Our final section of this series sees attentions turn to Saints legend Terry Paine MBE, who was part of the side that famously won the World Cup for England in 1966.
The former winger, who recorded 815 appearances during a memorable 18-year spell with Southampton, was a member of the only Lions squad to ever be crowned champions of football’s greatest competition.
Paine enjoyed something of a meteoric rise within the Club’s ranks as a youngster to becoming a First Team regular at the beginning of his lengthy senior stint in Hampshire.
Nine years after making his big breakthrough on the south coast, the Southampton winger was rewarded for his prominence within the team with a call-up to Alf Ramsey’s squad for the World Cup on their home soil, less than three years after making a major mark on international football with a hat-trick against Northern Ireland in an 8-3 rout at Wembley.
The Lions were placed in Group 1 of the tournament alongside Uruguay, who won the first World Cup in their native land in 1930, France and Mexico.
The toughness facing England was emphasised by a 0-0 stalemate with the former – a game Paine failed to appear in – before a clash with Mexico brought a first start of the competition for Saints’ representative.
It was the 19th cap for his country and turned out to be his last, despite featuring in 14 of the 23 matches in the run-up to England hosting that year’s World Cup.
Paine lasted the entire 90 minutes as Roger Hunt added to Bobby Charlton’s first-half opener with a fine strike to seal the three group points and boost the tally up to four.
Despite appearing for the whole encounter, it was later revealed that Paine suffered from concussion almost immediately after proceedings got underway but displayed admirable desire to carry on for his nation.
Consequently, the winger was unavailable as the Lions booked their place in the quarter-finals with a victory over France in their final group match, courtesy of a Hunt brace.
Neither was Paine present for subsequent matches with Argentina and Portugal – which England won 1-0 and 2-1 respectively – in their journey to a final meeting with West Germany at Wembley.
The Saint watched on as a heroic Geoff Hurst hat-trick performance – two of the goals coming in extra-time – saw England crowned world champions in front of a home crowd on a historic day.
Paine then returned to The Dell to continue his legendary time at Saints until his departure to Hereford United in 1974.
His importance to the Southampton was further highlighted when he was named as Honorary Club President – a role he began on 1st January 2013.