Research Update September 2020

President, Directors, Staff and Players 1939/40

Included are: Mr W.H.Stephenson, JP (President), Mr E.W.Raynor (Chairman), Councillor H.S.Banner (Vice Chairman), Messrs. E.C.O'Mahoney, T. Naylor, J.Finch, J. Green and Councillor W.Paulden (Directors), Mr C.G.Hunt (secretary and manager), W. Semple (Trainer) and R Jones (Assistant Trainer).

We've continued to make steady progress with research of the WW2 period and the location of former Visiter editor Joe Moore's diary has provided line-ups for a number of Northern Floodlit League and Cup games.

Lockdown continues to make things difficult from a research perspective however Mike has located former Southport Visiter editor Joe Moore’s notebook for the 1958-1971 period which has provided line-ups for the majority of the Northern Floodlit League and Floodlit Cup games, plus a number of the missing Lancashire Senior Cup and Liverpool Senior Cup games in that period.

Mike and I have also been able to make progress with the second world war period and we are now down to only 2 games where a full Line-Up is not yet available and we’re still hopeful we will obtain these in time. We have also been able to trace and identify more of the players from the war period and have a number of leads that we are able to follow to hopefully shed more light on our mystery men. Match reports for 80-90% of the games during WW2 have also been uploaded, and I’ll continue to add them over the coming weeks.

We had arranged to meet with Mark Iddon in the past week to pool and share research of the first world war period however due to the newly imposed local restrictions concerning social interaction we have had to postpone our plans for the time being. Were looking forward to being able to do this once the restrictions ease.