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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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Season Date From To Value
1968/1969 16/12/1968 SOUTHPORT & DISTRICT LEAGUE Southport Signs Professional Terms
1969/1970 13/05/1970 Southport UNATTACHED Free Transfer



Statistics include the following competitions
Cambrian Cup, Conference League Cup, English Jubilee Fund, FA Cup , FA Trophy , Football League Cup, Lancashire Floodlit Trophy, Lancashire Junior Cup, Lancashire League Medal Competition, Lancashire Senior Cup, League, Liverpool Challenge Cup, Liverpool Senior Cup, Northern Premier League Cup, Northern Premier League Shield, PLAY OFFS , President's Cup, President's Inter League, Third Division (North) Cup, Welsh Cup,

Season Apps Subs Goals
1968/1969 430
1969/1970 813
Total 12 4 3


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
08/11/1969 LeagueH MANSFIELD TOWN 0 - 1
01/11/1969 LeagueA TORQUAY UNITED 0 - 0
08/10/1969 LeagueH WALSALL 0 - 1
04/10/1969 LeagueH BOURNEMOUTH 3 - 0
01/10/1969 LeagueA GILLINGHAM 4 - 2
02/05/1969 LeagueA SHREWSBURY TOWN 1 - 5
07/04/1969 LeagueH BARNSLEY 1 - 0
29/03/1969 LeagueA BARROW 0 - 0
26/03/1969 LeagueH NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2 - 0
17/03/1969 LeagueH SHREWSBURY TOWN 5 - 0
11/03/1969 LeagueA NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0 - 1
03/01/1969 Lancashire Senior Cup / 2H BARROW 0 - 1

Games where player has scored

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
23/03/1970Liverpool Senior CupA TRANMERE ROVERS 1 - 2
04/10/1969LeagueH BOURNEMOUTH 3 - 0
01/10/1969LeagueA GILLINGHAM 4 - 2

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