2017/18 Player Pen Pics



As At 18 October
1 Kaiman Anderson
2 Curtis Jones
3 Yves Zama
4 Andy White
5 Ross Sykes Loan From Accrington
6 Jack Sampson
8 Steve Jennings
9 Jacques Kpohomouh
10 Adam Dugdale
11 Mark Halstead (GK)
12 Brad Jackson SL Loan from Burnley
13 Gary Roberts
14 Iain Turner (GK)
15 Steven Schumacher
16 John Paul Kissock
17 Dominic Smith Loan From Shrewsbury
18 Liam Martin Long Term Injured
19 Chris Sang Loan From Bury
20 Chris Merrie Loan From Wigan
22 Dan Cockerline
23 Lee Croft
24 Nathan Lowe
25 David Morgan

Manager:Kevin Davies

Kevin was appointed October 18th 2017.

Kevin  had a 22-year playing career, scoring 150 goals in 820 professional appearances, including 88 goals in the Premier League. He was given an England debut by Fabio Capello in 2012 against Montenegro at Wembley after time spent at a number of clubs including Bolton Wanderers, Southampton, Chesterfield and Preston North End. Kevin has a UEFA A Coaching License and is currently studying Sport Directorship at Manchester Metropolitan University.

 Assistant Manager: John Dreyer

Appointed as Assistant Manager to work alongside Kevin Davies.

John Dreyer made 488 professional appearances for a number of clubs including Luton Town, Bradford City and Oxford United. He became caretaker manager of Stevenage in 2003 but left to take charge at Maidenhead United, whom he guided to the FA Trophy quarter-finals and won promotion to the, then, Conference South. Following a spell at Rushden and Diamonds, Dreyer rejoined Stevenage alongside Graham Westley, achieving two consecutive promotions to League 1. In 2013 he joined Westley at Preston North End before moving to Northampton Town.

Mark Halstead

After starting his career at the Blackpool FC Centre of Excellence, Mark went on to make 3 league appearances for the Seasiders, including an appearance from the bench against Carlo Ancelloti’s Chelsea in the Premier League.

Mark’s time at Blackpool also saw him continue his development with loan spells at Burscough, Hyde, Barrow, Kettering Town and Stockport County.

Mark moved to Shrewsbury Town in 2014, making an appearance in League Two and 18 appearances in League One. Mark also played 4 times in the FA Cup for the Shrews, along with 2 EFL Cup and 2 EFL Trophy appearances.

Mark had a delayed start to the season due to injury but in his first game against Darlington he was awarded Man Of The Match after a string of world class saves.

 Iain Turner

Goalkeeper Iain Turner is 33 and is also the club’s Goalkeeping Coach.

Through his career, Iain has made 71 Football League appearances as well as 4 Premier League appearances for Everton. Iain also represented Scotland at U21 level. Iain has played for a number of clubs in his career including Chester, Sheffield Wednesday, Preston North End, Coventry City and Sheffield United. He spent last season at Tranmere Rovers having joined in 2015.

Iain will be competing with Mark [Halstead] for the number 1 spot

Adam Dugdale

Former Sandgrounder Dugdale first played for Southport on loan from Crewe in 2007, making 8 league appearances. He joined the club permanently the following summer, playing in a further 2 league games. Adam then spent time at Droylsden, Barrow and AFC Telford before rejoining Crewe Alexandra.

In five years Adam made 120 league appearances at Crewe and was part of the team that won the League Two playoff final at Wembley Stadium in 2012. Since leaving Crewe in 2015, Adam has played at Tranmere Rovers, Morecambe and Eastleigh.

Kaiman Anderson

Shrewsbury-born Anderson joins on a free transfer after the end of his contract at League 1 Shrewsbury Town. Anderson scored 18 goals for Halesowen in just half a season on loan from Shrewsbury, and continued his impressive form on loan for Oxford City at the end of last term.

Curtis Jones

Curtis  made 54 appearances for Nantwich Town last season in all competitions. His career began as youth player at Stockport County before joining Celtic, spending time in their Under-21 team. He has also been with Bristol City, TNS, Livingstone, Mossley and Abbey Hey. Curtis can be utilised both in defence and midfield.

 Jacques Kpohomouh

Guinea-born Kpohomouh began his career at Irlam FC, winning promotion to the North West Counties Premier Division and winning the league’s Player Of The Season Award. Jacques had a brief spell at Bangor City before joining Radcliffe Borough.

