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1985/86 Season Summary

After a shaky start to the new season in the renamed ‘Multipart League’ a brilliant mid-term run involving a club record ten consecutive victories in senior competitions saw Southport soar to third place in the table whilst reaching the third round of the F.A. Trophy.
The matches against Scarborough of the Gola League ranked as particular successes; eventually a strong Kidderminster Harriers side put Southport out 6ā€”1 on a windswept night at Aggborough; but the incoming Peter King, Ronnie Naden, George Carr, Tony Quinn and John Coleman were quality performers at this level. The outstanding performance was undoubtedly the display in the first round game at Telford United where each of Southport’s four classic goals outshone the one before. This 4-2 victory on the ground of one of the major non-League sides may be seen as a turning-point in Southport’s post-League era.
Andy Mutch was transferred to Wolves immediately after the Trophy involvement was ended for a five figure fee and Southport slipped back. Yet even after a disastrous April they still finished in sixth place with 17 wins ā€” the most since 1978-79.


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 Gateshead 42 24 10 8 85 51 82
2 Marine 42 23 11 8 63 35 80
3 Morecambe 42 17 17 8 59 39 68
4 Gainsborough 42 18 14 10 66 52 68
5 Burton
Albion
42 18 12 12 64 47 66
6 Southport
42 17 11 14 70 66 62
7 Worksop
Town
42 17 10 15 51 48 61
8 Workington 42 14 18 10 54 46 60
9 Macclesfield 42 17 8 17 67 65 59
10 Hyde
Utd
42 14 15 13 63 62 57
11 Witton
Albion
42 15 13 14 56 59 58
12 Mossley 42 13 16 13 56 60 55
13 Bangor
City
42 13 15 14 51 51 54
14 Rhyl 42 14 10 18 65 71 52
15 South
Liverpool
42 11 17 14 43 44 50
16 Horwich
RMI
42 15 6 21 53 63 51
17 Caernarfon
Town
42 11 17 14 51 63 50
18 Oswestry
Town
42 12 13 17 51 60 49
19 Buxton 42 11 12 19 55 76 45
20 Chorley 42 9 15 18 56 64 42
21 Matlock
Town
42 9 15 18 59 75 42
22 Goole
Town
42 7 11 24 37 78 32

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