The following article was published in the Southport Guardian on Saturday 31st March 1906: “A special meeting of the members and subscribers of the Southport Central Football Club was held at the Y.M.C.A. rooms on Thursday evening. Mr W. Robinson presided over a large attendance which included Messrs. J. Gregson (hon.
The following is the excellent opening chapter/forward from the book by Mark Iddon chronicaling the 1905/06 season. 1903/04 "Referring to the question of the ground, Councillor Smith and himself (Chairman Mr W. Robinson) had been asked by the committee to approach the Trustees and do what they could to secure the ground
Southport Central Football Club Annual Meeting on Wednesday July 5th 1905, as reported by the local press: "The annual meeting of members of the Southport Central PC was held on Wednesday evening at the Temperance Institute. Sir Geo, Pilkington presided and there were also present Messrs W. Robinson (chairman of the
The 1920-21 season was completely overshadowed by the club’s attempt to gain admission to the proposed Third Division North. Secretary Edwin Clayton played a large part in its formation but the voting could not have been much closer. At a special meeting of the Football League held at the Connaught Rooms,
Southport's first peace-time game took place at Oldham on August 30th, 1919 Billy Caulfield scored a hat-trick and Billy Little netted the other goal in a 4-2 win. Early in the season a young inside-forward briefly appeared to partner Billy Semple; some thirty-five years later that same inside-forward now Cllr. Fred
The 1913-14 season was notable for Central's record F.A. Cup win when Lancashire Combination side Portsmouth Rangers were defeated 9-0. At the end of the campaign Central found themselves in seventeenth position in the League having taken 30 points from their 38 games. Pos Team P W D L F A Pts 1 Everton 38 20 9 9 83 57 49 2 Crewe Alexandra 38 20 8 10 57 49 48 3 Stalybridge Celtic 38 20 7 11 72 43 47 4 Port Vale 38 17 11 10 78 62 45 5 Blackburn Rovers 38 18 7 13 93 72 43 6 Manchester United 38 19 4 15 49 43 42 7 Liverpool 38 17 8 13 57 54 42 8 Bradford City 38 18 4 16 68 56 40 9 Manchester City 38 16 8 14 57 51 40 10 Rochdale 38 15 9 14 60 51 39 11 Burnley 38 16 6 16 57 72 38 12 Blackpool 38 13 11 14 48 52 37 13 Oldham
After several abortive attempts, the club was floated in the summer of 1912 as a Limited Company called 'The Southport Central Football Club 1912 Limited -with a share capital of 2000 Ordinary ten shilling shares. The original directors were George R Cranshaw, George H. Collinge, James Hamer, Harry Rimmer, John
In 1911-12, for only the second time in the club’s history, Southport Central reached the first round proper of the F.A Cup. Home victories over Padiham, Rossendale United and Colne and a 1-0 win at Heywood(after a 1-1 draw at Ash Lane) had already brought Frome Town to Southport. The
At the end of 1910-11, when Central finished in eleventh place, there was a rift between some of the reserve sides of Football League clubs like Manchester City, Everton and Liverpool and the Lancashire Combination. Southport Central joined forces with these teams in a bid to form the Central League.
One of the few bright features of 1909-10 was the form of George Latham. He was a full-back and a popular favourite with the crowd. He became the first player to gain International honours while actually playing with Southport when he was capped by Wales against England. At the end
Southport Central finished the 1908-09 season in thirteenth place but tighter economic management and Billy Watson’s transfer fee considerably reduced the bank overdraft. A novel event at Ash Lane was the Northern Union (Rugby League) match on New Year’s Day, 1909. The game between the Australian Touring Team and Widnes
The 1907-08 season saw Southport Central finish in sixth place. Jack Sinclair who had already wrenched a cartilage in his knee, twisted his knee in the third game of the season. At the club’s expense he visited a bone specialist, who announced that the knee was not strong enough to
In November 1906 Southport Central recognised the services of two of their long-serving players, Fred Spink and Jack Sinclair. The latter was a product of the Southport Working Lads Club and the first of the famous footballing family to play for Southport. Both had been with the club for nine
It was not until 2 nd December that Central recorded their first victory of the 1905-06 season, defeating Oldham Athletic 3-0. Most pre-season signings played below their reputations and a series of injuries-most notably to Syd Smith and Jack Sinclair-resulted in constant team alterations. Meanwhile the wage bill had mounted
Southport were promoted to the “A” Division of the Lancashire Combination for the 1904-05 campaign. They finished third behind Stockport County and Liverpool, their best placing in that league. It was also the season that central gained their most notable success to date when they won the Lancashire Senior Cup for