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1960/61 Season Summary

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

1959/60 Season Summary

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

1958/59 Season Summary

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.

1957/58 Season Summary

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

1956/57 Season Summary

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

1955/56 Season Summary

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

1954/55 Season Summary

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

1953/54 Season Summary

As in the previous season Southport began in confident fashion, picking up thirteen points from their first ten games. Alec Gaskell, a product of the Leigh and District League, was a tireless worker at centre-forward who constantly harassed opposing defences and soon attracted the attention of several first division clubs.

1952/53 Season Summary

Southport at last gave their long-suffering supporters something to cheer about when they experienced their best season since 1938-39 and finished sixth. After a defeat at Darlington on the opening day of the season, Southport lost only one of their next nine games, taking 15 points. A disastrous spell between late

1951/52 Season Summary

Although the club had another mediocre season, finishing 17th in the table, there were signs that an improvement was on the way. In the 1951 close season Southport had completed one of the best deals in their history when they transferred the unsettled Bill Bellas to Grimsby Town. Belles, a promising

1950/51 Season Summary

The feature of a largely undistinguished season was a small but welcome profit of £97, despite reductions in league takings of £2,241 (average attendance 5,924) and cup-tie receipts of £2,109. The profit chiefly emanated from transfer fees; whilst £5,250 was expended, no less than £8,675 was received. Jimmy Wyllie, signed on

1949/50 Season Summary

A season of changing character saw Southport, instilled with a fine team spirit by trainer-coach George Mutch, fight their way up the table into a challenging position, by Christmas. The turning point came on December 31st with a 5-1 reverse at Doncaster Hovers, after which only one victory was recorded

1948/49 Season Summary

After taking thirteen points from their first twelve outings, the defence was severely weakened by Arthur Turner's departure to Crewe Alexandra as Manager-Trainer in October. While Turner was at centre-half blocking the path to goal Southport had some measure of success. They finished next to the foot of the table but

1947/48 Season Summary

In January 1948 Southport looked certainties for a place in the re-election zone; then, along with the returning Alan Ball, Arthur Turner was signed from Birmingham City. He was immediately appointed captain and inspired the side by words and example to such effect that the remaining 17 games produced 21

1946/47 Season Summary

To follow Pos Team P W D L F A GA Pts 1 Doncaster Rovers 42 33 6 3 123 40 3.075 72 2 Rotherham United 42 29 6 7 114 53 2.151 64 3 Chester City 42 25 6 11 95 51 1.863 56 4 Stockport County 42 24 2 16 78 53 1.472 50 5 Bradford City 42 20 10 12 62 47 1.319 50 6 Rochdale 42 19 10 13 80 64 1.250 48 7 Wrexham 42 17 12 13 65 51 1.275 46 8 Crewe Alexandra 42 17 9 16 70 74 0.946 43 9 Barrow 42 17 7 18 54 62 0.871 41 10 Tranmere Rovers 42 17 7 18 66 77 0.857 41 11 Hull City 42 16 8 18 49 53 0.925 40 12 Lincoln City 42 17 5 20 86 87 0.989 39 13 Hartlepools United 42 15 9 18 64 73 0.877 39 14 Gateshead 42 16 6 20 62 72 0.861 38 15 York City 42 14 9 19 67 81 0.827 37 16 Carlisle United 42 14 9 19 70 93 0.753 37 17 Darlington 42 15 6 21 68 80 0.850 36 18 New Brighton 42 14 8 20 57 77 0.740 36 19 Oldham Athletic 42 12 8 22 55 80 0.688 32 20 Accrington Stanley 42 14 4 24 56 92 0.609 32 21 Southport 42 7 11 24 53 85 0.624 25 22 Halifax Town 42 8 6 28 43 92 0.467 22 Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia and reproduced under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License   FINAL TABLE LANCASHIRE COMBINATION '46-'47 ========================================== 1. Bacup Borough

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