The Dell: 20 years on.

It is almost 20 years to the day since Southampton said farewell to The Dell; their home of 103 years and hello to St Mary’s stadium to embark on a new chapter in the club’s history.

On the 19th May 2001, Matt Le Tissier’s excellent volley was enough to turn over Arsenal in a 3-2 win to bring the curtain down on The Dell after 103 years of history.

The Dell: Southampton’s home from 1898 to 2001.
(Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Since the move to St Mary’s stadium in 2001, Southampton fans have seen it all from relegation down to the third tier all the way up to hosting Europa League football against the likes of Inter Milan.

One person who has seen the highs and lows of Saints’ last decade is Callum Kershaw, a lifelong Saints fan who spoke to us about living on the very foundations of what was once The Dell.

Whilst some may still refer to The Dell as home, for many this is actual home.

“I have been a Saints fan all my life, so I have seen a lot of highs and a lot of lows.

“Unfortunately I was too young to come to The Dell but I hear a lot of stories from my dad who used to come here every week without fail.

“But as someone who not only supports the club but also works for them, to be able to live somewhere with so much history is very special to me.”

When Southampton left The Dell in May 2001, what was once home for so many on a match-day turned to home for many more in the years to come.

With flats now built on the very acres that heroes before walked upon, a chapter of yesteryear remains alive whilst the chapters of the future still are to be written over at St Mary’s Stadium.