Southport FC Former Players Association (Port Online)

Research Update – November 2020

Players Sparring in Training

Players Sparring in Training. L to R: Albert Davies, Alex Scott, Tommy Howshall, Harry Stevenson, Dennis Grainger, bob Hodgkiss, Duncan Colquhoun, Jimmy Clough

Research during the past month has continued to focus on players who represented the club during the first and second world war.
We have identified a further WW1 casualty in Arthur Stringfellow thanks to a reference unearthed in the Lancashire Evening Post in September 1918.
Arthur too is buried/commemorated in France and therefore we still only know of William Rigby who is buried in the town. Mick Hopkins has located his grave within Birkdale Cemetery, it is a fairly typical commonwealth war grave, however we would like to be able to make reference to his time with Southport Central and therefore we have made some preliminary enquiries with Sefton Council regarding how we might do this. We’re still waiting for a reply but the current pandemic is obviously having a effect on non-urgent inquiries.
We continue to look for any more potential players, and will keep everyone posted on any progress.

I am continuing to (slowly) add a number of photographs to the website and I have started posting “on this day” births, deaths, transfers and key games onto Twitter and Facebook. They’re always available on the website (click “on this day”) but it’s good to draw people’s attention to them and it’s nice to see them jogging the memories of some of our supporters. Along the same lines, I have provided Rob with some content for the match day programme for the next few home games.

Amongst our personal collections are various medals and trophies that we have been able to acquire over the years and we will be expanding the “honours” page on the site to include photographs where we have them.

Finally, we welcome the return of fans to the stadium and look forward to watching Southport take on Farsley on Wednesday evening!