On This day in 1951 Southport played what would turn out to be the first of three encounters with Reading in the second round of the FA Cup.
READING 1 – 1 SOUTHPORT
Competition: FA Cup / 2
Southport Line-Up: Ray Minshull, Wally Taylor, Alf Barratt, Jack Billingham, Bob Hacking, Dave Musgrave, Trevor Hitchen, Jimmy Nuttall, Jack Lindsay, Terry Reilly, Jack Livesey,
Goals: Jack Lindsay,
With the game drawn, a replay was scheduled for the following Tuesday at Haig Avenue. With the results still all square at the end of a replay, including extra time, a second replay was scheduled to be played at a neutral venue, Villa Park – the home of Aston Villa, on 1st January.