Past Seasons - 1930/1931 (Third Division (North))

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Season Summary

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Ten records broken, four of them still unbeaten, must make 1930-31 the most successful season ever In that memorable year the club's match, individual player and total scoring records were established and the 'Port reached the sixth round of the F.A. Cup. Away from home, the most goals scored (36) and least defeats (eight) were recorded. In addition, the most points, highest attendances and receipts for matches at Haig Avenue and a record profit of £1,370 were achieved-these, however, have been beaten.

Yet the season began in mediocre fashion; towards the end of October only eight points had been collected from twelve games. The turning point was the arrival of Archie Waterston. Being without a club, he applied for a trial and was signed on. His skill and scoring power inspired the team. Southport lost at Wigan, but the next ten games yielded 18 points and they fairly raced up the table; but the F.A. Cup success surpassed all else.

After easily accounting for Darlington and Gainsborough Trinity, Second Division Millwall were drawn at Haig Avenue. Millwall, for whom Lem Newcomb appeared, were well beaten 3-1 before 10,125 fans, with Baker saving a penalty. Seaside rivals First Division Blackpool were the next to fall; a crowd of 13,524 saw the home side fight back to win after losing 0-1 at half-time. Southport's luck held with Second Division Bradford Park Avenue the next visitors. A then record 17,508 crowd were present as Southport created football history by being the first Third Division North team to reach the last eight. Cowen scored the vital goal, and the whole town went wild with delightóCup lever had hit Southport.

Came the sixth round, and the 'Port travelled to nearby Goodison Park. Accustomed to a light, sandy pitch, they found ground conditions atrocious with snow covering the corners and the rest inches deep in mud. It is said that the referee had to spin the coin three times before it landed even. Poor goalkeepr Billy Baker, who had done so well in previous rounds and enjoyed great success since taking over from Billy Halsall, completely lost his nerve right from the start when, distracted by the inrushing Dixie Dean, he let in a Jimmy Stein cross. He eventually picked the ball out of the net nine times-seven times in the first 42 minutes. The occasion was too much for Southport, and they lost 9-1. The team that day was: Baker; Little, Robinson; Seagrave (deputising for George Wyness, who had broken his leg at Rotherham), Vincent, Holmes; Hills, McConnell, Waterston, Cowen and Roberts. The game had its financial compensations as the 45,647 crowd paid £3,971.
In the League. Southport clicked into top gear and finished fifth with 53 points. Eighty-eight goals were scored in the 42 League games - 31 of them by Waterston in only 29 matches. The highlight of the League programme was the 8-1 thrashing of Nelson on New Year's Day. After Ralsbeck had given the visitors the lead, Waterston scored five. This record League win was only equalled last season. The team-which didn't cost a penny-included six North-Eastern lads. Team spirit and honest endeavour were key factors in their success.

1931 was also the end of an era; "Salty" Halsall retired after twelve illustrious years and over 450 first-team games between the posts. Only Arthur Peat has played in more League matches. Another great loss was the death, in May, 1931, of George Moore-Club Chairman since 1922.

On the managerial side, Jimmy Commins, who got the team together, did not stay to see its triumphs. He became manager at Barrow and the ever-willing Edwin Clayton filled the breach until Bert Pelham was appointed. Further success awaited him the following season.

Season Summary reproduced with Permission from: The Sandgrounder (Southport FC Matchday Programme) Article Series. Southport through the seasons. The League History of Southport FC, Compiled by Michael p. Braham and Geoffrey S. Wilde
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League Table

Pos Team P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Chesterfield 42 26 6 10 102 57 1.789 58
2 Lincoln City 42 25 7 10 102 59 1.729 57
3 Wrexham 42 21 12 9 94 62 1.516 54
4 Tranmere Rovers 42 24 6 12 111 74 1.500 54
5 Southport 42 22 9 11 88 56 1.571 53
6 Hull City 42 20 10 12 99 55 1.800 50
7 Stockport County 42 20 9 13 77 61 1.262 49
8 Carlisle United 42 20 5 17 98 81 1.210 45
9 Gateshead 42 16 13 13 71 73 0.973 45
10 Wigan Borough 42 19 5 18 76 86 0.884 43
11 Darlington 42 16 10 16 71 59 1.203 42
12 York City 42 18 6 18 85 82 1.037 42
13 Accrington Stanley 42 15 9 18 84 108 0.778 39
14 Rotherham United 42 13 12 17 81 83 0.976 38
15 Doncaster Rovers 42 13 11 18 65 65 1.000 37
16 Barrow 42 15 7 20 68 89 0.764 37
17 Halifax Town 42 13 9 20 55 89 0.618 35
18 Crewe Alexandra 42 14 6 22 66 93 0.710 34
19 New Brighton 42 13 7 22 49 76 0.645 33
20 Hartlepools United 42 12 6 24 67 86 0.779 30
21 Rochdale 42 12 6 24 62 107 0.579 30
22 Nelson 42 6 7 29 43 113 0.381 19

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FINAL TABLE LANCASHIRE COMBINATION '30-'31
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 1. Darwen                     38-53 (116-55)  23  7  8  Champions    
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 2. Prescot Cables             38-50 (112-56)  22  6 10          
 3. Lytham                     38-50  (94-64)  23  4 11          
 4. Lancaster Town             38-49  (85-64)  20  9  9          
 5. Horwich RMI                38-47 (119-73)  21  5 12          
 6. Barnoldswick Town          38-47 (111-92)  21  5 12          
 7. Dick Kerr's                38-46 (102-71)  20  6 12          
 8. Southport II               38-46  (94-70)  21  4 13          
 9. Manchester Central         38-44  (97-60)  19  6 13  left  
10. Chorley                    38-39  (86-68)  15  9 14          
11. Bacup Borough              38-38  (93-105) 17  4 17          
12. Burscough Rangers          38-38  (84-96)  19  0 19          
13. Accrington Stanley II      38-37  (83-99)  16  5 17          
14. Clitheroe                  38-36  (87-85)  16  4 18          
15. Rossendale United          38-37  (83-99)  15  6 17          
16. Morecambe                  38-32  (76-97)  12  8 18          
17. Great Harwood              38-23  (67-106)  9  5 24          
18. Wigan Borough II           38-22  (63-120) 10  2 26          
19. Nelson FC II               38-19  (72-119)  8  3 27  left  
20. Rochdale II                38- 8  (62-194)  4  0 34  left  

Source: The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.Author Dinant Abbink


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