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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 finished in the first four places in the league. They duly obliged by finishing third, their highest position in the Lancashire League to date.

Liverpool Mercury 16th June 1894
Liverpool Mercury 16th June 1894

The team was strengthened by the signing of Jimmy Tattersall a hard but scrupulously fair wing-half who had played for the defunct Accrington ‘Reds’ in their early football league days. “Tatt” went on to make 194 Lancashire League appearances out of a possible 204 in eight years with the club.

In the F.A. Cup, Central beat Oswaldtwistle Rovers 9—0, Workington 5-1 but were narrowly defeated 4-3 at South Shore. The match against Fairfield on Christmas Day was the only occasion that a match was abandoned at Scarisbrick New Road, the referee calling the game off after an hour with snow freezing as it fell.

Although successful on the field Central had to effect further economies to keep solvent. The Central “Old Boys”, the reserve team, cost the club £50 a season and in December it was announced that the Old Boys would be worked and financed independently of the first team. More economies ware inevitable and at a meeting of the Executive a letter was read from Mr. R. S. Stuart resigning his position as Secretary. The Executive accepted the resignation and as they could no longer afford to have a paid secretary. Don Ashton was appointed honorary Secretary. Don, one of the members of the original committee, was, like lsaac Smith, a generous benefactor during these times.

Another economy measure was the Executives decision not to pay any bonuses during the summer and to run the team at £5 per week less in 1894-95.

Pos Team P W D L F A Pts
1 Blackpool 22 15 3 4 73 32 33
2 Bury 22 13 4 5 85 35 30
3 Southport Central 22 13 0 9 57 42 26
4 Accrington 22 11 4 7 51 39 26
5 FC Nelson 22 10 6 6 70 55 26
6 Fleetwood Rangers 22 10 2 10 52 49 22
7 West Manchester 22 9 3 10 43 52 21
8 South Shore 22 10 0 12 50 68 20
9 Fairfield 22 8 2 12 40 61 18
10 Rossendale 22 7 3 12 57 57 17
11 Heywood Central(-2) 22 7 2 13 38 80 14
12 Bacup 22 2 5 15 39 85 9
13 Barrow 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Bacup replaced Barrow in the League in late November. Southport would have been affected more than anybody as they had played Barrow twice by this time and beat them on both occasions. The Lancashire Evening Post however reports on 25th November that “the conditions on which Bacup has entered obviate the deduction in points”.

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