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Saints Great Strikers - In Pictures Part 1 1960's - 1984
Wednesday, 22nd Nov 2023 13:30

In today's raid into our photo archive we take a look at some of the great strikers that we have been blessed with at the Dell & St Mary's in the last 50 years or so, how many of them did you see play and let us know your memories in the comments section below.

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Farlow added 15:16 - Nov 22
I was lucky enough to be in the shed end at Stamford Bridge the year we beat Chelsea
6-2 Big Ron scored 4 and Chivs the other 2,although my mate and i did come out with a few bruises,but worth it.

Crispinmumbles added 18:40 - Nov 22
Steve Moran was the man!

SaintNick added 08:58 - Nov 23
Kevin Keegan was the greatest player I ever saw play for Saints in terms of his performances, but wasn't here long enough to be called the Greatest Player full stop if you get my drift

underweststand added 09:09 - Nov 23
(reading Farlow's comments above) ..that 6-2 win was not uncommon in the days when Davies and Chivers were our top strikers. In our first season in the top tier (1966-67), we did it TWICE, in games against West Ham (February 1967), and in a classic last game of the season at the Dell when we beat Aston Villa 6-2 with Ron Davies scoring 4 ...(and having another dubious " offside goal " disallowed). Chivers scored twice in all 3 named games.

Despite struggling for survival that win v. Villa kept us up but Ron Davies' 37 goals would have won the Golden Boot (had such an award been around at the time) and he finished way ahead of other legendary names like; Geoff Hurst, Jimmy Greaves and Denis Law.
Ron Davies' 4 goal hauls didn't finish there as he was credited with all 4 goals when Saints beat Man Utd - at Old Trafford - in August 1969.
Whilst we have had other strikers since who DAJFU when it mattered , Ron Davies really was in a class of his own, perhaps more so when you consider it was at a time when the team struggled to survive almost every season. Ron kept us up almost single-handed.


underweststand added 11:07 - Nov 23
Not just concentrating on Davies' and Chivers' dominance in the mid 1960's, it would be wrong to ignore Derek Reeves record goal tally that got us promoted up from Div. 3 South in 1959/60. Terry Paine came into his own (and the England team) and scored 187 goals whilst playing on the right wing, and has the club's record apps. with over 800 games, but
it would be wrong to omit the contribution of George O'Brien - the best Scottish striker never to play at international level (with his 180 goals in 6 seasons).
Local boy Martin Chivers (106 goals in 189 games) before record move to Spurs (1967).
Mick Channon was the mainstay of the Saints attack (1967-77) and later (1979-82) and clocked up a club record 228 goals in 600+ games.
No-one ever considered David Peach to be a striker but in just 6 years, his 44 goal tally playing from LEFT BACK included 20+ penalties ( and is still a League record for a full back) .
The later arrival of Peter Osgood and Alan Ball provided stability to the team, and their modest goal tallies were worth more in experience to a developing young side. Bobby Stokes goal record isn't in top 20, but his unique FA Cup winning goal in 1976 is.

Amongst those who came and went was the Phil Boyer / Ted MacDougall partnership - who scored goals in every club where they played together, and Nick Holmes' 64 goal tally was unique for a man who had played allover the pitch at various times in his 500+ games.

The arrival of Kevin Keegan (1980), although short-lived, sparked the arrival of other internationals like David Armstrong and Frank Worthington, but the introduction of
19.y.o. Steve Moran - who almost seemed to score for fun - and his career flourished during a 5 year period, and he was actually the club's top scorer (21 goals) in 1983-84 prior to Lawrie Mc Menemy's departure.

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