Southport Club Profile

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Club Background; We've Met Before; Club Statistics; Club Information; Directions To The Ground; Web Resources; Food And Drink; Local Amenities


Club Background

Southport's Main Stand
Southport's Main Stand. The Paris of the North? Alright, calm down, calm down.
Southport eh ? Paris of the North. They really really hate being called Scouseport - which of course simply encourages everyone to do just that. They'll argue endlessly about it, showing you road atlases, quoting post codes and obscure council documents and boundary changes without realising they undermine their case with every word as the whole conversation is conducted in a heavy Scouse accent by someone wearing a shellsuit whilst holding your car's stereo. They even compete in the Liverpool Senior Cup, so Scouseport it is.

Southport is an ex-league club, relegated and replaced by Wigan in 1978. When you get to the ground there is very little evidence of the old league club that once stood there, with plenty of change having taken place in the past 30 years. Out on the main street you'll find the entrance to all of the clubs shops, offices and bars from the main facade which is effectively the back of the main stand. Parking is a little tricky, and is only available as on-street parking - there is absolutely no car park whatsoever. You'll find the welcome in the bar a sincere one, and getting served easy due to the orderly queue that is formed. If drink is not your thing there is supposedly a massage parlour close by where they can release all those pre-match tensions, and where they can ... errr ... perform other services. So we've been told. Once in the ground, there bizarrely appears to be segregation in force for all games, despite the design of the ground and the size and nature of the crowds making this an irrational decision. As a result you're stuck on a open terrace where there is zero atmosphere and where if you are playing in the winter, the sunset makes viewing the game a near impossibility.

With the exception of their more elderly support you'll not find anyone to talk to about those League days, as they spent 15 years in the Northern League without ever threatening to do anything except drop further until 1992-93 when they suddenly won promotion to the Conference. During their first three seasons they threatened big things, finishing third, fourth and sixth, but since then they have drifted and began flirting with the relegation zone until the departure of ex-manager Paul Futcher, who took them to a losing FA Trophy final at Wembley, and the appointment of former Liverpool and England defender Mark Wright as boss.

Wright's impact was immediate, dragging the Scousers up to a respectable 9th in the season he was appointed and then keeping them on the fringes of the championship race behind ourseves and Ru$hden the following season, though never really threatening to overtake the leaders. He had an uneasy relationship with Southport chairman Charles Clapham however, insisting that a part-time club - which Southport still is - would never again win the Conference and that if the club's ambitions was to match his own then full-time football was the only option. On gates averaging around 1,300 however Wright's ambitions were never going to afforded by the Scousers and it was no surprise to anyone - least to all Scouseports long-suffering supporters - when Wright resigned that summer to take over at 3rd Division Oxford United.

The Scousers turned to Phil Wilson, who had just taken Stalybridge Celtic up to the Conference. With no money to spend, supporter unrest abounding, and more player movement in and out of the Haig Avenue than virtually any other team in the Conference, he had an unenviable job to do in his first season at Haig Avenue - an eventual 15th place finish was, in retrospect, a considerable achievement.

Prediction corner :
To hell with false modesty, we were spot-on again in our forecast for Scouseport last season, just as we were the season before, saying that they would flirt with relegation but would be too good to go down - in the event they finished 15th, which is close enough in our opinion. This season the Scousers have strengthened their squad, bringing in the likes of Steve Soley from Carlisle, Europe's leading goalscorer from last season (honest) Marc Lloyd-Williams from Bangor, and striker Peter Thompson from Morecambe amongst others. At the time of writing (12 games into the season) they are 3rd in the table, 4 points behind the leaders (us!) and the only part-time side in the top 7. Can they keep their excellent start going over the whole season? We fear not. Like it or not full-time teams have a huge advantage over part-timers and Mark Wright's comments (see above) are likely to be proven true again. Despite our own appalling recent record against them we think Scouseport's challenge will fade over the winter and they'll finish just outside the play-off zone as the best of the Conference's part-time clubs. Final position - 8th.

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We've Met Before ...



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Southport : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Southport

27/11/1993AwayGMVCD1-11303Spencer
26/03/1994HomeGMVCW3-21978Spencer, West, Coates
08/10/1994HomeGMVCL0-11760
08/04/1995AwayGMVCD0-0818
31/03/1998HomeConfD0-01927
25/04/1998AwayConfL1-2849Patmore
09/01/1999AwayConfW3-2929Hannigan 54, Keeling 64, Dale 86
23/03/1999HomeConfW3-12158Pickard 20, Patmore 41, Fishlock 79
23/10/1999HomeConfD1-12217Foster 29
12/02/2000AwayConfD1-11343Foster 50
26/08/2000AwayConfL0-31310
20/01/2001HomeConfL0-14705
09/11/2001AwayConfL0-3944
23/04/2002HomeConfD0-01941
05/10/2002HomeConfW6-04727Demba 15, 25, 45, G Williams 53, Crittenden 81, El Kholti 90
23/11/2002AwayConfW1-01602McIndoe 45


