2007–08 Southampton F.C. season

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Southampton
2007–08 season
Chairman Ken Dulieu (until 17 December)
Leon Crouch (from 20 December)
Manager George Burley (until 23 January)
John Gorman (24 January - 19 February)
Nigel Pearson (from 19 February)
Stadium St Mary's Stadium
Championship 20th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup First round
Top goalscorer John (19)
Average home league attendance 21,081

During the 2007–08 English football season, Southampton F.C. competed in the Football League Championship.

Season summary[edit]

In the 2007-08 season, the Saints initially had an unremarkable campaign, with the club in mid-table for the first half of the campaign. Once again though, Southampton experienced a major loss of form in the spring, not helped by managerial instability caused by the resignation of George Burley followed by caretaker spells by John Gorman and then Nigel Pearson, and were left in serious danger of relegation to League One on the last day of the season. Fortunately a win combined with some other favourable results ensured their survival for another season in the Championship.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 West Bromwich Albion (C) (P) 46 23 12 11 88 55 +33 81 Promotion to Premier League
2 Stoke City (P) 46 21 16 9 69 55 +14 79
3 Hull City (P) 46 21 12 13 65 47 +18 75 Qualification to League Championship playoffs
4 Bristol City 46 20 14 12 54 53 +1 74
5 Crystal Palace 46 18 17 11 58 42 +16 71
6 Watford 46 18 16 12 62 56 +6 70
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 18 16 12 53 48 +5 70
8 Ipswich Town 46 18 15 13 65 56 +9 69
9 Sheffield United 46 17 15 14 56 51 +5 66
10 Plymouth Argyle 46 17 13 16 60 50 +10 64
11 Charlton Athletic 46 17 13 16 63 58 +5 64
12 Cardiff City 46 16 16 14 59 55 +4 64
13 Burnley 46 16 14 16 60 67 −7 62
14 Queens Park Rangers 46 14 16 16 60 66 −6 58
15 Preston North End 46 15 11 20 50 56 −6 56
16 Sheffield Wednesday 46 14 13 19 54 55 −1 55
17 Norwich City 46 15 10 21 49 59 −10 55
18 Barnsley 46 14 13 19 52 65 −13 55
19 Blackpool 46 12 18 16 59 64 −5 54
20 Southampton 46 13 15 18 56 72 −16 54
21 Coventry City 46 14 11 21 52 64 −12 53
22 Leicester City (R) 46 12 16 18 42 45 −3 52 Relegation to League One
23 Scunthorpe United (R) 46 11 13 22 46 69 −23 46
24 Colchester United (R) 46 7 17 22 62 86 −24 38

Updated to games played on 4 May 2008.
Source: The Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Southampton's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Championship[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
11 August 2007 Crystal Palace H 1-4 25,054 Saganowski
18 August 2007 Norwich City A 1-2 24,004 Jones
25 August 2007 Stoke City H 3-2 20,300 Surman, Rasiak, Viáfara
1 September 2007 Queens Park Rangers A 3-0 15,560 Rasiak (2), Wright-Phillips
16 September 2007 Watford A 2-3 15,915 Rasiak, Dyer
19 September 2007 Colchester United H 1-1 18,773 Wright-Phillips
22 September 2007 Barnsley H 2-3 18,677 Saganowski, Idiakez
29 September 2007 Sheffield United A 2-1 24,561 Rasiak, Viáfara
2 October 2007 Preston North End A 1-5 10,279 Jones (own goal)
6 October 2007 West Bromwich Albion H 3-2 18,002 John (2), Skácel
21 October 2007 Cardiff City H 1-0 20,796 John
24 October 2007 Bristol City A 1-2 18,326 McAllister (own goal)
27 October 2007 Burnley A 3-2 10,944 Wright-Phillips, Euell, John
3 November 2007 Charlton Athletic H 0-1 23,363
6 November 2007 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0-0 19,856
10 November 2007 Sheffield Wednesday A 0-5 19,442
24 November 2007 Blackpool H 1-0 21,075 John
27 November 2007 Ipswich Town A 0-2 19,791
1 December 2007 Leicester City A 2-1 20,070 John, Surman (pen)
4 December 2007 Sheffield Wednesday H 0-0 17,981
8 December 2007 Hull City H 4-0 18,125 Wright-Phillips, John (3)
15 December 2007 Coventry City A 1-1 19,143 Wright-Phillips
22 December 2007 Preston North End H 0-1 23,267
26 December 2007 Colchester United A 1-1 6,157 Viáfara
29 December 2007 Barnsley A 2-2 10,425 Wright-Phillips (2)
1 January 2008 Watford H 0-3 23,008
12 January 2008 Scunthorpe United H 1-0 18,416 Rasiak
19 January 2008 Plymouth Argyle A 1-1 14,676 Wright-Phillips
29 January 2008 Norwich City H 0-1 18,004
2 February 2008 Crystal Palace A 1-1 17,967 John
9 February 2008 Queens Park Rangers H 2-3 22,205 Powell, John
12 February 2008 Stoke City A 2-3 19,481 John (2)
19 February 2008 Plymouth Argyle H 0-2 17,806
23 February 2008 Scunthorpe United A 1-1 6,035 Vignal
1 March 2008 Ipswich Town H 1-1 23,299 John
4 March 2008 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2-2 21,795 Vignal (pen), Euell
8 March 2008 Blackpool A 2-2 9,050 Vignal, John
11 March 2008 Leicester City H 1-0 17,741 John
15 March 2008 Hull City A 0-5 16,829
22 March 2008 Coventry City H 0-0 22,014
29 March 2008 Cardiff City A 0-1 12,955
5 April 2008 Bristol City H 2-0 22,890 John, Euell
12 April 2008 Charlton Athletic A 1-1 26,206 McCarthy (own goal)
19 April 2008 Burnley H 0-1 21,762
28 April 2008 West Bromwich Albion A 1-1 26,167 Lallana
4 May 2008 Sheffield United H 3-2 31,957 Saganowski, John (2)

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2007–08 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 5 January 2008 Leicester City H 2-0 20,094 Surman, Vignal
R4 26 January 2008 Bury H 2-0 25,449 Surman, Rasiak
R5 16 February 2008 Bristol Rovers A 0-1 11,920

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 13 August 2007 Peterborough United A 1-2 4,087 Rasiak

Squad[edit]

[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Kelvin Davis
2 Sweden DF Alexander Östlund
3 England DF Wayne Thomas
4 Poland FW Marek Saganowski
6 England DF Darren Powell
8 England FW Bradley Wright-Phillips
10 England MF Jermaine Wright
11 South Africa MF Andrew Surman
12 Czech Republic MF Mario Lička
13 Poland GK Bartosz Białkowski
14 England MF Adam Hammill (on loan from Liverpool)
15 Jamaica FW Jason Euell
16 Colombia MF Jhon Viáfara
17 England FW David McGoldrick
18 England FW Nathan Dyer
20 England FW Adam Lallana
No. Position Player
21 France DF Grégory Vignal (on loan from RC Lens)
22 England MF Simon Gillett
23 Wales MF Lloyd James
24 England DF Oliver Lancashire
25 England GK Michael Poke
26 France FW Cédric Baseya
27 Spain MF Iñigo Idiakez
28 England MF Josh Dutton-Black
29 England GK Richard Wright (on loan from West Ham United)
30 Morocco MF Youssef Safri
31 Trinidad and Tobago FW Stern John
32 Slovakia GK Andrej Pernecký
34 Cameroon FW Vincent Péricard (on loan from Stoke City)
35 England DF Andrew Davies
36 England DF Chris Perry (on loan from Luton Town)
37 England DF Chris Lucketti (on loan from Sheffield United)

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
15 Trinidad and Tobago FW Kenwyne Jones (to Sunderland)
33 Scotland DF Christian Dailly (on loan from West Ham United)
34 England DF Philip Ifil (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
32 Cameroon DF Lucien Mettomo (to Veria)
29 Republic of Ireland DF Alan Bennett (on loan from Reading)
9 Poland FW Grzegorz Rasiak (on loan to Bolton Wanderers)
No. Position Player
7 Czech Republic MF Rudolf Skácel (on loan to Hertha BSC)
29 Republic of Ireland DF Stephen O'Halloran (on loan from Aston Villa)
5 England DF Claus Lundekvam (Retired)
33 England DF Ian Pearce (on loan from Fulham)
19 England DF Chris Makin (Retired)

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