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Bob Murphy – Gone but not Forgotten

It is sadly nearly a year since former Southport manager Bob Murphy passed away. He managed Southport during one of the darkest periods of the clubs history. Crowds were down, morale was poor and the club was only just breaking out on the other side of a series of financial problems. As a result

Ronnie Moore at Southport – 20 Years On

‚Äč20 years ago this month, the board at Southport were concluding their search for a new manager.  Brian Kettle had led the Sandgrounders to Northern Premier League success and on to creditable finishes in the Vauxhall Conference before making way for the experienced Billy Ayre and his well thought of assistant

Picking Winners for a Cinderella Club

The following article was written by then Southport manager JJ Commins and published in the Topical Times on August 31st 1935. It's amazing how little times have changed. MANAGING the average Third Division club (especially in the Northern Section) is like a puppy dog chasing its tail. It's a struggle to

Paul Carden appoints son of Club Legend as No. 2

Paul Carden has appointed Alex Russell as his new Assistant Manager. Crosby born Alex had an impressive 24 year playing career. Initially starting at Burscough in 1993, he went on to make over 100 appearances for Rochdale and Cambridge and also played for Bristol City, Cheltenham, Exeter City, Bath City, Northampton

Brabin joins Everton, Carden Takes Post

Paul Carden has been appointed the new manager of Southport Football Club in the wake of Gary Brabin's decision to leave his post to take up a coaching role within the Everton academy. Older brother of former Sandgrounder Adam Carden, Paul originally joined the club as Brabin's assistant manager back in

Ronnie Moore appointed Hartlepool manager

Former Southport manager Ronnie Moore, who was sacked by Tranmere Rovers in April following a breach of FA betting rules, has been appointed manager of Hartlepool. Hartlepool are currently propping up the Football League, 6 points adrift of the nearest side to them and without a win since 11th October.