IT was all tailored suits, big hair and moustaches back in 1979.

Having returned to the top flight, Saints found themselves in the final of the League Cup, taking on Nottingham Forest at Wembley on March 17.

Captained by World Cup winner Alan Ball, they suffered a 3-2 defeat to the holders and reigning First Division champions.

Southampton's goals came from David Peach and Nick Holmes, both previously heroes when Saints ran out unlikely winners over Manchester United in the 76 FA Cup Final while a second tier side.

Meanwhile, local football was going great guns. Can you recognise anyone from these team shots from the Echo archive taken in 1979?

Outside of sport, Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister.