Full Name: Chris Lane
Normal Position: Defender
Born: 24/05/1979 (Liverpool)

Chris LaneChris made 155 league appearances with 4 subs. He scored 7 goals and is one of a very exclusive club to score on their Southport debuts finding the back of the net in a 3-1 home defeat by Rushden & Diamonds. Chris had two spells at the club initially being brought to the club by Mark Wright from Hereford United. Laney, as he was affectionately known, was a player who always gave 100% and his commitment in the tackle saw him pick up a fair few yellow cards (and red) in his time at the club. Chris was at Everton as a youngster. After leaving Southport the first time around Chris played for Leigh RMI and Morecambe and since leaving at the end of the 06/07 season he has been with Altrincham. In his final season at Haig Avenue he was the only part time player in a full time team and had to leave as this was affecting his starting place.
Lane signed as a YTS trainee with Everton in 1995 and was a reserve team regular whilst at Goodison Park. He attended Everton's Centre of Excellence from the age of 9 and became captain of both the Liverpool Boys and Merseyside Schools teams. After two years in Evertons reserve side Chris was given a premiership squad number for the 1997/98 season but was ultimately unable to break into the first team.
He left Everton and joined Hereford United for the start of the 1998/1999 season where he established himself as a fan favourite at Edgar Street. Lane notched up over 50 appearances for The Bulls and scored five goals during his time there.
His impressive form for Hereford persuaded Southport manager Mark Wright to pay 12,000 for the right backs services and he would represent three managers during his first spell with the club (Mark Wright, Phil Wilson and Mike Walsh).
Weighing in with a number of important goals in his time, he was another member of the FA Cup giant-killing side that faced Notts County in front of the Match of the Day cameras. Lane in fact capped off a fine day all round by scoring Southports fourth goal with a superb long range effort and his celebrations saw out the closing minutes of the television institution that evening. Chris describes this as his most memorable moment whilst playing for the club. It was a marvellous goal but we could have done without the shirt removal after it that left the watching Match Of The Day millions gasping in horror!
Having experienced the highs of the Notts County game, Lane was to ultimately become part of the side that experienced relegation that very same season. He had attracted the attention of a number of clubs over the course of the year but he drew much criticism from the Southport support being seen to jump ship where Syd Pickford and Steve Dickinson had vowed to help the Port fight back from the NPL. Morecambe manager Jim Harvey had moved quickly to ensure that Lane became his first summer signing but within 6 months, the emergence of youngster Keiran Walmsley forced him out of the first team. He struggled to regain his place and was released in January, completing a move to strugglers Leigh RMI.
He spent little over a month with Leigh before becoming part of a swap loan deal (striker Steve Brodie and defender Jamie Beard going the other way) and he moved to Conference leaders Chester City to team up once again with former boss Mark Wright. During his four months with Chester they clinched the Conference title, although Lanes opportunities were limited to a handful of appearances.
He returned to Leigh that summer and was installed as club captain spending much of the season as at centre half. After Leigh suffered relegation Liam Watson stepped in and brought him back to Southport in time for our first season back in the Conference (2005/2006). Lanes battling performances that season meant that he was able to regain the respect of much of the Southport support following his earlier exit.
With Southports Conference future assured the club had made the decision to move to full-time football for the following campaign. Lane opted to remain as a part time squad member, often training with Conference North club Vauxhall Motors in order to maintain his fitness levels. New Southport manager Paul Cook, unable to arrest Southports poor form at the start of the new season began to omit Lane from his starting line up by the end of September much to the fans bemusement. Had his replacements been of sufficient quality the decision might have been more widely accepted, but fans protested at an away game at Altrincham and Cook was met with angry supporters following the game suggesting that Lane had been used as a scapegoat for the clubs poor results. Lanes performances certainly hadnt been poor but they hadnt been outstanding either. In truth, the majority of the team was under qualified.
When Cook ultimately lost his job in January, he was replaced by former England international Peter Davenport. Lane, by this time back in the side, was once again the regular right back, but the new man brought with him a number of replacements including right back Mark Birch on loan from Gretna. Results began to improve and Lane struggled to regain his place. Lanes part time status was blamed for his exclusion from the squad, but that argument fell foul as his replacement was not with the Southport squad on a full-time basis either, travelling down for matches only.
