Today we look at two games, the first a league game against Bishop Auckland in 1991 and the second a Lancashire Senior Cup tie against Everton Reserves in 1957.
For the trip to Bishop Auckland skipper Kevin Mooney passed a late fitness test as Southport were looking to extend their unbeaten run to 7 matches. They were also bolsted by the return of midfielder John Bishop from suspension.
BISHOP AUCKLAND 3 – 4 SOUTHPORT
Southport Line-Up: Paul Moore, Ian Baines, John Bishop, Kevin Mooney, Steve Whitehall, Bob Howard , Tony Livens, Dave O’Brien , Stuart Bimson , Roy Mitchell, Steve Holden ,
Subs: Alan McDonald, Ossie Smith (Roy Mitchell),
Goals: Tony Livens, Tony Livens, Steve Holden , John Bishop,
After falling behind early the Sandgrounders raced to a 4-1 lead and were dominant before a “mad 15 minute spell” (as Brian Kettle would refer to it) in the second half in which Bishop Auckland scored twice to leave a more respectable scoreline. The win saw the Sandgrounders climb to second spot in the table.
Back in 1957, Southport were looking to put their poor start to the season behind them and were hoping that a cup run would lift everyone’s spirits.
The return of Geroge Bromilow from the Melbourne Olympics shortly after Christmas signalled the start of a change of fortunes with convincing wins over Carlisle – to end a run of eighteen games without a win – and over Bradford Park Avenue on New Years Day. As Everton’s second string arrived at Haig Avenue there were much higher hopes for the new year.
SOUTHPORT 3 – 1 EVERTON RESERVES
Competition: Lancashire Senior Cup / 2
Southport Line-Up: Jack Richardson, Wally Taylor, Wilf Charlton, George Bromilow, Allan Parkinson, Ray Gryba, Jimmy Prescott, Peter Lomas, Jimmy McDermott, Denis Miles, Elfed Evans,
Goals:Elfed Evans, Elfed Evans, George Bromilow,