Liam Watson

Full Name: Liam Watson
Born: 21/05/1970

Liam who? That was the reaction when Watson was appointed as the club’s youngest manager in history, the 19th manager to be appointed since their 1978 exit from the Football League.

Born 21 May 1970 in Liverpool. Watson played for Maghull, Burscough, Warrington Town, Preston North End, Marine, Witton Albion, Runcorn and Accrington Stanley. Watson was the man Southport turned to in their hour of need in October 2003 – six months after they were relegated from the Conference. In 2001, Port had finished fourth in the Conference under Mark Wright but that momentum had been lost following Wright’s move to Oxford and Watson inherited a team struggling in the Unibond League. Watson, was not steeped in managerial experience but had been given a tough grounding at Runcorn and his ambition and stomach for the scrap sparked a transformation. As a player he always had to fight to prove himself. He went from Sunday League, to the North-West Counties, to the UniBond League and to the Football League. He won England (semi-professional) caps and that was a good grounding. On his appointment as boss at Southport Watson said “Southport is the type of club where once you raise expectations you have to match them, and I understand that and will be working very hard to try and achieve that.”

Watson, whose League football came at Preston North End, totally re-built Southport’s squad and in his first full season in charge guided the club to the Conference North title in great style. Considering the struggle the club had in the Conference in 2005/06 Watson’s support from the terraces was remarkable and he was heard to say more than once that it was that support that kept him in a job. The joy that he displayed along with the travelling faithful at Grays when Conference survival was assured against all the odds was a real show of togetherness. Not renowned for their patience the Southport fans took to Watson like no other manager and it was a major shock when he left, some hardened supporters described it as feeling as though a death in the family had occurred.

The rollercoaster nature of life at Haig Avenue was perhaps best illustrated by a frantic seven-day period in July 2008. When boss Gary Brabin fled to Cambridge United, talk of crisis ensued, but little did supporters know it would bring about the return of Liam Watson, one of the club’s most popular ever managers.

Southport Playing Stats

First Team

Heritage Qualifying League Only Cup Only Other Only All
Season Qualifying Starts Qualifying Subs Qualifying Appearances Qualifying Goals League Starts League Subs Total League Appearances League Goals Cup Starts Cup Subs Total CupAppearances Cup Goals Other Starts Other Subs Total Other Appearances Other Goals Total Starts Total Subs Total Appearances Total Goals
2010/20110(0)000(0)000(0)001(0)111(0)11
Total0(0)000(0)000(0)001(0)111(0)11

Southport Playing Stats

Reserves

Heritage Qualifying League Only Cup Only Other Only All
Season Qualifying Starts Qualifying Subs Qualifying Appearances Qualifying Goals League Starts League Subs Total League Appearances League Goals Cup Starts Cup Subs Total CupAppearances Cup Goals Other Starts Other Subs Total Other Appearances Other Goals Total Starts Total Subs Total Appearances Total Goals
2003/20040(0)002(0)210(1)100(0)002(1)31
Total0(0)002(0)210(1)100(0)002(1)31

Other Clubs


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Marine First Team
Runcorn First Team

Management Stats

Southport First Team

Timeline Heritage Qualifying League Only Cup Only Other Only All
Start End Qualifying Played Qualifying Won Qualifying Drawn Qualifying Lost League Played League Won League Drawn League Lost Cup Played Cup Won Cup Drawn Cup Lost Other Played Other Won Other Drawn Other Lost Total Played Total Won Total Drawn Total Lost
17/10/200323/05/200614665315011449273832164121010147653250
01/07/200821/04/2013279123728422593646854308162465133031297797
01/07/201817/08/2023236965684179565172574051236223112721185995
Total6612841592185181981421781438617406128924722312168242


Other Non Playing Roles


Runcorn

First Team - Manager
From: 01/06/2000 To: 16/10/2003


Burscough

First Team - Manager
From: 14/06/2006 To: 30/06/2008


AFC Telford United

First Team - Manager
From: 03/05/2013 To: 13/12/2014


Stalybridge Celtic

First Team - Manager
From: 20/03/2015 To: 31/08/2016


Southport

First Team - Board Member
From: 06/09/2016 To: 30/06/2017

First Team - Caretaker Manager
From: 31/01/2017 To: 07/02/2017

First Team - Director of Football
From: 17/08/2023 To: 30/06/2024



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