Founded: 1881

Nickname: The Sandgrounders

Ground: Haig Avenue (6,008)

2016-2017 Average Attendance: 1,142

Position last year: 23rd (Relegated from National League Premier)

Last season’s result: N/A

Haig Avenue
Haig Avenue. Photo: Soccerway



Formed in 1881, Southport are one of the division’s oldest clubs. The Sandgrounders were members of the football league until 1978, whereby coincidentally they were the last club to get relegated through the re-election method. Since the seventies, the club have remained a semi-professional non-league club (apart from a two year spell as a professional club in 2006-2008).

In recent seasons, the club have spent their days in the National League Premier. In four years, the club have been through eleven different managers with Andy Preece taking the reigns before seeing the club relegated in May. For the new season, Alan Lewer will take charge.


The Merseyrail Community Stadium has a capacity of between 6000-7000 and consists of a large Main Stand, two open terraces for away supporters and an enclosed end for the home fans. Tickets are set at between £13 and £15 for adults and £5 for children. Journey time to the ground from Stockport will take around an hour and twenty minutes.