Southampton F.C.’s ground the Dell was built in 1898 on a site between Archers Road and Milton Road on land that had previously been part of the Banister Court estate. It was created by filling in what had literally been a dell, hence the name. In spite of sporadic modernisation it had been acknowledged since the 1970s that the ground was too small and its facilities inadequate for a top-flight club. Eventually, a new site in Northam was acquired and work began on a new stadium in 2000. The club moved into its new Friends Provident St Mary's Stadium in the summer of 2001. Houses and flats have since been erected on the Dell site.
Full Time at the Dell, by Dave Juson and David Bull. (HS/r)
Southampton Occasional Notes, by ‘Townsman’, p50. (HS/h)
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