About the club
Where is Southampton?
Southampton is a city on the south coast of England. It is situated 75 miles (120 Km) south-west of London where the River Test and River Itchen flow into the sea. It is the closest city in England to a natural area of woodland, heathland and pasture land called the New Forest. The forest is famous for the animals that are allowed to graze freely. The New Forest Pony, which is a type of small horse indigenous to the region, is one of the animals that you can see roaming throughout the forest.
What do people do in Southampton?
Southampton has always been a port and the docks have employed lots of people in the city. It is a famous port for cruise ships and some of the world’s largest and most famous ships have started their journey’s there. The HMS Titanic set off from Southampton in 1912, but as everybody knows, it never made it to New York. More recently, passengers have embarked on round the world cruises on ships like the QE2.
What festivals are held in Southampton?
Evert year, between April and September, people in Southampton celebrate their links to the sea with a special series of events and celebrations called Sea City. In September, the city hosts the Southampton Boat Show in which over 600 boat makers and maritime companies exhibit their works.
Why are Southampton F.C. known as the ‘Saints’?
The club has been nicknamed “The Saints” since the club was founded in 1885. This is because it was founded as a church football team and was originally called St Mary’s Young Men’s Association. The club was renamed Southampton F.C. after the club won the Southern League in 1897, but the nickname has endured.