History: Southport - DROYLSDEN

Droylsden were originally formed at the invitation of Joseph Cropper, the landlord of the Butchers Arms public house, to play behind the pub. After twenty years of friendlies and local leagues, disbandment, reformations and changes of strip, the club emerged from World War I the sole survivors amongst the village teams, and as members of the Manchester League.

The club also adopted their now traditional colours of red and white, and the Butchers Arms was the inspiration for the unusual nickname of The Bloods.

Two games in the 1921 Manchester Junior Cup Final against Hyde United who were in the Manchester Football League attracted over 1,500 fans to see Hyde prevail. However, the Bloods had their revenge two years later, taking the Cup from their local rivals.

The 1930s was the era of Droylsden's record goal scorer, Ernest "Gilly" Gillibrand, scorer of 275 goals in just four seasons. Gilly's goals saw Droylsden to the Manchester League Championship in 1931 and again in 1933, and in the latter season he aided Droylsden to the Third Qualifying Round in their first season in the FA Cup.

In 1936, the club successfully applied to join the Lancashire Combination and, a season later, became a nursery club to Manchester City, whose A team played at the Butchers Arms. Also their surplus players were available to Droylsden, who were then disqualified from the FA Cup.

When other competitions were suspended in 1939 at the start of World War II, Droylsden entered the Cheshire League, reaching their highest ever league position as runners-up in their second season in 1945-46. However, the club couldn't build on that start and, four seasons later, failed in their second successive bid for re-election. Worse was to come with the sale of the Butchers Arms lease to Belle Vue FC, who renamed themselves Droylsden United. All of which meant that the Bloods were forced out to the nearby Moorside Trotting Stadium. The town wasn't big enough for two clubs, especially with bad feeling between them, and after the local council bought the ground, a merger was negotiated.

Droylsden came home in 1952 to a renovated ground whose pitch had been rotated to its present position, finally eradicating a long-standing drainage problem.

Two decades in the Combination ended in 1968 with a return to the Cheshire League, after the formation of the Northern Premier League. The club won the Manchester Senior Cup in 1973, 1976 and 1979 and enjoyed some FA Cup success, reaching the Fourth Qualifying Round four times in five seasons and the Cup proper twice.

In 1976 Droylsden lost 5-3 in a First round replay at Grimsby Town, after a late home goal was disallowed. In 1978, Dave Taylor's goal at Rochdale sent Drolysden through to a second round tie at home to Altrincham, who ended the run with a 2-0 win. However when the late 1970s side broke up, Droylsden's fortunes slumped, and they finished a distant bottom of the First Division in 1982. They were then placed in Division Two of the new North West Counties Football League. The unstable period ended with the appointment of Mark Fallon as player-manager. In his second season Fallon guided the club to the Second Division Championship, which was Droylsden's first senior honour.

After finishing third in the inaugural season of the Conference North in 2004-05, Droylsden were looking to go one better and reach the top tier of non-league football for the first time in their history. A fourth-place finish in the 2005-06 season gave Droylsden a second chance to reach the Conference National through the play-offs. However, they narrowly missed out on promotion in a penalty shoot-out in the final against Stafford Rangers.

On 29 March 2006 Droylsden lost 2-1 to Hyde United in the final of the Manchester Premier Cup. On 18 April 2007 they beat Flixton 3-0 in the final of the Manchester Premier Cup. Three days later they beat Harrogate Town 2-0 and so won promotion to the Conference National as Conference North champions with two games in hand. However, they struggled in the Conference National, and were relegated back to the Conference North on 8 April even though they beat Farsley Celtic 2-1, due to Weymouth's draw against Grays Athletic the same evening.

In the 200809 FA Cup, Droylsden beat League Two side Darlington 10 in a replay,earning themselves a place in the Second Round Proper against Chesterfield. On 23 December they beat Chesterfield 2-1 after three previous attempts to play the match. The first game was abandoned at half time because of fog which restricted visibility to barely ten yards, the second was a 2-2 draw, then the replay at Droylsden was abandoned after the floodlights failed on 72 minutes with Chesterfield leading 2-0, and Droylsden won 2-1 in the final tie. Sean Newton scored twice for Droylsden to secure the club a third round tie against Ipswich Town. However, it emerged after the game that Newton was due to serve a one game suspension on the day after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season on 9 December. Droylsden had been informed of the suspension by the Football Association on 10 December. This meant that Newton was ineligble to play in the game against Chesterfield. The FA investigated the incident with the matter dealt with by an FA Cup committee on 29 December, after which the three clubs involved were informed of the decision, which was that the club were expelled from the competition, after being found guilty of fielding an ineligible player. The club lodged an appeal which failed.

Players known to have played for both teams

Mohamud Ali, Paul Birchall, Robbie Booth, Mark Bradshaw, Greg Challender, Aaron Chalmers, Harvey Cunningham, Steve Daly, Adam Dugdale, Paul Futcher, Tony Gray, Neil Grayston, Walker Grimsditch, Martin McDonald, David McNiven, Adie Mike, Dominic Morley, Sean Newton, Mick O'Brien, Robert Pell, Syd Pickford, Neil Prince, Clive Smith, Neil Sorvel, Jamie Speare, Shaun Whalley, Alan Wilson
Please note: This is not an exhaustive list

Direct transfers between the two teams

Season Player From To Value
2005/2006 Terry Fearns SOUTHPORT DROYLSDEN Undisclosed
2005/2006 Steve Daly SOUTHPORT DROYLSDEN
2007/2008 Neil Prince SOUTHPORT DROYLSDEN Free
2008/2009 Tony Gray SOUTHPORT DROYLSDEN 6,500
2009/2010 Robbie Booth SOUTHPORT DROYLSDEN
2009/2010 Ciaran Kilheeney SOUTHPORT DROYLSDEN
2009/2010 Bradley Barnes SOUTHPORT DROYLSDEN
2010/2011 Tony Gray DROYLSDEN SOUTHPORT Free Transfer
2012/2013 Aaron Chalmers SOUTHPORT DROYLSDEN Loan
2012/2013 James Ellison SOUTHPORT DROYLSDEN Free Transfer
2012/2013 Matt Nemes SOUTHPORT DROYLSDEN Free Transfer
2013/2014 Alex Wimmer DROYLSDEN SOUTHPORT Free

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 8 5 2 1 19 9 +10
Away 9 4 3 2 17 10 +7
Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0
Total 17 9 5 3 36 19 +17

Date Comp Venue Score Att
10/04/2010 League / D6 A 3 - 0 584
20/03/2010 League / D6 H 3 - 3 815
07/04/2009 League / D6 H 3 - 1 619
21/03/2009 League / D6 A 0 - 0 479
16/12/2006 FA Trophy / 1 H 1 - 0 652
12/02/2005 League / D6 H 3 - 0 1008
09/10/2004 League / D6 A 3 - 1 347
10/04/2004 League / D6 A 2 - 3 423
13/09/2003 League / D6 H 4 - 1 759
27/03/1993 League / D6 H 3 - 0 1185
09/02/1993 League / D6 A 5 - 2 593
11/04/1992 League / D6 H 2 - 2 280
07/12/1991 League / D6 A 1 - 1 254
06/04/1991 League / D6 H 0 - 2 324
25/08/1990 League / D6 A 2 - 2 310
09/01/1988 Northern Premier League Cup / 1 A 1 - 0 218
19/09/1981 FA Cup / 1Q A 0 - 1 259