Wednesday 10 July 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Southampton secured the services of 20-year-old Blackburn Rovers striker James Beattie, who would go on to enjoy a memorable seven-year spell on the South Coast.
Beattie had made just four Barclays Premier League appearances at Blackburn, but Saints manager Dave Jones gave him an opportunity to show his talents with 35 appearances in his first season on the South Coast as Southampton secured safety by five points.
Southampton had been architects of numerous successful late battles against relegation until the 1998/99 season, but Beattie and Latvia forward Marian Pahars formed a strikeforce that helped Saints achieve mid-table finishes in the following three campaigns.
In the 2002/03, Beattie scored 23 League goals as Southampton finished eighth, their highest finish in the competition. Under the guidance of Gordon Strachan, the club also reached the 2003 FA Cup Final, before narrowly losing to Arsenal.
Beattie scored a further 14 goals in the 2003/04 season, including a strike in a derby victory over Portsmouth, before he moved on to Everton in January 2005. The England international helped the Toffees finish fourth in his first season on Merseyside, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League as a result.
The striker also enjoyed spells at Stoke City and Blackpool in the top flight. He scored 91 goals in 329 appearances overall. He is now manager of League Two side Accrington Stanley.