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2018 Day 2 - Southampton

We continue in Hampshire and the times we've marched in with the Saints of Southampton.  

Played: 95 (83 league, 9 FAC, 1 LC, 2FC)
Won: 36 (33 league, 3 FAC)
Drawn: 23 (20 league, 1 FAC, 2FC)
Lost: 36 (30 league, 5 FAC, 1LC)

Other: (Two Texaco Cup ties in 1974/75: one at The Dell, one at SJP)

Full record v Saints:
  P W D L F A
SJP 41 29 7 5 95 39
SM/TD 42 4 13 25 33 76
League 83 33 20 30 128 115
SJP(FA) 3 2 1 0 4 1
HCG/TD/SM 6 1 0 5 6 13
SJP(LC) 0 0 0 0 0 0
TD 1 0 0 1 1 4


1 0 1 0 0 0
TD 1 0 1 0 1 1
Cup 12 3 3 6 12 19
Tot 95 36 23 36 140 134


45, The Dell: 38, St. Mary's Stadium: 11, Hampshire County Cricket Ground 1

Most common scores:

Won: 2-1 (ten times)
Drawn: 1-1 (nine times)
Lost: 0-1 (eight times)
Following a scoreless draw at Gallowgate in December 1972, the next 49 league and cup meetings of the two sides produced at least one goal before the 50th brought the next 0-0 - away at St. Mary's Stadium.


NUFC failed to win 17 away league and cup games between Feb 1972 and Jan 2004.
NUFC were unbeaten in 13 home league and cup games between Oct 1947 and Aug 1973. 


SFC league doubles over NUFC: 1973/74, 1993/94, 2014/15 (3)
NUFC league doubles over TBC: 1935/36, 1964/65, 1971/72, 2004/05 (4)

Most games in a season: 5 in 1969/70

Longest gap between games: February 1900 to January 1923

First: Sat 12th February 1898 Southampton 1 Newcastle (FA Cup)
"During the concluding half the exchanges were of a rather rough character, but the locals were able to hold their own and the United were thus suffered defeat by a goal." (Lloyds Weekly)

Sat 27th October 2018 Southampton 0 Newcastle 0 (Premier League)
"Mike Ashley saw today's desperate display first-hand - a fifth consecutive helping of this tripe which if nothing else gives him evidence of the malformed, malfunctioning squad assembled on his terms. (

Best: Sun 16th January 2000 Newcastle 5 Southampton 0* (Premier League)
"....Old stager Bobby saw his World XI give Dave Jones a right royal rogering on live TV, and basked in the post-coital afterglow with all the pride of a new father" (

(* also 5-0 on Sat 25th October 1947)

Sat 13th September 2014 Southampton 4 Newcastle 0* (Premier League)
The full time whistle saw further negative reaction from malcontented Magpie followers, one making it past stewards and onto the field before he was apprehended - having shown far more commitment to evading opponents than anyone else in black and white all afternoon."

(* also 0-4 on Sat 9th March 2014)

NUFC v SFC gallery:

August 1967: A season-opening 3-0 home win

August 1985: Pedro pursued in a season opening 1-1 Dell draw

August 1993: Le Tissier keeps his eye on the ball, unfortunately...

January 1997: Le know the rest

November 2002: Aaron Hughes seals a 2-0 victory at SJP

March 2018: Kenedy at the same end in a 3-0 win  

NUFC v SFC - moment in history:

January 1970: A European trip to.....The Dell

Having seen off Dundee United and FC Porto as they attempted to defend their Fairs Cup crown, Newcastle's players, fans and hierarchy were eagerly awaiting the Third Round draw and the prospect of rubbing shoulders with more of the European elite. 

Instead they were paired with a Southampton side who, like United a year earlier, benefited from the unique "one city one team" rule to finish seventh and qualify for a first European campaign. 

The Saints had seen off Norwegian side Rosenberg and Vitoria Guimaraes from Portugal, including SJP old boy John McGrath in addition to future Magpie Mick Channon in their squad.

In addition to dispelling the notion that sides from the same country couldn't be drawn together before the Quarter Final stage (it later transpired that no rule actually prevented it happening), the Saints and the Magpies were opponents of a familiarity that almost beggared belief. The two- legged tie would be one of five meetings in this season - four of which came within two months. 

Beginning with a scoreless draw on Tyneside in the first leg of the Fairs Cup tie shortly before Christmas, United then journeyed to the Dell for a 0-3 defeat in the Third Round of the FA Cup - just ten days before the return leg of the Fairs Cup tie on the south coast. 

The first half belonged to the home side, with Mick Channon giving them a 28th minute lead, Ron Davies then hitting the bar, and Frank Clark clearing off the goal line to deny Channon a second.

With just six minutes of the game remaining though, the vital breakthrough came for Joe Harvey's side. Jimmy Smith took possession and his chipped centre picked out Wyn Davies in the box. 

Goalkeeper Eric Martin parried the header, which bounced tantalisingly close to David Ford. He couldn't reach with it, but Pop Robson certainly could and smashed it home with his right foot to level matters, sending his side through on away goals and a Quarter Final tie with Anderlecht.

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