After suffering, and only just surviving, the indignity of a third successive re-election application, Southport firmly resolved to improve their performance. Wally Fielding built up an attractive team - blending youth and experience — but left before the season commenced to become assistant-trainer at Luton Town. Lem Newcomb took over
In the last four practically all season, Southport were lucky to retain their league status after applying for re-election for the third successive year, Southport kept only a handful of the previous season's staff and completed eleven new signings. A 6,000 crowd saw them open by fighting back from 2-0
For the only time in League history, Southport finished last in their division—the 92nd team in the league—with a paltry 26 points. Trevor Hitchen's return as manager in June 1958 was no surprise; speculation had been rife ever since Hitchen had piloted VVigan to their shock Cup win the previous November.
Although at the A.G.M. the directors resolved to do their utmost to finish in the top half of the table and made twelve close season signings, Southport ended in 23rd place and thus became founder members of the Fourth Division. Pre-season hopes were raised when Stan Mortensen was appointed Team Supervisor
After the success of the previous season 1956-57 proved a bitter disappointment. The attack suffered from the absence of Bromilow in November and December at the Melbourne Olympics and Beadnell was kept out of league football through stomach trouble and never played for Southport again. Too often the defence collapsed
Curing one of their best seasons ever - Southport finished fifth with 57 points - six club records were created, four of which still stand. After losing at Hartlepools on October 8th the Club went a record 19 games without defeat. winning 12 and drawing 7, before losing 2-1 away to
Although Southport, who switched to an old gold and black rayon strip, had the best defensive record in the tour divisions of the Football League, goals were in such short supply that, in fact, only three league clubs scored fewer. Southport recorded six goalless draws in their league programme, including
As in the previous season Southport began in confident fashion, picking up thirteen points from their first ten games. Alec Gaskell, a product of the Leigh and District League, was a tireless worker at centre-forward who constantly harassed opposing defences and soon attracted the attention of several first division clubs.
Southport at last gave their long-suffering supporters something to cheer about when they experienced their best season since 1938-39 and finished sixth. After a defeat at Darlington on the opening day of the season, Southport lost only one of their next nine games, taking 15 points. A disastrous spell between late
Although the club had another mediocre season, finishing 17th in the table, there were signs that an improvement was on the way. In the 1951 close season Southport had completed one of the best deals in their history when they transferred the unsettled Bill Bellas to Grimsby Town. Belles, a promising
The feature of a largely undistinguished season was a small but welcome profit of £97, despite reductions in league takings of £2,241 (average attendance 5,924) and cup-tie receipts of £2,109. The profit chiefly emanated from transfer fees; whilst £5,250 was expended, no less than £8,675 was received. Jimmy Wyllie, signed on
A season of changing character saw Southport, instilled with a fine team spirit by trainer-coach George Mutch, fight their way up the table into a challenging position, by Christmas. The turning point came on December 31st with a 5-1 reverse at Doncaster Hovers, after which only one victory was recorded
After taking thirteen points from their first twelve outings, the defence was severely weakened by Arthur Turner's departure to Crewe Alexandra as Manager-Trainer in October. While Turner was at centre-half blocking the path to goal Southport had some measure of success. They finished next to the foot of the table but
In January 1948 Southport looked certainties for a place in the re-election zone; then, along with the returning Alan Ball, Arthur Turner was signed from Birmingham City. He was immediately appointed captain and inspired the side by words and example to such effect that the remaining 17 games produced 21