FIVE OF THE BEST: Memorable trips to West Bromwich Albion

By SFC Media time Thu 26 Feb Club

Ahead of Saturday’s game, takes a look back at five memorable post-war matches against the Baggies in the midlands.

Goals from Dave Puckett and Steve Moran ensured that Saints won their penultimate game of the 1983/84 season to keep them on course for a top-two finish in the Division One table – and that classic game features in our pick of five matches below: 

18th January 1969 – Division One – West Brom 1-2 Southampton (Davies, Kemp)

The 1968/69 Saints squad

Saints got off to a good start in this game by taking the lead on five minutes when Ron Davies delivered a trademark header on the end of Terry Paine’s inch-perfect chip. Three minutes before the break, the visitors doubled their lead when Fred Kemp advanced to stroke the ball into the right corner of the net for a deserved advantage.

The hosts won and converted a penalty on 63 minutes after Joe Kirkup was adjudged to have fouled a Baggies player inside the area, but Ted Bates’ men held firm under considerable pressure from Albion to hold out for the win.

Southampton team: Gerry Gurr, Joe Kirkup, Denis Hollywood, Fred Kemp, John McGrath, Jimmy Gabriel, Terry Paine, Frank Saul, Ron Davies, Dave Walker, John Sydenham

1st February 1975 – Division Two – West Brom 0-3 Southampton (Osgood, Channon, Stokes)

The 1974/75 Southampton FC squad

Saints took their chances to see off West Brom at the Hawthorns, with Peter Osgood giving them a half-time lead to set up the success. Osgood supplied Mick Channon with the ball to make it 2-0 on 69 minutes, and soon after, Channon’s shot from his next attempt, rebounded to Bobby Stokes, who tapped in from close range to complete the scoring. It meant a winning debut for defender Manny Andruszewski, and there was further good news to come as Saints agreed terms with Manchester United for the transfer of Jim McCalliog.

Southampton team: Eric Martin, Steve Mills, Nick Holmes, Hugh Fisher, Manny Andruszewski, Mel Blyth, Bobby Stokes, Mick Channon, Peter Osgood, John Crabbe (David Peach), Gerry O’Brien

14th May 1984 – Division One – West Brom 0-2 Southampton (Puckett, Moran)

The 1983/84 Southampton FC squad lines up ahead of the season

Saints had to wait until the 70th minute to break down the Baggies, with Dave Puckett producing a diving header from Danny Wallace’s cross to beat Paul Barron in the hosts’ goal. And just a minute later Saints doubled their lead when Steve Moran stabbed in a cross from Nick Holmes to seal the success.

Although not tested that often in the game, the visitors were grateful to Peter Shilton however, for being alert when it mattered to maintain his record of three consecutive clean sheets. It would also be the ninth match of a ten game unbeaten run at the end of that season which helped to secure a second place finish in the top-flight.

Southampton team: Peter Shilton, Mick Mills, Ivan Golac, Reuben Agboola, Ken Armstrong, Mark Wright, Nick Holmes, Steve Moran, Dave Puckett, David Armstrong, Danny Wallace

28th April 2007 – Championship – West Brom 1-1 Southampton (Lallana)

Andrew Surman in possession of the ball for Saints

West Brom effectively won promotion to the Premier League despite being held to a draw by a struggling Saints team in the penultimate game of the season. Nigel Pearson's side had a decent shout for a penalty when Marek Sagnaowski met Jason Euell's cross but saw the ball bobble up off Neil Clement's hand. Only when Adam Lallana arrived off the bench did Saints begin to threaten and he tested Dean Kiely with one swerving shot before running clear and thundering his shot into the bottom corner of the net. 

But then Brunt collected the ball on the edge of the box and drilled his low shot through Richard Wright's legs to rescue the all-important point that the Baggies required for promotion. Saints remained in the bottom three, below Leicester City on goal difference heading into their final day showdown against Sheffield United at St Mary’s.

Southampton team: Richard Wright, Jermaine Wright, Chris Perry, Chris Lucketti, Andrew Surman, Jhon Viafara, Inigo Idiakez, Youssef Safri (Nathan Dyer 62), Jason Euell, Marek Saganowski (Adam Lallana 74), Stern John (Bradley Wright-Phillips 74)

17th August 2013 – Premier League – West Brom 0-1 Southampton (Lambert)

Lambert wins it late on at the Hawthorns

Rickie Lambert followed up a goal on his England debut in midweek by scoring a last-minute winner from the penalty spot for Southampton. A disappointing game was heading for a goalless draw when West Brom's Youssouf Mulumbu brought down Luke Shaw.

Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez had earlier hit the crossbar in a match of few clear-cut chances at The Hawthorns, while West Brom's best opportunity came when Graham Dorrans sent a 25-yard free-kick narrowly over the crossbar. The dramatic finish was in sharp contrast to a scrappy encounter as West Brom struggled to get going despite the presence of new striker Nicolas Anelka.

Southampton team: Artur Boruc, Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, José Fonte, Luke Shaw, Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama, James Ward-Prowse (Jack Cork 90), Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez (Steven Davis 78), Adam Lallana (Gastón Ramírez 70)

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