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On This Day: December 3rd

Today we're going back to 1927 and a home game against Bradford City. SOUTHPORT 5 - 1 BRADFORD CITY Attendance: 3841 Southport Line-Up: Harry Beadles, Tommy 'Topping' Sinclair, Joe Laws, Tommy Tait, Harry Marshall, Ted Worrall, Jock Devine, Jack Martin, Billy 'Salty' Halsall, Jack Saxton, George Jones, Goals: Harry Beadles, Harry Beadles, Harry

On This Day: December 2nd

In the first article in the series we look at two record breakers, Jason Gilchrist and a remarkable FA Cup run in 1926/27. For Jason Gilchrist it has been an incredible 12 months since he signed from FC United of Manchester. In his first season he scored 11 goals in 24

What happened to Southport Vulcan?

It's now quite widely known that for a short period Southport played under the guise of"Southport Vulcan" but many people still ask the question of what happened to the Vulcan name and why it was dropped.  The following information was first published over a series of  match day programmes in the

Picking Winners for a Cinderella Club

The following article was written by then Southport manager JJ Commins and published in the Topical Times on August 31st 1935. It's amazing how little times have changed. MANAGING the average Third Division club (especially in the Northern Section) is like a puppy dog chasing its tail. It's a struggle to

What’s in a name?

Regarding the change of name to Haig Avenue from its original name of Ash Lane, the article below taken from the Southport Guardian dated Tuesday April 19th 1921 explains the change: “It is proposed to re-name the portion of Ash Lane (the site of the Corporation houses), from Scarisbrtck New

1940/41 Season Summary

Newsprint became scarce and after 1939-40 programmes were reduced to a single sheet. Despite the escalation of the war the local pressmen — and in particular Len Peet ("The Scout' of the Southport Journal) — published a constant stream of football news which was eagerly lapped up by the increasing

1939/40 Season Summary

Liverpool Echo - Saturday 19 August 1939 Life in the summer of 1939 continued largely as normal. The club installed Billy Semple as head trainer in place of Jimmy Seddon while Bob Jones returned as his assistant. Liverpool Daily Post - Monday 24 July 1939 At the Football League's Annual General Meeting

1938/39 Season Summary

It is hard to believe that, after being practically down and out three years earlier, Southport should make a serious bid for Third Division honours so soon. After two highly encouraging seasons, during which time they assembled a useful team, the 'Port got away to an excellent start, including a

1937/38 Season Summary

The improvement of the previous season was maintained. Although finishing in 16th position - two places below that achieved in 1936-37-Southport actually obtained 38 points, one more than twelve months earlier, despite managing only one victory by the end of September. Dave Hill, a dominating centre-half, was signed from Plymouth. He

1936/37 Season Summary

The season of 1936-37 can, in retrospect, be identified as the one in which Southport turned the corner. Gordon Hunt made a positive start as Secretary and by the April had been promoted to Secretary-Manager, the position vacated by Jimmy Commins. His early signings reflected, not untypically, his leaning towards

1935/36 Season Summary

The fact that Southport completed this season at all was an achievement, as support dwindled to its lowest ever level. Once again the 'Port had to go cap-in-hand to the Football League, but they were re-elected easily enough, receiving 47 votes to New Brighton's 38, with unsuccessful applicants Shrewsbury Town

1934/35 Season Summary

The first game of the season, a 6-1 defeat at Stockport County, set the pattern and, for the first time since joining the League, the 'Port had to apply for re-election. Times were hard at Haig Avenue; the team were without a win until their eigth outing in the League and

1933/34 Season Summary

Southport's decline continued, at least from a playing point of view. The club fell to eighteenth position and the chief reason was their inability to win at Haig Avenue; in all 17 games were drawn. 11 of them at home, and both these totals still constitute club records. They had

1932/33 Season Summary

The season began with promotion prospects looking bright after two record-breaking years: a series of eight away defeats starting in October dimmed the prospects somewhat and they finally faded altogether when points were dropped at home. Southport's endeavour to reach a higher sphere proved to be too ambitious. Twenty-six professionals were

1931/32 Season Summary

After winning their first five games, the 'Port finished a respectable seventh in the table; they suffered only one home defeat in the entire season, Hartlepools prevailing 2-1 in the penultimate match at Haig Avenue. The successful side of the previous year was largely retained, although, around Christmas, Tommy Bell from

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