History: Southport - BURSCOUGH

The first Burscough Association Football Club was formed in 1880, playing in Liverpool & District League football before folding in 1900.
In 1905 Burscough Rangers were founded and moved to the present Mart Lane ground in 1908. They established many of the traditions carried on by the current club, playing in green and known as the Linnets. In the 1920s they had tremendous success winning the Liverpool County Combination Championship three times. In 1926 Rangers purchased a grandstand from Everton and erected it on Victoria Park. The following year they joined the Lancashire Combination but never experienced the same level of success and began to run into financial difficulties, finally folding in 1935.
Following the Second World War the present Burscough club was founded in 1946, starting life in the Liverpool County Combination and by the end of the decade had made a major impact in the non-league soccer world. In only their second season, 1947-48, they achieved a unique treble, winning the Lancashire Junior Cup, George Mahon Cup and the Liverpool Challenge Cup. Two years later they again claimed the Junior Cup and also won the County Combination title for the first time. In 1952 they won the Liverpool Challenge Cup for a second time.
In 1953-54 they joined the Lancashire Combination winning the Second Division Championship in their first season and scoring 155 goals in the process. 1955-56 saw probably the club's greatest ever achievement as they won the First Division Championship of a league containing giants of the non-league world such as Wigan Athletic. Another milestone was reached in 1959 when they reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup for the first time before going down 3-1 to Crewe Alexandra in front of a 4,200 gate at Victoria Park.
Another trophy winning spell commenced in 1966-67 season under manager Bobby Langton, the former England winger, as the club completed a hat-trick of Junior Cup successes against South Liverpool at Wigan. The Lancashire Combination First Division title was regained in 1969-70 season.
In 1970-71 Burscough joined the Cheshire County League, finishing runners-up to Rossendale United. The following season they won the Liverpool Non-League Senior Cup and in 1974-75 the Cheshire League Cup was lifted. The 'Linnets' also reached the FA Cup first round proper on three other occasions. In 1977, a 1-0 defeat at Blyth Spartans, in 1979, a 3-0 defeat at Sheffield United in front of 14,000 spectators and in 1980, a 2-1 defeat against Altrincham.
In 1982 the Club became founder members of the North West Counties Football League, and had the distinction of becoming the League's first ever Champions under Bryan Griffiths. A new grandstand seating 250 was built in 1986 to replace the old wooden stand which had stood for 60 years and no longer met ground safety regulations. In the 1989-90 season, Burscough suffered the embarrassment of relegation.
The appointment of Russ Perkins as manager in 1991 was to bring about a change in the club's fortunes as Burscough reached the League Cup Final and gained promotion back to Division One. In 1992-93 Burscough lost 2-1 to Conference bound Southport in the Liverpool Senior Cup Final at Goodison Park before 2,000 spectators. Success was achieved by winning the League Challenge Cup with a 2-1 victory over Nantwich Town. 1993-94 was one of the most eventful seasons in Burscough's history as three players, Gary Martindale, Kevin Formby and Alex Russell, joined Football League clubs for substantial fees. Further covered standing accommodation for 500 spectators was erected at Victoria Park during the close season.
In May 1995, Burscough appointed John Davison as Manager, with Peter King as his assistant. John played with Altrincham for 14 years, including FA Cup ties at Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. During his playing career he represented the England Semi-professional side a record 24 times. In his first season Burscough went on to win the League Challenge Cup for the second time, beating League Champions Flixton 1-0 at Bury. Flixton were again beaten as Burscough also won the annual Champions v Cup Winners Challenge Trophy.
In 1996-97 season the club celebrated its Golden Jubilee with a dinner attended by nearly 200 former players and officials and also published a 320 page club history titled 'Green Village Heroes.' Chairman Frank Parr completed an amazing 50 years with the club and was presented with The Football Association 50 Year Long Service Award.
The following season, after finishing runners-up in the North West Counties League, the club made history by being promoted to the Northern Premier League. They also won the League Floodlit Trophy and reached the final of the Liverpool Senior Cup against Liverpool.
