The Dell – How Southampton’s Former Home Lives On
By Ryan Sheppard
Southampton Football Club have had a rich history. From the likes of Le Tissier and Benali, to European football under Koeman with the likes of Sadio Mane and Virgil Van Dijk. St Mary’s is a stadium that brings pride to the city, as fans go nearly every week to support their club. But, it’s not the same for some fans – as they have memories of Southampton stretching far back to when they played at their old ground.
The Dell, as it is known, was demolished and turned into council flats after Southampton left and moved to St Mary’s all the way back in 2001. Many current Saints fans do not have the luxury of remembering their side playing at The Dell, but for one fan in particular, his dad tells him everything he needs to know.
“I was too young to come here unfortunately, but lots of memories from my dad, he used to sit over there and tell me loads of stories of when Saints played here” the fan commented.
“It’s quite funny to just kind of look out the window and be able to kind of visualize everything that he told me and know that it all happened here.”
The Dell was one of the more popular grounds back in the day – it used to be Southampton’s pride and joy, with many fans getting to experience the likes of a certain Matt Le Tissier ply his trade. Now, all that’s left standing to show for it is the plaque above the door showing that it used to be the home of Southampton Football Club.
Nevertheless, it is a piece of history that will never be forgotten by many Southampton fans today.