Southports brave fight against relegation was lost just one week from the end of the season and following the clubs relegation Lane once again left, joining part time Altrincham back in the Conference.



Season Date From To Value
2000/2001 HEREFORD UNITED Southport
2002/2003 Southport MORECAMBE Released
2006/2007 Southport ALTRINCHAM



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 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
2000/2001 2603
2001/2002 4125
2002/2003 4222
2005/2006 4412
2006/2007 3440
Total 187 9 12


Games where player was named on the team sheet

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
30/03/2007 League / D5H STAFFORD RANGERS 5 - 1
27/03/2007 League / D5H HALIFAX TOWN 1 - 1
24/03/2007 League / D5A WOKING 1 - 1
17/03/2007 League / D5H WEYMOUTH 0 - 1
13/03/2007 League / D5A STEVENAGE BORO 1 - 3
10/03/2007 League / D5A ST ALBANS 2 - 2
24/02/2007 League / D5A CAMBRIDGE UNITED 2 - 2
21/02/2007 Liverpool Senior CupH TRANMERE ROVERS 1 - 3
17/02/2007 League / D5H ALDERSHOT TOWN 1 - 0
10/02/2007 League / D5A TAMWORTH 1 - 1
03/02/2007 League / D5H ALTRINCHAM 2 - 1
27/01/2007 League / D5H FOREST GREEN ROVERS 1 - 2
23/01/2007 League / D5A MORECAMBE 0 - 0
20/01/2007 League / D5A CRAWLEY TOWN 1 - 2
13/01/2007 FA Trophy / 2A SALISBURY CITY 1 - 2
06/01/2007 League / D5H GRAYS ATHLETIC 3 - 1
01/01/2007 League / D5A NORTHWICH VICS 1 - 3
30/12/2006 League / D5H KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 0 - 1
26/12/2006 League / D5H MORECAMBE 1 - 2
16/12/2006 FA Trophy / 1H DROYLSDEN 1 - 0
09/12/2006 League / D5A FOREST GREEN ROVERS 2 - 1
05/12/2006 Lancashire Junior Cup / 2H BURSCOUGH 1 - 3
02/12/2006 League / D5A DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 0 - 0
25/11/2006 League / D5H CAMBRIDGE UNITED 1 - 2
18/11/2006 League / D5A ALDERSHOT TOWN 2 - 2
04/11/2006 League / D5H TAMWORTH 1 - 0
28/10/2006 FA Cup / 4QH KETTERING TOWN 0 - 1
21/10/2006 League / D5A ALTRINCHAM 1 - 2
10/10/2006 League / D5H STEVENAGE BORO 1 - 2
07/10/2006 League / D5H ST ALBANS 1 - 1
03/10/2006 League / D5A OXFORD UNITED 2 - 2
30/09/2006 League / D5H EXETER CITY 0 - 1
26/09/2006 League / D5H NORTHWICH VICS 1 - 2
23/09/2006 League / D5A YORK CITY 2 - 2
19/09/2006 League / D5A KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 0 - 2
16/09/2006 League / D5H CRAWLEY TOWN 3 - 1
09/09/2006 League / D5A GRAYS ATHLETIC 0 - 4
02/09/2006 League / D5H GRAVESEND & NORTHFLEET 2 - 2
28/08/2006 League / D5A BURTON ALBION 1 - 0
26/08/2006 League / D5H RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS 1 - 2
19/08/2006 League / D5A STAFFORD RANGERS 0 - 1
15/08/2006 League / D5A HALIFAX TOWN 1 - 1
12/08/2006 League / D5H WOKING 0 - 0
29/04/2006 League / D5H ALDERSHOT TOWN 0 - 1
18/04/2006 League / D5A BURTON ALBION 0 - 0
