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Real Name: Steven Dickinson
Normal Position: Goalkeeper
Born: 01/02/1973(Leeds)

Steve Dickinson

When \\\"Dicko\\\" made his debut against Woking on 14 August 1999 little did we know what a legend he was to become at Haig Avenue and how he was to redefine records along the way. 283 matches on from the 4-1 triumph on his debut, stats that ensure a unique niche within club annals for the man with the Sandgrounders\\\' highest number of Non League appearances who, in 2002, also set a new precedent for the most consecutive starts. Dicko\\\'s stature as one of the most distinctive servants to have represented Southport stretches far beyond the constraints of the record books. An integral part and the outstanding performer in everything the Sandgrounders have done since 1999, the Haig Avenue number one was a terrace hero.

Synonymous with great saves and superhuman consistency, his ability to bail out those in front of him became more of an expectation than a rare moment of match-saving magic, and also provided the catalyst behind the success that brought the need for full-time football.

Serving Southport from the top of the Football Conference to the depths of the Northern Premier League, Dickinson was a consummate team player, an unassuming hero, whose place in Haig Avenue hearts stemmed from regular shows of superb agility, dependability and, of equal importance, a commendable loyalty.

Having defied modern trends by remaining with Southport on relegation to regional football in 2003, the success of the player with just thirteen absences to his name also provides a splendid reminder of what can be achieved with commitment and integrity: attributes that serve to underline his popularity.

Twelve months prior to losing our Conference status in 2003, Dickinson made Southport history by accumulating an incredible 126 back-to-back starts - a record spanning three campaigns and ended only by suspension. As well as sweeping the board in 2005/06 for a familiar collection of annual awards, he also assumed the mantle of record appearance-maker since 1978 having graced 264 matches in a Sandgrounders\\\' shirt - surpassing the previous accomplishment of David Gamble.

On his arrival from Guiseley, Dickinson had big gloves to fill and when he immediately overthrew the inimitable Billy Stewart, not many could have envisaged the measure of the achievements which have since materialised.

There were also moments when the art of goalkeeping has become too routine for Leeds-born custodian: The \\\"highlight\\\" of his up-field ventures arguably arriving against Rushden and Diamonds in 2001, when an attempt to outsmart the division\\\'s deadliest strike-force didn\\\'t quite follow the script.
Before joining Southport Dicko played for Bradford City and Guiseley who he re-joined upon leaving the club.
Towards the end of the 2007/08 season Dicko enjoyed a spell at Hucknall Town on loan where he picked up three Man Of The Match awards in only a handful of appearances.

His best moments at Haig Ave were winning the Conference North and the match at Grays that saw us gain the point we needed to stay in the Conference.

A plasterer by trade he was unable to go full time because of work commtments and left at the start of the 2006/07 season to the disappointment of his army of fans. Dicko was held in such high esteem by all the supporters that his departure caused a furor never seen before and some say his leaving was in part the catalyst to the anti-Paul Cook feeling at the club.

Dickinson sits fifth in the all-time standings behind Football League players, Arthur Peat(401), Alex Russell (346) Billy Halsall (334) and Tommy Sinclair(320). According to the stats, he played under six managers and alongside 114 different team-mates at Haig Avenue. Many of those players have contributed significantly and memorably during the journey towards full-time football - but while stars arrive and fade, legends last forever.

A supreme team player, the former Bradford City apprentice endeared himself closely to the Southport faithful by continually producing saves of the highest order.

Player Profile reproduced with Permission from:
The Complete Non-League History of Southport Football Club 1978 - 2008, by Trust in Yellow (Legends Publishing, 2008). ISBN 978-1-906796-01-3

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Season From To Value
1999/2000 GUISELEY Southport

Statistics include the following competitions
FA Cup , FA Trophy , Football League Cup, League, PLAY OFFS , Welsh Cup,

Season Apps Subs Goals
1999/2000 5200
2000/2001 5000
2001/2002 4800
2002/2003 3800
2003/2004 4600
2004/2005 5100
2005/2006 4500
2010/2011 210
Total 332 1 0

Last 10 games where player was named on the team sheet

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
30/04/2011 LeagueA KETTERING TOWN 1 - 3
25/04/2011 LeagueH DARLINGTON 1 - 1
23/04/2011 LeagueA TAMWORTH 1 - 0
16/04/2011 LeagueH CRAWLEY TOWN 0 - 4
09/04/2011 LeagueA LUTON TOWN 0 - 6
05/04/2011 LeagueA MANSFIELD TOWN 2 - 2
02/04/2011 LeagueH EASTBOURNE BOROUGH 1 - 3
29/03/2011 LeagueA ALTRINCHAM 1 - 1
26/03/2011 LeagueH LUTON TOWN 2 - 1
23/03/2011 Liverpool Senior Cup / SFA TRANMERE ROVERS 2 - 0

Last 10 games where player started

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
23/03/2011 Liverpool Senior Cup / SFA TRANMERE ROVERS 2 - 0
08/03/2011 Liverpool Senior Cup / QFH CAMMELL LAIRD 3 - 0
13/01/2011 Lancashire Junior Cup / QFH CHORLEY 0 - 4
23/11/2010 LeagueA YORK CITY 0 - 2
09/11/2010 Lancashire Junior Cup / 1H BARROW 2 - 0
07/11/2010 FA Cup / 1H SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 2 - 5
31/07/2010 FriendlyH BURY 2 - 2
27/07/2010 FriendlyH ACCRINGTON STANLEY 1 - 2
24/07/2010 FriendlyA AFC FYLDE 1 - 2
22/07/2010 FriendlyA SKELMERSDALE UNITED 8 - 4