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Match Report – Athletic News – 09/10/1888

A HARD GAME AT BACUP

Suitable football weather prevailed at Broadclough when the Alpine Club opposed Southport Central in the encounter for the English Cup. Dyson is still absent as a matter of course, his recovery from the injured leg at the Manchester Infirmary being very slow. “Boy” Sykes makes a rather good substitute, whilst Bob Dyson improves with practice. Though the loss of Cooke (now of Rossendale) is greatly felt by the Springs Club, yet Hird does his duty in a commendable manner. Southport were well represented, and the game throughout was of an exciting character. At the end of ninety minutes the game was – Southport, three goals; Springs, three goals. Extra time was played, when Southport added two more goals and Springs one. The Southport men were in splendid form, as, in fact, both sides were. Hird, Billy Haworth, and Little Thompson for the Springs played an excellent game. The visitors’ goalkeeper had some hard shots to fist out. There was a large attendance, no small number hailing from Southport.

(Athletic News, 9th October 1888)

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