15/04/2006 League / D5H GRAVESEND & NORTHFLEET 1 - 0
10/04/2006 League / D5H WOKING 1 - 0
08/04/2006 League / D5A HALIFAX TOWN 1 - 2
04/04/2006 Lancashire Junior Cup / FinalN LANCASTER CITY 1 - 0
01/04/2006 League / D5H CRAWLEY TOWN 0 - 2
25/03/2006 League / D5A TAMWORTH 0 - 0
21/03/2006 League / D5H ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 - 0
18/03/2006 League / D5H ALTRINCHAM 1 - 1
14/03/2006 League / D5H HEREFORD UNITED 1 - 2
11/03/2006 League / D5A FOREST GREEN ROVERS 2 - 1
28/02/2006 Lancashire Junior Cup / SFA ACCRINGTON STANLEY 4 - 2
18/02/2006 League / D5A CAMBRIDGE UNITED 1 - 2
11/02/2006 League / D5H CANVEY ISLAND 2 - 0
28/01/2006 League / D5H KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 1 - 4
24/01/2006 League / D5A YORK CITY 0 - 0
21/01/2006 League / D5A STEVENAGE BORO 1 - 0
17/01/2006 Lancashire Junior Cup / QFA BARROW 1 - 0
14/01/2006 League / D5H SCARBOROUGH 0 - 2
10/01/2006 Liverpool Senior Cup / 1A BURSCOUGH 1 - 3
07/01/2006 League / D5H DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 1 - 2
02/01/2006 League / D5A MORECAMBE 0 - 0
26/12/2005 League / D5H MORECAMBE 0 - 3
20/12/2005 FA Trophy / 1RH HALIFAX TOWN 0 - 1
17/12/2005 FA Trophy / 1A HALIFAX TOWN 0 - 0
13/12/2005 Lancashire Junior Cup / 2A SQUIRES GATE 3 - 2
10/12/2005 League / D5A ALDERSHOT TOWN 0 - 2
12/11/2005 League / D5A CRAWLEY TOWN 0 - 2
29/10/2005 League / D5H GRAYS ATHLETIC 1 - 4
22/10/2005 FA Cup / 4QH KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 1 - 0
15/10/2005 League / D5A ALTRINCHAM 0 - 1
07/10/2005 League / D5H FOREST GREEN ROVERS 3 - 1
01/10/2005 League / D5H CAMBRIDGE UNITED 2 - 2
27/09/2005 League / D5A SCARBOROUGH 1 - 0
24/09/2005 League / D5A CANVEY ISLAND 1 - 2
20/09/2005 League / D5H TAMWORTH 1 - 1
17/09/2005 League / D5H EXETER CITY 0 - 3
10/09/2005 League / D5A WOKING 0 - 1
03/09/2005 League / D5A GRAVESEND & NORTHFLEET 1 - 2
29/08/2005 League / D5H BURTON ALBION 3 - 2
27/08/2005 League / D5A KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 1 - 1
20/08/2005 League / D5H STEVENAGE BORO 3 - 2
16/08/2005 League / D5H YORK CITY 1 - 4
13/08/2005 League / D5A DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 1 - 3
26/04/2003 League / D5A STEVENAGE BORO 0 - 3
21/04/2003 League / D5H HEREFORD UNITED 1 - 2
19/04/2003 League / D5A NORTHWICH VICS 1 - 2
12/04/2003 League / D5H MARGATE 0 - 2
05/04/2003 League / D5A WOKING 1 - 1
29/03/2003 League / D5H BARNET 2 - 1
25/03/2003 League / D5A BURTON ALBION 0 - 1
22/03/2003 League / D5A CHESTER CITY 0 - 2
18/03/2003 League / D5A BARNET 1 - 3
15/03/2003 League / D5H DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 2 - 3
08/03/2003 League / D5A HALIFAX TOWN 4 - 3
04/03/2003 League / D5A NUNEATON BOROUGH 2 - 3
04/02/2003 FA Trophy / 4H DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 2 - 2
