Boufal nets landmark 500th goal

By SFC Media Tue 13 Dec Saints vs Boro
Photo by Matt Watson | Sofiane Boufal celebrates

Sofiane Boufal’s wonder strike against Middlesbrough on Sunday chalked up Southampton’s 500th home goal in the Premier League.

The landmark figure was brought up at St Mary’s some 24 years since the first strike in this division, which was coincidentally against the same opponents.

There are no prizes for guessing who grabbed that one at The Dell, with Matthew Le Tissier netting from the penalty spot to level up against the Teessiders, before Nicky Banger hit a late winner in a 2-1 success.

It had been worth the wait, with Saints needing three games to get off the mark on home soil following a goalless draw against Tottenham, and a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United earlier that August.

It was also a first win of the season for Ian Branfoot’s men who went on to finish 18th out of a 22-team division, with visitors Middlesbrough relegated in 21st.

Le Tissier would also strike another memorable home Premier League goal when he grabbed the club’s last effort at their former home of The Dell in 2001.

Matt Le Tissier's famous contribution to Southampton's Premier League home goals

The next landmark home Premier League goal came in August of that year when Saints scored the first effort at their new home of St Mary’s.

Again it came a little belatedly following a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in the first match, but Marian Pahars eventually headed home to equalise against Aston Villa in a game the hosts would go on to lose 3-1.

Marian Pahars scores the first home league goal at St Mary's.

Pahars went on to score the winner in the club’s first victory at St Mary’s over Charlton Athletic that November.

Southampton have played in 18 of the 25 seasons since the Premier League’s inception in 1992, missing seven years between 2005-2012, with Saints now in the fifth season since their return to the top-flight.

Manchester United defender John O’Shea put through his own net for the club’s last home game in their previous stint at this level.

In September 2012, Rickie Lambert grabbed the first home league goal on Saints’ return to the Premier League, with Manchester United again the opponents.

Academy graduate Josh Sims set up the club’s 499th home Premier League goal scored by Charlie Austin, with Boufal bringing up the landmark figure of 500 thanks to his spectacular long range strike which sealed all three points against Middlesbrough.

Boufal has now etched himself into the record books with goal number 500. How many of the next 500 will he score? 


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