Southampton FC: Ex Premier League Players

Where are these ex Southampton Premier League players now?

Welcome to the Southampton legends page – the gateway to information on Saints who have played in the Premier League.

In addition to information on the club’s ex players we have also added statistics which include the top goalscorers, most appearances and also the club’s final league position for each year that they have featured in England’s top league.



Tim Flowers – Premier League Appearances: 286 | Clean Sheets: 84

An English Premier League winner with Blackburn Rovers, Tim Flowers retired from playing in 2003 after securing promotion to the Premier League with his final club Leicester CityRead More..

Antti Niemi – Premier League Appearances: 143 | Goals Scored: 44

One of the few Finnish footballers to grace England’s Premier League, Antti Niemi retired in 2008 due to a wrist injury. Read More..

Bruce Grobbelaar – Premier League Appearances: 66 | Clean Sheets: 0

Arguably the most flamboyant and eccentric goalkeeper to have played in the English leagues, Bruce Grobbelaar finally retired from playing in 1999 after two years playing in the lower leagues for teams such as Bury and Lincoln City. Read More..

Neil MaddisonPremier League Appearances: 185 | Goals Scored: 17

After eight seasons in the Premier League with Southampton and Middlesbrough, Maddison returned to play for his home town club Darlington, eventually retiring in 2007. Read More..

Dave Beasant – Premier League Appearances: 131 | Clean Sheets: 27

Famed for saving the first ever penalty kick in an FA Cup Final, Dave Beasant played his last competitive game at the age of 43 whilst turning out for Brighton and Hove Albion. Read More..

Francis Benali – Premier League Appearances: 243 | Goals Scored: 1

Francis Benali the Southampton legend who was extremely popular with the fans due to his whole hearted commitment to the club, spent a total of 17 years at Southampton before retiring in 2005. Read More..

Ken Monkou – Premier League Appearances: 198 | Goals Scored: 10

After seven consecutive seasons in the Premier League with Southampton where he was constantly involved in relegation battles, Ken Monkou retired from playing in 2000 whilst at his last club Huddersfield Town. Read More..

Graeme Le Saux – Premier League Appearances: 327 | Goals Scored: 12

After two spells at Chelsea and a Premier League winners medal with Blackburn Rovers, Graeme Le Saux finished his playing career at Southampton in 2005 when they were relegated to the Championship. Read More..

Barry Venison – Premier League Appearances: 89 | Goals Scored: 1

A versatile defender who could play on the right, left or in the middle, Barry Venison was forced to retire due to a back injury in 1997 at the age of 32 after two seasons with Southampton. Read More..

Jason Dodd – Premier League Appearances: 329 | Goals Scored: 9

A club legend at Southampton, former captain Jason Dodd retired from playing in 2006 after joining up with his former Southampton team mate Francis Benali at non league Eastleigh. Read More..

Rory Delap – Premier League Appearances: 359 | Goals Scored: 23

Having spent nearly 20 years as a professional footballer, Rory Delap retired from playing in 2013 after a brief spell with Burton Albion. Read More..

Paul Telfer – Premier League Appearances: 319 | Goals Scored: 7

After a 21 year career and a long association with Gordon Strachan who managed him at Celtic, Coventry City and Southampton, Paul Telfer retired from playing full time in 2009 after a brief spell at Slough Town. Read More..

Jim Magilton – Premier League Appearances: 214 | Goals Scored: 15

Jim Magilton, a gifted midfielder with an exquisite range of passing, retired from playing in 2006 after a seven year spell at Ipswich TownRead More..

Danny Higginbotham – Premier League Appearances: 210 | Goals Scored: 9

An integral part of the Stoke City team which firmly established themselves in the Premier League, Danny Higginbotham retired from playing in March 2014 after spells with Chester and Altrincham. Read More..

Jeff Kenna – Premier League Appearances: 290 | Goals Scored: 8

After a career spent mostly in the Premier League, Jeff Kenna retired from playing in 2008 after a brief spell in Ireland. Read More..