Brad Jackson

Southport FC have signed midfielder Brad on a season-long loan agreement from Burnley U23 After starting his career at Wilmslow Town, Brad joined Burnley and quickly made an impression as part of the Burnley youth side that beat Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Brad has played in First Team pre-season friendlies against Rangers and St Mirren and also spent time on loan at Bangor at the end of last season, making 11 appearances in all competitions.

A quick and lively player, Brad is a fantastic prospect. We’re very lucky that he wanted to come on board with us at Southport. He’s a versatile wide player that can play anywhere on the right hand side so we’re very lucky to have those options with him

Gary Roberts

Southport FC agreed the transfer of 30-year-old Gary Roberts from Bangor City. Gary joined the club for an undisclosed fee.

Gary began his career with a four year spell at Crewe Alexandra, making his debut at 16 years old in the First Division. Gary has represented England at U16, U17, U18 and U19 level.

In a career that also saw spells at Port Vale, Yeovil Town, Mansfield Town and Rotherham United, Gary has accrued 208 Football League appearances, scoring 26 goals. Gary has also played for Connah’s Quay and Witton Albion.


Andy White

Andy White, most recently of Nantwich Town, was named in the Northern Premier League Team of the Year (for the second consecutive season) in an outstanding campaign that saw him make his 200th appearance for Nantwich, netting five goals in the process. He can play at left back or left wing back and he brings some real balance to the side


Jack Sampson

Striker Jack Sampson joined the club on a free transfer. Jack spent the latter part of last season on loan at Chorley from Macclesfield and has been capped for England U19s.

After starting his youth career at Wigan Athletic, Jack lists Bolton Wanderers, Accrington Stanley, Morecambe and Macclesfield amongst his former clubs. He has made 72 Football League appearances and Head of Development Mark Wright is confident the player has a bright future.

Jack scored 6 goals in 7 appearances on loan at Chorley, including a goal 12 minutes into his debut. He was primarily used as a winger at Macclesfield Town.

Jack is a really athletic player. He adds height to the side at 6″2 and we’ll be looking to use that. He’s strong and he will lead the line well.


Steve Jennings

Steve’s career includes a wealth of experience in the Football League where he made 249 appearances, and the Scottish Premiership, making 93 appearances. Jennings is also a UEFA B qualified coach.

After several years at Everton’s Youth Academy, Steve joined Tranmere Rovers Centre of Excellence. Steve went on to make 140 appearances for Tranmere in League One before becoming Jim Gannon’s first signing at Motherwell.

Steve made 93 league appearances for Motherwell as well as reaching the Scottish Cup Final. In his final season with The Steelmen he helped the club qualify for the Champions League before transferring to Coventry City, adding 39 appearances to his tally in the Football League. Steve then spent another season at Tranmere, before making a short term move to Port Vale. He returned to Tranmere for a third time during the 2014-15 season, where he has since made another 87 appearances for the club.

He’ll be a great leader for our football club.

Steven Schumacher

Most recently at Stevenage, Steve played 28 times in League Two last season along with 2 EFL Trophy appearances. Steve started his career at Everton and captained the England U19 side. In his 15 year career, Steve has made 410 Football League appearances with Carlisle, Bradford City, Crewe Alexandra, Bury, Fleetwood Town and Stevenage.

John Paul Kissock

Former Sandgrounder Kissock made 28 League appearances for the club over two seasons, scoring 4 goals. John Paul has also represented England U16, U18 and England C.

Beginning his career for Everton’s youth team, he became the youngest ever player for Everton Reserves. After leaving Everton John Paul had spells at Hamilton Academical and Formby before joining Southport. Kissock then went to Luton Town for an undisclosed fee as well as spending time at Macclesfield and Oldham Athletic. He then joined former Southport coach Pablo Asensio at Whitehawk before joining Ebbsfleet United.

 Dom Smith

Southport completed the loan signing ahead of the new season of 21-year-old defender Dominic Smith from Shrewsbury Town, initially until January 2nd.

Dominic has made 31 League One appearances for the Shrews, also appearing in the EFL Trophy and FA Cup, as well as making 6 appearances in The National League while on loan at Barrow last season.

