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Harry Marshall

​The following article was published in the matchday programme shortly after the transfer of Andy Mutch to Wolves.

“The transfer of Andy Mutch to Wolves has revived the memories of Southport’s older generation of supporters who have asked me to recall the transfer of another Southport forward to Wolverhampton which took place on 15th March 1928. 

The player in question was Harry Marshall who had joined Southport from Nottingham Forest during the close season of 1926. Marshall made only two appearances in the first team at Nottingham and was one of six debutants in the opening game of the 1926-27 season when Southport drew 1-1 at Lincoln City. He scored in the opening home game of the season the following Tuesday against Hartlepool United and in all made thirty League appearances, scoring 14 goals. He was a member of the Southport team which reached the F.A. Cup 11th round, losing 3-1 at Anfield. 

The team that faced Liverpool was: Halsall; Allan, Glover; Sinclair, Newnes, Bimson; Jones (G.W.), Marshall, Bradley, Sapsford and White. 

0n 3rd March 1927 he scored a hat trick against New Brighton, and later moved to inside left and formed an excellent understanding with Joe Laws on the left wing. 

In 1927-28 Marshall made 24 Football League appearances scoring 13 goals. The side again reached the 4th round of the F.A. Cup before losing to Middlesbrough, and Marshall scored a goal in the lst and 2nd round ties at Denaby United and Bradford Park Avenue. 

Shortly after being knocked out of the F.A. Cup, Southport transferred Tommy Tait to Manchester City, and followed this up by transferring Harry Marshall to Wolves. A polished player, Marshall had impressed many with his clever play and excellent shooting. 

He was subsequently transferred from Wolves to Port Vale in March 1930, and helped them to win the Third Division North at the end of that season. His next move was to‘ Tottenham HotsPur, but in more than three seasons he failed to make the first team at White Hart Lane and spent three years at Rochdale before finishing his career at Linfield. 

I’m sure all Southport supporters join me in wishing Andy Mutch every success at Molineux. 

Michael Braham”

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