2008–09 Southampton F.C. season

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Southampton F.C.
2008–09 season
Chairman Michael Wilde
Manager Jan Poortvliet
Mark Wotte
Stadium St Mary's Stadium
Championship 23rd (relegated)
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League:
David McGoldrick (12)
All:
David McGoldrick (14)
Highest home attendance 31,901 (vs. Manchester United, 4 January 2009)
Lowest home attendance 11,331 vs Birmingham City, 26 August 2008)
Average home league attendance 18,149
Home colours
Away colours

The 2008–09 season was Southampton's fourth consecutive season in the Football League and their fourth also in the Championship.

Season summary[edit]

Having narrowly avoided relegation the previous season,[1] Southampton looked to improve their position in the league in 2008-09. The season was even more disappointing, however, as the Saints finished second from bottom to be relegated to League One,[2] which they would start with a ten-point deduction as a result of its parent company, Southampton Leisure Holdings PLC, entering administration.[3][4] The season was equally unsatisfactory in the cup tournaments, as the club were knocked out of both the FA Cup and the League Cup in the third round, losing 0–3 to Premier League champions Manchester United[5] and 1–3 to League Two side Rotherham United.[6] The season was worsened still by a change in management – head coach Jan Poortvliet resigned from the club on 23 January 2009, and youth academy manager Mark Wotte took over for the remainder of the season.[7][8][9]

Championship[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance League
position
9 August 2008 Cardiff City A 1–2 McGoldrick 45' 19,749 18th
16 August 2008 Birmingham City H 1–2 Perry 43' 18,925 23rd
23 August 2008 Derby County A 1–0 McGoldrick 58' 27,032 17th
30 August 2008 Blackpool H 0–1 15,629 20th
14 September 2008 Queens Park Rangers A 1–4 Lallana 53' 13,770 23rd
17 September 2008 Ipswich Town H 2–2 Surman 12', Pekhart 68' 14,916 22nd
20 September 2008 Barnsley H 0–0 14,836 22nd
27 September 2008 Doncaster Rovers A 2–0 Mills 50' (o.g.), Surman 58' (pen.) 10,867 20th
30 September 2008 Norwich City H 2–0 Robertson 29', McGoldrick 64' (pen.) 14,480 16th
4 October 2008 Coventry City A 1–4 Surman 63' 15,518 20th
18 October 2008 Watford H 0–3 17,454 20th
21 October 2008 Sheffield United A 0–0 25,642 21st
25 October 2008 Swansea City A 0–3 15,564 22nd
28 October 2008 Coventry City H 1–1 McGoldrick 68' 14,226 22nd
1 November 2008 Preston North End A 3–2 Pearce 64', Surman 69', McGoldrick 90' 11,508 20th
8 November 2008 Bristol City H 0–1 14,535 21st
15 November 2008 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–2 Pearce 21' 17,812 21st
22 November 2008 Reading A 2–1 Wright-Phillips 14', 49' 23,121 20th
25 November 2008 Plymouth Argyle H 0–0 14,895 20th
29 November 2008 Charlton Athletic A 0–0 20,831 19th
6 December 2008 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–1 Wright-Phillips 14' 15,440 19th
8 December 2008 Crystal Palace A 0–3 13,799 20th
13 December 2008 Burnley A 2–3 Skácel 49', Surman 61' 11,229 21st
20 December 2008 Nottingham Forest H 0–2 26,580 21st
26 December 2008 Plymouth Argyle A 0–2 15,197 21st
28 December 2008 Reading H 1–1 McGoldrick 74' 20,142 23rd
10 January 2009 Barnsley A 1–0 McGoldrick 76' 11,789 22nd
17 January 2009 Doncaster Rovers H 1–2 Saganowski 90' 15,837 23rd
27 January 2009 Norwich City A 2–2 McLaggon 57', Saganowski 78' 25,271 23rd
31 January 2009 Swansea City H 2–2 Saganowski 17', 76' 17,623 23rd
3 February 2009 Sheffield United H 1–2 Surman 90' 13,257 23rd
14 February 2009 Bristol City A 0–2 17,000 23rd
21 February 2009 Preston North End H 3–1 Surman 19', Saganowski 29', 42' 14,790 23rd
28 February 2009 Cardiff City H 1–0 McGoldrick 11' (pen.) 18,526 22nd
3 March 2009 Ipswich Town A 3–0 Euell 30, 85', Paterson 88' 20,040 22nd
7 March 2009 Birmingham City A 0–1 16,735 22nd
10 March 2009 Derby County H 1–1 Perry 59' 17,567 23rd
14 March 2009 Queens Park Rangers H 0–0 18,691 23rd
21 March 2009 Blackpool A 1–1 McGoldrick 69' 7,947 23rd
4 April 2009 Charlton Athletic H 2–3 McGoldrick 17', Wright-Phillips 84' 27,228 23rd
7 April 2009 Watford A 2–2 Saeijs 13', 89' 16,066 23rd
10 April 2009 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–3 24,636 23rd
13 April 2009 Crystal Palace H 1–0 McGoldrick 67' 23,220 23rd
18 April 2009 Sheffield Wednesday A 0–2 24,145 23rd
25 April 2009 Burnley H 2–2 Wright-Phillips 11', McGoldrick 44' 23,927 23rd
3 May 2009 Nottingham Forest A 1–3 Wright-Phillips 16' 29,008 23rd
Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Ground A H A H A H H A H A H A A H A H H A H A H A A H A H A H A H H A H H A A H H A H A A H A H A
Result L L W L L D D W W L L D L D W L L W D D D L L L L D W L D D L L W W W L D D D L D L W L D L
Position 18 23 17 20 23 22 22 20 16 20 20 21 22 22 20 21 21 20 20 19 19 20 21 21 21 23 22 23 23 23 23 23 23 22 22 22 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23

