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1963/64 Season Summary

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Magnificent victories over Wigan Athletic (10-2) in a pre-season friendly and Aldershot (4-1) in the opening home fixture raised supporters’ hopes but the side were consistent only in their inconsistency and found away points particularly elusive; their first away win came at Stockport in January — 4-1, including an Alan Spence hat-trick.

Few of the seven- close-season signings contributed much. Bob Scott (Newport County), Malcolm Senior (Barnsley) and Roy Ambler (Wrexham) seldom won first-team places; of the three wingman signed David Latham (Manchester United) and Colin Brookes (Peterborough United) occasionally showed flosses of brilliance, whilst Les Dagger (-Carlisle United) plied many accurate crosses. Goalkeeper Jimmy Rollo (Oldham Athletic) was unsteady under pressure and, freed after one season, moved to Bradford City. Wing-half Terry Tighe, signed on August 23rd from Crewe Alexandra, added constructive ability to attack and defence. Tony Beanland. signed in 1962 from Blackpool, successfully took aver Bryan Griffiths’ left-back role.

‘Lem Newcomb’s ill-health inevitably affected the club. In February the director’s stopped his pay pending his resuming his duties; in March he retired and former Preston North End and Scotland full-back Willie Cunningham was appointed player-manager. An administrative oversight caused Cunningham’s resignation to miss the Football League’s deadline by one day and precluded him from playing. The ‘Port had long needed someone in complete authority to direct affairs and motivate the players, especially away from home.

Probably the best league performance was the 3-0 defeat of promotion-bound Carlisle United on Easter Monday, which featured a classic Alan Spence goal. Spence scored both in a welcome 2-0 win against Stockport County in mid-April, thereby surpassing Cec Wyles’ 1947-48 25 goal post-war scoring record. Spence enjoyed the most successful of his 6-1- seasons at Haig Avenue, despite lacking Reg Blore’s support following his £5,000 transfer to first division Blackburn Rovers in November. Blare appeared infrequently for Blackburn, but subsequently rendered grand service to Oldham Athletic.

Supporters criticised Blore’s ,transfer just two weeks before the cup-ties; yet Southport confounded everyone by defeating third division Walsall 2-1 before the season’s biggest home crowd —4,768 ! In the second round Lincoln City won 2-0 at Sincil Bank.

One newcomer to impress was 19-year-old Alex Russell, signed on October 31st from Everton. The little inside-forward exhibited considerable skills and his midfield prompting was a major factor in the ‘Port’s revival after 1965. His six goals made him equal second highest scorer with Blore and Jimmy Shepherd, signed in February from Crewe Alexandra.

In the penultimate match Southport dropped two vital home points to Bradford P.A., despite intense pressure; Jim Fryatt, deputising in Bradford’s goal for the last ten minutes, somehow kept it intact. Although Southport drew 0-0 at Oxford, Rochdale’s 2.1 victory over Gillingham ensured an ultimate 21st position and the club’s eighth re-election application. Great relief was felt when the Football League’s plan to reorganize the Fourth Division into a “Football Alliance” was abandoned.

Southport were re-elected comfortably, securing 45 votes to York City’s 48, Barrow’s 42 and Hartlepools’ 36, whilst Wigan Athletic led the non-leaguers with 5.
Southport shared the Liverpool Senior Cup with Liverpool, drawing 2-2 after extra time, a Roy Ambler goal having previously accounted for Tranmere Rovers. The Football League Cup brought little revenue; 3,469 saw Southport’s first round 2-1 win over Barrow and few more saw their defeat at Workington. Gates were the lowest since the mid-thirties, averaging below 3,000. Despite Blore’s transfer a loss of £3,048 was incurred. ‘During the season Richard Marshall and Gerry Tray were co-opted as directors.

Most prominent amongst the eleven end-of-season ‘releases’ was veteran Bill Rutherford, whose five years’ steady service covered nine different positions — he briefly deputised in go-al against Bradford City in September; he joined Kirkby Town. In July Lem Newcomb, for many years a highly respected figure, passed away. Despite Southport’s perpetual lack of funds he relied, as manager, on encouragement and understanding; the club had indeed suffered a grievous loss.

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 Gillingham 46 23 14 9 59 30 1.967 60
2 Carlisle United 46 25 10 11 113 58 1.948 60
3 Workington 46 24 11 11 76 52 1.462 59
4 Exeter City 46 20 18 8 62 37 1.676 58
5 Bradford City 46 25 6 15 76 62 1.226 56
6 Torquay United 46 20 11 15 80 54 1.481 51
7 Tranmere Rovers 46 20 11 15 85 73 1.164 51
8 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 19 12 15 71 52 1.365 50
9 Aldershot 46 19 10 17 83 78 1.064 48
10 Halifax Town 46 17 14 15 77 77 1.000 48
11 Lincoln City 46 19 9 18 67 75 0.893 47
12 Chester City 46 19 8 19 65 60 1.083 46
13 Bradford Park Avenue 46 18 9 19 75 81 0.926 45
14 Doncaster Rovers 46 15 12 19 70 75 0.933 42
15 Newport County 46 17 8 21 64 73 0.877 42
16 Chesterfield 46 15 12 19 57 71 0.803 42
17 Stockport County 46 15 12 19 50 68 0.735 42
18 Oxford United 46 14 13 19 59 63 0.937 41
19 Darlington 46 14 12 20 66 93 0.710 40
20 Rochdale 46 12 15 19 56 59 0.949 39
21 Southport 46 15 9 22 63 88 0.716 39
22 York City 46 14 7 25 52 66 0.788 35
23 Hartlepools United 46 12 9 25 54 93 0.581 33
24 Barrow 46 6 18 22 51 93 0.548 30

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FINAL TABLE LANCASHIRE COMBINATION (DIVISION 1) '63-'64
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 1. Chorley                    42-61 (114-51)  27  7  8  Champions    
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 2. Netherfield                42-60 (123-64)  26  8  8          
 3. New Brighton               42-58  (83-45)  24 10  8          
 4. Horwich RMI                42-56  (91-51)  24  8 10          
 5. Ashton United              42-50  (91-65)  20 10 12  MidLg   
 6. Lancaster City             42-50  (90-69)  21  8 13          
 7. Droylsden                  42-49  (80-58)  21  7 14          
 8. Nelson                     42-49  (84-73)  23  3 16          
 9. South Liverpool            42-47  (88-62)  19  9 14          
10. Morecambe                  42-46  (93-71)  19  8 15          
11. Skelmersdale United        42-46  (88-76)  21  4 17          
12. Southport II               42-40  (68-75)  17  6 19          
13. Bacup Borough              42-39  (59-68)  17  5 20          
14. Marine Crosby              42-38  (73-83)  15  8 19          
15. Burscough                  42-33  (80-84)  11 11 20          
16. Rossendale United          42-33  (70-114) 12  9 21          
17. Fleetwood                  42-33  (54-88)  10 13 19          
18. Prescot Cables             42-31  (66-98)  11  9 22  namechange      
19. Clitheroe                  42-30  (59-88)  10 10 22          
20. Leyland Motors             42-29  (57-118) 11  7 24          
21. Barrow II                  42-25  (56-109)  8  9 25          
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22. Cromptons Recreation       42-21  (58-115)  8  5 29  left  

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

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