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1935/36 Season Summary

The fact that Southport completed this season at all was an achievement, as support dwindled to its lowest ever level. Once again the ‘Port had to go cap-in-hand to the Football League, but they were re-elected easily enough, receiving 47 votes to New Brighton’s 38, with unsuccessful applicants Shrewsbury Town and Wigan Athletic obtaining only seven and six votes respectively.

At one point, in February, 1936, it looked as if the club would not be able to continue; the directors had paid the rent from their own pockets, and there was insufficient cash available to take the team to Mansfield for the League match the following. week-end. Average home gates were no more than 2,500-Walsall’s visit attracted a paltry 1,062 – and there were occasions when Southport actually derived more benefit from their cut from away games.

The League receipts from the visit of Chesterfield the previous week had been £139. After distributing the relevant percentage to the visitors and deducting Entertainment Tax and the F.A. levy, Southport were left with £81. The weekly wage bill, although just about the lowest in the League. amounted to £90.
Something had to be done quickly, so to keep their heads above water Southport had to exploit their only marketable asset—the team. Chesterfield, who had earlier put them out of the Cup, came to Southport’s rescue and signed Jack Seagrave, defensive stalwart since the early ‘thirties, and Charles Read. Read, described as one of the best inside-forwards to play for Southport, had been signed in the Spring of 1235 from Lincoln City and had scored what is generally considered to be the finest goal ever seen at Haig Avenue when, on Good Friday, 1935. against Hartlepools United, he ran seventy yards with the ball and cracked it into the back of the net.

The transfers temporarily staved off the financial crisis. The joint fees were only about £750, but, when one realises that a mere £3.226 was taken in transfer and gate receipts – £1.765 less than the previous season, it was a life-line and undoubtedly saved the club from extinction.

On the field, the two Christmas defeats at the hands of Stockport County proved a turning-point of sorts; up till then Southport had collected a meagre ten points from twenty matches; subsequently, they did not lose again at home, but in contrast picked up only one point away.

In May, Frank Jefferis, trainer since 1926, left to take up a similar appointment at Millwall. Manager Commins’ contract was not renewed and few people could have envisaged the prospect of survival, let alone advancement, as Southport prepared for the 1936-37 season.

In a parlous position financially-a loss of £1,600 meant that the total indebtedness exceeded £7,500-the club’s whole future still appeared to be at stake. As it turned out, this was the darkest hour before the dawn.

Season Summary reproduced with Permission from: The Sandgrounder (Southport FC Matchday Programme) Article Series. Southport through the seasons. The League History of Southport FC, Compiled by Michael P. Braham and Geoffrey S. Wilde

Pos Team P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Chesterfield 42 24 12 6 92 39 2.359 60
2 Chester City 42 22 11 9 100 45 2.222 55
3 Tranmere Rovers 42 22 11 9 93 58 1.603 55
4 Lincoln City 42 22 9 11 91 51 1.784 53
5 Stockport County 42 20 8 14 65 49 1.327 48
6 Crewe Alexandra 42 19 9 14 80 76 1.053 47
7 Oldham Athletic 42 18 9 15 86 73 1.178 45
8 Hartlepools United 42 15 12 15 57 61 0.934 42
9 Accrington Stanley 42 17 8 17 63 72 0.875 42
10 Walsall 42 16 9 17 79 59 1.339 41
11 Rotherham United 42 16 9 17 69 66 1.045 41
12 Darlington 42 17 6 19 74 79 0.937 40
13 Carlisle United 42 14 12 16 56 62 0.903 40
14 Gateshead 42 13 14 15 56 76 0.737 40
15 Barrow 42 13 12 17 58 65 0.892 38
16 York City 42 13 12 17 62 95 0.653 38
17 Halifax Town 42 15 7 20 57 61 0.934 37
18 Wrexham 42 15 7 20 66 75 0.880 37
19 Mansfield Town 42 14 9 19 80 91 0.879 37
20 Rochdale 42 10 13 19 58 88 0.659 33
21 Southport 42 11 9 22 48 90 0.533 31
22 New Brighton 42 9 6 27 43 102 0.422 24

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FINAL TABLE LANCASHIRE COMBINATION '35-'36
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 1. Lancaster Town             40-63 (142-60)  29  5  6  Champions    
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 2. Barrow II                  40-62 (138-53)  30  2  8          
 3. Fleetwood                  40-52 (117-64)  23  6 11          
 4. South Liverpool            40-48  (93-71)  22  4 14          
 5. Chorley                    40-48 (100-82)  22  4 14          
 6. Morecambe                  40-47  (78-65)  19  9 12          
 7. Clitheroe                  40-46 (123-103) 19  8 13          
 8. Darwen                     40-45 (104-77)  21  3 16          
 9. Bacup Borough              40-45  (96-83)  20  5 15          
10. Nelson FC                  40-41  (86-84)  16  9 15  folded   
11. New Brighton II            40-39 (111-98)  17  5 18          
12. Accrington Stanley II      40-39  (76-90)  17  5 18          
13. Leyland Motors             40-37  (73-104) 15  7 18          
14. Marine Crosby              40-36  (94-86)  14  8 18          
15. Horwich RMI                40-36 (103-111) 14  8 18          
16. Northern Nomads            40-34  (79-101) 15  4 21          
17. Southport II               40-33  (76-97)  12  9 19          
18. Rochdale II                40-32  (91-133) 13  6 21          
19. Rossendale United          40-29  (77-108) 10  9 21          
20. Great Harwood              40-19  (55-129)  6  7 27          
21. Lytham                     40- 9  (46-159)  2  5 33  left  
22. Dick Kerr's                 0- 0  ( 0- 0)   0  0  0  folded   

Source:
The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.Author Dinant Abbink

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