Last updated: Season end.
Source: League Matches
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
22 Norwich City 46 12 10 24 57 70 –13 46
23 Southampton 46 10 15 21 46 69 –23 45
24 Charlton Athletic 46 8 15 23 52 74 –22 39

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
4 January 2009 Round 3 Manchester United H 0–3 31,901

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
12 August 2008 Round 1 Exeter City A 3–1 Holmes 29', McGoldrick 77', 90' (pen.) 6,471
26 August 2008 Round 2 Birmingham City H 2–0 Holmes 17', Lallana 86' 11,331
23 September 2008 Round 3 Rotherham United A 1–3 John 61' 5,147

Squad statistics[edit]

No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK England Kelvin Davis 46 0 1 0 0 0 47 0 0 0
2 DF England Chris Perry 38(2) 2 1 0 2 0 43 2 6 0
3 DF England Wayne Thomas 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
4 FW Poland Marek Saganowski 14(5) 6 0 0 0 0 19 6 2 0
5 DF Netherlands Jan-Paul Saeijs 20 2 0 0 0 0 20 2 5 0
6 DF Sweden Michael Svensson 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 0
7 MF Czech Republic Rudolf Skácel 28 1 1 0 0 0 29 1 7 0
8 FW England Bradley Wright-Phillips 16(17) 6 0 0 1 0 34 6 1 0
9 FW Poland Grzegorz Rasiak 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 MF England Paul Wotton 18(11) 0 0 0 3 0 33 0 4 0
11 MF England Andrew Surman 44 7 1 0 3 0 48 7 7 0
12 MF England Lee Holmes 11 0 0(1) 0 2 2 14 2 0 0
13 GK England Tommy Forecast 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 FW Trinidad and Tobago Stern John 4(3) 0 0 0 0(3) 1 10 1 0 0
15 FW Jamaica Jason Euell 18(6) 2 0 0 0 0 24 2 2 1
16 MF France Romain Gasmi 0(4) 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
17 FW England David McGoldrick 45(1) 12 1 0 3 2 50 14 7 0
18 MF England Nathan Dyer 1(3) 0 0 0 0(1) 0 5 0 0 0
19 MF France Morgan Schneiderlin 23(7) 0 0(1) 0 2 0 33 0 6 0
20 MF England Adam Lallana 34(6) 1 0 0 3 1 43 2 2 0
21 DF England Jamie Hatch 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 MF England Simon Gillett 23(4) 0 1 0 2 0 30 0 5 0
23 DF Wales Lloyd James 40(1) 0 1 0 3 0 45 0 11 0
24 DF England Oliver Lancashire 10(1) 0 0 0 1 0 12 0 3 2
25 GK England Michael Poke 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 MF Trinidad and Tobago Jake Thomson 6(4) 0 0 0 1 0 11 0 0 0
27 DF United States Kyle Davies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 GK Poland Bartosz Bialkowski 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0
29 DF England Jeffrey Imudia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 MF England Jack Boyle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 GK Slovakia Andrej Pernecký 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 DF England Joseph Mills 6(2) 0 0 0 1(1) 0 10 0 0 0
34 FW England Jamie White 2(1) 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
35 FW Scotland Matt Paterson 1(10) 1 1 0 0 0 12 1 0 1
36 DF England Michael Byrne 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 MF Wales Oscar Gobern 4(2) 0 1 0 0 0 7 0 1 0
38 DF England Jack Saville 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 MF England Ryan Smith 7(6) 0 1 0 0 0 14 0 0 0
40 MF Wales Anthony Pulis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
41 DF Hungary Zoltán Lipták 0(7) 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
42 FW Wales Kayne McLaggon 1(6) 1 0(1) 0 0 0 8 1 0 0
43 DF England Lee Molyneux 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 2 1
44 DF England Ben Reeves 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
45 MF England Callum McNish 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players who left before the end of the season
5 DF England Andrew Davies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 DF England Darren Powell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 DF England Jack Cork 22(1) 0 0 0 2 0 25 0 3 0
31 FW Czech Republic Tomáš Pekhart 2(7) 1 0 0 0(1) 0 10 0 0 0
38 FW England Jordan Robertson 8(2) 1 0 0 0 0 10 1 1 0
41 DF England Alex Pearce 6(3) 2 0 0 0 0 9 2 1 0

