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: 2004/2005 [Back to Player Stats]
The player made an appearance in the following games:
Date Home Club Away Club Score Goals Competition Round
31/07/2004 Congleton Reserves Southport Reserves 0 - 0 0 Friendly 31/07/2004
14/08/2004 Southport Vauxhall Motors 2 - 1 0 National League North 14/08/2004
17/08/2004 Barrow Southport 0 - 2 0 National League North 17/08/2004
21/08/2004 Hinckley United Southport 0 - 0 0 National League North 21/08/2004
24/08/2004 Southport Ashton United 1 - 2 0 National League North 24/08/2004
28/08/2004 Southport Redditch United 1 - 1 0 National League North 28/08/2004
30/08/2004 Moor Green Southport 2 - 3 0 National League North 30/08/2004
04/09/2004 Nuneaton Borough Southport 0 - 1 0 National League North 04/09/2004
11/09/2004 Southport Altrincham 2 - 1 0 National League North 11/09/2004
14/09/2004 Southport Runcorn FC Halton 3 - 1 0 National League North 14/09/2004
18/09/2004 Alfreton Town Southport 2 - 1 0 National League North 18/09/2004
21/09/2004 Gainsborough Trinity Southport 1 - 0 0 National League North 21/09/2004
25/09/2004 Southport Kettering Town 1 - 3 0 National League North 25/09/2004
02/10/2004 Ramsbottom United Southport 0 - 2 0 FA Cup Qualifying 2 02/10/2004
09/10/2004 Droylsden Southport 1 - 3 0 National League North 09/10/2004
16/10/2004 Stratford Town Southport 0 - 3 1 FA Cup Qualifying 3 16/10/2004
23/10/2004 Southport Worcester City 2 - 2 0 National League North 23/10/2004
26/10/2004 Southport Bradford ( Park Avenue ) 1 - 0 0 National League North 26/10/2004
30/10/2004 Southport Hyde United 3 - 1 1 FA Cup Qualifying 4 30/10/2004
03/11/2004 Barrow Southport 4 - 1 0 Conference League Cup 1 03/11/2004
06/11/2004 Gateshead (1977) Southport 1 - 1 0 FA Trophy 1 06/11/2004
09/11/2004 Southport Gateshead (1977) 2 - 1 0 FA Trophy 1 Replay 09/11/2004
16/11/2004 Southport Bacup Borough 5 - 1 0 Lancashire Junior Cup 1 16/11/2004
20/11/2004 Southport Worksop Town 1 - 1 0 National League North 20/11/2004
27/11/2004 Kings Lynn Southport 1 - 3 0 FA Trophy 2 27/11/2004
04/12/2004 Stafford Rangers Southport 1 - 1 0 National League North 04/12/2004
07/12/2004 Runcorn FC Halton Southport 0 - 2 0 National League North 07/12/2004
11/12/2004 Southport Nuneaton Borough 3 - 0 0 National League North 11/12/2004
14/12/2004 Lancaster City Southport 1 - 1 0 National League North 14/12/2004
18/12/2004 Altrincham Southport 2 - 1 0 National League North 18/12/2004
26/12/2004 Southport Stalybridge Celtic 2 - 0 0 National League North 26/12/2004
01/01/2005 Stalybridge Celtic Southport 3 - 5 0 National League North 01/01/2005
15/01/2005 Southport Hucknall Town 2 - 2 0 FA Trophy 3 15/01/2005
18/01/2005 Hucknall Town Southport 1 - 0 0 FA Trophy 3 Replay 18/01/2005
22/01/2005 Kettering Town Southport 0 - 5 2 National League North 22/01/2005
29/01/2005 Southport Gainsborough Trinity 2 - 1 0 National League North 29/01/2005
05/02/2005 Worcester City Southport 1 - 3 0 National League North 05/02/2005
12/02/2005 Southport Droylsden 3 - 0 0 National League North 12/02/2005
19/02/2005 Bradford ( Park Avenue ) Southport 3 - 1 0 National League North 19/02/2005
26/02/2005 Southport Lancaster City 0 - 0 0 National League North 26/02/2005
01/03/2005 Southport Alfreton Town 3 - 1 0 National League North 01/03/2005
05/03/2005 Worksop Town Southport 1 - 2 0 National League North 05/03/2005
12/03/2005 Southport Stafford Rangers 0 - 0 0 National League North 12/03/2005
19/03/2005 Southport Barrow 0 - 0 0 National League North 19/03/2005
22/03/2005 Southport Harrogate Town 2 - 3 0 National League North 22/03/2005
26/03/2005 Ashton United Southport 0 - 3 0 National League North 26/03/2005
28/03/2005 Southport Moor Green 2 - 1 0 National League North 28/03/2005
02/04/2005 Vauxhall Motors Southport 0 - 3 0 National League North 02/04/2005
16/04/2005 Southport Hinckley United 3 - 2 0 National League North 16/04/2005
23/04/2005 Southport Hucknall Town 1 - 0 0 National League North 23/04/2005
30/04/2005 Harrogate Town Southport 2 - 5 0 National League North 30/04/2005


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