“Big Earl” became a firm favourite with the Southport crowd over 3 spells at the club. Having briefly played for the club whilst on loan from Burnley as a teenager, the tough defender joined the Sandgrounders on a permanent basis in February 2004.
He lifted the first of his two Conference North titles with the club shortly afterwards, and his uncompromising style ensured he became a regular in the National Conference. Despite his two title wins, keeping Southport in the Conference as a part time time is amongst one his proudest achievements.
When Southport announced a move to full-time football for the 2006-07 season Earl was one of a number of players let go by the club.
Earl initially joined Hyde United before Liam Watson, by then manager of Burscough signed him again for Southport’s near neighbours. Burscough’s first season in the Conference North was largely successful but at the end of the 2007/08 season Liam and 11 players made the move across to Haig Avenue, Earl amongst them.
Now in his third spell with the club Earl went on to lift the Conference North title for a second time in 2010, in a physically and mentally tough battle with Fleetwood Town.
In total Earl made 272 appearances for the Sandgrounders in all competitions, scoring 11 goals, all of which came in his final spell with the club.
Now a successful personal trainer and manager of a own gym, Earl is an inspirational leader both on and off the pitch and will be inducted into the Southport FC Hall of Fame on Saturday 16th November 2019.