Martin Chivers
Saints kit 1965-66

Season 1965-66

League Record

Football League Division Two

Final position: 2nd (Promoted)

P 42, W 22, D 10, L 10, F 85, A 56, Pts 54

Most Appearances: John Sydenham 41, Terry Paine 40, Martin Chivers 39

Leading Goalscorers: Martin Chivers 30, Terry Paine 16, Norman Dean & George O'Brien 11

Biggest Win: 9-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers (h)

Biggest Home Attendance: 26,665 Portsmouth

Cup Record

FA Cup: 3rd Round 0-1 Hull City (a) - League Cup: 3rd Round 2-3 Burnley (a)

Season in Brief

This was the campaign in which the Saints finally achieved the dream of promotion to the top flight of English football. The season would culminate in England winning the World Cup but priorities on the South coast were slightly different.

Martin Chivers led the way with 30 goals in the first 29 games but, after he suffered a back injury, Terry Paine, who would spend the summer involved in the World Cup, took over goal scoring duties and scored nine in the final eleven matches. 17 year-old Mike Channon made a goal scoring debut on Easter Monday.