On This Day – 7th October

On 7th October, Southport entertained Liverpool Ramblers in their first ever F.A. Cup tie

On 7th October, Southport entertained Liverpool Ramblers in their first ever F.A. Cup tie, or English Challenge Cup, as the competition was referred to for many years. Ramblers were taken to change at the Shakespeare Hotel before making the short walk to the Sports Ground at Sussex Road, home of the Athletic Society, where the tie took place.


Competition: FA Cup / 1
Date: 07/10/1882
Attendance: 300-500

Southport Line-Up: Benjamin PidduckRalph RylanceEdwin RamsbottomJL BriggsT ColmanES CalvertArthur DalbyAlfred DalbyC AmblerThomas BurnettWilliam Platt
Goals: C Ambler

This game was watched by a good few hundred spectators including many women supporters and resulted in a 1-1 draw, Ambler scoring for Southport following a neat pass from Arthur Dalby.

Liverpool Mercury

It’s easy for us with the benefit of hindsight to spot the mistakes in the published line-up. There is no such player as K. Rieland, that is a mis transcription of Ralph Rylance, P. Pedcock is Benjamin Pidduck, and Barnett is Thomas Blundell Burnett. Hambler, was Ambler and Daulby is Dalby. Other than that, spot on!

As for who Sydney and Rathbone are…..your guess is as good as mine!

In their first competitive fixture Southport could perhaps have considered themselves unfortunate. Ramblers had made a tactical switch by moving Percy Bateson into the forward line at half time and Louis Hornby, who replaced him between the posts, gave an outstanding display to keep his side in the tie.

When it came, the equaliser for Ramblers must have caught the eye of the Southport committee. Harold Baxter, picking up the ball deep in his own half, went on brilliant solo run. He ran the full length of the field before, with a well-directed shot he levelled proceedings.

Within a month he was pulling on a Southport jersey.

Players Born On This Day

Year of BirthName
1903Fred Mundy
1907Billy Sellars
1966Mark Kelly
1985Mark Duffy
1989Danny Mitchley
1995Dion Charles
2001Cameron Antwi

Players Who Died On This Day

Year of DeathName
1963Harold Taylor
1974Bill Miller
1981Jack Billingham

Transfers on this Day

1978George DewsnipFrom N/A (from LA Aztecs)