In advance of our League meeting on Bank Holiday Tuesday, YNWA looks at the careers of some of those who have represented both Southampton and the reds.
In the middle...
Sammy Lee struck nineteen times in 295 reds games, helping us to two European Cups, four League titles and four League Cups. He moved to The Dell on his return from Spain, playing just twice and linking up again with Jimmy Case, who made 215 League appearances for the Saints. He had struck 46 times in 269 reds games, helping us to three European Cups, four League titles, one UEFA Cup and the League Cup.
Current double agent?
Christian Damiano spent last season as Gérard Houllier’s First Team Coach at Anfield but left the club in the aftermath of the Frenchman’s departure. He took up the same role with the Saints in October.
George Kay was in charge of Second Division Saints for five years before moving to Anfield in May 1936. He led us to our first League title in 24 years in 1946, and the FA Cup Final four years later. He was forced to retire due to illness in February 1951, and sadly died just three years later.
Graeme Souness took charge at The Dell in July 1996, leading them to just one point clear of relegation, before resigning the following summer. Souness had won five League titles, three European Cups and four League Cups in six years as a reds player. His time as Manager was considerably less successful, with just one FA Cup triumph, along with the controversial dismantling of the legendary Boot Room, and his infamous liaison with a certain tabloid newspaper. Ex-red Phil Boersma was on Souness’s coaching staff at both The Dell and Anfield. He struck thirty times in 121 reds games, although he struggled to oust either Kevin Keegan or John Toshack.
At the back?
Bruce Grobbelaar left the reds for The Dell on a free transfer in August 1994, having kept goal 628 times, and helped us to six League titles, one European Cup, three FA Cups and three League Cups in his thirteen years at Anfield. He stayed two years with the Saints, playing just forty times. Paul Jones signed on loan from the Saints last January, for whom he had played 223 times. He played two reds games before moving back to old club Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Mark Wright had more than five years with the Saints, helping them to their second-place League finish behind the reds in 1984 and playing 170 League games. He signed from Derby County for £2.2m in July 1991, and went on to make 210 reds appearances, the most memorable coming when he lifted the FA Cup at Wembley in 1992.
Barry Venison ended his playing career with the Saints, playing thirty times after his £850,000 move from Galatasaray in October 1995. He had helped us to two League titles and the FA Cup while playing 158 reds games. Neil Ruddock spent two and a half years at Southampton in the early 1990’s, playing 138 games for them. He arrived at Anfield from Tottenham Hotspur in July 1993 for £2.5m, making a total of 152 first-team appearances before moving on to West Ham United in July 1998.
Kevin Keegan netted exactly a century of goals in 323 reds games, helping to fire us to the European Cup, three League titles, two UEFA Cups and an FA Cup. After moving to Germany he returned to England with the Saints in summer 1980, scoring 37 times in 68 League games while at The Dell. He helped them into Europe in his first season, and was voted PFA Player of the Year in his second.
Jimmy Melia helped us to the Second and First Division titles, netting 79 times in 286 reds games. He later played 139 League games in four years with the Saints, helping them into the top flight in 1966.
Kenny Dalglish surprisingly signed David Speedie from Coventry City in January 1991, and he bagged six goals in fourteen games before moving to Blackburn Rovers just seven months later. He then spent the 1992/93 season at The Dell, playing eleven League games.
Other double agents?
Jim Magilton never made the first team at Anfield. He joined the Saints in February 1994 from Oxford United, making over 150 appearances before joining Sheffield Wednesday in September 1997. Mark Walters signed from Rangers for a £1.25m fee in August 1991, going on to score nineteen times in 124 reds appearances. He had been a success with Rangers, but could not reproduce that with the reds, and moved to Southampton in January 1996, with whom he made five League appearances.
Turn-of-the-century inside-forward Edgar Chadwick only managed 45 reds games, netting seven times, after signing from Southampton in 1902. Scottish right-back Jack Robertson played 47 times for the reds after signing from Stoke in 1900. He later spent some time with Southampton. Neil McBain guested for the Saints during the Second World War. He was at Anfield for less than a year, playing twelve times in 1928.