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On This Day: February 18th

On this day in 1933 Southport welcomes Mansfield Town to Haig Avenue.

The question on the lips of many was “What has happened to Southport?”. Why was there such a meteoric fall after such a good start to the season? In the early weeks of the season the club had genuine hopes of promotion and every side they came up against were faced with a side playing way above their third division station.

A number of changes made in a cup game against Nelson appeared to have unsettled the side. Taylor, who had previously marshalled the side well, found himself out of favour as did the experienced Little who found himself with the reserves. For Bert Pelham the loss of form was to spell the end of the road. He made clear his intention to sever his connections although at this stage he had been yet to confirm when.

A switch of players with Chester, Jolley joining the Sandgrounders and Duckworth going the other way, it was hoped would spark Southport into life.

It certainly seems to do the trick….

SOUTHPORT 5 – 2 MANSFIELD TOWN

Stadium: Haig Avenue
Competition: League
Date: 18/02/1933
Attendance: 2307

Southport Line-Up: Bill BirkettJimmy CowenJack ApplebyTommy BellTed RobinsonBilly SellarsHarry JollyBobby TurnerMatt MiddletonGeorge WynessJack Roberts,  
Goals: Jack Appleby (Pen), Jack ApplebyBilly SellarsBilly SellarsJack Roberts

Liverpool Echo – Saturday 18 February 1933
Lancashire Evening Post – Monday 20 February 1933
Lancashire Evening Post – Monday 20 February 1933
Sheffield Independent – Monday 20 February 1933

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