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1950/51 Season Summary

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The feature of a largely undistinguished season was a small but welcome profit of £97, despite reductions in league takings of £2,241 (average attendance 5,924) and cup-tie receipts of £2,109. The profit chiefly emanated from transfer fees; whilst £5,250 was expended, no less than £8,675 was received.

Jimmy Wyllie, signed on a free transfer from Kilmarnock during the close season, was transferred to Wrexham for a four-figure fee. In February, Chelsea paid £2,000 for reserve centre-half Harry Hughes who later represented both Bournemouth and Gillingham. In March, winger Jimmy Meadows – an outstanding prospect – was transferred to Manchester City for a then record £5,000 fee. City converted him to full-back where he subsequently won an England cap; his playing career was tragically cut short by injury but he adapted himself successfully to management and returned to Haig Avenue some twenty years later.

Meadows played a vital part in the F.A. Cup 1st Round replay against Lincoln City, scoring a hotly disputed equaliser; the “Imps” were so incensed that they allowed Jimmy Nuttall to snatch the winner in a storming finish. Cup success was short-lived, however, as Southport gave a disappointing display against Carlisle United.
.Southport’s most successful spell started with a 2-0 Lancashire Senior Cup victory at Chester -the first time the lucky old gold second strip was used. In successive matches they then won 2-1 at Lincoln, beat Darlington 1-0 and repeated the Chester victory in the league, Shrewsbury Town – newly-elected to the league with Scunthorpe United after the Third Divisions were increased to 24 clubs – broke the spell and the subsequent five games yielded only one point.

In the return fixture at Shrewsbury in March, Southport obtained ample revenge by winning 5-1, the old gold shirts again proving lucky. The result was an ideal wedding present for Trevor Hitchen, married the same morning, Jack Billingham and Jack Lfndsay, just signed from Carlisle United for £1,200, both scored on their Southport debuts and outside-left! Ralph Graham netted the other three.

Of the other new signings, Peter Desmond from Middlesborough — an Eire International who helped defeat England at Goodison Park in 1″.5l9 — was a disappointment; ‘terry Reilly, a cultured young Scottish full-back secured from Chesterfiield, showed great promise, but it was Jimmy Nuttall, a 21-year-old free-scoring centre-forward trcm Skelmersdale, who attracted most attention. He registered twelve goals in eight consecutive league games and became the most recent player to equal the club record of scoring in six successive matches.

At the end of the season Harry Harrison retired after twelve years with the club, although he remained second team trainer on match days. Meanwhile, Lem Newcomb was back as coach to the “A” team. Full-back Alec White, signed from Swindon Town as player-coach, was not retained.

On a sad note, Reuben Hilton died at .Haig Avenue on July 6th, 1951. Aged 66, he had been associated with the club since before 1921, helping out quietly and efficiently behind the scenes besides working for fifty years on the railways. Throughout he never accepted any payment for his services as assistant trainer.
Southport, in the danger zone for most of the season, finished 21st but New Brighton, regular visitors to Haig Avenue since 1923, failed to gain re-election and were replaced by ,Workington. New Brighton had begun the season by winning their first four matches – including the “double” over the ‘Port.

At the A.G.M. — probably the most contentious ever — a motion of no confidence in the directors received strong vocal support but was, rejected by 2,851 votes to 1,273. The shareholders and supporters generally were frustrated with the team s lack of success but they had another twelve months to wait before the club’s fortunes improved.

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 Rotherham United 46 31 9 6 103 41 2.512 71
2 Mansfield Town 46 26 12 8 78 48 1.625 64
3 Carlisle United 46 25 12 9 79 50 1.580 62
4 Tranmere Rovers 46 24 11 11 83 62 1.339 59
5 Lincoln City 46 25 8 13 89 58 1.534 58
6 Bradford Park Avenue 46 23 8 15 90 72 1.250 54
7 Bradford City 46 21 10 15 90 63 1.429 52
8 Gateshead 46 21 8 17 84 62 1.355 50
9 Crewe Alexandra 46 19 10 17 61 60 1.017 48
10 Stockport County 46 20 8 18 63 63 1.000 48
11 Rochdale 46 17 11 18 69 62 1.113 45
12 Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 46 13 18 15 58 57 1.018 44
13 Chester City 46 17 9 20 62 64 0.969 43
14 Wrexham 46 15 12 19 55 71 0.775 42
15 Oldham Athletic 46 16 8 22 73 73 1.000 40
16 Hartlepools United 46 16 7 23 64 66 0.970 39
17 York City 46 12 15 19 66 77 0.857 39
18 Darlington 46 13 13 20 59 77 0.766 39
19 Barrow 46 16 6 24 51 76 0.671 38
20 Shrewsbury Town 46 15 7 24 43 74 0.581 37
21 Southport 46 13 10 23 56 72 0.778 36
22 Halifax Town 46 11 12 23 50 69 0.725 34
23 Accrington Stanley 46 11 10 25 42 101 0.416 32
24 New Brighton 46 11 8 27 40 90 0.444 30

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FINAL TABLE LANCASHIRE COMBINATION (DIVISION 1) '50-'51
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 1. Wigan Athletic             42-61  (98-43)  27  7  8  Champions    
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 2. Nelson                     42-61 (120-64)  29  3 10          
 3. Netherfield                42-59 (107-57)  26  7  9          
 4. Fleetwood                  42-52 (100-70)  21 10 11          
 5. Rochdale II                42-50  (87-69)  20 10 12          
 6. Bootle Athletic            42-49  (89-61)  22  5 15          
 7. Southport II               42-46  (98-81)  19  8 15          
 8. Chorley                    42-44  (91-93)  17 10 15          
 9. Oldham Athletic II         42-43  (88-78)  16 11 15          
10. Barrow II                  42-43  (68-63)  17  9 16          
11. Lancaster City             42-43  (75-89)  17  9 16          
12. Ashton United              42-41  (85-88)  16  9 17          
13. New Brighton II            42-38  (53-56)  15  8 19  left  
14. Darwen                     42-36  (62-79)  12 12 18          
15. Morecambe                  42-36  (56-73)  12 12 18          
16. Clitheroe                  42-36  (69-90)  15  6 21          
17. Earlestown FC              42-35  (91-115) 16  3 23          
18. Blackpool 'B'              42-34  (69-87)  13  8 21          
19. Rossendale United          42-33  (63-102) 13  7 22          
20. Marine Crosby              42-30  (68-87)  11  8 23          
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21. Prescot Cables             42-30  (57-89)  10 10 22  Relegated    
22. Accrington Stanley II      42-24  (44-104)  7 10 25  Relegated    

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

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