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Southampton FC fans' memorabilia sought for exhibition

Southampton's FA Cup win in 1976 Image copyright Southampton Football Club
Image caption Southampton Football Club won the FA Cup in 1976, beating Manchester United in the final

Plans have been announced for an exhibition on Southampton FC's history as it prepares to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its only FA Cup victory.

The exhibition, which will open at SeaCity Museum in 2018, will chart the club's history from 1885, when it was St Mary's Young Men's Association FC.

Other highlights will include items linked to the Saints' highest top-flight finish, second place in 1983-84.

Fans are being asked to donate their memorabilia for display.

The club's FA Cup final win in 1976, when a Bobby Stokes goal clinched a 1-0 win over strong favourites Manchester United, Southampton's long-standing rivalry with south coast neighbours Portsmouth, and the birth of the Premier League will all feature in the exhibition, which is being put together by the club, in partnership with the city council and the museum.

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Image caption Southampton had their highest ever top-flight finish in 1983-84, coming second in the then First Division with a team featuring Peter Shilton, Mick Mills, Danny Wallace and Mark Wright

Gareth Rogers, chief executive of Southampton Football Club, said: "It is fantastic that fans will be able to contribute to the celebration of our history as they have played such a pivotal role in that journey.

"I cannot wait to see the variety of memorabilia they come forward with".

Councillor Satvir Kaur said: "Since Southampton Football Club's birth as a church football team back in 1885, the Saints have grown to become an integral part of the fabric of our city and its identity.

"It is a club that is not only much loved and cherished by locals, but one that is now recognised and respected around the world."

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Image caption The only goal in the 1976 FA Cup final was a long-range shot from Southampton's Bobby Stokes that beat Manchester United goalkeeper Alex Stepney
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Image caption Thousands of fans lined the streets of Southampton for the team's open-top bus parade after the 1976 FA Cup win

A series of "memorabilia roadshows" are planned for members of the public to showcase their collections - which it is suggested could include programmes, tickets, commemorative items, photographs and signed shirts.

The first roadshow will be held at St Mary's Stadium on 21 May, with more dates to be announced, the council said.

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Image caption The club, which was formed in 1885, is calling on fans to donate their memorabilia to be displayed as part of the exhibition

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