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Southport

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
3321362337125652018


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Club Statistics

RECENT RESULTS

29/03/2003BarnetHomeConfW2-1906Ashcroft 36, Mulvaney 66
05/04/2003WokingAwayConfD1-11815Thompson 78
12/04/2003MargateHomeConfL0-2768
19/04/2003Northwich VictoriaAwayConfL1-2700Howell 90
21/04/2003Hereford UnitedHomeConfL1-21103Pickford 59
26/04/2003Stevenage BoroughAwayConfL0-32382


FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total
Peter Thompson12100013
Steve Whitehall420309
Steve Soley701008
Steve Pickford421007
Lee Mulvaney400004
Dean Howell300003
Robert Pell300003
Steve Jones201003
Marc Lloyd-Williams210003
Lee Ashcroft200002
Chris Lane110002
Mark Winstanley110002
Paul Wheatcroft100001
Ian Nolan100001
Mark Lloyd-Williams100001
Paul Edwards100001
Barry Jones001001
James Connolly100001
Gary Bauress100001
Andy Scott001001
Neil Gibson100001
Tony Sullivan100001
Own Goals100001

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 2447, vs Chester City, 30/11/2002
Lowest League Attendance: 768, vs Margate, 12/04/2003
Average League Attendance: 1161

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 5 Games Without A Home Win: 2
Games Without An Away Win: 6 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 4 Games Without A Score Draw: 4
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 33 Games Without Scoring: 1
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence: DLLWLL
Away Results Sequence: LLLDLL Overall Results Sequence: WDLLLL


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Club Information

Haig Avenue,
Southport
PR8 6JZ

Telephone Number : 01704 530182
Fax : 01704 533422
Clubcall : 09066 555 875

Chairman : Charles Clapham
Press Officer : Derek Hitchcock
Fixtures Secretary : Ken Hilton
Team Manager : Phil Wilson
Capacity : 6008
Seated :
Covered Terrace :

Record Attendance : 20,010 V Newcastle United, FA Cup 1932

Nickname : The Sandgrounders

Midweek Games Played : Tuesdays

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Directions To The Ground

General
If you're travelling from the south, follow the road signs to Liverpool - you won't be far out in the end.


By Road

>From the South:
Take the M6, and exit at Junction (26) signed posted for the M58. Follow the M58 until junction (3), and take the A570 past Skelmersdale. Stay on the A570 past Ormskirk (one-way), and this will take you into the Kew district of Southport. At the roundabout take the second exit, Scarisbrick New Road, the ground is situated just past the College (KGV) on the right, (Haig Avenue).

From the North:
Exit the M6 at Junction (28),signed Chorley. Then take the B5248, which runs onto the A59 / A565. On reaching Southport, take the road named Preston New Road, at the roundabout. Follow this road until you reach a set of traffic lights. Go straight across to the road name Cambridge Road. Continue into Southport Town centre, proceeding down Chapel Street (one-way), Continue straight up until you reach a T-Junction (McDonalds is situated on your right). Turn left into Eastbank street, continue until you reach a roundabout. Go straight on into Scarisbrick New Road. Turn left into Haig Avenue, and the ground is on your right.

From the East:
Take the M62 then the M60.Then join the M61 North-bound, exit at Junction (8) signed Chorley. Then follow directions from the North.

By Rail

Southport Station is one and a half miles from the ground.

Local Taxi firms:
All Whites - 0800 577714
Central Cabs - 01704 544414
Kwik Cars - 0800 547000

Directions courtesy of www.portfans.co.uk

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Web Resources

Web Sites

Southport FC Official Website
Southport FC Manager
Southport FC Shop
Sandy The Lion
www.portfans.co.uk
The Boy From Ipanema


Web Message Boards

Port Chat. - The unofficial Southport message board.

E-Mail Mailing Lists

None known.


Local Press

Southport Visiter

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Food & Drink

Club Bar :

Okay, even if it is Murphys instead of Guinness. A really friendly crowd that take the time for a chat and one of which even, albeit misguidedly, described the Woking support as the "best in the conference".

Local Pubs :

I’ve only been in the one opposite the station which is fine. Cheap, big, TV, pool table and an eclectic mix of extremely friendly natives that know football well enough to take the game apart and reassemble it wearing a blindfold. I mean, how many people in Woking know that Walker’s goal at Cambridge was always a shot and never a cross and how many could follow that insight by pointing out Steele was being misused positionally by McGovern - the man at the bar in Southport knew! Grass Roots Football - so much to answer for!

Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

High (they are all used to the BBC after all), but again your hosts’ conversation may present problems. Just remember 'la' means ‘lad’ or ‘mate’ and does not denote a musical note.

Top-Tip :

Bear in mind your proximity to Liverpool - keep your eye on your car!

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Local Amenities

Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Too many to list! Go to A1 Tourism's online guide to Southport guesthouses and hotel's for further information.


Tourist And Other Local Attractions

Southport is home to the British Lawnmower Museum which now boasts a collection of over 100 restored, vintage lawnmowers - so get there early!

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