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1980/81 Season Summary

Just as the 1980-81 season opened, Giller and secretary Gordon Brown walked out leaving the club in a state of turmoil. A series of crisis meetings was held with the day-to-day running in the hands of an emergency committee of dedicated supporters. By the time club solicitor Richard Barnett had

1979/80 Season Summary

Half of the 42 games were lost in 1979-80, with only one fewer defeat in the season which followed. Harry McNally resigned as Manager early in September 1979, to be replaced by Jimmy Melia in the capacity of 'acting manager' only. It was January before a proper appointment was made

1978/79 Season Summary

The season of 1978-79 proved to be a surprising success, with 19 wins and only 11 defeats in the 44 League games played. A massive turnover of players meant that only John Higham and Chris Kisby remained of the regulars from the previous year, though Paul Birchall and (briefly) George

1977/78 Season Summary

It is arguable that more happened off the field in the close season of 1977 than had happened on it in the preceding nine months. Amongst the welter of announcements, appeals and meetings both public and private it is difficult to distinguish truth from rumour; but the crisis which threatened

1976/77 Season Summary

Allan Brown was succeeded as manager by Ray Henderson, who, some ten years earlier, had given an outstanding performance at outside-right for Hull City in Southport's fifth round RA. Cup tie. Once re-election was assured he appointed a former Hartlepool manager, Angus McLean, as coach and signed two players he

1975/76 Season Summary

It is difficult to conceive that the club could suffer three such dire seasons as those on which it was about to embark. There was no lack of continuity on the playing front, though it was late September before leading scorer Paul Taylor was re-signed. The squad had been strengthened