Mike Channon
Saints kit 1973-74

Season 1973-74

League Record

Football League Division One

Final position: 20th

P 42, W 11, D 14, L 17, F 47, A 68, Pts 36

Most Appearances: Hugh Fisher 42, Mike Channon & Terry Paine 41, Bobby Stokes 40 (+1sub), Bob McCarthy 40
Leading Goalscorers: Mike Channon 21, Bobby Stokes 7, Paul Gilchrist 6

Biggest Wins: 3-0 Sheffield United (h), Stoke City (h) & Everton (a)

Biggest Home Attendance: 30,789 Manchester United

Cup Record

FA Cup: 5th Round 0-1 Wrexham (h) - League Cup: 4th Round 0-2 Norwich City (h)

Season in Brief

The season started with Lawrie McMenemy named "team manager-designate". When it became clear, in December, that he might be offered the manager's job at Nottingham Forest the Saints board made him team manager and Ted Bates became chief executive. Saints were fifth at Christmas, but McMenemy seemed to force change through too quickly. He grabbed the headlines, and set the tone for his 12 years in charge, by signing Peter Osgood from Chelsea, but the club slid down the table and became the first to be relegated in 20th place, with seven more points than they had survived with two years previously. Terry Paine spurned a substitute's role in the final game of the season, a win that ultimately proved a hollow victory, and left the club after 815 appearances and 187 goals. Mike Channon topped the 1st Division scoring chart.
Mike Channon