History: Southport - KENDAL TOWN

The present club was originally formed as Netherfield AFC in 1919 when employees at K Shoes Netherfield factory were encouraged to form a football team. They were provided with land near to the factory at Parkside and began to compete in local leagues. In 1925 the team achieved its first notable success winning the Westmorland County Cup. Almost 90 years on the club still makes its home at the Parkside Road ground.

In 2000 with the demise of shoe making in the town, and with the Netherfield site now a shopping complex, K Village, the club decided to re brand itself as Kendal Town to reflect it's relationship with the town. Although in recent years times have not been easy for Kendal Town there has been some success on the field, in 2003 they reached the final of the Marsden Cup and over 400 fans travelled to Accrington to watch them lose 2-0 to Conference side Leigh RMI. New state of the art floodlights began a slow process of gradual ground redevelopment in 2004 and 2,500 fans turned up to watch the lights switched on for a visiting Manchester United XI squad.


Tony Hesketh returned to the club for a second spell as Manager in 2004/5 steering them to fifth place in the league. In the ensuing play-off final the club travelled to AFC Telford as underdogs. Although Kendal could not overhaul the favourites they won much respect from the 4,250 Telford fans watching as they narrowly lost 2-1. Later that year the club entered into partnership with The Westmorland FA and Bolton Wanderers in an effort to improve youth football and coaching. The club achieved Charter Standard status from the FA shortly afterwards and subsequently formed a new youth club in conjunction with local club Wattsfield FC and achieved full Community Charter Standard status in an effort to improve football for boys and girls in the area.

2005/6 saw the Kendal's most successful season for 40 years as they achieved a promotion for the first time in their history to the Unibond Premier League. The run-in to the end of the season was a nail-biting one and Kendal missed automatic promotion on the last day of the season by a single goal difference. A packed Parkside Road witnessed a pulsating play-off final won by Kendal Town in the last minute when former Manager Peter Smith popped up to score the winning goal against Gresley Rovers to seal a famous promotion resulting in one of the biggest pitch invasions witnessed in Kendal!

The highpoint of the 2006/7 season was off the field, when a long-standing friend of Kendal Town, John Richardson persuaded Preston and England football legend Sir Tom Finney, to come to a home game. As a teenager Sir Tom had been turned down as a player by the club, perhaps one the worst mistakes in football, but this time he was offered a place at Parkside and the club was greatly honoured when he agreed to become club President.

View details of Netherfield FC and previous encounters with Southport

Players known to have played for both teams

Lee Ashcroft, Paul Byrne, Tony Hallam, Lee Mulvaney, Nick Rogan, Dave Stevenson, Andy Whittaker, Jimmy Williams
Please note: This is not an exhaustive list

Direct transfers between the two teams

Season Player From To Value
2000/2001 Jorden Burke SOUTHPORT KENDAL TOWN Free
2003/2004 Andy Whittaker SOUTHPORT KENDAL TOWN Loan
2004/2005 Lee Ashcroft SOUTHPORT KENDAL TOWN
2010/2011 Shaun Gray SOUTHPORT KENDAL TOWN

Match Statistics

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Results include the following competitions
Cambrian Cup, Conference League Cup, English Jubilee Fund, FA Cup , FA Trophy , Football League Cup, Lancashire Floodlit Trophy, Lancashire Junior Cup, Lancashire League Medal Competition, Lancashire Senior Cup, League, Liverpool Senior Cup, Northern Premier League Cup, Northern Premier League Shield, PLAY OFFS , President's Cup, President's Inter League, Third Division (North) Cup, Welsh Cup,
Venue P W D L F A GD
Home 1 0 0 1 1 4 -3
Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0
Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0
Total 1 0 0 1 1 4 -3

Date Comp Venue Score Att
04/02/2009 Lancashire Junior Cup / QF H 1 - 4 109