The geography of Southampton is very much influenced by the sea and rivers. The city sits at the northern tip of the Southampton Water, a deepwater estuary, formed at the end of the last Ice Age. Here, the rivers Test and Itchen converge. The Test - which has a saltmarsh that make it ideal for Salmon fishing - runs along the Western edge of the city, while the Itchen splits Southampton in two - east and west. The city centre is located on the peninsula between the two rivers. Much of the Waterfront has been reclaimed over the years, mainly for use as the Western Docks. Most of the land used for reclamation came from dredging of Southampton Water, to ensure that the port can continue to handle some of the largest ships in the world. The shape of the coastline gives rise to natural phenomena in Southampton, known as the double tide. This gives the port a much longer high tide period than other ports, making the movement of large ships easier. The city itself lies in the Hampshire Basin, which sits atop large amounts of chalk beds.
Having made numerous visits to The Dell, this was a first visit to St. Mary's Stadium for the Pieman. Not before time too, as the former venue was at best a hotchpotch and in reality, a Health & Safety nightmare. Still, visiting fans only had to endure the place on a seasonal basis, as opposed to fortnightly for the long suffering Saints faithful. The new place is a brisk 20-25 minute walk from the railway station but this being a Boxing Day we had to travel by car. A very poor Spurs performance allowed struggling Southampton to snatch the points. The 31,719 crowd saw Neil Sullivan fail to collect an easy ball, possibly dazzled by the bright sunshine, enabling James Beattie to loop a header into the net for the only goal.
Subsequent visits to the St Mary's Stadium
4 January 2003 - Southampton 4 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - FA Cup, 3rd Round - Attendance: 25589
27 March 2004 - Southampton 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - Premier League - Attendance: 31973
5 March 2005 - Southampton 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - Premier League - Attendance: 31903
28 October 2012 - Southampton 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2 - Premier League - Attendance: 31944
22 December 2013 - Southampton 2 Tottenham Hotspur 3 - Premier League - Attendance: 31455
25 April 2015 - Southampton 2 Tottenham Hotspur 2 - Premier League - Attendance: 31622
19 December 2015 - Southampton 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2 - Premier League - Attendance: 31636
28 December 2016 - Southampton 1 Tottenham Hotspur 4 - Premier League - Attendance:31853