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1979/80 Season Summary

Half of the 42 games were lost in 1979-80, with only one fewer defeat in the season which followed.
Harry McNally resigned as Manager early in September 1979, to be replaced by Jimmy Melia in the capacity of ‘acting manager’ only. It was January before a proper appointment was made — Allen Hampson the former Everton and Halifax player took over — but by then not only had winger Nigel Halsall joined Runcorn for £4,500 but the captain and lynch pin of the defence Graham Barrow had departed to Altrincham. Unbelievably an ‘air of cautious optimism’ prevailed at the A.G.M. in February 1980, though how that could be with the team facing re-election and only Giller and Graham Davies left on the board is hard to comprehend.
In the event, relegation was just averted, but shortly after the end of the season the death of Graham Davies left Walter Giller as sole director. Goalkeeper Graham Cunneely’s close season departure to Marine also left John McInnes as the only contract player so new manager Allan Brown, returning for a less successful second spell, faced massive rebuilding.


Sources: The Sandgrounders: The Complete League History of Southport F. C., by Michael Braham and Geoff Wilde (Palatine Books, 1995). ISBN 978-1-874181-14-9

Pos Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Mossley
42 28 9 5 96 41 65
2
Witton
Albion
42 28 8 6 89 30 64
3
Frickley
Athletic
42 24 13 5 93 48 61
4
Burton
Albion
42 25 6 11 83 42 56
5
Matlock
Town
42 18 17 7 87 53 53
6
Buxton
42 21 9 12 61 48 51
7
Worksop
Town
42 20 10 12 65 52 50
8
Macclesfield
Town
42 18 11 13 67 53 47
9
Grantham
42 18 8 16 71 65 44
10
Marine
42 16 10 16 65 57 42
11
Goole
Town
42 14 13 15 61 63 41
12
Lancaster
City
42 13 13 16 74 77 39
13
Oswestry
Town
42 12 14 16 44 60 38
14
Gainsborough
42 14 8 20 64 75 36
15
Runcorn
42 11 11 20 46 63 33
16
Gateshead
42 11 11 20 50 77 33
17
Morecambe
42 10 12 20 40 59 32
18
Netherfield
42 7 15 20 37 66 29
19
Southport
42 8 13 21 30 75 29
20
South
Liverpool
42 7 14 21 51 84 28
21
Workington
42 8 12 22 50 85 28
22
Tamworth
42 8 9 25 26 77 25

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