The Linnets achieved a creditable seventh position in their first Unibond League season, also reaching the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup and the final of the Liverpool Senior Cup for the third time in six seasons. In July 1999 nineteen year old striker Michael Yates signed for Scottish Premier League side Dundee for a five-figure transfer fee which was a club record at the time.
1999-2000 saw The Linnets gain an incredible promotion to the UniBond League Premier Division after losing only two games all season and remaining unbeaten away from home, finally finishing in runners-up spot. In their first season in the Premier Division Burscough finished in 15th position, had good runs in the FA Cup and FA Trophy then in July 2001 won the Liverpool Senior Cup for the first-ever time with a 1-0 victory over Conference neighbours Southport.
During this period the club had a youth development programme second to none in the non-league game and one graduate, 19 year old Lee McEvilly, signed for Rochdale in December 2001 for a club record 20,000 fee. Within 116 days of signing McEvilly had won full international honours for Northern Ireland against Spain.
Following the resignation of John Davison the club appointed Shaun Teale as player/manager in May 2002 and the ex-Aston Villa defender went on to sensationally lead the club to its greatest ever achievement as Burscough became the smallest club to ever win the FA Trophy following a tremendous 2-1 victory over Tamworth at Villa Park on Sunday 18th May 2003. Played in front of a crowd of 14,296 spectators and televised live on Sky it was the Linnet's twelfth game in an unforgettable cup run that had included one incredible result as the 400-1 outsiders shocked the non-league world by beating runaway Conference winners Yeovil Town 2-0 at Huish Park in the quarter-finals.
There were incredible scenes as almost 2,000 fans welcomed the team home to Victoria Park that evening but celebrations were dampened less than six weeks later as the club found it necessary to relinquish Teale of his managerial duties. Former Liverpool, Galatasary and West Ham United midfielder Mike Marsh was appointed manager but after a poor start to the season Marsh resigned and ex-Southport defender Derek Goulding took over in October 2003.
An incredible end to 2003-04 season saw Burscough finish with a remarkable run of victories that saw them claw their way out of the bottom three into the play-offs for Conference North. Despite playing all their games away from home the Linnets went on to reach the play-off final where they only went down at Bradford Park Avenue following extra-time. During the summer Frank Parr stepped down after 30 years as chairman with local businessman Chris Lloyd taking over at the helm.
The 2004-05 season ended in controversy as the Linnets were denied a play-off place following a widely ridiculed decision to award three points to other teams for unplayed games against Spennymoor United who could not complete their fixtures.
Season 2005-06 was another historic one for Burscough F.C. as they went on to reach the second round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in their history. In reaching that milestone they defeated League One side Gillingham, 3-2,on a never to be forgotten day at Victoria Park. Further excitement was to follow as a postponed 2nd round tie at Burton Albion allowed Burscough to appear in the third round draw. That draw, should they have overcome Burton Albion, would have given the Linnets a home tie against the mighty Manchester United. Sadly that further dream never materialised as Burton Albion overcame the Linnets in the re-arranged tie.
Having started the season impressively with Burscough being amongst the favourites for promotion the season unfortunately never quite reached the heights of the FA Cup run and long term injuries to key players meant the team finished 7th.
Derek Goulding's tenure as manager ended in June 2006 when he was replaced by former Southport manager, Liam Watson. The 2006-07 season was Burscough F.C's Diamond Jubilee and one of the ways the club marked the event was by playing in a predominantly White kit with a specially designed badge.
At the end of the 2006-07 season Burscough enjoyed one of their most successful in history when the Linnets won the Unibond Northern Premier Division and the Lancashie CO-OP Trophy, formerly the Lancashire Junior Cup, for the first time in 40 years when neighbours Marine were defeated. The league success was only confirmed after a thriling climax to the season. On the last day of the season the Linnets won at A.F.C. Telford United in front of nearly 6,000 fans. The victory meant they overhauled the New Bucks Head side at the top of the table and won the title on goal difference by just 1 goal from Witton Albion. Further and final success came when Unibond First Division champions Buxton were defeated 3-1 in the Peter Swailes Memorial Shield. This rounded the season off and confirmed Burscough as Treble Winners.

