THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Notable kits of yesteryear

Southampton95-9718 July ~ This shirt was a return to Southampton's traditional red and white stripes after a few seasons spent wearing the experimental red-sleeved, ticked chest of the previous Pony kit. It was worn by players such as Egil Ostenstad, Mickey Evans, David Hughes and Ken Monkou, during a period which saw Southampton complete their 17th consecutive season in the top flight.

Southampton had two managers during this period – firstly Dave Merrington, who was relieved of his duties despite avoiding relegation, and then Graeme Souness, who quickly  left for Torino. Both enjoyed famous home wins over Manchester United. Monkou was among Southampton goals as United blamed a 3-1 defeat at The Dell on their changed strip of grey shirts. The following season's 6-3 goal-fest saw Matt Le Tissier successfully chip Peter Schmeichel from the edge of the box.

The most noticeable aspect of the jersey is its substantial fold down collar, which can quite easily accommodate a neck tie. Although to my knowledge, nobody has ever used the shirt for this purpose. Mark Sanderson

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