2018/19 Player Pen Pics

2018/19 Squad List

Liam Watson (Manager)

Liam needs little introduction to Southport fans, being the most successful manager during the club’s non-league era with 336 games in charge. Liam has returned for his third spell as manager having managed the club to the National League North title in both 2004/5 and 2009/10 together with achieving a 7th place finish in the National League in an incredible 2011/12 season, breaking the club’s consecutive away wins record in the process. Liam has won the National League North as manager three times in total having also successfully managed AFC Telford United to the title in 2013/14. Following his spell on the Board of Directors during the 2016/17 season he has most recently been carrying out a scouting role for Scunthorpe United.



Jon McCarthy (Assistant Manager)

Jon made over 700 career league appearances as a player, as well as 18 appearances for Northern Ireland. Jon joined the backroom staff at Chester before taking the managerial job following the dismissal of Steve Burr. He then went on to Port Vale working with Neil Aspin as fitness coach.

Jon brings a wealth of coaching and management experience at this level and above and did an excellent job at Chester despite severe financial constraints and a policy of moving on his best players.


 Dan Hanford (Goalkeeper)

Previous Clubs: Swansea City, Carlisle, Hereford, Clitheroe & Gateshead

Former Carlisle United and Gateshead goalkeeper Dan Hanford joined Southport as the Club’s first summer signing ahead of the 2018/19 season. Dan brings higher level and international experience to the Club, having made 27 EFL appearances, 59 National League appearances and representing Wales at U17 and U19 level. Dan joins on a free transfer, signing a 2 year contract at the Merseyrail Community Stadium. Dan started his career in Swansea City’s youth set up before moving to Clitheroe in 2010, appearing in every league game that season. Dan then joined the Glen Hoddle Academy and spent time at Jerez. The Swansea-born goalkeeper then moved to Hereford United where he spent two years. After a spell in Malta (lifting the Maltese FA Trophy in the process), Dan then joined EFL League 2 side Carlisle United, making 33 appearances in two years. Most recently, Dan has played for National League side Gateshead, making 47 league appearances.


Jordan Richards (Defender)

Previous Clubs : Fylde, Hartlepool United, Alfreton

2017/18 Appearances 17 Goals 0

Signed from Fylde in 2017/18, the 24-year-old defender has signed contract until the end of the 2018/19 season and joined on a free transfer.  Jordan began his career at Hartlepool United, signing his first pro deal in 2011, going on to spend 6 years with the North-East club and making over 60 Football League appearances. He made 15 appearances on loan at Alfreton before going on to join AFC Fylde.

Ryan Astles (Defender)

Previous Clubs: Tranmere, Chester, Wigan, Buckley Town, Rhyl, Northwich Victoria

24-year-old central defender Ryan Astles joined Southport FC as the club’s second summer 20108 signing. The towering 6″4 centre-half spent his junior years at Tranmere Rovers and Chester City before joining Wigan Athletic on a scholarship as a 16-year-old in 2010. In his second year Ryan became captain of the Wigan Athletic U18 side and made several appearances for the reserve side. Ryan then moved into Welsh football, joining Buckley Town and then Rhyl, where he won Manager’s Player of the Year and Player’s Player of the Year. Following a stint at Northwich Victoria, Ryan joined Chester in January 2016, and has since made over 100 appearances for the Blues. Ryan made 41 National League appearances for Chester in 2017/18.


Andy Parry (Defender)

Previous Clubs: Luton, AFC Telford, Altrincham and Barrow.

Andy re-joined Southport in the summer for his third spell at the Club. The 26-year-old Liverpool-born Parry can play either in defence or midfield. First joining in 2011, Andy made 62 appearances for the Sandgrounders in his first spell at the club. The 26-year-old became a firm fan-favourite at Southport, with his performances securing a move to Luton Town for an undisclosed fee. In 2013 Andy featured for England C against the Czech Republic. While at Luton, Andy made loan appearances for AFC Telford United, Altrincham, Barrow and Southport, where he added four more appearances to his tally for the Club. Following his time at Holker Street, Andy earned a permanent move to Barrow, where he has made a total of 22 National League appearances.

Dion Charles (Midfield)

Previous Clubs: Blackpool, AFC Fylde, FC Halifax

2017/18 League Appearances: 15+2 Goals 4

Dion weighed in with some crucial goals for Southport in 2017/18, having signed in January 2018 from Fleetwood. Dion can play on the left or right wing or as a number 10, he began his career in the youth academy at Blackpool, before joining AFC Fylde in 2014.

Dion made 52 league appearances for Fylde, scoring 14 goals during the club’s promotion season in the National League North. Following promotion, he scored 4 goals in 12 games for Fylde before securing a transfer to Fleetwood.

David Morgan (Midfield)

Previous Clubs: Harrogate, Nottingham Forest, Lincoln, Dundee, Tamworth, Ilkeston Nuneaton & AFC Fylde.

2017/18 Appearances 23+2 Goals 2

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.

Impressed last season and big things are expected in 2018/19 from Morgs.


Devarn Green (Midfield)

Previous Clubs: Tranmere, Burton Albion, Blackburn Rovers, Cardiff City, Hednesford & Stourbridge.

