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Member of the Southport FC Former Players Association
Full Name: Trevor Hitchen
Normal Position: Wing Half
Born: 25/09/1926 (Sowerby Bridge)

At Haig Avenue Trevor Hitchen was, to some extent, a victim of his own success at Wigan Athletic. As player-manager of the ‘Latics’ then a non-League outfit, his greatest joy had been to skipper the side which in 1957 knocked Southport out of the F.A. Cup, with the result that many Southport ‘fans’ vowed never to return to Haig Avenue. Months before his appointment at Southport the town had buzzed with rumours that Trevor would be the next manager. He was actually appointed ‘Players’ Manager’ with responsibility for all personnel connected with the playing side, including players, trainer, assistant trainer and groundsman, but, as far as the signing of new players was concerned, he could only make recommendations to the directors.
At the club’s pre-season Annual General Meeting he promised shareholders eleven fighters capable of-lasting the full 90 minutes but warned that there would be no stars in his team, an announcement which did little to arouse the interest of lukewarm supporters. He was confident of producing results but fitness could not compensate for lack of ability and financial restrictions inevitably limited his chances. For three months home results exceeded all expectations but it soon became apparent that Southport lacked the strength of character to collect points on tour. Full of infectious enthusiasm, Trevor helped to raise funds for the club and on one occasion, to save money on food on the long trip to Exeter, arranged for the coach to make a detour via his mother-in-law in Shropshire, who prepared an impromptu meal for the players!
The week after Southport picked up their first away point of the season in January 1959 he was, relieved of the managership and replaced by Wally Fielding.
In his typical way, Hitchen took this blow philosophically: ‘The news has been a shock to me but the directors have done what they thought best’. He nobly continued as Fielding’s assistant until the end of the season when one of Southport’s most genuine servants ever left to concentrate on his newsagent’s business. He transferred his allegiance to Formby, where he remained as player and later Chairman for over thirty years. To this day Trevor still enjoys coaching youngsters and is a popular visitor to Haig Avenue.

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




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

Season Apps Subs Goals
1948/1949 1806
1949/1950 3803
1950/1951 4001
1951/1952 3503
1952/1953 48013
1953/1954 44010
1954/1955 2301
1955/1956 1500
1958/1959 500
Total 266 0 37

Last 10 games where player was named on the team sheet

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
20/04/1959 LeagueA OLDHAM ATHLETIC 0 - 2
18/04/1959 LeagueH CARLISLE UNITED 0 - 1
14/04/1959 LeagueH COVENTRY CITY 1 - 2
20/12/1958 LeagueH WATFORD 0 - 3
13/12/1958 LeagueA EXETER CITY 2 - 3
30/04/1956 LeagueA ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 - 4
28/04/1956 LeagueA DARLINGTON 1 - 0
25/04/1956 LeagueA GRIMSBY TOWN 0 - 2
23/04/1956 Liverpool Senior CupA EVERTON 1 - 3
21/04/1956 LeagueA STOCKPORT COUNTY 0 - 4

Last 10 games where player started

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
20/04/1959 LeagueA OLDHAM ATHLETIC 0 - 2
18/04/1959 LeagueH CARLISLE UNITED 0 - 1
14/04/1959 LeagueH COVENTRY CITY 1 - 2
20/12/1958 LeagueH WATFORD 0 - 3
13/12/1958 LeagueA EXETER CITY 2 - 3
30/04/1956 LeagueA ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 - 4
28/04/1956 LeagueA DARLINGTON 1 - 0
25/04/1956 LeagueA GRIMSBY TOWN 0 - 2
23/04/1956 Liverpool Senior CupA EVERTON 1 - 3
21/04/1956 LeagueA STOCKPORT COUNTY 0 - 4

Last 10 Games where player has scored

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
27/12/1954LeagueH WORKINGTON 1 - 2
20/04/1954Friendly / Trevor Hitchen BenefitH INTERNATIONAL XI 2 - 2
06/03/1954LeagueA BARROW 3 - 2
30/01/1954LeagueH WREXHAM 4 - 0
25/12/1953LeagueH BRADFORD PA 1 - 0
05/12/1953LeagueA GRIMSBY TOWN 2 - 1
21/11/1953FA Cup / 1H CARLISLE UNITED 1 - 0
12/09/1953LeagueA YORK CITY 1 - 2
05/09/1953LeagueH SCUNTHORPE UNITED 4 - 3
01/09/1953LeagueH DARLINGTON 3 - 0

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