A lifelong supporter of Southport Football Club, John Church did more than anyone to keep the football flag flying at Haig Avenue during his long tenure of the Chaimanship. A successful Scarisbrick produce merchant, he was co-opted to the board in November 1957 and served the club faithfully in that
He joined Horwich R.M.I. when 16 years of age and played during the Second World War for Palestine Command, as well as guesting for Northampton Town.
He signed for Bishop Auckland after the war and played in the 1946 F.A. Amateur Cup final which ‘Bishops’ lost 3-2 to Barnet. He
A native of Accrington, Jack Clough initially worked for Rolls Royce in Derby as a draughtsman. It was here he met his wife Kathleen, whose father, H. E, Ramsden, was the famous Derby restaurateur who undertook the catering at the 1911 investiture of King George V and was previously
He was a director of Southport from 1925 to 1957, the greater part of which period saw him in control as Chairman (1931-1955).
An expatriate Yorkshireman, he did incalculable work in keeping League football alive in Southport in the mid-1930s. He never sought publicity or courted popularity and was
Southport’s trainer during their great revival between 1936 and 1939, he had begun his professional career With Bolton Wanderers in 1912 and actually made his début for Bolton Reserves against Southport Central at Ash Lane. He had previously played for Hamilton Central in the West Lancashire League. With the
He was for many years connected with Southport Football Club as trainer and was later groundsman at the Southport Rugby Club. In his youth in the early years of the century he was a prominent member of Southport Harriers, winning their 10-mile cross country run for six consecutive years
No job was too small for this stalwart worker who helped quietly and efficiently behind the scenes in an honorary capacity for some thirty years. For much of the time the second and ‘A’ team trainer, he also assisted the first-team teamer and acted as a general handyman. Always
He became a director of Southport Football Club in December 19211 and was immediately elected Chairman. He brought acumen and business knowledge to the boardroom and remained Chairman until his death on May 3rd 1931, aged 79.
A keen sportsman, he was a Vice-President of Southport & Birkdale Cricket
Mr H.S. Banner was one of the original directors of the club in 1921, but resigned his position after five years. He rejoined the Board in 1931 and remained a director until 1953 when, at the age of 80, he was appointed a Life Member.
A popular and
T. G. Shipley became Secretary of Southport Central in 1897. He had been the founder of Southport Royal in 1894 and in 1895 he had helped found the Southport and District League.
He stayed with Central for eleven years as secretary before retiring to run an off-license on 5 Bury
Liverpool Evening Express - Saturday 07 January 1939
A native of Ormskirk, he came to live in Southport in 1893 and immediately showed great interest in a number of sporting activities. He was assistant treasurer of the miniature rifle range and chief organiser of Derby Road Cricket Club, which he captained
Bertram Pelham was the Secretary of New Brighton when they joined the Football League in 1923; in August 1927 he was appointed their Secretary-Manager and he held this position until assuming the same role at Southport in April 1931. Almost immediately Southport won the Liverpool Senior Cup for the first
25 years I've been watching Southport Football Club....
It sounds a long time.
It sounds even longer when I think that I started supporting the club about 6 or 7 years before most of the lads I'm now coaching were born!
My first football experience was when I was 3 years old. My
GORDON HUNT -AN APPRECIATION
Southport Football Club's period of membership of the Football League spanned 57 years; for one man to have worked for a football club-anq frequently a struggling club at that-over no fewer than 53 of those years is quite exceptional; but few men are as dedicated and loyal
If the decline of Southport could be attributed to one man, Giller would be the obvious candidate. “He was bombastic and brash,” Hughie Fisher says. “His attitude was ‘I’m the chairman and I’m always right’, even when it was obvious he was wrong. He was a difficult man to work