The Seasons Past coverage is made up of three distinct sections:
- The first section covers the years of the Gao family ownership, which as we are now in the second year, just comprises the 2017/18 Season
- The second section covers the Premier League years of the Liebherr family ownership from 2012 to 2017
- The third covers the two years of the Liebherr families ownership prior to the arrival in the Premier League, including the 2010-11 League One promotion season and the 2011-12 Championship promotion season.
On the 15th August 2017 overall control of Southampton FC passed to the Chinese group that has been negotiating for months and months to take over club. Jisheng Gao and his daughter, Nelly bought 80% of the club and Katharina Liebherr retained 20%. The original plan seems to have been for Mr. Gao's company, Lander Sports Development to take over the club, but this caused insoluble problems getting it approved by the Chinese state. So, in the end it came down to a personal investment by father and daughter.
I think it fair to say that the club's on field performance has not been as good as you could hope for and you can read on how it went in the first season here by clicking on the button below
From Promotion to the Premier League for the 2012-13 Season to the final season of Katharina Liebherr's stewardship in 2016-17 saw some of the best football to be seen at St.Mary's. Unfortunately that last season with Claude Puel as manager was where it all started to go wrong. Initially things looked good, with steady progress through the early rounds of the League Cup making up for some pretty disappointing performances in the league at home.
The League Cup Final against Manchester United marked the high point for the club, with a fine performance which should have seen a happier outcome, but ended up with another trophy for Mourinho's men.
Read through some of the seasons match reports by clicking on the button below.
There are just two seasons covered in this section, 2011-12 in Football League Division One and 2012-13 in The Championship, which culminated in Saints promotion back to the Premier League under manager, Nigel Adkins. Guiding the club back to the promised land probably guaranteed Adkins status in the city for ever.
I recommend reading the match reports here, as they were some of the most exhilarating games I can remember in about forty years of watching Saints.
The club was back!
itsbeautifuloutside started with a simple forum in 2011 and soon expanded to cover Saints matches, initially by reprinting long time fan Herbie Taylor's entertaining reports of the home games at St.Mary's in the 2011/12 season.
Following this, the 2012/13 season had in-house match reports and over the years has expanded to cover away games as well, including reports from several different regulars from the IBO Forum.
What we have in this section is an almost complete record of this period of Saints history. I am aware that there are a few blank spaces and it is my hope that I will be able to fill in these blanks at some stage.