Southport – Why on earth attack the Sandgrounders?

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its website – see link below

Why on earth attack a football ground? I’ve been to Haig Avenue a few times mostly to see matches between The Sandgrounders and my team The Stags when they were both in the same division. What a friendly place the now renamed Merseyrail Stadium is; so sorry to hear of their troubles.

Southport V Mansfield Town – Jan’ 2013

Southport – Council’s Big Boss Visits

I came across a Labour Party leaflet the other day that had been delivered in an area of Southport and it did make me chuckle.

Sefton Logo

An article in it featuring the Labour Leader of Sefton Council starts off by saying ‘I recently visited Southport’. Well, if those few words don’t confirm what Southport folk have always thought i.e. that they are in the far flung rarely visited part of the Borough (a Borough they have never wanted to be a part of, I might add) I don’t know what does. And when I say rarely visited I mean by the Council’s Bootle Labour rulers in any meaningful way other than to attend meetings.

Or you could look at it another way; imagine if you could hear such a conversation as this. Not that you ever would mind.

Senior Council Officer to Bootle Labour Leadership – I’m afraid its time to visit Southport once again your eminences. I know you have done missionary work there before but we have to try harder to get those damn Sandgrounders on side and loving Sefton Council.

Labour Leadership (in Unison – no not the trade union) – You go, no you go, who’s not been to engage with the Southport lot yet? Come on speak up. Where have you all gone?

Senior Council Officer to Leader – Sorry your eminence the rest of them have run for the hills so you will have to go! Oh, and I hope you don’t mind me suggesting that you stop using that photo of your eminence that well, to put it bluntly, makes you look er a bit like an old fashioned municipal socialist boss. Such photos don’t go down well in our northern seaside annex.

Labour Leadership to anyone who will listen, we have a vacancy for a Senior Council Officer.

Everton FC – A nice touch but in Sefton we need to find a way to similarly celebrate Southport FC

The BBC has the story and it made me start to think about how our local senior football team could be celebrated in a public and noticeable way.

Here is the Southport FC crest:-


How about projecting an image of the crest onto Southport Town Hall for example. It would help to bolster Southport’s independent civic pride and support Sefton’s leading football club, which admittedly is going through a tough patch at present. Just an idea, I am sure others may have better ones.

Southport FC – Racing to the bottom of the Conference?

Well it seems so as they, like my own team Mansfield Town, are plummeting down the Conference League as Mansfield are likewise plummeting down League 2.

Southport's Haigh Avenue ground

Southport’s Haigh Avenue ground

I am sure that my many friends in Southport who are long-suffering Southport supporters must be wondering when the run of losses will be stemmed.



If things don’t improve Mansfield will be pondering relegation to the Conference, having only just been promoted from it, whilst Southport could at the same time be pondering relegation from the Conference.

Tough times indeed for Sandgrounders and Stags. Both are 18th in their respective leagues this weekend although Southport were playing, and sadly losing, in the FA Trophy.