Lancashire Senior Cup

From the Lancashire Senior Cup, Liverpool Senior Cup, even the Welsh Cup in the 1930’s (we
reached the semi-final in 1932/33), Southport have a long history of competing in County Cups. As
early as 1888 we entered both the Liverpool Senior Cup and the Lancashire Junior Cup and in 1892
we played our first game in the Lancashire Senior Cup. 1903/04 saw Southport reach the final of this
competition only to be beaten by Blackburn Rovers but the following season we went one better
and lifted the trophy for the first time, making us the first non-league team to win the cup since the
formation of the Football League in 1888. This is the story of that success.

The competition started with two qualifying rounds, both of which Southport were exempt from.
The highlight of these qualifying rounds was the game between Nelson and Black Lane Temperance
which finished 10-3 to Nelson. Astonishingly Black Lane Temperance led 2-1 at half-time!

Southport opened their campaign on the 10th of October 1904 away at Blackpool in the first-round
proper. It was a tough draw, Blackpool being a League Division Two side whilst Southport were in
Lancashire Combination Division One, but in pleasant weather and in front of 1,500 fans Southport
triumphed 2-1. The teams were level at half-time, Southport taking the lead through Bert Tickle and
Chadwick equalising for the Seasiders but in the second half, despite Blackpool pressure, Billy
Dawson scored the winner.

Bert Tickle – scorer of Southport’s first goal against Blackpool

In the second round Southport were drawn at home to fellow Lancashire Combination Division One
side Earlestown, the game played on the 24 th of October 1904. Reports vary as to whether
Earlestown started the game with nine men or ten men but we do know that within a minute Tom
Edmonds had opened the scoring for Southport. Unable to capitalise on their numerical advantage
however the sides reached half-time level at 1-1, Smith getting the equaliser for the visitors. In the
second-half Southport put Earlestown – now with ten men – to the sword and goals from Joey
Shadbolt, Billy Dawson (2) Bert Tickle and a Brooks own goal (or a second by Edmonds, newspaper
reports vary) saw Southport through in style, running out 6-1 winners.

The semi-final saw Southport at home to Football League Division Two side Liverpool on the 14 th of
January 1905. At the time of the game Liverpool were top of Division Two and would finish the
season as champions yet to their credit they picked a full-strength first team for this game. Despite this, goals either side of half-time by Joey Shadbolt and Herbie Danson gave Southport an
unexpected but well-deserved 2-0 victory and a second successive final.

Their opponents in the final would be Everton, another difficult game as the Blues were flying high in
the First Division and would ultimately finish the season as runners-up, just one point behind
champions Newcastle. Where the game was played was decided on the toss of a coin which
Southport won, and so the game was played at Scarisbrick New Road on Tuesday March the 28 th 1905 This was Southport’s last season at Scarisbrick New Road, the following year would be the first
at Ash Lane, the ground we now know as Haig Avenue.

Sadly for Everton their first team were involved in an English Cup game the day after the final so
they could only field their reserves who – like Southport – were in the Lancashire Combination.
Despite this a crowd of 5,000 greeted the teams as they took to the pitch and they saw Southport
control the first-half and at the break lead 2-0 thanks to goals from Reginald Lawson and Syd Smith.
Everton fought back in the second half, a goal from Dilly giving the Merseysiders hope but Southport
held on for the win and for the first time in the club’s history they were Lancashire Senior Cup
winners.

Winners of the Lancashire Cup 1904-05

Lancashire Senior Cup Qualifying Competition First Round
Darwen 1 v 1 Oswaldtwistle Rovers
Chorley 5 v 3 Padiham
St Helens 2 v 0 Colne
Heywood v Rossendale United – Rossendale awarded the tie as Heywood disbanded
Bacup 0 v 2 Nelson
Glossop v Black Lane Temperance – Glossop withdrew as they had a second division game to play on
the same day so Temperance were awarded the tie
Earlestown and Barrow get byes

Qualifying Competition – First Round Replay
Oswaldtwistle Rovers 3 v 4 Darwen

Qualifying Competition – Second Round
Chorley 0 v 0 Darwen
Nelson 10 v 3 Black Lane Temperance
Earlestown 2 v 0 St Helen’s Town
Rossendale United 1 v 0 Barrow

Qualifying Competition – Second Round Replay
Darwen 3 v 0 Chorley

First Round
Manchester City 2 v 2 Bury
Bolton Wanderers 4 v 2 Manchester United
Blackpool 1 v 2 Southport Central
Accrington Stanley 1 v 1 Preston North End
Liverpool 7 v 1 Burnley
Everton 4 v 2 Darwen
Rossendale United 0 v 0 Earlestown
Nelson 1 v 4 Blackburn Rovers

First Round Replays
Preston North End 3 v 1 Accrington Stanley
Earlestown 1 v 0 Rossendale United
Bury 0 v 0 Manchester City – match abandoned after 20 minutes due to heavy snow
First Round Replay
Bury 4 v 3 Manchester City

Second Round
Liverpool 5 v 1 Blackburn
Southport Central 6 v 1 Earlestown
Everton 2 v 1 Preston North End
Bolton Wanderers 5 v 1 Bury

Semi-Finals
Everton 2 v 1 Bolton Wanderers
Southport Central 2 v 0 Liverpool

Final – played at Scarisbrick New Road, Southport
Southport Central 2 v 1 Everton