Futcher was replaced as boss in December 1999 with the club struggling in 21st
place, his replacement was Mark Wright who was to bring about a remarkable transformation.
Full of ambition and with a thirst for success Wright’s impact was immediate
and from looking like certainties for relegation Wright brought success and the
fans returned as we went on to finish in 9th place. The FA Cup saw us go out to
an unfortunate 2-1 defeat at Darlington whilst in the Trophy we again reached
the Quarter Finals but lost 1-0 at home to Kingstonian having done the hard bit
and drawn away from home.
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