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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 drawn

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

1974/75 Season Summary

On July 15th the remaining directors John Church and Gerry Troy were joined by the self-styled Leigh 'millionaire' Tom Robinson who, six months later, took over the chairmanship on Church's resignation. Robinson had ambitious plans for the club, but not the wherewithal to back up his promises. Indeed it is

1973/74 Season Summary

SOUTHPORT made a reasonable start to their second sojourn in Division III of the Football League. The first seven games yielded seven points and it could have been nine had they managed to capitalise on a 2-I interval lead at Wrexham. Nobody present would have predicted that the i—o win

1972/73 Season Summary

This was Southport's "annus mirabilis". They won the Fourth Division Championship—their first such honour since topping the Lancashire League in 1903—and broke record after record. Never below third in the table, Southport assumed the leadership on January 6th when they recorded the biggest Fourth Division away win (equalled by Rotherham United

1971/72 Season Summary

Copyright Historical Football Kits and reproduced by kind permission In a season which promised much but ended in disappointment, Southport finished in seventh place with 50 points. Again November was the turning-point; topping the table at the start, 'Southport took only one point from three league matches and suffered an F.A.

1970/71 Season Summary

Another season of turmoil saw Southport part company with Alex Parker after all promotion ambitions had evaporated. Yet it had begun promisingly with the first 16 games yielding 22 points. However a disastrous spell of five consocutive defeats - four of them at home - beginning with the 3-0 home

1969/70 Season Summary

After three seasons in the Third Division Southport were relegated in circumstances which to the fervent supporter must have been near heartbreaking. Early doors the side struggled through the forwards' failure to capitalize on scoring chances created. Burdened financially with the cost or the new stand, coupled with their inability to

1968/69 Season Summary

With no new players signed to beat the March 16th transfer deadline, many supporters felt that Southp ort, despite having one of the best home records in the country would have an uphill struggle to avoid relegation — particularly as the professional staff numbered only fourteen, including two goalkeepers; but, starting

1967/68 Season Summary

A satisfactory first season in the Third Division brought increased attendances and saw the erection of the new stand. Much F.A. Cup excitement was aroused when Everton were drawn at Haig Avenue. Southport maintained a mid-table position almost throughout. Attendances did not fall below 5.000 until December 16th and on Boxing