After suffering, and only just surviving, the indignity of a third successive re-election application, Southport firmly resolved to improve their performance. Wally Fielding built up an attractive team - blending youth and experience — but left before the season commenced to become assistant-trainer at Luton Town. Lem Newcomb took over
In the last four practically all season, Southport were lucky to retain their league status after applying for re-election for the third successive year, Southport kept only a handful of the previous season's staff and completed eleven new signings. A 6,000 crowd saw them open by fighting back from 2-0
For the only time in League history, Southport finished last in their division—the 92nd team in the league—with a paltry 26 points. Trevor Hitchen's return as manager in June 1958 was no surprise; speculation had been rife ever since Hitchen had piloted VVigan to their shock Cup win the previous November.
Although at the A.G.M. the directors resolved to do their utmost to finish in the top half of the table and made twelve close season signings, Southport ended in 23rd place and thus became founder members of the Fourth Division. Pre-season hopes were raised when Stan Mortensen was appointed Team Supervisor
After the success of the previous season 1956-57 proved a bitter disappointment. The attack suffered from the absence of Bromilow in November and December at the Melbourne Olympics and Beadnell was kept out of league football through stomach trouble and never played for Southport again. Too often the defence collapsed
Curing one of their best seasons ever - Southport finished fifth with 57 points - six club records were created, four of which still stand. After losing at Hartlepools on October 8th the Club went a record 19 games without defeat. winning 12 and drawing 7, before losing 2-1 away to
Although Southport, who switched to an old gold and black rayon strip, had the best defensive record in the tour divisions of the Football League, goals were in such short supply that, in fact, only three league clubs scored fewer. Southport recorded six goalless draws in their league programme, including