After signing his first professional contract in 2014, Dominic went on loan to Tamworth making 23 league appearances in the National League North.

Shrewsbury-born Smith is eligible for Wales through his grandparents, and has represented the Welsh national side at U19 and U21 level.

Liam Martin

23-year-old Liam Martin joined the club just before the season started.

Starting his career in the Sligo youth system, Liam made his first team debut for the Bit o’ Red under Paul Cook in 2011 as a late substitute against Dundalk.

Liam broke through into regular first team contention in 2013, making 11 appearances in the League Of Ireland Premier League before moving to Ballinamallard in Northern Ireland.

Liam made 87 league appearances for Ballinamallard in the Premiership Northern Ireland, scoring 13 goals, before moving back to Sligo in 2016.

After making a further 48 appearances for Sligo, his contract was cancelled by mutual consent after seeking a move to England.

Liam made several appearances during the pre-season, impressing the management team enough to earn a permanent contract. Sadly Liam sustained an injury in his fourth game for the club that is likely to keep him out for a year.


Yves Zama

23-year-old Zama caught the eye of the Southport management team at the club’s 1-0 win over Burscough in pre-season. Yves made his debut as a substitute during Southport’s 4-0 win over Boston on the opening day of the season and has previously played for Hesketh Bank, Nelson and Bacup Borough.

Christopher Sang

Bury youngster Chris Sang joined Southport FC on loan until January 2nd. The 18-year-old striker moved to Bury at the beginning of the season, having previously been at Wigan Athletic. Was injured in his first game but came back for the next match and scored against Darlington.

Chris Merrie

Signed on loan from Wigan Athletic until 28th of April. The 18-year-old midfielder signed a pro deal with the Latics at the end of last season, after impressing for the Wigan U18 side.

Christopher made his debut for Wigan against Blackpool in the Carabao Cup and played again in the Checkatrade Trophy at Bloomfield Road before joining The Sandgrounders. Scored on his Southport debut to join an elite list of debut scorers.

Dan Cockerline

The 20-year-old striker started his career at Sheffield United. He joined Northwich Victoria before transferring to Barrow and has also spent time on loan at Grantham Town, Marine, Curzon Ashton and Stalybridge Celtic.

At National League North level – Dan has 6 goals in his last 8 starts.

Lee Croft

The experienced midfielder started his career at Manchester City where he made 28 Premier League appearances. He moved to Norwich and later Derby County – making 146 Championship appearances, also spending time at Huddersfield, St Johnstone and Oldham Athletic on loan – featuring in an Emirates FA Cup 4th round win over Liverpool for the latter.

Lee then returned to Oldham on a permanent basis in 2013 where he won the Fans Player of the Season award before going back to St Johstone and picking up a Scottish Cup winners medal as a late substitute. Lee represented England from U16 to U20 level, and captained the England U18 side. He also played in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championships held in the United Arab Emirates

 Nathan Lowe

Southport completed the signing of 21-year-old midfielder Nathan Lowe from FC United for an undisclosed fee. Nathan has signed a 2-year contract with the Sandgrounders.

Formerly of the Burnley Academy, Southport fans will remember Nathan for his performance against us when FC United visited the Merseyrail Community Stadium in a 3-3 draw last month. Nathan has scored 9 goals in 42 appearances for FC United.

Nathan signed a permanent deal with FC United in March 2017, before scoring a 35-yard 94th-minute winner against Tamworth on the same day.

 David Morgan

David signed from Harrogate Town where he recently joined on non-contract terms. Beginning his career at Nottingham Forest, he spent time on loan at Lincoln City, Dundee and Tamworth. After leaving Nottingham Forest David spent time at Ilkeston before transferring to Nuneaton and later AFC Fylde.

Born in Belfast, David has represented the Northern Ireland national team at U17, U19 and U21 level, captaining the latter.

Ross Sykes

Loan signing 18 year old Centre Half, Ross Sykes, from Accrington Stanley until 2nd January.

Standing 6 feet 4 inches, Ross is a strong, commanding Centre Half, who has excellent composure on the ball and a real threat at corners.

Burnley-born Sykes started out in the Clarets Academy but was released aged 13. He attended trials at Accrington where he was taken on and since progressed through the youth ranks.

The tall Centre Half signed a two-year professional deal in May 2016, and made his Senior debut in August 2016, and has made 3 First Team appearances already this season.