Past Seasons - 1966/1967 (Fourth Division)

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Season Summary

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Forty-six years after being elected to the Football League Southport at last won promotion and in doing so created numerous club records.

These included the 19 wins and 40 points gained at home, as well as the 11 away draws, whilst the totals of 23 wins and 59 points were new records at the time, The 8 games lost away from !home and the 10 defeats in total were also the lowest then recorded. The only sad notes were the deaths of two well-loved Southport stars of the 'twenties Tommy Sinclair and Tommy White.

The defence, with goal-keeper Brian Reeves outstanding, won many points away where Southport were content to defend with occasional quick breaks. Billy .Bingham instilled into his players a belief in their ability to win, which often carried them through against superior opposition.

The season was prefaced by a short Tour in Ireland where Southport lost 2-0 to Colchester United and Glentoran. It was there Bingham spotted Colchester trialist Eric Redrobet previously a reserve at Bolton Wanderers; on returning Bingham signed him and the big centre-forward played a notable part in the team's success.
The campaign began inauspiciously with a 2-1 reverse at Port Vale followed by a first round League Cup defeat at home to Workington. However, the 'Port soon settled down and a 4-0 'victory at Lincoln gave a better indication of what lay ahead. The only shaky spell came in late 'September with three successive league defeats; but then, inside three days, followed two spectacular 4-1 wins against Luton Town and Barrow in which six players scored and the confidence returned.

The f.A. Cup defeat at Barnsley became an irrelevance as Southport amassed 29 points by Christmas. On Boxing Day their biggest league gate for ten years 8,197 saw the 'Port beat fellow-challengers Wrexham by an Amby Clarke goal. Then, in the early morning of December 27th, came the fire which completely destroyed the grandstand, offices, club records. dressing-rooms and kit. The whole town rallied round the club in the difficult weeks that followed; a temporary stand was erected, a converted caravan became the Secretary's office and for the remainder of the season the players changed at nearby Meols Cop School. A Fire Appeal Fund was launched and many Football League clubs contributed to it.

In February Southport enjoyed a resounding 4-0 success over Stockport County. the ultimate champions, Jim Fryatt and Alan Spence each scoring twice. Shortly afterwards Torquay United signed Fryatt for 5,000; initially slow to settle down, "Big Fry'' had stayed at Southport less than twelve months. The club augmented their forward strength by securing striker George Andrews from Cardiff City for 6,000 and outside-right Stuart Shaw from Crystal Palace for 2,750.

The promotion drive gathered momentum with a dramatic 4-3 win over Chester Ron Smith scoring the last minute winner direct from a corner-kick - and five points out of six from the two Bradford clubs over Easter; but injuries to midfield general Alex Russell and rock-like centre-half Fred Molyneux in quick succession led to team reorganisation. Arthur Peat filled 'Russell's position while the versatile Colin Alty moved to centre-half with Eric Curwen, a young full-back from Everton, coming into the back four.

Just when their target seemed assured, Southport surprisingly lost 2-1 at home to lowly Rochdale, leaving only two desperately tough matches to follow. Yet on a euphoric night at Prenton Park in late April, before a 15.555 crowd, Southport - under pressure almost throughout - beat fellow-challengers Tranmere Rovers 2-1. The game ended with Rovers going all out for an equaliser and the huge Southport contingent imploring the referee to whistle full-time.

The worst was over; with promotion virtually certain Southport beat Southend United at Haig Avenue by a George 'Andrews goal in an emotion charged game witnessed by 8,999 spectators. Thousands of whom raced onto the field at the end to congratulate the team. Southport had done it at last!

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 Stockport County 46 26 12 8 69 42 1.643 64
2 Southport 46 23 13 10 69 42 1.643 59
3 Barrow 46 24 11 11 76 54 1.407 59
4 Tranmere Rovers 46 22 14 10 66 43 1.535 58
5 Crewe Alexandra 46 21 12 13 70 55 1.273 54
6 Southend United 46 22 9 15 70 49 1.429 53
7 Wrexham 46 16 20 10 76 62 1.226 52
8 Hartlepools United 46 22 7 17 66 64 1.031 51
9 Brentford 46 18 13 15 58 56 1.036 49
10 Aldershot 46 18 12 16 72 57 1.263 48
11 Bradford City 46 19 10 17 74 62 1.194 48
12 Halifax Town 46 15 14 17 59 68 0.868 44
13 Port Vale 46 14 15 17 55 58 0.948 43
14 Exeter City 46 14 15 17 50 60 0.833 43
15 Chesterfield 46 17 8 21 60 63 0.952 42
16 Barnsley 46 13 15 18 60 64 0.938 41
17 Luton Town 46 16 9 21 59 73 0.808 41
18 Newport County 46 12 16 18 56 63 0.889 40
19 Chester City 46 15 10 21 54 78 0.692 40
20 Notts County 46 13 11 22 53 72 0.736 37
21 Rochdale 46 13 11 22 53 75 0.707 37
22 York City 46 12 11 23 65 79 0.823 35
23 Bradford Park Avenue 46 11 13 22 52 79 0.658 35
24 Lincoln City 46 9 13 24 58 82 0.707 31

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FINAL TABLE LANCASHIRE COMBINATION (DIVISION 1) '66-'67
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 1. Morecambe                  41-69  (90-24)  30  9  2  Champions    
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 2. Horwich RMI                42-63  (88-37)  27  9  6          
 3. Netherfield                42-62 (122-54)  27  8  7          
 4. Chorley                    42-55  (97-59)  23  9 10          
 5. Fleetwood                  42-54 (103-62)  22 10 10          
 6. South Liverpool            42-54  (94-61)  24  6 12          
 7. Marine Crosby              42-49  (84-69)  20  9 13          
 8. Wigan Rovers               42-47  (78-64)  16 15 11          
 9. Skelmersdale United        41-45  (99-77)  20  5 16          
10. Lancaster City             42-42  (66-72)  18  6 18          
11. Southport II               42-40  (72-77)  16  8 18          
12. Bacup Borough              42-39  (53-57)  15  9 18          
13. Droylsden                  42-37  (59-68)  14  9 19          
14. Burscough                  42-37  (55-85)  16  5 21          
15. St.Helens Town             42-35  (66-76)  13  9 20          
16. Guinness Exports           42-35  (62-87)  12 11 19          
17. Barrow II                  42-34  (80-84)  13  8 21          
18. Rossendale United          42-32  (64-90)  12  8 22          
19. Clitheroe                  42-30  (56-93)  10 10 22          
20. Great Harwood              42-27  (56-101) 11  5 26          
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21. Darwen                     42-24  (56-102)  6 12 24  Relegated    
22. Leyland Motors             42-12  (28-129)  4  4 34  Relegated    

(remaining match was not played).                       

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


Team Photo



Team celebrate promotion after victory over Southend United