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Illuminating times

  In a fascinating article published last year in the Southport Visiter Michael Braham looks back at the history of floodlit football matches in Southport: Southport Football Club were among the last Football League Clubs to have floodlights installed in January 1962 and yet the Southport Central Club pioneered floodlit football more

After the fire

​Southport gave an effective answer to those who thought that their performances would be affected by the fire at Haig Avenue when all their playing equipment was destroyed along with the club‘s grandstand, dressing rooms and offices. In the first game after the fire Southport extended their unbeaten run to

A rude awakening

There was a time when bad news which occurred overnight was not transmitted by your radio alarm, or your first bleary glance at Twitter on an iPhone. When I was a child, thank God, there were only a few incidents of my being woken by bad news, and none of them

What’s in a name?

Regarding the change of name to Haig Avenue from its original name of Ash Lane, the article below taken from the Southport Guardian dated Tuesday April 19th 1921 explains the change: “It is proposed to re-name the portion of Ash Lane (the site of the Corporation houses), from Scarisbrtck New

Central’s New Home

The following is the excellent opening chapter/forward from the book by Mark Iddon chronicaling the 1905/06 season. 1903/04 "Referring to the question of the ground, Councillor Smith and himself (Chairman Mr W. Robinson) had been asked by the committee to approach the Trustees and do what they could to secure the ground

The History of Haig Avenue

For 3 years following their formation Southport played at a sports ground in Sussex Road. The Sandgrounders moved home in 1884 and played at two different grounds in Scarisbrick New Road before moving to Ash Lane in 1905. The ground was renamed Haig Avenue (after Earl Haig) in 1921. The ground

The Home of the Sandgrounders

The National Library of Scotland have published online highly detailed Ordnance Survey maps for much of Great Britain. Maps for Southport go right back to 1848 which gives us a unique opportunity to peer into the past and see where the Sandgrounders have plied their trade over the years. The maps