THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

1 May ~ Southampton have had another solid Premier League season over 2015-16 and could move up to seventh place if they beat Manchester City at St Mary’s today. City, meanwhile, are trying to hold off both Arsenal and Manchester United in third place.

Back in February 1982, Southampton had lost just twice at The Dell that season and were leading the First Division when third-place City arrived. In a fast-paced match both teams squandered chances and it took until the hour-mark for the Saints to take the lead. Graham Baker burst forward and received the ball from David Armstrong on the edge of the area before firing a powerful shot past Joe Corrigan and into the near corner of the net. 

Thirteen minutes later City were level thanks to a header from a corner by Bobby McDonald but, almost from the restart, the home side were back in front. A Kevin Keegan cross caused problems in the City penalty area and Corrigan could only palm a Mike Channon shot into the path of Armstrong, who tapped home.

Southampton couldn’t maintain their form and three wins in their final 14 matches saw them slip to seventh, way behind champions Liverpool. Manchester City also tailed off, finishing in tenth.

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