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Southampton Football Club: The rollercoaster ride

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Ever since that dark day on 15 May 2005, when Southampton lost to Manchester United to suffer relegation for the first time in 27 years, it has been a rollercoaster ride for the club's fans.

They saw their beloved ‘Red and White army’ go from the Championship and then to League 1, the third tier of English football - an all-new low for a club that five years prior saw them playing Arsenal in the final of the FA Cup in Cardiff.

It was getting worse and worse for the club as the off-field situation was in a worse state than the on the on-field situation, with Southampton coming within 24 hours of liquidation and having to sell the best assets like Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale who has gone on to become the world's most expensive footballer.

All have gone on to become established Premier League players, which begs the question: what if Southampton were able to keep hold of them?

Then, at the 11th hour, Saints were taken over by Swiss businessman called Marcus Liebherr.

This was where Southampton turned a corner and never looked back, securing back-to-back promotions, finishing second in both seasons and whilst in League One winning the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Most Saints fans would agree in saying that the catalyst for their success was the purchase of Rickie Lambert from Bristol Rovers in 2009. Since then he has scored 107 goals in 210 games and has now gone on to become a regular England player, scoring goals against Scotland and Moldova.

Lambert was not the only Southampton to be called up to the national squad, as Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez were called up for the games against Chile and Germany.

Now, since being back in the Premier League, Southampton managed to survive their first season back in the premier league after finishing in an impressive 14th position with 41 points.

After strengthening the spine of their team with the marquee signings of Dejan Lovren and Victor Wanayama Southampton have been able to boast one of the best defenders in the Premier League and Europe, Southampton had only conceded five goals in nine games and if you compare that to last season where they conceded 30 goals in 10 games there is some obvious improvement by the Saints.

So, where will Saints end up this season? If they continue to play how they are, there is no question that they are capable of reaching a European spot.

Realistically the fans and the players should be happy with a top 10 finish, for a relatively newly-promoted team that is an excellent result; however, Southampton need to perform show that they have what it takes away from home, where they have lost two and conceded eight compared to their home form of lost one and conceded just six.

League prediction: 7th

FA Cup prediction: Quarter-finals

My prediction for Southampton is that in the next five years they will be playing Champions League football. It is an exciting time to be a Saints fan.


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