Syd Pickford

Real Name: Steve Pickford
Born: 24/12/1977 (Ashton-under-Lyne)

Syd Pickford

One couldn’t discuss Syd’s time with Southport without mentioning the 2002 FA Cup clash between the Sandgrounders and Notts County at Haig Avenue. His stunning performance on that day will live forever on film thanks to the presence of the Match of the Day cameras and the video of that Pickford-inspired match will hold a place in the video/dvd collection of many a supporter for a long-long time.
Pickford joined the Sandgrounders in the summer of 2002 from Stalybridge Celtic, having previously spent time with Leigh RMI, Doncaster and Glossop. He left an indelible mark on the club and the supporters during what would turn out to be a turbulent four year spell. Naming boxing world champion Ricky Hatton amongst his closest friends it is no surprise that Pickford’s own playing style is that of a battling central midfielder and inspirational captain.
Despite collecting both the players and fans player of the season awards, his first season with the ‘Port was a real mixed bag of success and failure. Within the space of one year Pickford enjoyed the highs of the aforementioned FA Cup giant-killing and the massive lows of the shock relegation on the last day, his second relegation in as many years following Stalybridge’s relegation a year earlier.
Having left Stalybridge to remain in the Conference with former boss Phil Wilson at Southport , upon the Sandgrounders’ exit, he vowed to help his new side return to Non-Leagues top flight, signing a 2 year extension to his contract within months.
Within two years he was celebrating a championship success at Harrogate in 2005 and a brave and successful battle for survival a year later. A casualty of the club’s move to full time football at the start of the 2007/2008 season he had a well paid job away from the game. He begrudgingly elected to join Hyde United his home-town club and was sorely missed at the heart of the Southport midfield during their second season back in the Conference.
There is also the story of a certain shower related habit – but some things are better left un-said.

Player Profile reproduced with Permission from:
The Complete Non-League History of Southport Football Club 1978 – 2008, by Trust in Yellow (Legends Publishing, 2008). ISBN 978-1-906796-01-3

Season: 2003/2004 [Back to Player Stats]
The player made an appearance in the following games:
Date Home Club Away Club Score Goals Competition Round
16/08/2003 Wakefield & Emley Southport 0 - 1 0 Northern Premier League 16/08/2003
19/08/2003 Southport Lancaster City 3 - 0 0 Northern Premier League 19/08/2003
25/08/2003 Burscough Southport 0 - 3 0 Northern Premier League 25/08/2003
30/08/2003 Southport Whitby Town 3 - 0 0 Northern Premier League 30/08/2003
02/09/2003 Stalybridge Celtic Southport 2 - 1 0 Northern Premier League 02/09/2003
06/09/2003 Hucknall Town Southport 4 - 0 0 Northern Premier League 06/09/2003
09/09/2003 Southport Runcorn FC Halton 0 - 3 0 Northern Premier League 09/09/2003
13/09/2003 Southport Droylsden 4 - 1 0 Northern Premier League 13/09/2003
16/09/2003 Worksop Town Southport 1 - 0 0 Northern Premier League 16/09/2003
20/09/2003 Ashton United Southport 2 - 1 0 Northern Premier League 20/09/2003
23/09/2003 Southport Altrincham 2 - 2 0 Northern Premier League 23/09/2003
27/09/2003 Vauxhall Motors Southport 3 - 1 0 FA Cup Qualifying 2 27/09/2003
30/09/2003 Southport Barrow 1 - 1 0 Northern Premier League 30/09/2003
04/10/2003 Bradford ( Park Avenue ) Southport 0 - 1 0 Northern Premier League 04/10/2003
07/10/2003 Lancaster City Southport 1 - 0 0 Northern Premier League 07/10/2003
25/10/2003 Frickley Athletic Southport 1 - 2 0 Northern Premier League 25/10/2003
28/10/2003 Altrincham Southport 1 - 0 0 Northern Premier League 28/10/2003
01/11/2003 Southport Worksop Town 2 - 3 0 Northern Premier League 01/11/2003
04/11/2003 Barrow Southport 1 - 1 0 Northern Premier League 04/11/2003
08/11/2003 Southport Hucknall Town 1 - 1 0 Northern Premier League 08/11/2003
15/11/2003 Southport Spennymoor United 2 - 3 0 Northern Premier League 15/11/2003
18/11/2003 Ashton United Southport 1 - 3 0 Northern Premier League Cup 2 18/11/2003
22/11/2003 Harrogate Town Southport 3 - 1 0 Northern Premier League 22/11/2003
29/11/2003 Altrincham Southport 1 - 0 0 FA Trophy 2 29/11/2003
06/12/2003 Bamber Bridge Reserves Southport Reserves 0 - 6 0 Lancashire League 06/12/2003
13/12/2003 Southport Bradford ( Park Avenue ) 0 - 1 0 Northern Premier League 13/12/2003
20/12/2003 Southport Guiseley 2 - 3 0 Northern Premier League Cup 3 20/12/2003
26/12/2003 Marine Southport 1 - 1 0 Northern Premier League 26/12/2003
01/01/2004 Southport Burscough 2 - 1 2 Northern Premier League 01/01/2004
06/01/2004 Formby Southport 1 - 7 0 Liverpool Senior Cup 1 06/01/2004
10/01/2004 Southport Wakefield & Emley 1 - 1 1 Northern Premier League 10/01/2004
17/01/2004 Southport Blyth Spartans 1 - 0 0 Northern Premier League 17/01/2004
24/01/2004 Alfreton Town Southport 0 - 2 0 Northern Premier League 24/01/2004
31/01/2004 Vauxhall Motors Southport 3 - 2 0 Northern Premier League 31/01/2004
07/02/2004 Whitby Town Southport 0 - 5 1 Northern Premier League 07/02/2004
17/02/2004 Gainsborough Trinity Southport 1 - 2 0 Northern Premier League 17/02/2004
21/02/2004 Runcorn FC Halton Southport 1 - 1 0 Northern Premier League 21/02/2004
28/02/2004 Southport Vauxhall Motors 1 - 1 0 Northern Premier League 28/02/2004
06/03/2004 Spennymoor United Southport 0 - 2 0 Northern Premier League 06/03/2004
09/03/2004 Prescot Cables Southport 3 - 3 0 Liverpool Senior Cup 2 09/03/2004
13/03/2004 Blyth Spartans Southport 1 - 4 0 Northern Premier League 13/03/2004
20/03/2004 Southport Harrogate Town 3 - 2 0 Northern Premier League 20/03/2004
23/03/2004 Southport Gainsborough Trinity 2 - 0 0 Northern Premier League 23/03/2004
30/03/2004 Southport Everton Reserves 0 - 1 0 Liverpool Senior Cup Semi Final 30/03/2004
10/04/2004 Droylsden Southport 3 - 2 0 Northern Premier League 10/04/2004
12/04/2004 Southport Stalybridge Celtic 2 - 3 0 Northern Premier League 12/04/2004
17/04/2004 Southport Ashton United 0 - 0 0 Northern Premier League 17/04/2004
24/04/2004 Southport Frickley Athletic 3 - 1 0 Northern Premier League 24/04/2004


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