Tag: Southport

Southport’s Summer of Discontent

Exactly forty years ago, Southport Football Club was looking forward to another season in the Fourth Division of the Football League. The club had finished the previous season one place off the bottom of the League but had survived re-election, unlike the the unfortunate Workington, who’d been voted out and replaced by Wimbledon already that summer. Clubs weren’t voted out of the Football League often, and when they were, it made national news headlines. Still, Southport shouldn’t have anything to worry about, should it? The club had won the Fourth Division championship in 1973 before being relegated straight back...

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FA Cup Match Of The Week Part Three: Southport 2-5 Sheffield Wednesday

It’s Sunday morning, and some of those that have travelled from South Yorkshire to the Lancashire coast could be forgiven for nursing sore heads. In Sheffield Wednesday’s recent history there hasn’t been a great deal to smile about, and things may yet get more difficult for the club before they get any easier. They could well be in administration in the next ten days or so and, set against such problems, a trip to Southport to play the Blue Square Premier side in the First Round of the FA Cup surely falls into the category of being just about the last that the club needs at the moment. Wednesday have failed to win their last three league matches and, with League One being such a tight division this season, this has meant a drop to tenth place in the table. The niggling suspicion, however, is that they will have bigger fish to fry than this match over the next couple of weeks. Southport FC have a story of their own to tell, of course. They were the last club to be voted out of the Football League, replaced by Wigan Athletic in 1978, and a year later missed out on a place in the newly-formed Alliance Premier League. They finally made it into non-league football’s top division (which, by this time, had been rebranded as the Football Conference) in...

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