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1998/99 Season Summary

The 1998/99 season was notable for some much needed Cup success when the Port journeyed to Football League side Mansfield and triumphed 2-1 in front of 500 delirious Sandgrounders whose support that day was incredible. After such a giant killing performance the club was attracting great publicity and Charlie Clapham and Futch appeared on the live draw for the third round with expectations of a home draw against a top team. Number 63, Southport came out of the hat first to everyone’s delight, could it be Manchester United? No it was Leyton Orient, the feeling of anti-climax was apparent to all but it was a chance to progress further. Haig Avenue saw its highest ever Non League gate (4950) and extensive media interest but we went down 2-0 and the run was over. The run had started at Ramsbottom in the rain when 829 packed in to The Riverside Ground to give “Rammy” their highest ever gate, a figure that stood for nearly ten years until FCUM came to town.
Having been to Wembley in 1997/98, the town had FA Trophy hopes again and progression to the Quarter Finals but a poor showing at Forest Green saw us go out 4-1.
In the league we finished 18th with safety only being achieved in the last couple of games with a 3-1 home win against Leek Town when Lee Elam scored what today
would be referred to as a wonder goal.


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 Cheltenham 42 22 14 6 71 36 80
2 Kettering 42 22 10 10 58 37 76
3 Hayes 42 22 8 12 63 50 74
4 Rushden
& Diamonds
42 20 12 10 71 42 72
5 Yeovil 42 20 11 11 68 54 71
6 Stevenage
Boro
42 17 17 8 62 45 68
7 Northwich
Vics
42 19 9 14 60 51 66
8 Kingstonian 42 17 13 12 50 49 64
9 Woking 42 18 9 15 51 45 63
10 Hednesford 42 15 16 11 49 44 61
11 Dover
Ath
42 15 13 14 54 48 58
12 Forest
Green
42 15 13 14 55 50 58
13 Hereford 42 15 10 17 49 46 55
14 Morecambe 42 15 8 19 60 76 53
15 Kidderminster
H
42 14 9 19 56 52 51
16 Doncaster
Rovers
42 12 12 18 51 55 48
17 Telford
United
42 10 16 16 44 60 46
18 Southport 42 10 15 17 47 59 45
19 Barrow 42 11 10 21 40 63 43
20 Welling
Utd
42 9 14 19 44 65 41
21 Leek
Town
42 8 8 26 48 76 32
22 Farnborough 42 7 11 24 41 89 32

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