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1948/49 Season Summary

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After taking thirteen points from their first twelve outings, the defence was severely weakened by Arthur Turner’s departure to Crewe Alexandra as Manager-Trainer in October. While Turner was at centre-half blocking the path to goal Southport had some measure of success.

They finished next to the foot of the table but at least the club found a player of promise in Bill Bellas who made his debut on March 19th at Oldham. ;Bellas won many admirers and proved to be more than just a “stopper”; as Ted Blagg, the former Nottingham Forest pivot, was not settling down, Bellas kept the position on merit. Blagg had been signed in November following Turner’s release for a then record fee of £2,300 but he failed to make any impression and was released at the end of the season.

Young Jimmy Meadows, after some promising displays in the reserves, justified his promotion to the senior side. Trevor Hitchen, signed for £1,000 from Wellington Town in October as a centre-forward, later did much good work at wing-half, as also did Bob Hacking who was to spend six seasons with the club after arriving from Brighton in the close season. Albert Dainty, who added craft at inside-forward when acquired from Stockport County, proved a decided asset.

Southport almost had a nasty shock in the F.A. Cup; Horden Colliery Welfare, 1-0 down at half time, went on all-out attack right from the restart and equalised; then Cummins – later to join Southport-was brought down, but Humble drove the spot-kick against the upright; the ‘Port eventually scrambled through with a Wyles penalty three minutes from time.

In the second round, after drawing 2-2 at Haig Avenue, Southport beat York City 2-0 in the replay the following Saturday. Goalkeeper Wilf Birkett and his co-defenders performed heroics after the luckless Jack Marriott – in only his fifth outing in twelve months – had given Southport the lead in four minutes. Towards the end Cec Wyles broke away to score the second goal.

In January. the third round 4-1 defeat at Derby County in front of a 28,000 crowd had its financial compensations, but the league matches that followed did not bring victory until March 26th, when Accrington Stanley were defeated 3-0. Twenty league games had passed without a win – 4 draws, 16 defeats, including a run of eight home games which produced only one point — putting Southport in a hopeless position; even a final flourish which brought six wins from the last seven games could not save them from having to apply for re-election.

Of the close season departures, Les Owens was transferred to Hartlepools United for £700, little Harold Iddon joined Morecambe and the dependable Ronnie Hodgson went to Crewe Alexandra. In October. Dick Rimmer, director from 1937 to 1941 rejoined the board, A. S. James having resigned some time earlier. By the end of the season a loss of almost £3,000 had been sustained. On a happier note, Sam Banner, a popular figure with his famous straw boater, was presented with a silver salver to commemorate his 23 years as a director. Mr. Banner. who helped form the Subscribers’ Club in 1927, had been a member of the original board in 1921 and had continued in office with only one five-year break from 1926 to 1931.

Southport were re-elected with 42 votes, together with Bradford City (45). Among the unsuccessful applicants were Shrewsbury Town and Scunthorpe United with five and four votes respectively. Both were elected the following year when the third divisions were increased to 24 clubs.

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

Position Team P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Hull City 42 27 11 4 93 28 3.321 65
2 Rotherham United 42 28 6 8 90 46 1.957 62
3 Doncaster Rovers 42 20 10 12 53 40 1.325 50
4 Darlington 42 20 6 16 83 74 1.122 46
5 Gateshead 42 16 13 13 69 58 1.190 45
6 Oldham Athletic 42 18 9 15 75 67 1.119 45
7 Rochdale 42 18 9 15 55 53 1.038 45
8 Stockport County 42 16 11 15 61 56 1.089 43
9 Wrexham 42 17 9 16 56 62 0.903 43
10 Mansfield Town 42 14 14 14 52 48 1.083 42
11 Tranmere Rovers 42 13 15 14 46 57 0.807 41
12 Crewe Alexandra 42 16 9 17 52 74 0.703 41
13 Barrow 42 14 12 16 41 48 0.854 40
14 York City 42 15 9 18 74 74 1.000 39
15 Carlisle United 42 14 11 17 60 77 0.779 39
16 Hartlepools United 42 14 10 18 45 58 0.776 38
17 New Brighton 42 14 8 20 46 58 0.793 36
18 Chester City 42 11 13 18 57 56 1.018 35
19 Halifax Town 42 12 11 19 45 62 0.726 35
20 Accrington Stanley 42 12 10 20 55 64 0.859 34
21 Southport 42 11 9 22 45 64 0.703 31
22 Bradford City 42 10 9 23 48 77 0.623 29

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FINAL TABLE LANCASHIRE COMBINATION (DIVISION 1) '48-'49
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 1. Netherfield                42-62 (112-46)  26 10  6  Champions    
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 2. Chorley                    42-58  (72-55)  23 12  7          
 3. Morecambe                  42-50  (80-60)  22  6 14          
 4. Nelson                     42-49  (87-68)  20  9 13          
 5. Darwen                     42-49  (81-65)  21  7 14          
 6. Wigan Athletic             42-47  (73-68)  19  9 14          
 7. Bangor City                42-46  (75-71)  18 10 14          
 8. Prescot Cables             42-45  (89-72)  19  7 16          
 9. Lancaster City             42-44  (58-50)  15 14 13          
10. Rochdale II                42-44  (75-71)  17 10 15          
11. Fleetwood                  42-42  (81-66)  17  8 17          
12. Rossendale United          42-42  (85-78)  17  8 17          
13. Barrow II                  42-42  (73-69)  16 10 16          
14. Oldham Athletic II         42-41  (80-71)  13 15 14          
15. Ashton United              42-41  (73-79)  14 13 15          
16. Southport II               42-41  (60-69)  17  7 18          
17. Marine Crosby              42-38  (73-83)  14 10 18          
18. Clitheroe                  42-35  (74-99)  13  9 20          
19. Accrington Stanley II      42-34  (69-86)  14  6 22          
20. New Brighton II            42-31  (53-82)   9 13 20          
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21. Leyland Motors             42-23  (49-94)   7  9 26  Relegated    
22. Bacup Borough              42-20  (49-119)  7  6 29  Relegated    

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

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