01/02/2003 FA Trophy / 4A DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 0 - 0
25/01/2003 League / D5A KETTERING TOWN 0 - 1
22/01/2003 Lancashire Junior Cup / 2A ACCRINGTON STANLEY 0 - 2
18/01/2003 League / D5H FOREST GREEN ROVERS 2 - 2
14/01/2003 FA Trophy / 3A LEEK TOWN 2 - 1
01/01/2003 League / D5H MORECAMBE 2 - 3
28/12/2002 League / D5H SCARBOROUGH 1 - 1
17/12/2002 Lancashire Junior Cup / 1H GREAT HARWOOD 4 - 1
14/12/2002 League / D5A FARNBOROUGH TOWN 1 - 2
07/12/2002 FA Cup / 2H FARNBOROUGH TOWN 0 - 3
30/11/2002 League / D5H CHESTER CITY 1 - 3
23/11/2002 League / D5H YEOVIL TOWN 0 - 1
16/11/2002 FA Cup / 1H NOTTS COUNTY 4 - 2
09/11/2002 League / D5A HEREFORD UNITED 2 - 0
02/11/2002 League / D5H STEVENAGE BORO 3 - 2
26/10/2002 FA Cup / 4QH BRIDLINGTON TOWN 4 - 1
22/10/2002 Football League Cup / 1H LEIGH RMI 3 - 4
19/10/2002 League / D5A MARGATE 0 - 1
12/10/2002 League / D5H WOKING 5 - 1
05/10/2002 League / D5A YEOVIL TOWN 0 - 6
28/09/2002 League / D5A DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 3 - 0
24/09/2002 League / D5H HALIFAX TOWN 2 - 0
21/09/2002 League / D5H BURTON ALBION 2 - 2
17/09/2002 League / D5A DONCASTER ROVERS 0 - 0
14/09/2002 League / D5A TELFORD UNITED 0 - 2
07/09/2002 League / D5H FARNBOROUGH TOWN 0 - 0
03/09/2002 League / D5H LEIGH RMI 4 - 2
31/08/2002 League / D5A GRAVESEND & NORTHFLEET 3 - 1
26/08/2002 League / D5H KETTERING TOWN 0 - 0
24/08/2002 League / D5A FOREST GREEN ROVERS 2 - 0
20/08/2002 League / D5A SCARBOROUGH 2 - 2
17/08/2002 League / D5H NUNEATON BOROUGH 1 - 0
27/04/2002 League / D5H FOREST GREEN ROVERS 5 - 1
23/04/2002 League / D5A YEOVIL TOWN 0 - 0
20/04/2002 League / D5A DONCASTER ROVERS 0 - 1
16/04/2002 Liverpool Senior Cup / SFH EVERTON 1 - 3
01/04/2002 League / D5H BOSTON UNITED 2 - 3
23/03/2002 League / D5A MARGATE 0 - 2
19/03/2002 League / D5A MORECAMBE 2 - 2
16/03/2002 League / D5H BARNET 0 - 1
09/03/2002 League / D5A NORTHWICH VICS 1 - 3
02/03/2002 League / D5H STALYBRIDGE CELTIC 3 - 1
16/02/2002 League / D5H WOKING 2 - 0
26/01/2002 League / D5H HEREFORD UNITED 1 - 1
19/01/2002 League / D5A STEVENAGE BORO 1 - 2
16/01/2002 FA Trophy / 3RA GRESLEY ROVERS 0 - 1
12/01/2002 FA Trophy / 3H GRESLEY ROVERS 1 - 1
08/01/2002 Lancashire Junior Cup / 2H LANCASTER CITY 2 - 1
05/01/2002 League / D5H LEIGH RMI 5 - 0
26/12/2001 League / D5H MORECAMBE 1 - 1
15/12/2001 League / D5A CHESTER CITY 2 - 0
08/12/2001 League / D5A DOVER ATHLETIC 1 - 0
01/12/2001 League / D5H DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 2 - 2
24/11/2001 League / D5A HAYES 0 - 1
09/11/2001 League / D5H YEOVIL TOWN 3 - 0
03/11/2001 League / D5A BOSTON UNITED 0 - 0
30/10/2001 FA Cup / 4QRH MARINE 2 - 1
27/10/2001 FA Cup / 4QA MARINE 1 - 1
20/10/2001 League / D5H DOVER ATHLETIC 0 - 2
16/10/2001 Football League Cup / 1A ROCHDALE 0 - 2
