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On This Day In History - 8th April
Wednesday, 8th Apr 2020 17:11

As usual we take a look at some of the other games that have taken place on this date over the years , a few people would have been there at the time. See if you were and whether your memory is still accurate.

On April 8th 1972, 19,711 gathered at the Dell including me to see if Saints could get revenge for an 8-0 drubbing at Goodison Park six months earlier, the answer was soon to be apparent, Jimmy Gabriel had a penalty saved after 18 minutes and Mick Buckley scored for Everton on 29 minutes, luckily not a lot else happened and that was the score.

Good Friday in 1977 saw Plymouth Argyle visit the Dell for an 11.30 kick off as was the norm back them to allow next door St Mark's Church to have their services afterwards in the day.

Argyle were fighting relegation and brought a large contingent along the South Coast, they were soon fighting for space on the Archers Road terrace as with no segregation in place the so called Barmy Archers Army appeared just before kick off and forced them into the corner by the West Stand.

The visitors got off to a good start with an early goal, prompting celebrations in the away contingent and a lot of pushing and abuse from the Saints fans, on 38 mins David Peach equalised and then in the second half Ted MacDougall gave us the lead, the game was still in the balance till the 80th minute when goals from MacDougall and Channon in the space of 3 mins sealed the game and sparked the Argyle fans heading for the exits.

in 1986 Saints went up to West Ham and lost 1-0 in a season were we were never far away from 15th all the way through.

The trip to Boro in 88/89 came a week after the vital win against Newcastle at the Dell, Boro themselves had relegation problems , 1-0 down at half time Saints staged a comeback through goals from Rod Wallace, on 53 mins, Neil Ruddock on 56 mins and when Ruddock again performed the Ruddock Stomp on 66 minutes after putting us 3-1 up we looked home and dry.

But goals in the 78th minute and then the last minute of the game gave Boro a point they did not deserve, but Saints were still on their way to safety, Boro would go down by 1 point.

Easter Monday saw Saints at Aston Villa in 1996, it was to be Bruce Grobelaars last game for the club, we went down 3-0 all scored in the last 25 minutes, we didn't deserve nil.

With Dave Jones removed from his job and Glenn Hoddle now in charge Saints had pulled clear and were solidly 15th for the final 3 months of the season, a 2-1 win at Bradford mean't we didn't need to look over our shoulder . 2 goals in the second half sealed a 2-1 win, Dean WindassOG on 56 and then Marian Pahars on 75 mins sealed the victory.

Saints were heading to a disappointing end to their first season back in the second tier since 1978 when they headed to Brighton's Withdean Stadium in 2006, Ricardo Fuller in the first half and then Richard Chaplow sealed a 2-0 win, the Saints fans present sort of saw it from their awful away end.

We might have lost the League Cup Final but we still harboured hopes of another Europa League campaign and so did the Baggies whom we played on this day in 2017, w edominated possession and the game, but it took a great strike from Jordie Clasie on 25 mins to win the game. We would finish 8th but still a long way off 7th and Everton who took that Europa League spot

in 2018 Saints but up a brave display at Arsenal as they battled against what was looking like an inevitable relegation, a couple of awful refereeing decisions in the last minute robbed us of a point as we went down 3--2, Shane Long and Charlie Austin giving us a 2-1 lead that lasted till the final 10 minutes when the referee took a hand in the game, we make a habit of conceding late goals at Arsenal.

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