Association Football Timeline

Prior to the current club’s formation in 1888, the town of Southport had a number of amateur clubs.


Southport Football Club Restarts

A club is reformed, after a 1 year hiatus, called Southport Football Club, playing Rugby.

(Prior to this there had been other clubs playing Rugby under the same name since 1872).

New club switches to Association football after 3 games.
Plays at ground on Corner of Scarisbrick New Road and Ash Street. Club Colours, Red.


Southport Wanderers association football club formed

Formed by members of the Southport Olympic Rugby Club.
Colours: Red and Black


Southport Football Club Merges with Athletic Society

Moves to Sports Ground on Sussex Road
Colours changed to Red and White Stripes


Southport Football Club disbands. Wanderers change name.

Shortly after winning the Southport Charity Cup for the second time the original association club disbands.

A number of players and supporters switch to Southport Wanderers who then rename as Southport Football Club.
Wanderers adopt the Red and White Stripes of original club.
Reserves continue with Red and Black.
Wanderers move to new ground on Scarisbrick New Road.


Southport Central Association Football Club Formed

The first Professional club formed in Southport, as Southport Central, playing at the Sports Ground on Sussex Road.
Southport Football Club Disbands.
Colours: White Jersey, Blue Shorts.


Central move to Scarisbrick New Road

Central leave the Sports Ground and move to Scarisbrick Road, the ground vacated by Southport Olympic Rugby Club.
Club Joins Lancashire League


Southport Central 1904 05

Central Win Lancashire League

Central win first League Title.
Shortly afterwards club switches to Lancashire Combination


Central Move to Ash Lane

Later to be renamed Haig Avenue.


Central join the Central League


Central become Limited Liability Company


Southport Central Association Football Club renamed Southport Vulcan

Taken over by the Vulcan Motor Company.


Southport Vulcan renamed Southport Football Club

After Vulcan Motor Company withdraw their support, the club was reconstituted as Southport Football Club.


Southport Football Club Successfully apply to join newly formed Third Division North

Members of the Football League between 1921 and 1978


Joins Fourth Division after League Restructure

After regionalisation was introduced Southport were placed into Division Four based on their previous season’s league position.


Promoted to Division Three

Club finishes as Runners Up in Division Four and is promoted to the Third Division


Win Fourth Division Title

League champions and promotion back to Division Three


Relegated back to Fourth Division

After only one season


Southport Football Club lose Football League Status

unsuccessfully applied for re-election to the Football League.
Joins Northern Premier League.
(Non-League football since 1978)


Opts not to join Football Alliance

Club effectively relegated when choosing not to join the new Football League and to remain in the Northern Premier League


Northern Premier League Champions

Promoted to the GM Vauxhall Conference (previously known as the Alliance)


Wembley at Last

For the first time in the clubs history, Southport appear at Wembley where the lose narrowly to Cheltenham Town in the FA Trophy Final


Relegated to Northern Premier League

Drop into the relegation zone on the final day of the season with defeat at Stevenage.


Qualify for Conference North

League restructure sees club qualify for new Northern section of the Football Conference, a feeder division to the national conference league.


Conference North Champions

Promoted to Conference National as champions of the inaugural Conference North


Relegated from Conference National

Despite turning full-time, club is relegated back to the Conference North


Conference North Winners

Promotion back to the Conference National.


Relegated from Conference National