Players known to have played for both teams

John Bagnall, Mark Beesley, Liam Blakeman, Robbie Booth, Tony Brookfield, Paul Byrne, Wilf Charlton, Tommy Cheetham, Sean Clancy, Martin Clark, Amby Clarke, John Coates, Alan Cocks, Billy Colclough, John Coleman, Jimmy Cookson, Dave Craig, Earl Davis, Steve Dickinson, Tony Evans, Kevin Formby, Tony Gray, Zac Hibbert, Chris Holland, Joe Kelly, Farrell Kilbane, Ciaran Kilheeney, Kevin Leadbetter, Mike Marsh, Matty McGinn, Tony McMillan, Alan Moogan, Dominic Morley, Craig Noone, Dave Pearson, Chris Price, Neil Robinson, Edvards Servuts, Allan Smart, Danny Stone, Shaun Teale, Lee Trundle, James(Jimmy) Williams, Peter Wright
Please note: This is not an exhaustive list

Direct transfers between the two teams

Season Player From To Value
1978/1979 Joe Turner SOUTHPORT BURSCOUGH Loan
2001/2002 Jeff Underwood SOUTHPORT BURSCOUGH Free
2001/2002 Carl Macauley SOUTHPORT BURSCOUGH Free
2001/2002 Shaun Teale SOUTHPORT BURSCOUGH Released to become Manager
2003/2004 Ian Johnson SOUTHPORT BURSCOUGH Free
2003/2004 Mark Byrne SOUTHPORT BURSCOUGH Released
2003/2004 Mark Byrne BURSCOUGH SOUTHPORT Free
2003/2004 Peter Wright BURSCOUGH SOUTHPORT
2005/2006 Liam Blakeman BURSCOUGH SOUTHPORT Undisclosed
2007/2008 Neil Robinson BURSCOUGH SOUTHPORT 7000
2008/2009 Steve Daly BURSCOUGH SOUTHPORT
2008/2009 Shaun Gray BURSCOUGH SOUTHPORT
2008/2009 Robbie Booth BURSCOUGH SOUTHPORT
2008/2009 Matty McGinn BURSCOUGH SOUTHPORT
2008/2009 James Connolly SOUTHPORT BURSCOUGH Free
2008/2009 James Connolly BURSCOUGH SOUTHPORT
2008/2009 Earl Davis BURSCOUGH SOUTHPORT
2008/2009 Craig Noone BURSCOUGH SOUTHPORT
2008/2009 Ciaran Kilheeney BURSCOUGH SOUTHPORT
2008/2009 Alan Moogan BURSCOUGH SOUTHPORT
2008/2009 Adam Flynn BURSCOUGH SOUTHPORT
2008/2009 Chris Price BURSCOUGH SOUTHPORT
2008/2009 Tony McMillan BURSCOUGH SOUTHPORT
2009/2010 James McKernan SOUTHPORT BURSCOUGH Loan
2009/2010 Shaun Holden SOUTHPORT BURSCOUGH Loan
2009/2010 Alex Grisedale SOUTHPORT BURSCOUGH Loan
2009/2010 Shaun Gray SOUTHPORT BURSCOUGH Loan
2017/2018 Yves Zama BURSCOUGH SOUTHPORT

Match Statistics

Match Types:


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 15 10 1 4 35 23 +12
Away 12 5 3 4 22 18 +4
Neutral 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
Total 28 16 4 8 59 41 +18

Date Comp Venue Score Att
29/10/2019 Liverpool Senior Cup / 2 H 2 - 2 212
07/01/2015 Liverpool Senior Cup / QF A 5 - 1 149
17/03/2009 League / D6 H 3 - 0 978
26/12/2008 League / D6 A 3 - 2 1133
01/01/2008 League / D6 A 1 - 1 1404
26/12/2007 League / D6 H 1 - 0 1707
13/11/2007 Conference League Cup / 2 H 3 - 2 577
05/12/2006 Lancashire Junior Cup / 2 H 1 - 3 328
10/01/2006 Liverpool Senior Cup / 1 A 1 - 3 274
25/01/2005 Lancashire Junior Cup / QF H 2 - 4 287
23/11/2004 Liverpool Senior Cup / 1 A 1 - 2 220
01/01/2004 League / D6 H 2 - 1 1122
25/08/2003 League / D6 A 3 - 0 1249
31/07/2001 Liverpool Senior Cup / Final A 0 - 1
07/08/1999 Liverpool Senior Cup / Final H 6 - 3 736
03/03/1997 Lancashire Junior Cup / 3R H 6 - 0 421
03/02/1997 Lancashire Junior Cup / 3 A 0 - 0 431
15/11/1994 Liverpool Senior Cup / 1 A 3 - 2 511
11/05/1993 Liverpool Senior Cup / Final N 2 - 0 2000
21/03/1991 Liverpool Senior Cup / SF H 3 - 1 351
10/12/1985 Liverpool Senior Cup / 1R H 1 - 0 265
26/11/1985 Liverpool Senior Cup / 1 A 2 - 2 230
05/10/1985 FA Trophy / 1Q H 2 - 1 303
04/08/1984 Cambrian Cup A 2 - 1 120
03/08/1983 Cambrian Cup H 0 - 1 187
04/08/1982 Cambrian Cup H 2 - 5 224
11/10/1980 FA Trophy / 1Q H 1 - 0 241
22/11/1947 Lancashire Junior Cup A 1 - 3