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1962/63 Season Summary

The 1962/63 season saw one of the coldest winters ever and the club’s record defeat.
Goals were going in on a regular basis at either end and the signing of Alan Spence was
to prove a master-stroke.
The big freeze came early in the New Year and for several weeks football was at a
standstill but it came a week too late for Southport. On a bitterly cold Boxing Day the
team made the trip to Oldham. Boundary Park was more like a skating rink as far as
Southport were concerned and 14662 witnessed the biggest ever defeat in the Football
League with Bert Lister registering six of them. The fans and players had to live with the
memory of this for over seven weeks until the team could at last take the field again.
Even then the next game at Torquay saw a 5-1 defeat and everyone was glad to get back
on home soil for the first time in three months for a 1-0 win against Brentford.

The bright spot was a 6-3 win over Workington on Easter Saturday and Southport only
tasted defeat once in the last eleven matches to finish in a highly respectable 13th place,
the best in 7 years. The goals against column showed 106 which was the most the club
was to concede in a single season in the Football League. In an odd quirk the 72 goals
scored proved to be the most the club recorded in all the post-war League years.

Copyright Historical Football Kits and reproduced by kind permission

Pos Team P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Brentford 46 27 8 11 98 64 1.531 62
2 Oldham Athletic 46 24 11 11 95 60 1.583 59
3 Crewe Alexandra 46 24 11 11 86 58 1.483 59
4 Mansfield Town 46 24 9 13 108 69 1.565 57
5 Gillingham 46 22 13 11 71 49 1.449 57
6 Torquay United 46 20 16 10 75 56 1.339 56
7 Rochdale 46 20 11 15 67 59 1.136 51
8 Tranmere Rovers 46 20 10 16 81 67 1.209 50
9 Barrow 46 19 12 15 82 80 1.025 50
10 Workington 46 17 13 16 76 68 1.118 47
11 Aldershot 46 15 17 14 73 69 1.058 47
12 Darlington 46 19 6 21 72 87 0.828 44
13 Southport 46 15 14 17 72 106 0.679 44
14 York City 46 16 11 19 67 62 1.081 43
15 Chesterfield 46 13 16 17 70 64 1.094 42
16 Doncaster Rovers 46 14 14 18 64 77 0.831 42
17 Exeter City 46 16 10 20 57 77 0.740 42
18 Oxford United 46 13 15 18 70 71 0.986 41
19 Stockport County 46 15 11 20 56 70 0.800 41
20 Newport County 46 14 11 21 76 90 0.844 39
21 Chester City 46 15 9 22 51 66 0.773 39
22 Lincoln City 46 13 9 24 68 89 0.764 35
23 Bradford City 46 11 10 25 64 93 0.688 32
24 Hartlepools United 46 7 11 28 56 104 0.538 25

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FINAL TABLE LANCASHIRE COMBINATION (DIVISION 1) '62-'63
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 1. Morecambe                  42-68 (153-40)  31  6  5  Champions    
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 2. Chorley                    42-68 (137-59)  31  6  5          
 3. Ashton United              42-58 (101-57)  25  8  9          
 4. Horwich RMI                42-55 (107-59)  25  5 12          
 5. Netherfield                42-53 (125-69)  23  7 12          
 6. Lancaster City             42-52  (96-61)  23  6 13          
 7. Marine Crosby              42-50  (92-73)  22  6 14          
 8. Nelson                     42-48  (95-81)  22  4 16          
 9. Fleetwood                  42-47  (97-71)  23  1 18          
10. South Liverpool            42-43  (76-65)  20  3 19          
11. New Brighton               42-41  (83-76)  18  5 19          
12. Southport II               42-41  (80-76)  17  7 18          
13. Clitheroe                  42-40  (80-81)  17  6 19          
14. Rossendale United          42-40 (103-138) 17  6 19          
15. Skelmersdale United        42-35  (73-90)  15  5 22          
16. Burscough                  42-35  (68-93)  15  5 22          
17. Bacup Borough              42-34  (81-110) 14  6 22          
18. Earlestown FC              42-31  (88-132) 14  3 25  left  
19. Prescot Cables             42-31  (71-108) 13  5 24          
20. Leyland Motors             42-25  (54-106)  9  7 26          
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21. Darwen                     42-16  (41-117)  5  6 31  Relegated    
22. Lytham                     42-13  (34-173)  5  3 34  Relegated    

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

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