13/10/2001 League / D5A WOKING 0 - 2
09/10/2001 League / D5H SCARBOROUGH 1 - 0
06/10/2001 League / D5H TELFORD UNITED 0 - 0
02/10/2001 League / D5A NUNEATON BOROUGH 0 - 3
29/09/2001 League / D5H DONCASTER ROVERS 1 - 0
22/09/2001 League / D5A FOREST GREEN ROVERS 1 - 2
18/09/2001 League / D5A STALYBRIDGE CELTIC 0 - 0
15/09/2001 League / D5H MARGATE 1 - 2
11/09/2001 League / D5H NORTHWICH VICS 5 - 1
08/09/2001 League / D5A BARNET 0 - 0
04/09/2001 League / D5A LEIGH RMI 2 - 1
01/09/2001 League / D5H STEVENAGE BORO 0 - 0
27/08/2001 League / D5A HEREFORD UNITED 0 - 0
25/08/2001 League / D5H FARNBOROUGH TOWN 2 - 5
21/08/2001 League / D5H CHESTER CITY 3 - 2
18/08/2001 League / D5A DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 1 - 1
31/07/2001 Liverpool Senior Cup / FinalA BURSCOUGH 0 - 1
05/05/2001 League / D5H DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 0 - 1
30/04/2001 League / D5A STEVENAGE BORO 3 - 1
28/04/2001 League / D5A FOREST GREEN ROVERS 0 - 2
24/04/2001 Lancashire Junior Cup / FinalN LANCASTER CITY 1 - 0
21/04/2001 League / D5H HEDNESFORD TOWN 2 - 0
16/04/2001 League / D5A DOVER ATHLETIC 1 - 0
14/04/2001 League / D5H KINGSTONIAN 2 - 2
10/04/2001 League / D5A WOKING 2 - 1
07/04/2001 League / D5A HAYES 0 - 1
31/03/2001 League / D5H NORTHWICH VICS 1 - 1
27/03/2001 League / D5H HEREFORD UNITED 1 - 1
25/03/2001 League / D5A BOSTON UNITED 0 - 1
20/03/2001 Lancashire Junior Cup / SFA MORECAMBE 3 - 1
17/03/2001 League / D5H NUNEATON BOROUGH 1 - 2
13/03/2001 League / D5H CHESTER CITY 1 - 0
10/03/2001 FA Trophy / QFA CHESTER CITY 0 - 1
03/03/2001 League / D5H KETTERING TOWN 2 - 3
24/02/2001 FA Trophy / 5A WEYMOUTH 2 - 1
20/02/2001 Lancashire Junior Cup / 3H MARINE 5 - 0
17/02/2001 League / D5H FOREST GREEN ROVERS 1 - 1
10/02/2001 League / D5A TELFORD UNITED 3 - 2
03/02/2001 FA Trophy / 4A KINGSTONIAN 1 - 0
27/01/2001 League / D5A SCARBOROUGH 1 - 1
20/01/2001 League / D5A YEOVIL TOWN 1 - 0
13/01/2001 FA Trophy / 3H HEDNESFORD TOWN 3 - 0
06/01/2001 League / D5H RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS 1 - 3

Games where player has scored

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
10/01/2006Liverpool Senior Cup / 1A BURSCOUGH 1 - 3
22/10/2005FA Cup / 4QH KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 1 - 0
14/12/2002League / D5A FARNBOROUGH TOWN 1 - 2
16/11/2002FA Cup / 1H NOTTS COUNTY 4 - 2
01/04/2002League / D5H BOSTON UNITED 2 - 3
05/01/2002League / D5H LEIGH RMI 5 - 0
27/10/2001FA Cup / 4QA MARINE 1 - 1
09/10/2001League / D5H SCARBOROUGH 1 - 0
11/09/2001League / D5H NORTHWICH VICS 5 - 1
20/01/2001League / D5A YEOVIL TOWN 1 - 0
13/01/2001FA Trophy / 3H HEDNESFORD TOWN 3 - 0
06/01/2001League / D5H RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS 1 - 3

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