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Saints Looking To Break A Club Record
Saturday, 28th Sep 2019 08:29

Saints could break a club record this afternoon and it is a surprising one given our defensive issues this season.

Another clean sheet at Pompey on Tuesday made it four in a row away from home and that equalled the current best run of shut outs on the road set in 1922 and again in 1981 in the Kevin Keegan era.

Back then Lawrie McMenemy's side went a total of 399 minutes without conceding a goal in games away to Sporting Lisbon, Stoke, Wolves and then a 1-0 win at Liverpool when Steve Moran scored a late winner on 28th November.

Ironically a harsh winter meant postponements and it would be almost two months before we played another away game, that came on January 19th 1982 when we travelled to Everton for a rearranged game in midweek.

Our shut outs lasted just 4 minutes when the home side scored and it would remain at that score till the 88th minute when Steve Moran repeated his late goals on Merseyside trick to give us a point.

The Daily Echo say that the record stands at 399 minutes without conceding a goal on the road and that Saints need to keep Spurs at bay for 25 minutes to break that this afternoon.

If we can go the whole game that would not only set a new record for games in a row without conceding on the road, but would be a minor miracle worth celebrating in it's own right.

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dirk_doone added 10:33 - Sep 28
Saints were top of the league until April that 1981/82 season. We came so close to winning a title with that great team of the early 80s but in the end the best finish we could achieve was runners-up to Liverpool in 1984.

underweststand added 11:36 - Sep 28
Dirk doone....that was a great finish to season 1983-84.

We were still 6th in january but the upturn came in April and we ended up unbeaten in the last 10 games .and crept into 2nd place on the last day, and in that time we beat Coventry 8-2 and Spurs 5-0 at home..There are those who say that had the season been 2 games longer ...we might have won the title.

In that final blitz, Steve Moran scored 9 goals, David Armstrong 7, and Danny Wallace 6
..those where the days, eh?

Nowadays, I'm glad any time we can get a point against Spurs.

dirk_doone added 11:55 - Sep 28
underwestand, I remember our results meant that we would have finished top of the league if it had been over a whole year from January to December. Unfortunately, that involved the second half of one season and the first half of the next.

If we'd still had Keegan instead of Worthington in 1983/84, we would undoubtedly have won it.

Anyway, it's great to see our team starting to have record-breaking runs again.

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