History: Southport - FLEETWOOD TOWN

The current club was officially established in 1997 but, in two previous incarnations, the club's history dates back to 1908. The original club, Fleetwood F.C., were champions of the Lancashire Combination in 1923-24, and registered a hat-trick of Lancashire Combination Cup wins in 1932, 1933, and 1934. Their goalkeeper in the first of those victories was the legendary Frank Swift, then only eighteen years old. After almost sixty years as a Lancashire Combination club, they were made founder members of the Northern Premier League in 1968, finishing in 10th place in their first season, and won the Northern Premier League Cup in 1971. However, the club finished bottom of the table for two successive seasons and folded in 1976 because of financial difficulties.
The club was re-established in 1977 as Fleetwood Town F.C., with many of the original personnel. Initially placed in Division One of the Cheshire League, they were moved in 1982 to the North West Counties League Division Two in its inaugural year, and promoted to Division One in 1984. They reached the final of the FA Vase in 1985, losing 3-1 to Halesowen Town in front of a 16,000 crowd at Wembley. The club was placed in Division One (second tier) of the Northern Premier league when the league established a second tier in 1987, becoming the inaugural Division One Champions in 1988. However, by 1996, this second club had also folded.
Re-formed in 1997 as Fleetwood Wanderers, the club was placed back in Division Two of the North West Counties Football League (now the tenth tier of the English League system) and a sponsorship deal saw the club's name immediately changed to Fleetwood Freeport F.C. The club was promoted to Division One in 1999 and renamed Fleetwood Town F.C. in 2002. Tony Greenwood was appointed manager in 2003, and soon afterward, Andy Pilley took over as chairman. Successive promotions as North West Counties Football League champions in 2005 and Northern Premier League First Division runners-up in 2006 saw the club reach the Northern Premier League Premier Division.
In the 200607 season Fleetwood Town won the UniBond League Challenge Cup beating Matlock Town 1-0 at Witton Albion's ground on 16 April 2007. They missed out on reaching the play-offs for the Northern Premier League Premier Division by five points, after being two points behind the play-offs with two games left to play only to lose the last two games of the season. They finished the season in 8th place with 67 points.
In 200708, the club continued its successful run, and from November to April lay second in the division, trailing only long-time leaders Witton Albion. Two goals in the last three minutes to defeat Ossett Town on 1 March began a series of two draws and eleven victories (including a 3-0 win at Witton) leaving Fleetwood one point ahead of Witton going into the last game of the season. A Northern Premier League Premier Division season record crowd of 2,666 saw Fleetwood struggle to a 1-1 draw with Frickley Athletic but Witton were defeated at home, thus securing the Championship for Fleetwood. The club gained automatic promotion to the Conference North and the highest position in the club's history since the 1997 re-establishment. The original Fleetwood F.C. had finished 10th in the Northern Premier league in 1968-69, when the NPL was one of several leagues immediately below Division Four of the Football League, and therefore effectively the fifth tier. And in 1990-91 the second incarnation of the club finished 4th in the NPL Premier Division, then effectively the sixth tier.
Fleetwood were by some way the best-supported club in the Premier Division, their average home gate of 721 being 50% higher than that of the next club, Witton Albion.
The club had a poor start in the Blue Square North in the 2008-09 season. Their first home match against Tamworth which they lost 2-1, drew a crowd of 1,051, making them one of the better supported teams in the league. However, when they lost to fellow strugglers, Hucknall Town 3-1 on 16 September, 2008, their third successive home defeat, the crowd was down to 521. The following day the club sacked manager Tony Greenwood along with his assistant, Nigel Greenwood and coach Andy Whittaker, stating that "Fleetwood Town wishes to announce manager Tony Greenwood has left the club with immediate effect..... Whilst under Tony's guidance the club has enjoyed tremendous recent success. However, Fleetwood has made a poor start to the current season and it is felt the appointment of a new management team is needed if the club's progress it to be maintained." The club's former physiotherapist Steve Macauley was caretaker-manager for the match at home to Alfreton Town on 20 September. On 23 September the club appointed the Burnley youth team coach and former Blackpool midfielder Micky Mellon, who still lives in Blackpool, as manager with Macauley remaining on the coaching staff. Mellon will divide his time between coaching the Under-15 and Under-16 teams at Burnley and managing Fleetwood, with an assistant manager also due to appointed. On 25 October 2008 they beat Nantwich Town 4-3 in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round and so reached the First Round Proper for the sixth time in their history, where they met Eastern Counties Football League Premier Division club Leiston on 8 November 2008. Fleetwood were held to a 0-0 draw away at Victory Road, Leiston then won the replay at Highbury 2-0 on 18 November to reach the Second Round for the first time in their history. On 29 November Fleetwood's cup run ended with a 3-2 defeat by Hartlepool United at Highbury.

