Southport: A Rebuild & The Aston Villa, Blackpool and Fleetwood Factors.

8 year Villan Wright has hired in from Blackpool FC, Fleetwood Town, Chester FC, Stockport County, Barrow FC (x2), Stafford Rangers and New Mills.  The former Aston Villa & Blackburn Rovers defender has also already pulled in favours from The Tangerines and Fleetwood with friendlies and the pre-season form seems very encouraging considering what’s happened……..

Thank-you for reading part of STMI’s Skrill Premier Guide by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs



Manager Alan Wright
Formation no prev criteria
Position 2012/13 20th in BSP
STMI Forecast top 8
Ave Gate 968
Away following 90


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When Liam Watson left the club in mid April ‘for a break’ his announcement as Telford Boss on May 3rd suggested there may be a story and a storm brewing.   So far he has signed 9 former players who have played under him at one time or another for the Sandgrounders.  He has certainly got the cheque book out in a bid for immediate promotion, yet, in reality, he has taken the heart of a failing team that fell away to miss relegation by one place and by the narrowest of margins.

He has inadvertently done his replacement, Alan Wright, the former Aston Villa defender and legend a favour.  Though tipped by many to struggle, he has worked under Martin Foyle at Northwich Victoria, run the Blackpool centre of Excellence, has a wealth of contacts in the game and has a great grounding in coaching having also played at the highest level under some terrific management teams. He is not your typical ex-pro manager and is an astute tactician and thinker.

Wright’s signings do look to be a great use of a bottom third budget for the division.  As a former defender one would expect him to start from the back. Danny Hurst was a decent keeper at Barrow despite relegation. Defenders Challoner (Blackpool) and Fitzpatrick (New Mills) and free agent Matt Flynn are wise acquisitions.  Luke George can play in defence or midfield and was pulling up roses at Stafford Rangers.

Jamie Milligan from his ex-club Fleetwood is a steadying influence in the middle as is Rutherford from Barrow. Another new midfielder, Scott Brown, helped Chester to promotion and ex manager Neil Young stated that “his attitude and professionalism was an example to others”.  Striker Danny Hattersley arrives from Stockport and he will be some force up front with Steven Tames.

The managers ascent to greatness is in no way guaranteed, as there are questions over day to day man management skills, fire-fighting the inevitable injury outbreaks and the bedding in of the side; but Watson’s departure could well be a blessing in disguise for a decent prospect and one of the country’s top amateur clubs.  With Luton as the opener the Sandgrounders could surprise a few from day one.

IN Player From Pos Fee
28th June Danny Hattersley Stockport For
25th June Jamie Milligan Fleetwood Mid
25th June Paul Rutherford Barrow Mid
17th May Danny Hurst Barrow Keeper
2nd July Luke George Stafford Rangers Def/Mid Free
13th July Scott Brown Chester Mid
13th July Matt Flynn Free agent Def
25th July Matt Challoner Blackpool Def
26th July David Fitzpatrick New Mills Def
OUT Player To Pos Fee
July Alan Moogan AFC Telford
July Russell Benjamin AFC Telford
June Simon Grand AFC Telford
June Neil Byrne AFC Telford
June Chris Lever AFC Telford
May Sean Clancy


Southport 2013/14 Squad


Danny Hurst, Dave Stevenson


2 James Smith, 4 Steven Akrigg, 17 Chris Lynch, 23 Liam Willis, Matt Challoner, Luke George, Matthew Flynn, David Fitzpatrick



7 Aaron Chalmers, 10 Karl Ledsham, 11 Chris Almond, 20 Charlie Joyce, Paul Rutherford, Jamie Milligan, Scott Brown


9 Steven Tames, 19 Danny Hattersley

Posted on August 8, 2013, in 2013/14 Skrill Premier Guides, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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