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1927/28 Season Summary

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The new look Southport—they changed from their red shirts to black and white stripes-enjoyed a season of mixed fortune, winning their first two home games, but failing to record a victory in any of the next seven matches. They came good just in time for the F.A. Cup and won seven successive games up to Christmas. In ten League games, from mid-January to mid-March, they only suffered one defeat and eventually finished in eighth place. The 55 League goals scored at home still constitute a
club record.

The team’s strength was founded on the goal-scoring ability of Harry Beadles and a very settled defence in which Edwin Worrall, signed from New Brighton, and “Topping” Sinclair were ever-present, whilst ”Salty” Haisall was frequently at his ,brilliant best. In fact, the same defence—Halsall, Worrall, Devine. Saxton. Martin and Sinclair-saw duty in 30 of the 46 League and Cup games. Once again though. it was in the F.A. Cup that Southport really shone.

The Cup trail started on the ground of Midland Leaguers Denaby. Southport took a comfortable 3-0 lead. but the home side hit back and the ‘Port just scraped home 3-2. In the second round Southport again travelled to Yorkshire. Their opponents, Bradford Park Avenue, were ultimately promoted to the Second Division, but it
was the snap of their attack and; their rock-like defence, with Halsall a marvel in goal, that pulled Southport through, despite losing outside-right Shaw early on with a broken collarbone. Halsall-in his 350th first-team game—played like one inspired and at the final whistle he received a wonderful ovation from the Yorkshire crowd.

After losing their three previous League games, Southport progressed to Round Four by defeating Second D:vision Fulham at Haig Avenue. They achieved their 3-0 win with little difficulty: a Fulham defender scored an “own goal” in trying to divert a Beadles shot, and Tait added two more in the second half.

Middlesbrough, a Fist Division outfit, proved too strong, and with their centre-forward Camsell in irresistable form, they beat Southport 3-0 in deplorable conditions. Heavy rain the previous day and night continued up to half-an-hour before the kick-off and meant that the expected record attendance-11,000 were present—never materialised. The pitch was covered in water, and had the referee arrived and inspected the ground before he public were admitted the game would not have been
played.
Short of cash, as ever, ‘Southport got out of difficulties by resorting to transfers. On March 7th they sold Tommy Tait to Manchester City’ for a then record fee for the club. Only nineteen, Tait had joined Southport from Middlesbrough the previous October, and scored 15 League and Cup goals in only 19 outings. They had to pay a quarter of the fee to Middlesbrough but, even so, they made about £2.000 on the deal.

They followed this up by transferring Harry Marshall to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Marshall, signed two years previously from Nottingham Forest, had scored 15 goals in all, and impressed many clubs with his ball play. Ail this helped push the profits over £550, thereby reducing the overall deficit to £2.370.

Season Summary reproduced with Permission from:
The Sandgrounder (Southport FC Matchday Programme) Article Series. Southport through the seasons. The League History of Southport FC, Compiled by Michael p. Braham and Geoffrey S. Wilde

Third Division North
Home Away
Ptn Change from last Season Third Division North Pld W D L F A W D L F A G Ave Pts FA Cup
1 2 Bradford 42 18 2 1 68 22 9 7 5 33 23 2.24 63 Rd 2
2 9 Lincoln City 42 15 4 2 53 20 9 3 9 38 44 1.42 55 Rd 3
3 3 Stockport County 42 16 5 0 62 14 7 3 11 27 37 1.75 54 Rd 2
4 4 Doncaster Rovers 42 15 4 2 59 18 8 3 10 21 26 1.82 53 Rd 1
5 4 Tranmere Rovers 42 14 6 1 68 28 8 3 10 37 44 1.46 53 Rd 3
6 D 2 Bradford City 42 15 4 2 59 19 3 8 10 26 41 1.42 48 Rd 2
7 D 2 Darlington 42 15 1 5 63 28 6 4 11 26 46 1.20 47 Rd 3
8 4 Southport 42 15 2 4 55 24 5 3 13 24 46 1.13 45 Rd 4
9 12 Accrington Stanley 42 14 4 3 49 22 4 4 13 27 45 1.13 44 Rd 1
10 0 New Brighton 42 10 7 4 45 22 4 7 10 27 40 1.16 42 Rd 4
11 2 Wrexham 42 15 1 5 48 19 3 5 13 16 48 0.96 42 Rd 4
12 -8 Halifax Town 42 11 7 3 47 24 2 8 11 26 47 1.03 41 Rd 2
13 -11 Rochdale 42 13 4 4 45 24 4 3 14 29 53 0.96 41 Rd 2
14 5 Rotherham United 42 11 6 4 39 19 3 5 13 26 50 0.94 39 Rd 3
15 2 Hartlepools United 42 10 3 8 41 35 6 3 12 28 46 0.85 38 Rd 1
16 -9 Chesterfield 42 10 4 7 46 29 3 6 12 25 49 0.91 36 Rd 1
17 -2 Crewe Alexandra 42 10 6 5 51 28 2 4 15 26 58 0.90 34 Rd 4
18 -2 Ashington 42 10 5 6 54 36 1 6 14 23 67 0.75 33 Rd 1
19 3 Barrow 42 10 8 3 41 24 0 3 18 13 78 0.53 31 Qf Rd
20 -2 Wigan Borough 42 8 5 8 30 32 2 5 14 26 65 0.58 30 Rd 1
21 -1 Durham City 42 10 5 6 37 30 1 2 18 16 70 0.53 29 Rd 1
22 -17 Nelson 42 8 4 9 50 49 2 2 17 26 87 0.56 26 Rd 1
Notes
Nelson re-elected to league. Durham City failed re-election.
Carlisle United elected to Third Division North.
Failed election to the Third Division North
Chester and York City.
1927-1928 Lancashire Combination


  1. CHORLEY                         38  28   3   7 128  49  59
  2. LANCASTER TOWN                  38  26   3   9 148  58  55
  3. HORWICH RMI                     38  23   9   6 111  61  55
  4. ACCRINGTON STANLEY RESERVES     38  25   2  11 100  64  52
  5. ROSSENDALE UNITED               38  21   7  10 110  60  49
  6. DICK KERR’S                     38  19   4  15 115  93  42
  7. CLITHEROE                       38  17   8  13  86  81  42
  8. MORECAMBE                       38  17   6  15  92  72  40
  9. WIGAN BOROUGH RESERVES          38  16   8  14  79  72  40
 10. SOUTHPORT RESERVES              38  16   7  15  94  91  39
 11. BURSCOUGH RANGERS               38  13   9  16  88  99  35
 12. GREAT HARWOOD                   38  12   9  17  97 128  33
 13. ATHERTON                        38  12   6  20  87 114  30
 14. PRESTON NORTH END ‘A’           38  10  10  18  80 108  30
 15. NELSON RESERVES                 38  12   6  20  80 113  30
 16. PRESCOT CABLES*                 38  12   6  20  63 128  30
 17. BARNOLDSWICK TOWN               38  12   3  23  77 114  27
 18. HINDLEY GREEN ATHLETIC          38  11   4  23  71 108  26
 19. DARWEN                          38  10   6  22  68 104  26
 20. BACUP BOROUGH                   38   7   6  25  52 109  20

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