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1960/61 Season Summary

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After suffering, and only just surviving, the indignity of a third successive re-election application, Southport firmly resolved to improve their performance. Wally Fielding built up an attractive team – blending youth and experience — but left before the season commenced to become assistant-trainer at Luton Town. Lem Newcomb took over as team manager; Lem had been a most cultured wing-half before the war and more recently had coached the “A” team in an honorary capacity.

Before departing, Fielding had made several notable signings. New captain Jack Hannaway, an experienced ‘wing-half with Manchester City and latterly Gillingham, completed the forceful mid-field trio of Hannaway, Darvell and Rutherford, which added considerable authority to the defence. Albert Harris, ex-Tranmere Rovers goalkeeper, performed so well that he remained ever-present, keeping former Welsh International Keith Jones in the reserves. .Young full-backs Alan Bentham and Bryan Griffiths showed great premise. Up front outside-right Eric Jones arrived from Doncaster Rovers and inside-left Ken Booth from Workington, but it was Liverpool’s 18-year-old Reg Blore at centre-forward who, together with Jimmy Blain — signed the previous March from Everton, attracted most attention.

Southport made their best start in 29 years, winning their first two games, and soon established a reputation for consistently good football. Only 18 players appeared in league matches – the fewest ever called on by Southport in a full season. In October, Peter Harrison netted 30 seconds from time to secure a thrilling 4-3 win at league-leaders Peterborough United. In December, Southport’s massive 5-1 win at Hartlepools equalled their then biggest away win,. The subsequent return game with Peterborough provided a superb exhibition of football. Although Harrison missed a penalty, Southport led 3-1 with seven minutes left: then, unsettled by a Bentham own goal, they allowed the ‘Posh to equalise, thus failing to become the only side, to complete the “double” over Peterborough.

The three Easter defeats were very disappointing, despite Bentham’s freak goal against Gillingham at Haig Avenue; he scored from just inside the visitors’ half, goalkeeper Simpson badly misjudging his free-kick.

Blore excelled in Southport’s 7-2 F.A. Cup win over Cheshire League Macclesfield Town. His hat-trick was Southport’s first since George Bromilow scored five against Ashton United five years earlier. In the second round Southport – drawn, away for the first time since 1954 – were fortunate to finish all square at Bangor, Hannaway equalising ten minutes from time with a spectacular 35-yard shot. In the replay, ex-Southport forward Ray Gryba shot Bangor ahead but Jones and Blain each scored inside a minute and Blare’s second-half goal prevented any upset. At Stockport in the third round Reg Blore gave Southport an early lead, but County retaliated to win 3-1 to the dismay of the 1.800 strong Southport contingent.

In February ,Lem Newcomb expended £500 on 20-year-old John Fielding from Wigan Athletic. a clever inside-forward and former Everton junior. ‘He immediately replaced Ken Booth and his thoughtful passing and prompting contributed enormously to Southport’s enterprising approach.

The Reserves — relegated for the first time to the Lancashire Combination Division 2 —won promotion immediately, finishing fifth, but qualifying as the second non-Combination reserve team. Their record was:- P. 34. W.21. D. 5. L. 8. G.F. 86. G.A. 50. Points 47.

At the end of the season Southport were involved in a tremendous controversy over the release of Peter Harrison Many people, including the local Trades Council, threatened to boycott matches f he were not retained; eventually the management reconsidered their decision, and Harrison stayed on!

John Church became Chairman in the close season, following the resignation of director Bob Howard who was ‘next in line’, vice-chairman Cyril Hodkinson having died in January. As Chairman of the General Improvements Fund Committee, Hodkinson had considerably augmented the Club’s finances. After five successive losses a profit of £2,612 provided a pleasant surprise in a season without transfer income. Despite finishihg a modest 14th, Southport could face the future with renewed confidence.

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 Peterborough United 46 28 10 8 134 65 2.062 66
2 Crystal Palace 46 29 6 11 110 69 1.594 64
3 Northampton Town 46 25 10 11 90 62 1.452 60
4 Bradford Park Avenue 46 26 8 12 84 74 1.135 60
5 York City 46 21 9 16 80 60 1.333 51
6 Millwall 46 21 8 17 97 86 1.128 50
7 Darlington 46 18 13 15 78 70 1.114 49
8 Workington 46 21 7 18 74 76 0.974 49
9 Crewe Alexandra 46 20 9 17 61 67 0.910 49
10 Aldershot 46 18 9 19 79 69 1.145 45
11 Doncaster Rovers 46 19 7 20 76 78 0.974 45
12 Oldham Athletic 46 19 7 20 79 88 0.898 45
13 Stockport County 46 18 9 19 57 66 0.864 45
14 Southport 46 19 6 21 69 67 1.030 44
15 Gillingham 46 15 13 18 64 66 0.970 43
16 Wrexham 46 17 8 21 62 56 1.107 42
17 Rochdale 46 17 8 21 60 66 0.909 42
18 Accrington Stanley 46 16 8 22 74 88 0.841 40
19 Carlisle United 46 13 13 20 61 79 0.772 39
20 Mansfield Town 46 16 6 24 71 78 0.910 38
21 Exeter City 46 14 10 22 66 94 0.702 38
22 Barrow 46 13 11 22 52 79 0.658 37
23 Hartlepools United 46 12 8 26 71 103 0.689 32
24 Chester City 46 11 9 26 61 104 0.587 31

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FINAL TABLE LANCASHIRE COMBINATION (DIVISION 2) '60-'61
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 1. Chorley II                 34-54 (120-56)  24  6  4          
 2. Morecambe II               34-50  (92-46)  21  8  5          
 3. Padiham                    34-48  (94-55)  21  6  7  Promoted   
 4. Wigan Athletic II          34-47 (105-47)  22  3  9  left  
 5. Southport II               34-47  (86-50)  21  5  8  Promoted   
 6. South Liverpool            34-46 (116-60)  21  4  9          
 7. Northern Nomads            34-38  (91-80)  16  6 12          
 8. Netherfield II             34-37  (89-81)  16  5 13          
 9. St.Helens Town             34-35  (69-67)  15  5 14          
10. Glossop                    34-31  (64-86)  13  5 16          
11. Nelson II                  34-29  (55-78)  13  3 18          
12. Leyland Motors             34-27  (66-86)  10  7 17  Promoted   
13. Cromptons Recreation       34-26  (67-93)  10  6 18          
14. Horwich RMI II             34-26  (67-106) 10  6 18          
15. Prescot Cables II          34-24  (66-74)  10  4 20          
16. Great Harwood              34-21  (56-104)  8  5 21          
17. Rolls Royce                34-13  (50-117)  6  1 27          
18. Lancaster City II          34-13  (44-111)  4  5 25          

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

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