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2002/03 Season Summary

The 2002/03 season probably ranks as the most topsy turvy any club could possibly imagine. We were fourth in November, we had beaten Notts County in the FA Cup
but we ended up being relegated on the final day of the season. Wilson departed at the start of February to be replaced by the hapless Mike Walsh. From hero to zero in 4 months. Nobody knows what happened following the excellent giant killing win over Notts County but the wheels fell off in a big way. The Notts County game was on Match Of The Day and saw us come back from 2-0 down with four sensational goals, one of which, from Syd Pickford came close to winning goal of the season on national TV. It was a day of high emotion that everyone present will never forget. We went on to lose 3-0 at home to Farnborough in the next game and from then on it was down hill. Only a remarkable 4-3 win at a waterlogged Halifax in March gave us a bit of hope but things were looking bleak. We all thought we had done enough however and relegation was impossible but we went into the last game of the season at Stevenage knowing we had to win to survive. It was abject surrender and in front of a sizeable travelling contingent who made the most of a generous travel subsidy from Charlie Clapham to pack out the Stevenage away end the Yellows ten year stay in the Conference was over.


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 Yeovil 42 28 11 3 100 37 95
2 Morecambe 42 23 9 10 86 42 78
3 Doncaster
Rovers
42 22 12 8 73 47 78
4 Chester
City
42 21 12 9 59 31 75
5 Dagenham
& Red
42 21 9 12 71 59 72
6 Hereford 42 19 7 16 64 51 64
7 Scarborough 42 18 10 14 63 54 64
8 Halifax 42 18 10 14 50 51 64
9 Forest
Green
42 17 8 17 61 62 59
10 Margate 42 15 11 16 60 66 56
11 Barnet 42 13 14 15 65 68 53
12 Stevenage
Boro
42 14 10 18 61 55 52
13 Farnborough 42 13 12 17 57 56 51
14 Northwich
Vics
42 13 12 17 66 72 51
15 Telford
United
42 14 7 21 54 69 49
16 Burton
Albion
42 13 10 19 52 77 49
17 Gravesend
& N
42 12 12 18 62 73 48
18 Leigh
RMI
42 14 6 22 44 71 48
19 Woking 42 11 14 17 52 81 47
20 Nuneaton
Boro
42 13 7 22 51 78 46
21 Southport 42 11 12 19 54 69 45
22 Kettering 42 8 7 27 37 73 31

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