Pat Parker
SFC Kit 53-57

Season 1956-57

League Record

Football League Division Three (South)

Final position: 4th

P 46, W 22, D 10, L 14, F 76, A 52, Pts 54

Most Appearances: Pat Parker 46, John Christie 44, Tommy Traynor 43

Leading Goalscorers: Derek Reeves 19, Jimmy Shields 18, Tommy Mulgrew 11

Biggest Wins: 4-0 Exeter City (a), Shrewsbury Town (h) & Millwall (h)

Biggest Home Attendance: 22,103 Brighton & Hove Albion

Cup Record

FA Cup: 3rd Round Replay 0-1 Newport County (h)

Season in Brief

A loan from the Supporters' Club enabled Ted Bates to buy Jimmy Shields from Sunderland and Shields rewarded his new manager by coming a close second to Derek Reeves in the chase to be leading goal scorer.

There were longs spells at the top of the table and the Saints were never out of the top six so fourth might seem disappointing; however there were signs of things to come with the youth team reaching the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup where they lost to Manchester United despite winning away and, in the process beating Matt Busby's famous 'Babes'.