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1997/98 Season Summary

Team Photo 1997/98

Could anyone ever imagine Southport playing at Wembley? Supporters who remembered the dark days in the Football League and the early Non League years saw it as a dream but occasionally dreams do come true and the town went to Wembley. We have a whole chapter devoted to “The Wembley Experience” but suffice
to say this was the highlight of the season.
League form was however patchy and it was only in the last few league games that we got enough points to ensure we maintained our place in the Conference. Paul Futcher was the “gaffer, the leader, the star” as the song goes and ensured he was afforded Southport FC legend status. His performance in the FA Trophy Semi-Final at Slough was what many think to this day the best performance ever by a player in a Southport shirt, he was awesome.


Source:
The Complete Non-League History of Southport Football Club 1978 – 2008, by Trust in Yellow (Legends Publishing, 2008). ISBN 978-1-906796-01-3


Pos Team P W D L F A Pts
1 Halifax 42 25 12 5 74 43 87
2 Cheltenham 42 23 9 10 63 43 78
3 Woking 42 22 8 12 72 46 74
4 Rushden
& Diamonds
42 23 5 14 79 57 74
5 Morecambe 42 21 10 11 77 64 73
6 Hereford 42 18 13 11 56 49 67
7 Hednesford 42 18 12 12 59 50 66
8 Slough 42 18 10 14 58 49 64
9 Northwich
Vics
42 15 15 12 63 59 60
10 Welling
Utd
42 17 9 16 64 62 60
11 Yeovil 42 17 8 17 73 63 59
12 Hayes 42 16 10 16 62 52 58
13 Dover
Ath
42 15 10 17 60 70 55
14 Kettering 42 13 13 16 53 60 52
15 Stevenage
Boro
42 13 12 17 59 63 51
16 Southport 42 13 11 18 56 58 50
17 Kidderminster
H
42 11 14 17 56 63 47
18 Farnborough 42 12 8 22 56 70 44
19 Leek
Town
42 10 14 18 52 67 44
20 Telford
United
42 10 12 20 53 76 42
21 Gateshead 42 8 11 23 51 87 35
22 Stalybridge 42 7 8 27 48 93 29

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