Alan Ball
Saints kit 1981-82

Season 1981-82

League Record

Football League Division One

Final position: 7th

P 42, W 19, D 9, L 14, F 72, A 67, Pts 66 (3 points for a win introduced)

Most Appearances: David Armstrong, Alan Ball & Kevin Keegan 41,
                                                                  Mike Channon & Nick Holmes 40, Ivan Golac 36
Leading Goalscorers: Kevin Keegan 26, David Armstrong 15, Steve Moran 9

Biggest Win: 4-0 Leeds United (h)

Biggest Home Attendance: 24,704 Liverpool

Cup Record

FA Cup: 3rd Round 1-3 Leicester City (a) - League Cup: 2nd Round Replay 1-2 AET Chelsea (a)
 - UEFA Cup 2nd Round 2-4 Agg Sporting Lisbon

Season in Brief

Lawrie McMenemy turned down the manager's job at Manchester United and then signed David Armstrong for a club record fee of £600,000. The Saints then embarked on a wonderfully entertaining season.

Having led the League for seven weeks, longer than any other club, the final position was a disappointment. Losing Steve Moran to injury in January was undoubtedly a factor. Alan Ball only missed one game, a remarkable achievement in his 37th year. A UEFA place was secured for a second consecutive season.