On 13th December, 1930 Southport met Gainsborough Trinity at Northolme, in the Second Round. In the previous round Southport had beaten Darlington 4—2 at Haig Avenue whilst Gainsborough had defeated fellow Midland Leaguers Scunthorpe United 1—0 before 3000 spectators.
Southport, superior in every department, outclassed Trinity for the most part and could have won by an ever larger margin than 4—0. Once Jimmy Cowen gave the visitors a tenth minute lead the result was never in doubt, Archie Waterston adding a second goal shortly before half-time. Early in the second half the home side had their best chance to reduce the arrears but Vasey’s penalty was saved in magnificent style by Billy Baker. After this Southport were the only team in the game and the crowd of 4,700 (receipts were £227) saw Waterston and Cowen add further goals. Southport’s should have had a fifth goal but Ted Robinson — normaily such a safe taker of penalties — had his shot saved by Berridge.
Following the game Secretary-Manager, Jimmy Commins, who had announced his resignation to take over a similar position at Barrow, was presented with a fountain pen by Frank Jefferis on behalf of the trainers and players.
The players received a cordial reception from a large crowd when they returned on Saturday night. Cheers were givn at both St. Lukes and Chapel Street stations.
Teams: Gainsborough Trinity: Berridge: Kell; Vasey; Ashton; Fell; Clayton; Smith: Hancock: Robinson: Green; Weibourne
Southport: Baker: Little; Robinson; Vincent: Wyness; Holmes; Hills; McConnell; Waterston; Cowen; Roberts.
The above article was first published in the Sandgrounder matchday programme in the 1980s