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Saints kit 1971-72

Season 1971-72

League Record

Football League Division One

Final position: 19th

P 42, W 12, D 7, L 23, F 52, A 80, Pts 31

Most Appearances: Mike Channon & Eric Martin 42, Bobby Stokes 37 (+4sub),
                                                                                                             Terry Paine 37 (+3sub)
Leading Goalscorers: Mike Channon 14, Ron Davies 11, Bobby Stokes 7

Biggest Win: 4-1 Nottingham Forest (h)

Biggest Home Attendance: 30,323 Manchester United

Cup Record

FA Cup: 3rd Round Replay 1-4 AET Manchester United (a) - League Cup: 2nd Round 0-1 Liverpool (a)
- UEFA Cup: 1st Round 2-3 Agg Athletico Bilbao

Season in Brief

In a close replica of two seasons previously the Saints followed a 7th place and European qualification with a season of struggle that ended in a 19th place finish.

Injuries played their part with Paine, Davies and Hugh Fisher all missing for long periods, but long suspensions for Brian O'Neil and Denis Hollywood were also a factor. On the plus side Channon was knocking on the door of full international recognition and new blood was injected with the signings of Jim Steele and Paul Gilchrist.
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