon to 2.00 a.m. Sunday. 'Happy Hour' 12.00 - 8.00 p.m. Split levels, two bars, huge beer garden and live entertainment every night. Pool, machines, real ale etc. in the upstairs bar, stages in the downstairs bar and the garden. Food is burgers, hot dogs and chips served 9.00 p.m. - 1.30 a.m. Probably helps if you are a student, or at least like students. About fifteen minutes walk north of the ground.
The Hobbit, 134, Bevois Valley Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 0JZ. Tel: 023 8023 2591. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Really pleasant friendly establishment both sides of the bar
Really pleasant friendly establishment both sides of the bar
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The Old Farmhouse: There are very few pubs really convenient to St Mary's but this is more convenient than most. It's about a ten to fifteen minute walk to the away end. The present building was built as a farmhouse in 1611, but has been a pub since 1843. There was a pool table, table football and a juke box inside when we last visited, a large beer garden and some car parking outside. A big screen and Sky Sports was promised back in the spring of 2006 and so should be installed by now. Freshly prepared home cooked food is done to order. There was a selection of an Archers, London Pride and Spitfire as the real ales when visited. Keg draught was John Smith's Extra Smooth, Boddington's, Guinness, Fosters, Carling, Kronenbourg 1664 and Strongbow. Children allowed. Opening is 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. Sunday. Food is served 11.30 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. Monday - Friday, 11.00 a.m. - 8.00 p.m. Saturday, 12.00 noon -3 .00 p.m. Sunday.
The Old Farmhouse, 39, Mount Pleasant Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 0EG. Tel: 023 8039 3513. Map: Click Here.

Waterfront Bar: Fairly up-market Bar/Restaurant with food mainly in the British style. Largish terrace out front for nice weather. Down on the Itchen in Shamrock Quay, a yacht building yard, it's tucked off the main thoroughfares for fans and so rarely gets large groups of supporters descending.
Waterfront Bar, Shamrock Quay, William Street, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 5QL. Tel: 023 8063 2209. Map: Click Here.

Highly recommended - excellent beer perfectly kept
Highly recommended - excellent beer perfectly kept
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Waterloo Arms: Wrong way from Southampton Central for the ground, but at ten minutes from the station lovers of good beer may consider it worth the walk. It is on a bus route into the centre. A Hop Back Brewery outlet with a full range of their excellent beers : GFB, Best Bitter, Crop Circle, Entire Stout, Summer Lightning and whatever seasonals happen to be available. They also stock several changing guest ales. There's an L-shaped bar, and a large conservatory at the back which leads into a paved garden for smokers. Children allowed until 9.00 p.m. in the conservatory or garden but not in the bar. Food is available lunchtimes and evenings, though not on Saturdays, and there's wheelchair access. Opening is 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. every day.
Waterloo Arms, 101, Waterloo Road, Freemantle, Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 3BS. Tel: 023 8022 0022. Map: Click Here.

Old fashioned hostelry
Old fashioned hostelry
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Wellington Arms: Drinkers pub, no food. Five regulars - Adnams Bitter, Fuller's London Pride, Greene King Abbot, Ringwood Best Bitter and Wychwood Hobgoblin - plus two changing guests. Hoegaarden and Leffe Blonde cater for more continental tastes. Paved garden with seating for smokers. Opening 12.00 noon - 11.30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 12.00 noon - 12.30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Could have stepped back into the Fifties, the interior gave the appearance of being entirely unchanged since then. The beer was excellent, which is what matters however.
Wellington Arms, 56, Park Road, Freemantle, Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 3DE. Tel: 023 80220356. Map: Click Here.

Yates: Just 200m from the train station and on the way to the ground, this is part of the Yates pub chain and includes Sky and ESPN sports big screens inside on two big screens and 11 plasma screens. Very much aimed at the lager'n'sports market, you'll find plenty of ultra-shiny taps serving pints of fizz, rather than any real ale on show. However, it's obviously going to appeal to a lot of footy fans - expect both home and away fans in here, but with bouncers on the door. Opening hours: Mon–Wed 10am–midnight; Thu–Sat 10am–1.30am; Sun 10am–12.30am.
Yates, 113 –117 Above Bar Street, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 7FH. Tel: 023-8063-4609. Email: Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

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Southampton : Local Amenities
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Other Points Of Interest

Much of historical Southampton was flattened by bombing during the Second World War, and the urban developers destroyed the rest. There's nothing wrong with Southampton, but as a city it's not a very exciting one: average interest, average culture, average shopping, average nightlife. Very, er, average.

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