FIVE OF THE BEST: Memorable home matches against Man City

By SFC Media Fri 28 Nov Club

Ahead of this weekend’s game, saintsfc.co.uk takes a look back at five memorable post-war matches against City on the south coast.

The blue half of Manchester is yet to win at St Mary’s since Southampton returned to the Premier League, with 2013’s 3-1 victory over City seeing current star Steven Davis netting against Roberto Mancini’s side.

And that classic game against Manchester City features in our pick of five matches below: 

9th November 1963 – Division 2 – Southampton 4-2 Manchester City (Chivers 2, Wimshurst, Kirby)


The 1963/64 Southampton FC squad

Saints got off to a perfect start when Martin Chivers notched his second goal in as many games with just two minutes on the watch when he turned home a cross from Terry Paine.

City levelled just five minutes later, but the hosts restored their lead on 20 when George Kirby found the empty net after Paine’s effort was only partially cleared.

In the second half, Saints stretched their lead when Ken Wimshurst finished another move which Paine was involved with.

City attempted to stage a late fight-back when they struck again on 82, but Saints sealed their win in the last minute when Chivers finished off a cross from – you guessed it – Paine, to bring the hosts over the line in a high tempo game.

Southampton team: Tony Godfrey, Stuart Williams, Tommy Traynor, Ken Wimshurst, Tony Knapp, Cliff Huxford, Terry Paine, Martin Chivers, George Kirby, Ian White, John Sydenham

19th January 1980 – Division 1 – Southampton 4-1 Manchester City (Channon, Ball, Watson, Moran)


Alan Ball volleys home for 2-0

Lawrie McMenemy’s men followed up a 1-1 draw against at Liverpool with a convincing win over City at The Dell.

Saints opened the scoring on nine minutes when Mick Channon scooped the ball home from Dave Watson’s knockdown, with the hosts holding their one goal lead until the break.

After the restart they made it 2-0 when Alan Ball (pictured above) volleyed home past Corrigan on 49 minutes.

The visitors pulled one back on 66, but Saints restored their two-goal margin when Watson bravely headed home Chris Nicholl’s cross, with the win made safe late on by Steve Moran’s first touch in league football which resulted in a fourth goal for the hosts.

McMenemy said afterwards that Moran is a “sniffer” and “a Ted MacDougall type of finisher.”

Southampton team: Peter Wells, Ivan Golac (Steve Moran), Malcolm Waldron, Graham Baker, Dave Watson, Chris Nicholl, Alan Ball, Phil Boyer, Mick Channon, Nick Holmes, Trevor Hebberd

21st September 1999 – League Cup second round – Southampton 4-3 Manchester City (AET) (Dodd, Oakley 2, Richards)


Matt Oakley was on target in this cup tie

Saints held their Division 1 hosts to a scoreless draw in the first leg of this tie, forcing a replay at The Dell, but the second meeting between these two couldn’t have been more different as seven goals arrived in 120 minutes.

Visitors City took the lead on 10 minutes through Paul Dickov’s early strike, but Saints were level soon after when Jason Dodd converted a penalty following Richard Edghill’s trip on Trond Soltvedt inside the area.

Matt Oakley turned the game on its head before the half hour with a thumping firtst time finish from 20 yards for a lead the hosts held until half-time.

Saints made it 3-1on 58 minutes when Oakley struck another drive past Nicky Weaver in the City goal, but City set up a grandstand finish to the 90 minutes as Shaun Goater grabbed a brace inside the last ten minutes to set up extra-time.

Despite having Mark Hughes sent off, Saints would go onto win it when defender Dean Richards reacted quickest to substitute Matt Le Tissier’s corner to drill home for 4-3.

Southampton team: Paul Jones, Jason Dodd, Claus Lundekvam, Dean Richards, Francis Benali, Wayne Bridge (Luis Boa Morte), Trond Soltvedt, Matt Oakley, Hassan Kachloul, Mark Hughes, James Beattie (Matt Le Tissier)

5th October 2002 – Premier League – Southampton 2-0 Manchester City (Ormerod 2)


Ormerod at the double in 2002

A Brett Ormerod brace overwhelmed Manchester City and suggested that Southampton had at last found a goalscorer. Prior to this win, which propelled Southampton from third from bottom to mid-table, Gordon Strachan's side had scored just four times in eight games.

But Ormerod who also grabbed a hat-trick in the midweek Worthington Cup win over Tranmere was a persistent threat to City keeper Peter Schmeichel – which was just as well for Saints, as their other two strikers enjoyed a less profitable day in front of goal. James Beattie missed the target from an open goal position, while five minutes from the end substitute Marian Pahars was sent off after receiving two yellow cards.

Southampton team: Antti Niemi, Wayne Bridge, Michael Svensson, Claus Lundekvam, Jason Dodd, Fabrice Fernandes, Anders Svensson (Matt Oakley 80), Chris Marsden, Rory Delap, Brett Ormerod (Marian Pahars 53), James Beattie (Jo Tessem 87).

9th February 2013 – Premier League – Southampton 3-1 Manchester City (Puncheon, S. Davis, Barry OG)


Steven Davis knocks home Saints' second

Manchester City's title defence suffered a huge blow at St Mary’s as they gifted Southampton victory with a series of glaring errors at the back.

Mauricio Pochettino’s first win as Saints manager began well with Gareth Barry giving the ball away for the hosts’ first goal, as Jason Puncheon followed up to slot home after Jay Rodriguez's shot was saved.

Steven Davis made it 2-0 after Joe Hart made a hash of Rickie Lambert's shot and, even though Edin Dzeko replied on the break, City's misery was complete when Barry inexplicably passed into his own net.

Southampton team: Artur Boruc, Nathaniel Clyne, Maya Yoshida, Jos Hooiveld, Danny Fox (Frazer Richardson 71), Morgan Schneiderlin, Steven Davis (James Ward-Prowse 80), Jack Cork, Jason Puncheon, (Adam Lallana 61), Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez

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