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The Birth Of Southampton Fc

St Mary's Church of England Young Men's Associated met at the Grove Street schoolrooms and passed a motion to form an Association Football Club.

The very first game that Southampton St Mary's played was against Freemantle on 21st November 1885. It was played on the 'backfield' of the County Cricket ground and they beat Freemantle 5 goals to 1.

Southampton St Mary's Y.M.A FC was restricted to playing friendlies for a couple of years, until entering the Hampshire FA Junior Cup. This they duly won beating Southampton Harriers 2-1 in a replay at the County Ground.
The team was now being referred to as St Mary's F.C and the local press had begun calling the the 'Saints' as a nickname.

In 1890 the team entered the FA Cup for the very first time. They had won three consecutive Hampshire Junior Cups and The Hampshire Senior Cup at the first attempt.

The first Qualifying round they won 4-1 at Warmley near Bristol. This earned them a home draw against Reading which they won 7-0. Then followed a protest by Reading who claimed that Saints had played ineligible players. The claim was upheld and Reading were given their place back in the cup.

Undeterred Saints went on to win the Hampshire Senior Cup for the second year running. This brief precis is hopefully the first of many recounting our hallowed past.

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Writer: SFC Forever Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 6 2010

Time: 12:43PM

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There are so many youngsters that have no idea just how the club was formed. Not only how but where and when. Good article and am looking forward to a bit more knowledge of our early years.
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06/03/2010 21:45:00

We should all know where it started.It is part of our history. As I suppose will be the choice of shirt for next season.
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07/03/2010 00:16:00

This is the first thing that our kids should be taught. Not many people teach the history of our great club today though. Will be good if we could have a regular article on our history, if that is possible.
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07/03/2010 13:36:00

It is a good idea for the new fans to learn about our past. They need to learn how we strated and how we got our name and how our club has grown into the present day one.
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07/03/2010 14:34:00

Is there enough interest in this for me to continue our story? If there is I will continue a bit at a time for the benefit of those unsure of our beginnings.
SFC Forever
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08/03/2010 20:21:00

I like the idea but maybe you should do it as a thread that could be a sticky. I don't know.
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10/03/2010 23:08:00


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