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Full Name: Alan Groves
Normal Position: Midfielder
Born: 24/10/1948 (Ainsdale, Southport)
Died: 15/06/1978 (Royton, Oldham)

Alan GrovesOne of the few locals to make the Football League side in the post-war period, he actually lived in Haig Avenue and his father had been a supporter since the 1920s. Alan Groves was a powerful, agressive winger who made an impression on Southport fans when playing for the Northern Floodlit League Side. He was a cock-sure individual which did not enedear him to the manager and may account for him being largely overlooked by the club and released at the end of 1969-1970. He did well at Bournemouth who sold him to Oldham Athletic for 40,000. He won a Third Division Championship medal with the 'Latics in 1973-74 and all in all clocked up over 250 Football League appearances. He clashed with the Education Authrity when he refused to allow his 16 year old bride to attend school. Not long afterwards it was she who woke to find him dead following a massive heart attack at the age of 29.

Player Profile reproduced with Permission from:
The Sandgrounders: The Complete League History of Southport F. C., by Michael Braham and Geoff Wilde (Palatine Books, 1995). ISBN 978-1-874181-14-9


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Statistics include the following competitions
FA Cup , FA Trophy , Football League Cup, League, PLAY OFFS , Welsh Cup,

Season Apps Subs Goals
1968/1969 330
1969/1970 712
Total 10 4 2


Games where player was named on the team sheet

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
24/04/1970 LeagueH BRADFORD CITY 1 - 0
23/03/1970 Liverpool Senior CupA TRANMERE ROVERS 1 - 2
31/01/1970 LeagueA BOURNEMOUTH 0 - 1
13/12/1969 LeagueH SHREWSBURY TOWN 0 - 2
03/12/1969 Northern Floodlit LeagueA CREWE ALEXANDRA 2 - 2
18/11/1969 Northern Floodlit LeagueH BARROW 3 - 0
08/11/1969 LeagueH MANSFIELD TOWN 0 - 1
01/11/1969 LeagueA TORQUAY UNITED 0 - 0
28/10/1969 Northern Floodlit LeagueH CHESTER (1885) 2 - 5
08/10/1969 LeagueH WALSALL 0 - 1
04/10/1969 LeagueH BOURNEMOUTH 3 - 0
01/10/1969 LeagueA GILLINGHAM 4 - 2
22/09/1969 Northern Floodlit LeagueA BARROW 4 - 3
09/09/1969 Northern Floodlit LeagueH SHREWSBURY TOWN 5 - 0
10/05/1969 Northern Floodlit LeagueH STOCKPORT COUNTY 3 - 1
02/05/1969 LeagueA SHREWSBURY TOWN 1 - 5
28/04/1969 Northern Floodlit Challenge CupH CREWE ALEXANDRA 0 - 0
07/04/1969 LeagueH BARNSLEY 1 - 0
29/03/1969 LeagueA BARROW 0 - 0
26/03/1969 LeagueH NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2 - 0
24/03/1969 Northern Floodlit LeagueH WIGAN ATHLETIC 3 - 0
17/03/1969 LeagueH SHREWSBURY TOWN 5 - 0
11/03/1969 LeagueA NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0 - 1
04/02/1969 Northern Floodlit Challenge CupH STOCKPORT COUNTY 0 - 0
21/01/1969 Northern Floodlit LeagueH CARLISLE UNITED 2 - 2
03/01/1969 Lancashire Senior Cup / 2H BARROW 0 - 1
26/11/1968 Northern Floodlit LeagueH CHESTER (1885) 2 - 3
20/11/1968 Northern Floodlit LeagueA CREWE ALEXANDRA 4 - 3
01/10/1968 Northern Floodlit LeagueH SHREWSBURY TOWN 4 - 1
24/09/1968 Northern Floodlit LeagueH BARROW 5 - 0

Games where player has scored

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
23/03/1970Liverpool Senior CupA TRANMERE ROVERS 1 - 2
03/12/1969Northern Floodlit LeagueA CREWE ALEXANDRA 2 - 2
18/11/1969Northern Floodlit LeagueH BARROW 3 - 0
28/10/1969Northern Floodlit LeagueH CHESTER (1885) 2 - 5
04/10/1969LeagueH BOURNEMOUTH 3 - 0
01/10/1969LeagueA GILLINGHAM 4 - 2
22/09/1969Northern Floodlit LeagueA BARROW 4 - 3
09/09/1969Northern Floodlit LeagueH SHREWSBURY TOWN 5 - 0
10/05/1969Northern Floodlit LeagueH STOCKPORT COUNTY 3 - 1
24/03/1969Northern Floodlit LeagueH WIGAN ATHLETIC 3 - 0
21/01/1969Northern Floodlit LeagueH CARLISLE UNITED 2 - 2
26/11/1968Northern Floodlit LeagueH CHESTER (1885) 2 - 3
20/11/1968Northern Floodlit LeagueA CREWE ALEXANDRA 4 - 3
01/10/1968Northern Floodlit LeagueH SHREWSBURY TOWN 4 - 1
24/09/1968Northern Floodlit LeagueH BARROW 5 - 0

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