Players known to have played for both teams

Paul Allen, Stuart Barlow, Arthur Barnard, Arthur Beardsell, Shaun Beeley, Mark Beesley, Neil Bramhall, Richard Brodie, Sandy Brown, Scott Brown, Dion Charles, Sean Clancy, Martin Eatough, Matty Flynn, Simon Grand, Steve Holden, Chris Holland, Danny Hurst, Steve Joel, Mark Kelly, Carl Lancashire, Kevin Leadbetter, Jamie Milligan, Clint Neysmith, Elliot Osborne, Mark Peers, Nick Rogan, Dave Stevenson, Howard Taylor, Max Thompson, Robbie Wakenshaw, Lawrie Walsh, Jerome Watt
Please note: This is not an exhaustive list

Direct transfers between the two teams

Season Player From To Value
2003/2004 Chris Bennett SOUTHPORT FLEETWOOD TOWN Loan
2007/2008 Shaun Beeley SOUTHPORT FLEETWOOD TOWN Free
2008/2009 Kevin Leadbetter SOUTHPORT FLEETWOOD TOWN End of Loan
2008/2009 Kevin Leadbetter FLEETWOOD TOWN SOUTHPORT Loan
2013/2014 Jamie Milligan FLEETWOOD TOWN SOUTHPORT Free Transfer
2016/2017 Spencer Myers FLEETWOOD TOWN SOUTHPORT Loan
2017/2018 Gerard Garner FLEETWOOD TOWN SOUTHPORT
2017/2018 Nathan Sheron FLEETWOOD TOWN SOUTHPORT Loan
2017/2018 Nathan Sheron SOUTHPORT FLEETWOOD TOWN End of Loan
2017/2018 Dion Charles FLEETWOOD TOWN SOUTHPORT Undisclosed
2017/2018 Elliot Osborne FLEETWOOD TOWN SOUTHPORT Undisclosed

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 13 8 3 2 26 15 +11
Away 14 3 5 6 15 25 -10
Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0
Total 27 11 8 8 41 40 +1

Date Comp Venue Score Att
15/11/2016 FA Cup / 1R A 1 - 4 1609
07/11/2016 FA Cup / 1 A 0 - 0 2265
30/09/2015 Lancashire Senior Cup H 1 - 2 105
01/01/2012 League / D5 H 0 - 6 2589
26/12/2011 League / D5 A 2 - 2 3029
28/12/2010 League / D5 A 0 - 2 2051
28/08/2010 League / D5 H 1 - 0 1546
01/01/2010 League / D6 A 0 - 4 2541
26/12/2009 League / D6 H 5 - 0 1840
13/04/2009 League / D6 A 1 - 1 1511
25/08/2008 League / D6 H 1 - 1 1304
03/03/1993 Lancashire Junior Cup / 3 A 4 - 1 456
23/02/1993 League / D6 H 5 - 0 1207
26/08/1992 League / D6 A 2 - 1 334
11/02/1992 Lancashire Junior Cup / 3 H 4 - 2 207
13/11/1991 League / D6 A 1 - 5 179
22/10/1991 League / D6 H 1 - 0 411
03/04/1991 President's Cup / SF2L H 1 - 1 601
18/03/1991 President's Cup / SF1L A 1 - 2 310
04/12/1990 Lancashire Junior Cup / 1 H 2 - 1 322
20/11/1990 League / D6 H 2 - 1 474
09/10/1990 President's Inter League / 1 A 2 - 1 317
21/08/1990 League / D6 A 0 - 0 415
24/03/1990 League / D6 H 0 - 0 259
26/12/1989 League / D6 A 1 - 1 531
10/01/1989 League / D6 H 3 - 1 320
23/08/1988 League / D6 A 0 - 1 678