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Haig Avenue Founded 1881 The Sandgrounders

Southport’s latest spell in the Conference Premier has mainly seen them finish in the lower region of the league. A former Football League club voted out in 1978, the Merseyside club has only spent four season’s in the Conference North and the other sixteen in the Premier over the last twenty years. The Sandgrounders in that time have faced two relegations but have managed to return on each occasion. Since promotion in as champions in 2010 Southport did manage a seventh place finish in their second campaign back, a vast improvement who were reprieved a year before due to the demise of Rushden and Diamonds. The Merseysiders haven’t managed to repeat that performance but will begin their fifth consecutive term in the Conference Premier.

sfcLast Season

Conference Premier: 18th

F.A Cup: 1st Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: Semi Final

Top Scorer: Dan Hattersley

Average Attendance: 1049

Southport’s home form was enough to keep the club up, the eighth best record in the league. On their travels it was a completely different story with just a solitary victory, only bottom club Hyde had a worse set of results. A run of three wins in 24 matches saw the end of Alan Wright’s spell as manager. The former Aston Villa defender was unable to push the club into a safer position and a relegation battle ensued for the best part of the campaign. Southport opted for experience and so former Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman came in to keep the side afloat. It took a while for Coleman to get his side to gel, picking up one league win in his first nine Conference Premier matches. In February and March the Sandgrounders found form confirmed survival on Easter Monday in front of a home crowd. As the summer started Coleman decided to move on leaving chairman Charlie Clapham looking for a new leader from the dugout.

The Manager – Martin Foyle

Last season wasn’t pleasant for Foyle at financially stricken Hereford United. Not only did the Bulls struggle on and off the pitch, Foyle was left unpaid and issued a winding up petition against his former employers. The only honour, on a personal level was January’s Manager of the Month. Appointed after relegation to non league, when the troubles began he guided the Bulls to a sixth place finish.  The former Port Vale striker has managed the Valiants as well as standing in at Wrexham five years ago. Foyle also took York City to Wembley in 2009′s F.A Trophy and again in the 2010 playoff final, on both occasions the Minstermen were beaten. Spells at Bristol Rovers and Northwich Victoria has added to Foyle’s experience off the field to go with his 20 years of life on the pitch. As a player, the 51 year old scored over 150 goals in the Football League for Aldershot Town, Oxford United and Port Vale.

The Summer
England C goalkeeper Daniel Lloyd-Weston signs from Foyle’s previous club Hereford and 26 year old midfielder Stephen Brogan arrives from Forest Green Rovers. Brogan started his career at Rotherham United making 76 appearances before suffering a broken leg. Forward Richard Brodie completes a  permanent deal with the Sandgrounders after a loan spell last term. Centre half Luke Foster arrives from Lincoln City and midfielder Scott Kay signs from Macclesfield Town. Dom Collins, another ex Hereford United player will also begin a new start at Haig Avenue. Danny Hurst who was transfer listed due to work comitments has dropped a division to play for Stockport County.

Last Meetings vs The Darts

Southport 3 Dartford 0 – Conference Premier – 1 March 2014

Southport pulled away from the threat of relegation with a comfortable home win. Top scorer for the Sandgrounders Danny Hattersley opened the scoring. Debutant, Jason Walker doubled the hosts lead and Osayaman Osawe who was so affective throughout made it three.

Dartford 1 Southport 0 – Conference Premier – 28 September 2013

An Adam Birchall winner with just over half an hour gone was enough for victory, the striker put Lee Noble’s corner into the net. Southport’s Jamie Milligan struck the woodwork before Birchall’s goal and Max Cornhill came close for the Darts second. Dartford’s single goal triumph was the fourth of the season.

Next Meetings

Saturday 15 November 2014 at Princes Park

Saturday 21 March 2015 at Haig Avenue

League Performance Last Ten Years

southport last ten yearsBest Performances

4th Division Three North (1924/25 & 1938/39) F.A Cup Quarter Final (1930/31) F.A Trophy Runners Up (1997/98)

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