John McGrath
Saints kit 1968-69

Season 1968-69

League Record

Football League Division One

Final position: 7th

P 42, W 16, D 13, L 13, F 57, A 48, Pts 45

Most Appearances: John McGrath & Terry Paine 42, Ron Davies & Jimmy Gabriel 38,
                                                                                                                          Fred Kemp 36 (+1sub)
Leading Goalscorers: Ron Davies 20, Terry Paine 9, Mike Channon 8

Biggest Win: 5-0 Chelsea (h)

Biggest Home Attendance: 28,147 Chelsea

Cup Record

FA Cup: 4th Round Replay 1-2 Aston Villa (a) - League Cup: 5th Round 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur (a)

Season in Brief

This was the season in which the Saints could fairly be described as having arrived at the top level. Ron Davies continued his prodigious scoring, albeit with no other player making double figures; however it was the tightening-up in defence that made the difference as 35 fewer goals than the previous season were conceded.

The outcome, after a proposed change to the one club, one city Fairs Cup rule was scrapped, was European qualification for the first time in the club's history.