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2000/01 Season Summary

Hopes of a return to the Football League were probably at their highest ever as we kicked off the 2000/01 season. One win in the first four games put us on the back foot but improved form saw us in second place at the end of November and hopes remained high. We never dropped below fourth from then on in but realistically were never in with a true shout. The gates were holding up well, the Wright profile ensured great media coverage but it was clear that his thirst for success was not going to happen at Haig Avenue and it came as no surprise when he left the club at the end of the season with several players following him out of the door. We reached the Second Round of The FA Cup going down 2-1 at home to Kingstonian in front of 3659 home fans, an excellent turn out. Kingstonian went on to draw Arsenal. The Trophy once again saw us reach the Quarter Final and the town responded once again with 800 making the trip to Chester to see us go down to a highly controversial 1-0 defeat. No matter how many times you watch the DVD of the game you can never see why referee Bobby Pollock, famously quoted as being an “Everton Fan” by Wright, gave the free kick that lead to the 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 Rushden
& Diamonds
42 25 11 6 78 36 86
2 Yeovil 42 24 8 10 73 50 80
3 Dagenham
& Red
42 23 8 11 71 54 77
4 Southport
42 20 9 13 58 46 69
5 Leigh
RMI
42 19 11 12 63 57 68
6 Telford
United
42 19 8 15 51 51 65
7 Stevenage
Boro
42 15 18 9 71 61 63
8 Chester
City
42 16 14 12 49 43 62
9 Doncaster
Rovers
42 15 13 14 47 43 58
10 Scarborough 42 14 16 12 56 54 58
11 Hereford 42 14 15 13 60 46 57
12 Boston 42 13 17 12 74 63 56
13 Nuneaton
Boro
42 13 15 14 60 60 54
14 Woking 42 13 15 14 52 57 54
15 Dover
Ath
42 14 11 17 54 56 53
16 Forest
Green
42 11 15 16 43 54 48
17 Northwich
Vics
42 11 13 18 49 67 46
18 Hayes 42 12 10 20 44 71 46
19 Morecambe 42 11 12 19 64 66 45
20 Kettering 42 11 10 21 46 62 43
21 Kingstonian 42 8 10 24 47 73 34
22 Hednesford 42 5 13 24 46 86 28

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