Southampton Football Club, Saint Mary's Stadium, Southampton
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N 50° 54.349 W 001° 23.458
30U E 613131 N 5640583
Quick Description: Saint Mary's Stadium, home of Southampton Football Club since 2001.
Location: United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/20/2011 1:55:30 PM
Waymark Code: WMBTMK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member SUp3rFM & Cruella
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Long Description:
Southampton Football Club was founded on 21 November 1885 by members of the St Mary's Church of England Young Men's Association.

The club was originally known as St. Mary's Young Men's Association F.C. (usually abbreviated to "St. Mary's Y.M.A.") and then became simply St. Mary's F.C. in 1887–88, before adopting the name Southampton St. Mary's when the club joined the Southern League in 1894. After they won the Southern League title in 1896–97, the club became a limited company and changed their name to Southampton F.C.

Saints moved to a newly-built £10,000 stadium called The Dell, to the North-West of the city centre in 1898.

It was while at the Dell that Southampton FC had their greatest moment - beating Manchester United in the 1976 FA Cup Final, thanks to a Bobby Stokes goal.

Southampton were founding members of the Premiership in 1992–93, having played in the top flight of English football since 1978.

Southampton played their last competitive game at the Dell against Arsenal, when (rather fittingly) Matt Le Tissier scored the last (and winning) goal, before moving to Saint Mary's for the start of the 2001-2002 season.

On 28 March 2010, Southampton won their first trophy since 1976 when they defeated Carlisle United 4–1 at Wembley, to claim the Football League Trophy.

After two relegations and one promotion Southampton start the 2011-2012 season in the Championship with Nigel Adkins in charge.

Saint Mary's has a capacity of 32,689 and is one of only a handful of stadia in Europe to meet UEFA's Four Star criteria.

The stadium has also been host to a number of internationals including England's qualifying game against FYR Macedonia in 2002 where the teams drew 2–2, with David Beckham and Steven Gerrard scoring for England.
It's the home of which team(s)?: Southampton Football Club

Which professional sports are played here?: Football

Capacity (number of seats): 32,689

Opening Date: 8/25/2001

Guided Tours: yes

Venue's Website or Team's Website: [Web Link]

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