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On This Day: February 28th

The Sandgrounders had built a reputation in the 1930s of being FA Cup specialists and on this day in 1931 travelled the short distance to Goodison Park for a sixth round tie with Everton.

Everton were the cup favourites but in advance of the fixture both sides appeared apprehensive. Official word from Everton was that they were expecting a fight “This snow and mud and slush will bring us down to their level”, however Southport viewed the conditions as a distinct disadvantage rather than an opportunity. “We are not used to mud like this. Our ground is sandy and light. Goodison Park mud is going to be a heavy handicap” as spokesman told the Athletic News.

Both teams had escaped the ravages of influenza which had reduced the strength of one or two others in the sixth round and Southport’s only doubt before the match had been Ralph Hills at Outside right, who had injured a leg muscle in a previous round against Blackpool. He however underwent rigourous tests and was declared fit.

Having successfully navigated five previous rounds its not hard to understand by optimism was high. Cup Fever had gripped the town and Major Peploe, celebrating his birthday, also joined the batallions of supporters in their invasion of Goodison Park.

Pre-game comparisons were drawn between the noted marksman of Dixie Dean and Archie Waterston. Whilst Everton’s Dean was clearly the better of the two, 28 goals in 4 months for Southport’s Waterston was not to be sniffed at.

Dubbed the “Babes In The Mud” by the national press Everton recorded a resounding 9-1 victory.


Competition: FA Cup / 6
Date: 28/02/1931
Attendance: 45647

Southport Line-Up: Billy BakerJack LittlePaddy McConnellJimmy CowenJoe RobertsRalph HillsTed RobinsonTommy HolmesJack SeagraveErnie VincentArchie Waterston,  
Goals: Archie Waterston

Southport Visiter (Dixie Dean Pictured)
Liverpool Echo – Saturday 28 February 1931
Liverpool Echo – Saturday 28 February 1931
The People – Sunday 01 March 1931

Lancashire Evening Post – Monday 02 March 1931
Athletic News – Monday 02 March 1931
February 1931-Evening Express

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