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1986/87 Season Summary

The season which followed proved even more successful; despite going out in the first round proper of both F.A. Cup and Trophy, an undefeated run from Christmas to March and four wins in the final five games brought 68 points and a place in the top eight. Bryan Griffiths won the ‘Manager of the Month’ award for February and striker John Coleman walked off with three awards at the end of season ceremony; voted ‘Player of the Year’ by both supporters and players he also took the leading scorer trophy, his 25 League goals leaving him just two short of Alan Spence’s post-war record.
In addition, the Cup provided Southport’s first League opposition since 1978 with a visit to the Old Showground, Scunthorpe; but a spate of early season injuries and illnesses deprived the visitors of Ronnie Naden and Kevin McCormack on this occasion and United prevailed 2-0. The 2,601 gate afforded some con¬solation. In fact Southport — with 18 — scored more goals than any other club in the 1986-87 F.A.Cup competition whilst playing in no fewer than ten matches, itself a club record.
Less satisfactory was the departure of Shaun Teale, transferred for a minimal fee to Northwich Victoria in the January. Problems off the field had led to his being left out in the cold’ for a period and both management and player felt a move was best. His subsequent advancement to the highest level of league football with Aston Villa was watched with envy by supporters of his home town club who felt, with some justification, that they had again been short-changed.


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 Macclesfield
Town
42 26 10 6 80 47 88
2 Bangor
City
42 25 12 5 74 35 87
3 Caernarfon
Town
42 20 16 6 67 40 76
4 Marine 42 21 10 11 70 43 73
5 South
Liverpool
42 21 10 11 58 40 73
6 Morecambe 42 20 12 10 66 49 72
7 Matlock
Town
42 20 10 12 81 67 70
8 Southport
42 19 11 12 67 49 68
9 Chorley 42 16 12 14 58 59 60
10 Mossley 42 15 12 15 57 52 57
11 Hyde
United
42 15 10 17 81 70 55
12 Burton
Albion
42 16 6 20 56 68 54
13 Buxton 42 13 14 15 71 68 53
14 Witton
Albion
42 15 8 19 68 79 53
15 Barrow 42 15 7 20 42 57 52
16 Goole
Town
42 13 12 17 58 62 51
17 Oswestry
Town
42 14 8 20 55 83 50
18 Rhyl 42 10 15 17 56 74 45
19 Worksop
Town
42 9 13 20 56 74 40
20 Gainsborough 42 9 10 23 53 77 37
21 Workington 42 5 14 23 38 70 29
22 Horwich
RMI
42 3 12 27 36 85 21

Lancashire Floodlit Trophy
(NB 2 points for a home win, 3 points for an away win)

Pos Team Pts GD
1 S Liverpool 15 6
2 Southport 12 4
3 Winsford 12 0
4 Witton Albion 8 2
5 Skelmersdale 1 -12

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