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1887/88 Season Summary

The 1887-88 season began sensationally with several members of the team refusing to play whilst 'men from out of town' were being played. The offending players both professionals from Blackburn were Ackroyd (later to captain Southport Central) and Whittaker. At a clear the air meeting it was decided by a

1886/87 Season Summary

Southport Wanderers moved to a new ground in Scarisbrick New Road for the 1886-87 season. It was a large field, enclosed to a height of 7 foot 6 inches and big enough to accommodate three matches at once. A covered grandstand, to seat 140 spectators, and a dressing tent were

1885/86 Season Summary

With no fewer than twenty-seven teams competing in Southport in 1885-86, Southport reduced their annual subscriptions to five shillings. Boarding was erected around a portion of the ground as protection against the weather. This did not prevent a match against Burscough being reduced to half an hour each way due

1884/85 Season Summary

In the 1884-85 season the club merged with the Southport Athletic Society. The team moved to the Sports Ground, Sussex Road, and training took place at the Circus Field, Eastbank Street, every Tuesday evening. Also it was unanimously decided to change their red jerseys for red and white striped flannel

1883/84 Season Summary

The highlight of the 1883-84 season was the English Cup clash with Blackburn Rovers at their Leamington Road ground. Rovers won 7-1 but Southport were far from disgraced.

1882/83 Season Summary

The 1882-83 season was preceded by an exhibition match between the two famous Blackburn Clubs - the Rovers and Witton - at the Athletic Society's Sports. This match created considerable interest and encouraged by this, Southport joined both the Lancashire and English Football Associations and entered the Football Association, Lancashire

1881/82 Season summary

It was on Thursday 12th November 1881 that Southport played its first Association Football match Although association football was played in the town's private schools in the late 1870's the original Southport Football club began as a rugby team. The 'handling code' had been played competitively since 1872 in Southport and