Neil Shipperley – Premier League Appearances: 149 | Goals Scored: 27

A regular player during the 90s in the Premier League for ChelseaNottingham Forest and Southampton, Neil Shipperley hung up his boots in 2007 after a short spell with Brentford. Read More..

Claus Lundekvam – Premier League Appearances: 290 | Goals Scored: 1

Saints legend Claus Lundekvam spent 12 years at the club and was captain for much of that time. He announced his retirement in 2008 after making 357 appearances for the club. Read More..

Marian Pahars – Premier League Appearances: 129 | Goals Scored: 42

Attaining legendary status whilst playing for Southampton in England’s Premier League, Marian Pahars retired in 2010 after returning to his native Latvia and finishing his career at Skonto Riga. Read More..

Nigel Quashie – Premier League Appearances: 96 | Goals Scored: 3

An intelligent, battling midfielder who was an excellent passer of the ball, Nigel Quashie retired from playing professionally in 2015 after a spell playing and coaching in Iceland with IR of Reykjavik and BI Bolungarvik. Read More..

Egil Ostenstad – Premier League Appearances: 121 | Goals Scored: 29

A fan’s favourite wherever he played, Egil Ostenstad retired in 2005 season after a short spell playing back at his first club Viking FK in his native Norway. Read More..

Iain Dowie – Premier League Appearances: 175 | Goals Scored: 33

Iain Dowie, the well travelled striker, retired from playing in 2001 and joined Oldham Athletic as assistant manager in 2002. Read More..

Matthew Le Tissier – Premier League Appearances: 270 | Goals Scored: 100

After spending his entire career at Southampton, Saints legend Matthew Le Tissier finally called time on his playing career in 2002. Read More..

Mark Hughes – Premier League Appearances: 297 | Goals Scored: 64

Mark Hughes retired from playing in 2002 at the age of 39 having already taken his first steps into management as the Wales national manager in 1999. Read More..

Kevin Phillips – Premier League Appearances: 263 | Goals Scored: 92

A prolific striker at every club he played for, Kevin Phillips finally retired from playing at the age of 40 after winning promotion to the Premier League at the end of the 2013-14 season with Leicester City. Read More..

James Beattie – Premier League Appearances: 331 | Goals Scored: 91

After playing and scoring goals at the highest level, James Beattie dropped down the leagues eventually playing for Accrington Stanley with whom he retired with at the end of the 2012-13 season. Read More..

Eyal Berkovic – Premier League Appearances: 146 | Goals Scored: 17

Voted by The Times as one of the top 10 best midfielders in the history of the Premier League the often temperamental Eyal Berkovic called time on his playing career in 2006 in his native Israel whilst playing for Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Read More..

Wayne Bridge – Premier League Appearances: 315 | Goals Scored: 3

Arguably one of the best left backs in the Premier League from 2000 to 2005, Wayne Bridge retired from football in 2014 after being released by Reading. Read More..

Kevin Davies – Premier League Appearances: 444 | Goals Scored: 88

Kevin Davies will always be fondly remembered by Bolton and Southampton fans as a no nonsense centre forward who always gave 100% on the pitch.

He retired from playing in 2015 at the age of 38 after two seasons with Preston North End, ending a 22 year playing career. Read More..

Brett Ormerod – Premier League Appearances: 99 | Goals Scored: 12

Former Southampton and Blackpool striker Brett Ormerod finally hung up his boots in 2016 after a spell playing in non-league football with Bamber Bridge. Read More..

Premier League Statistics

This table shows the players who have made the most appearances for Southampton and who has scored the most goals for the Saints in the EPL

(info correct as of 08/01/20).

Top EPL GoalscorersGoalsMost EPL AppearancesGames
Matt Le Tissier102Jason Dodd329
James Beattie65Claus Lundekvam290
Marian Pahars42Matt Le Tissier270
Egil Ostenstad28Francis Benali243
Ricky Lambert28Matt Oakley232
Jay Rodriguez26James Beattie203
Graziano Pelle23Ken Monkou198
Kevin Phillips22Paul Jones193
Sadio Mane21Steven Davis185
Kevin Davies19Jose Fonte154

Statistics provided by 11v11