Looking back and reminiscing footballing history is a personal favourite of Shoot!‘s, so what memorable moment happened On This Day?
Well, five years ago today, on April 28, Southampton beat Coventry City 4-0 at St Mary’s Stadium to seal promotion back to the Premier League.
The Saints, who currently sit ninth in the top-flight standings this term and are preparing to face Hull City on Saturday, finished second in the 2011-12 Championship season, just one point behind champions Reading.
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) April 28, 2017
Nevertheless, Nigel Adkins’ side sealed automatic promotion in front of their home fans after hammering The Sky Blues 4-0 on the south coast, after Billy Sharp opened the scoring after 16 minutes.
Just moments later, defender Jose Fonte doubled Southampton’s lead, before second-half strikes from Jos Hooiveld and Adam Lallana saw the hosts run out 4-0 winners to end their seven-year absence from the Premier League.
Adkins led The Saints to back-to-back promotions, after finishing as runners-up in League One the previous term.