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1881 and all that

Amongst the many changes that have taken place at the club in the 18 months since the departure of Charlie Clapham (which will eventually be properly documented), the renaming of the "Grandstand Bar", under the Main Stand at the club's Haig Avenue ground, to the "1881 Lounge" has been warmly

1900/1901 Season Summary

In 1900-01 Central ran neck and neck with Stalybridge Rovers but were defeated 2-1 on Easter Monday by the Rovers in front of a record Scarisbrick New Road of 6000. That was one of only two defeats during the season and Central finished second on goal average. The regular side

1899/00 Season Summary

Southport Central Reserves stole the honours in 1900 by winning the Preston and District league The cup and flag was brought back to Scarisbrick New Road by Mr. Shipley.The reserves then defeated “The Rest” 6-1 in a challenge match. The centre-forward and captain, Roly Gibson, was an army international, a

1898/99 Season Summary

In 1898-99 the team finished 2nd in the table and all the players with the exception of Richard Lawson, a prolific goalscorer were re-signed. Lawson signed for Newton Heath the fore-runners of Manchester United. In addition the side was strengthened with the signing of Scholes of Little Lever and Baxendale

1897/98 Season Summary

There were two important acquisitions to Southport Central's staff during the 1897-98 Season. In September T. G. Shipley became Secretary. He had been the founder of Southport Royal in 1894. In 1895 he helped found the Southport and District League. He stayed with Central for eleven years as secretary. His

1896/97 Season Summary

The season began disastrously with the first league win coming at the fifth attempt with a 10-1 victory at Rossendale. The Saturday evening Football Standard, edited by William Lymath, a Central Committee member who wrote under the name of 'Itinerant' celebrated in verse, Bring out your brazen trumpets Have forth the sounding

1895/96 Season Summary

After only-eight years in existence, Southport Central almost folded in May 1896. In December 1895 the players who had not received full wages for a fortnight sent a “round robin' to the Committee stating that unless the money was paid they would refuse to play the following Saturday. Tom Smith,

1894/95 Season Summary

In 1894/95 Central won national fame by reaching the first round proper of the F.A. Cup the equivalent of today's third round. After defeating South Shore 1-0, Nelson 4-0, Fleetwood 4-0{at the third attempt and Workington 5-0 after a replay they were paired against Everton at Scarisbrick New Road. A

1893/94 Season Summary

My J.G. Emmison is once more at the head of the Central Club. Mr R.S. Stuart is the secretary in the place of Mr A. Valentine, and Mr R.W.T Hatch has taken Councillor Austerfield's place as Treasurer. The Hon. George Curzon, M.P. promised to present medals to the players if they

1892/93 Season Summary

The close season saw Central make exertions that they would secure an "improved team" and that with Jimmy Gee in goal, Tom Smith and Bethel Robinson at Full Back they were never stronger in defence. Full-back Tom Smith, signed from Aintree Church went on to give 10 seasons splendid service with

1889/90 Season Summary

Two important events occured during the summer of 1889. The Old Boys Football Club amalgamated with Southport Central and formed the nucleus of their reserve team, calling themselves Central Old Boys. Also, the club joined the newly formed Lancashire League. Following the success of the Football League it was hardly

1888/89 Season Summary

In the summer of 1888, the year the Football League was founded, with the game increasing in popularity, It was felt that a team of stronger calibre should be formed to represent the district The idea met with favour and the initial meeting called to form such a club took

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