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2008/09 Season Summary

At the end of the 2007/2008 season Gary Brabin departed to Cambridge United as manager. Financial problems, linked to the illness of chairman Chris Lloyd, at near neighbours Burscough led to a complete restructuring of the village club. Liam Watson re-joined Southport as manager on 30th June, and immediately signed 11 of his former charges for £30,000.
Southport were well placed to challenge for the title until the last few weeks of the season until a dip in form, blamed upon the number of games played, eventually saw the challenge fade away.
Heartbreak in the play offs followed for the second year as Second placed Gateshead knocked Southport out in the semi-finals.

Pos Team P W D L F:A Pts
1 Tamworth 42 24 13 5 70-41 85
2 Gateshead 42 24 8 10 81-48 80
3 Alfreton Town 42 20 17 5 81-48 77
4 AFC Telford United 42 22 10 10 65-34 76
5 Southport 42 21 13 8 63-36 76
6 Stalybridge Celtic 42 20 10 12 71-50 70
7 Droylsden 42 18 14 10 64-44 68
8 Fleetwood Town 42 17 11 14 70-66 62
9 Harrogate Town 42 17 10 15 66-57 61
10 Hinckley United 42 16 9 17 56-59 57
11 Vauxhall Motors 42 14 11 17 51-67 53
12 Workington 42 13 12 17 54-55 51
13 Gainsborough Trinity 42 12 14 16 57-63 50
14 Redditch United 42 12 14 16 49-61 50
15 Blyth Spartans 42 14 7 21 50-58 49
16 Solihull Moors 42 13 10 19 49-73 49
17 King’s Lynn 42 10 18 14 50-60 48
18 Stafford Rangers 42 12 12 18 41-56 48
19 Farsley Celtic 42 14 5 23 58-65 47
20 Hyde United 42 11 9 22 57-80 42
21 Burscough 42 10 6 26 43-80 36
22 Hucknall Town 42 5 13 24 39-84 28

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