On This Day In History 18th March Part 2
Wednesday, 18th Mar 2020 10:27
In this episode we take a look at some of the other games that have taken place on this day in our history. Feel free to comment on individual games or ones you think we have missed.
1966/67 was our first season back in the top flight, on this day 54 years ago we travelled to Goodison Park to take on Everton in front of 44,997 as we battled to avoid relegation straight back down.
There were two debutants in the side, Eric Martin in goal and Hugh Fisher who would of course be on the bench for the 1976 FA Cup final 8 years later, also at Wembley on that day was referee Clive Thomas and at Goodison he featured in an incident when Terry Paine found a pair of glasses on the pitch and handed them to Thomas who did not see the funny side feeling Paine was mocking him, it was cleared up when Saints trainer Jimmy Gallagher claimed them as he had dropped them when coming on to tend Hugh Fisher who had suffered a gash on his head.
Eric Martin became a legend for Saints and really should have got a Scotland cap in his time at the Dell, he started as he meant to go on and was even given 10 out of 10 in one of the Sunday papers, Ted Bates ran on the pitch at the end to acclaim his performance.
Saints had won 1-0 with a Martin Chivers goal seperating the sides putting the ball in off the post in a goal mouth scramble, a tough test for Saints which they came through and ultimately kept them above the relegation zone for the rest of the season.
18th March 1975 was memorable for the wrong reasons, the visit of Oxford United on a Tuesday evening was just about the lowest crowd I have ever been in to watch a Saints home game in the League, 11, 491 and just about the only people who weren't giving Lawrie McMenemy some stick were the few Oxford fans in attendance.
In their first season back in Division Two the expected promotion chase had not materialised and the manager was getting the blame, even a 2-1 victory with goals from Paul Gilchrist & Mike Channon could not placate them, little did we know that a year later things would be totally different, 8 of the starting XI at Wembley started this game.
1978 was far happier Saints travelled to eventual 2nd division champions Bolton and drew 0-0 the promotion push was on.
1979 saw the cancellation of an open top bus tour due to our defeat at Wembley the previous day.
1994/95 was a good season for Saints, 18th March wasn't though, Nottingham Forest stuffed us 3-0 away and we dropped to 20th place and into the relegation zone, this being our 12th game without a win, Alan Ball's team looked relegation candidates again after a decent start to the season, but only 2 wins in 22 games had seen us tumble, luckily the next game would be much better.
1999 was a home win over Aston Villa with Kevin Davies scoring both goals in a 2-0 win coming off the back of a 7-2 defeat at Spurs.
Two years ago is more in the memory, we braved the snow and travelled up to Wigan in the FA Cup and won 2-0 to give us our first FA Cup semi final since 2003, Hojbjerg and Soares scoring.
Of the starting XI only 4 could expect to have started if we had played at Watford, if you include Sofiane Boufal, 4 are out on loan and only 2 left permanently.
So how many of these games did you attend ? Give your memories below.
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