Southampton travel to Brighton and Hove Albion this weekend for only their fifth fixture against the Seagulls in the Premier League era.
Saints have not lost a game against Saturday’s counterparts since they were promoted to the top flight, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg most recently netting a decisive second-half strike in the 1-0 win away at the Amex Stadium last season.
However, these two sides have locked horns plenty of times in the lower echelons of English football, too, and one of the most memorable outings was when Southampton travelled to the Withdean Stadium in the 2010/11 season.
As Nigel Adkins and his side sought promotion to the Championship, they found themselves in need of late inspiration. Ashley Barnes – who loved scoring against Saints even all these years ago – had given Brighton the lead on the stroke of half-time.
However, goals from David Connolly in the 84th minute and Jose Fonte in the 89th sent the travelling fans into raptures, as Southampton took a step closer to climbing out of League One with a 2-1 victory over Brighton.
YouTube: FLASHBACK: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Southampton (23rd April 2011)
It’s safe to say that around eight years on, both teams have undergone a fair few changes. So, join me as I catch up with the Saints players who featured in the win at the Withdean, and look at what they’re up to nowadays!
Super Kelvin Davis was with Saints throughout our rise back to the Premier League and retired at the club in 2016. He now operates as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s first-team assistant coach.
Butterfield was a key cog in Southampton’s back-to-back promotions. He is the MK Dons first-team coach nowadays having previously been the assistant manager of Saints’ Under-18s.
Jaidi was an imperious figure for us in the League One promotion season. He’s now working his magic in the youth setup as the manager of our Under-23 team.
Fonte’s story at Southampton was remarkable. He helped the club back to the Premier League and led them to Europe. In doing so, he won the European Championships with Portugal and has since moved on to West Ham, Dalian Yifang and LOSC Lille, where he is still going strong. He will be playing Champions League football this season.
Dickson started the game on the left-hand side of the defence at Brighton. He has played for six different clubs since Southampton and is now playing for Torquay United as a left midfielder.
Chaplow played in this match at Brighton, but will always be remembered for that goal in the FA Cup against Manchester United. He is currently the assistant of California-based club Orange County after confirming his retirement last year.
Hammond was always a dependable player for Southampton. He has since hung up his boots and played a role in Leicester City’s setup as their players loan manager, as of early 2018.
He’ll only ever be remembered for the kung-fu kick at Bournemouth, but he did start in this match as well. He now plies his trade in non-league football with Dover Athletic.
Guly do Prado
Guly is a cult hero at Saints and was key as the club returned to the Premier League. Believe it or not, he is still knocking a football around in Brazil and plays for Caldense.
A true Southampton legend, Lambert is still remembered ever so fondly at St Mary’s. He no longer plays football professionally and retired after spells at Liverpool, West Brom and Cardiff City. He did, however, recently fly out to Macau alongside Matt Le Tissier as an ambassador for the club in pre-season.
Forte’s time at Saints was fleeting, but few can forget the impact he made in one particular match. His quickfire brace against MK Dons earned him a place in the hearts and minds of many fans, but he failed to really hit the mark at St Mary’s. This week, Forte retired at 33-years-old after continuous knee injuries.
SUB: Adam Lallana
Lallana, as he made clear to us all, had 14 years at Saints before joining Liverpool, where he currently warms the bench. He was excellent under Adkins in the top three tiers of English football.
SUB: David Connolly
Connolly netted the equaliser at Brighton and was a rather underrated player for Saints. The 42-year-old former Republic of Ireland international played for several clubs – including Portsmouth – and finished his professional career with a spell at AFC Wimbledon in 2015.
SUB: Dan Seaborne
Seaborne came off the bench late on to see out the draw at Brighton. Off-field incidents limited his involvement at the club. His last-known ventures in football were with Derry City last year.
Dale Stephens was on the Southampton bench in the 2-1 win at Brighton in 2011. Fast forward around eight years, and he’s a mainstay in the Seagulls team and looks likely to start against us on Saturday. He hasn’t done a bad job since a quiet loan spell at St Mary’s…