Today we head back to 1951 where Carlisle United were the visitors to Haig Avenue. Whilst Southport did secure the win, the game was more significant for the weather.
The Liverpool Echo reported that a “waterlogged ground made conditions difficult at Haig Avenue but Southport went mudlarking in great style”.
Injuries however were more the order of the day, Carlisle’s Kelly suffered a fractured leg and Southport’s Wilf Birkett a dislocated shoulder when the pair clashed in the second half! With both players having to leave the field goalscorer Jack Livesey took up post between the sticks for the Sandgrounders. Jack Lindsey scrambled a goal home in the dying seconds of the game to seal the victory.
SOUTHPORT 2 – 1 CARLISLE UNITED
Stadium: Haig Avenue
Southport Line-Up: Wilf Birkett, Wally Taylor, Alf Barratt, Jack Billingham, Jack Livesey, Dave Musgrave, Bob Hacking, Jimmy Nuttall, Trevor Hitchen, Terry Reilly, Jack Lindsay,
Goals: Jack Livesey, Jack Lindsay,