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1959/60 Season Summary

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In the last four practically all season, Southport were lucky to retain their league status after applying for re-election for the third successive year, Southport kept only a handful of the previous season’s staff and completed eleven new signings. A 6,000 crowd saw them open by fighting back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Rochdale. The team, which included seven newcomers, was: Richardson, Ashe, Rankin, Clayton, Darvell, Robinson, Taylor, Moss, Green, Reeson and Harris. Wally Fielding — sent off at Barrow the previous April -started the season under suspension and thereafter concentrated chiefly on coaching.

In September Southport signed goalkeeper Arthur Barnard from Stockport County; the out-of-form Jack Richardson was transferred to Wigan Athletic shortly afterwards. On September 19th the ‘Port gained their ‘first win in 27 games, defeating Barrow 1-0.

In a year of few acheivements the performances against ‘Crystal Palace and Millwall were most notable. Southport defeated Palace 3-1 at home and drew 2-2 at Se!burst Park after leading 2-0 at half-time. They also drew 2-2 at Millwall whilst the “Lions” were second in the table and late in April defeated them 1-0 at Haig Avenue to shatter their promotion hopes. The highlight, however, had to be the 1-0 win at Oldham Athletic in March; an Eddie Moss goal brought Southport their first away win in two years (46 matches) and their only double of the season.

As in 1958-59, Southport had centre-forward problems. Brian Green, signed in March, 1959 from Rochdale, needed a cartilage operation – as also did wing-half Jackie Grant; Green, who later ‘assisted Barrow, Bury, Exeter and Chesterfield, became Southport’s trainer-coach in their 1972-73 championship season. Wing-half Johnny Clayton from Everton was experimented with at centre-forward but also suffered injury, and with reserve Alan Blakeman released — the ex-Workington leader could not combine his job in Oldham with football in Southport – Chester’s Barry Jepson was signed for the game at Walsall in ‘November. Walsall won 8-0, equalling Southport’s then biggest post-war defeat.

Amongst those who scored against Southport in 1958-59 were Barry Hartle and Tony Hateley. Against Notts. County in January, reserve centre-half Bill Parker, also previously tried at centre-forward, missed :two penalties. County also ‘missed a penalty but won 1-2, In the F.A. Cup Southport drew with Workington at Haig Avenue, Peter Harrison equalising twice, but lost the replay 3-0.

Of the new signings, Bill Rutherford, a defender from Darlington, rendered five years’ invaluable service and the skilful and experienced outside-left Peter ‘Harrison from Reading also contributed to the team’s subsequent improvement. Eddie Moss (ex-Liverpool) and Tony Reeson (ex-Doncaster Rovers) occasionally showed neat touches, Moss finishing as leading marksman. Popular outside-right Jimmy “Tiger” Taylor, an ex-Bolton junior, started off promisingly but faded rater. The club captain was left-half Cyril Robinson, a member of Blackpool’s Cup-winning team in 1953, who had also represented Bradford P.A. and Northwich Victoria.

The whole town was apprehensive as the Football League’s A.G.M. approached. At long last Peterborough United seemed certain to be elected, with ‘Southport favourites to drop out. Nevertheless. Southport secured eleven votes more than Gateshead, who were making only their second application for re-election. Supporters could thank Jack Clough, who had carefully canvassed his many contacts, for retaining Southport’s position, Gateshead, with an impressive Third Division record over the years and gates no worse than Southport’s, could justifiably feel aggrieved. The result showed Oldham 39, Peterborough United 35, Hartlepools United 34, Southport 29 and Gateshead 18.

The year’s accounts revealed a loss of £1,683. It was only kept within bounds by donations totalling £8,832, which included £5,400 from the Helpers’ Club (£4,000 the previous year), £1,397 from the General Improvements Fund Committee and £1,750 from the Survival Appeal. The board resolved to do better and put the c’ub’s house in order and they did.

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

Pos Team P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Walsall 46 28 9 9 102 60 1.700 65
2 Notts County 46 26 8 12 107 69 1.551 60
3 Torquay United 46 26 8 12 84 58 1.448 60
4 Watford 46 24 9 13 92 67 1.373 57
5 Millwall 46 18 17 11 84 61 1.377 53
6 Northampton Town 46 22 9 15 85 63 1.349 53
7 Gillingham 46 21 10 15 74 69 1.072 52
8 Crystal Palace 46 19 12 15 84 64 1.313 50
9 Exeter City 46 19 11 16 80 70 1.143 49
10 Stockport County 46 19 11 16 58 54 1.074 49
11 Bradford Park Avenue 46 17 15 14 70 68 1.029 49
12 Rochdale 46 18 10 18 65 60 1.083 46
13 Aldershot 46 18 9 19 77 74 1.041 45
14 Crewe Alexandra 46 18 9 19 79 88 0.898 45
15 Darlington 46 17 9 20 63 73 0.863 43
16 Workington 46 14 14 18 68 60 1.133 42
17 Doncaster Rovers 46 16 10 20 69 76 0.908 42
18 Barrow 46 15 11 20 77 87 0.885 41
19 Carlisle United 46 15 11 20 51 66 0.773 41
20 Chester City 46 14 12 20 59 77 0.766 40
21 Southport 46 10 14 22 48 92 0.522 34
22 Gateshead 46 12 9 25 58 86 0.674 33
23 Oldham Athletic 46 8 12 26 41 83 0.494 28
24 Hartlepools United 46 10 7 29 59 109 0.541 27

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FINAL TABLE LANCASHIRE COMBINATION (DIVISION 1) '59-'60
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 1. Chorley                    42-67 (133-48)  31  5  6  Champions    
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 2. Wigan Athletic             42-60 (101-51)  27  6  9          
 3. New Brighton               42-60 (103-54)  28  4 10          
 4. Morecambe                  42-58 (103-54)  28  2 12          
 5. Rossendale United          42-49 (116-95)  21  7 14          
 6. Burscough                  42-48  (94-73)  20  8 14          
 7. Nelson                     42-48  (78-68)  22  4 16          
 8. Netherfield                42-47  (88-70)  20  7 15          
 9. Marine Crosby              42-44  (92-98)  19  6 17          
10. Horwich RMI                42-42  (82-76)  17  8 17          
11. Prescot Cables             42-41  (74-68)  16  9 17          
12. Oldham Athletic II         42-39  (64-66)  16  7 19          
13. Ashton United              42-38  (61-86)  13 12 17          
14. Fleetwood                  42-37  (63-71)  16  5 21          
15. Bacup Borough              42-34  (71-99)  11 12 19          
16. Earlestown FC              42-33  (79-113) 13  7 22          
17. Lancaster City             42-33  (73-107) 12  9 21          
18. Lytham                     42-32  (60-88)  10 12 20          
19. Skelmersdale United        42-32  (59-97)  13  6 23          
20. Darwen                     42-31  (57-86)  10 11 21          
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21. Southport II               42-28  (57-92)   9 10 23  Relegated    
22. South Liverpool            42-23  (54-102)  7  9 26  Relegated    

Source: The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.Author Dinant Abbink

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