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
7 July 2008 GK England Tommy Forecast England Tottenham Hotspur Undisclosed[10][11]
29 August 2008 MF Wales Anthony Pulis England Stoke City Free[12][13]
1 January 2009 DF England Lee Molyneux England Everton Free[14][15]
1 January 2009 MF England Ryan Smith England Millwall Free[14][15]

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
2 July 2008 DF Sweden Alexander Östlund Denmark Esbjerg Released[16][17]
2 July 2008 DF England Darren Powell Unattached Released[16][17]
2 July 2008 MF England Jermaine Wright England Blackpool Released[16][17]
2 July 2008 MF Czech Republic Mario Lička Czech Republic Baník Ostrava Released[16][17]
2 July 2008 MF Spain Iñigo Idiakez Unattached Released[16][17]
2 July 2008 FW France Cédric Baseya France Lille OSC Free[16][17]
7 July 2008 MF Morocco Youssef Safri Qatar Qatar SC £275,000[18][19]
1 August 2008 MF Colombia Jhon Viáfara Colombia Once Caldas Released[20][21]
19 August 2008 DF England Andrew Davies England Stoke City Undisclosed[22][23]

Loan in[edit]

Date from Date to Pos. Name From
21 August 2008[24][25] 1 January 2009[24] DF England Jack Cork England Chelsea
26 August 2008[26][27] 29 December 2008[28] FW Czech Republic Tomáš Pekhart England Tottenham Hotspur
1 September 2008[29][30] End of season[29] MF France Romain Gasmi France RC Strasbourg
26 September 2008[31][32] 26 December 2008[31][32] FW England Jordan Robertson England Sheffield United
3 October 2008[33][34] 3 January 2009[33][34] MF England Ryan Smith England Millwall
30 October 2008[35][36] 1 January 2009[35][36] DF Scotland Alex Pearce England Reading
9 January 2009[37][38] End of season[37][38] DF Netherlands Jan-Paul Saeijs Netherlands Roda JC
2 February 2009[39][40] End of season[39][40] DF Hungary Zoltán Lipták Hungary Újpest

Loan out[edit]

Date from Date to Pos. Name To
18 July 2008[41] End of season[41] GK England Michael Poke England Torquay United
8 August 2008[42][43] 31 December 2008[42] FW Poland Marek Saganowski Denmark Aalborg BK
15 August 2008[44][45] End of season[44][45] FW Poland Grzegorz Rasiak England Watford
26 September 2008[31] 26 December 2008[31] MF England Nathan Dyer England Sheffield United
24 October 2008[46][47] End of season[48][49] FW Trinidad and Tobago Stern John England Bristol City
14 November 2008[50][51] 8 January 2009[52][53] FW England Jamie White England Shrewsbury Town
2 January 2009[54][55] End of season[54][55] MF England Nathan Dyer Wales Swansea City
8 January 2009[56][57] 19 February 2009[58] MF England Jake Thomson England Bournemouth
23 February 2009[59][60] End of season[61] DF England Joseph Mills England Scunthorpe United
18 March 2009[62][63] End of season[62][63] GK Poland Bartosz Białkowski England Ipswich Town

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