Devarn joined the Sandgrounders in the summer on a two-year deal from Tranmere Rovers. The 21 year-old started his career at Burton Albion before a move up North to Blackburn Rovers as a 16 year-old. Progressing through their academy he signed a professional contract with the East Lancashire outfit and later went on to have spells at Cardiff City and in non-league with Hednesford Town, Stourbridge and most recently Tranmere, who paid an undisclosed fee for his services back in October 2017.



Jack Sampson (Striker)

Previous Clubs: Chorley, Macclesfield, Wigan, Bolton, Accrington and Morecambe.

2017/18 Appearances 27 Goals 9

Jack won the Supporters Player Of The Year award for 2017/18 and with Mark Halstead he was the only player who started the season to still be at the club on the final day. Jack had a slow start to the season but under the guidance of Kevin Davies he flourished. They say you don’t always appreciate a player until he’s not there and that was very true with Jack who was sorely missed in the run in as he picked up a nasty injury. Jack is a really athletic player. He adds height to the side at six feet two inches and formed a great partnership with Jason Gilchrist scoring 9 goals and providing many assists.


 Bradley Bauress

Previous Clubs:

A gifted left-footed midfielder, Bradley started his career in the youth ranks at Blackburn Rovers, gaining the captaincy of the U21 side in the process.

Time at Colwyn Bay followed by a successful spell at Witton Albion, where he was top scorer in their 2016/17 promotion season, a move to Barrow in the National League is where he spent last season.

After impressing during the first two weeks of pre-season, Liam moved in to award Brad with a one year contract.

Bradley is no relation of former player Gary Bauress.

 Dean Winnard

Previous Clubs: Accrington & Morecambe

Dean captained the under-18 and reserve teams at Blackburn Rovers but was released in 2009 without appearing for the first team. He signed for Accrington Stanley in June 2009 and made his Football League debut in the August and went on to make 250 appearances for Stanley before signing for Morecambe in June 2016, on a 2-year deal, after being released by Accrington. He made 43 starts for Morecambe over the two season’s he was there.

 Reagan Ogle

Reagan is on loan from Accrington Stanley until the end of the season having had an initial one month loan period extended. Aussie born (Woolagong) Reagan has made the left back position his own after some excellent displays.

Coming through the ranks at Stanley, he joined the Reds in 2015 and made his debut for the club in the Checkatrade Trophy competition in November 2016. From there he has continued to make a handful of appearances for his parent outfit.

This will be his third loan spell after spending time at Ramsbottom United in 2017 and with Wealdstone six months ago on a similar deal.

The Australian has worked his way up through the ranks at Accrington.


 Morgan Homson-Smith

A right-winger, Morgan joins the club from the Football Development Agency (FDA) Academy where he has spent 15 months playing for the setup who aim to give young players who have been released from the professional game a competitive environment to showcase their ability.

An ex-Morecambe scholar, the left-footed attacking player is confident on the right wing or in a forward position and is another addition with a promising future ahead.

Since March 2018 he has spent time at Prescot Cables, where he has put in some match-winning performances, after moving from Harrogate Town. His other clubs also include AFC Fylde and Kendal Town.

The Preston based 20 year-old has trained with the club recently and impressed the management team immediately, who didn’t waste any time in securing his signature and put him on a contract to May 2020.

Josh Tibbetts

Spending 11 years at Birmingham City, the West Midlands based goalkeeper made the switch to Peterborough United in May 2017.

Most recently Josh had a short-term loan deal at National League side Solihull Moors and then decided that a move away from the Posh was in his best interests.

Marcus Wood

Midfielder Marcus Wood has joined the club on loan from Bolton Wanderers.

The 20-year-old joins Southport on a deal until 2 January and is available to play in the Emirates FA Cup.

Wood joined Bolton on a one-year contract in the summer, featuring for their development squad having spent time as a youth player at Manchester City.

Born in Sale, Wood played for City in the Uefa Youth League and has also represented England at under-18 and under-19 level.

Liam Davies (Midfield)

Previous Clubs: Chester, Altrincham & Leek Town

Older brother of Everton star Tom Davies, Liam was another summer recruit signing from Chester.

Jordan Archer

Jordan Archer has joined the club on loan from Bury FC until January 2019.

The 24 year-old signed for the EFL League Two side in July 2018 on a two-year deal and has spent the first two months of the 2018/19 season on loan at National League side Maidenhead United.

In a bid to help Jordan’s development as a full-time footballer, both clubs recognised that this move would benefit each other and give him the platform to showcase his talent. After being granted permission to play in the Emirates FA Cup and Buildbase FA Trophy this is great news for the club.

Liam Edwards

The club are delighted to announce that Liam Edwards has joined on loan from Bolton Wanderers until the start of January 2019.

Edwards is a Centre-Back who is also the Trotters U23 Captain.

Born in Crewe, he joined Bolton in July 2017, signing a professional contract with the Championship club in June 2018, whilst making appearances in the Premier League 2 format as well as EFL Trophy.

The defender, who can also play on the right, spent time in the youth teams at Stoke City before making the move to Bolton.

 Matty Platt

A defender and an academy graduate from Blackburn Rovers, the 21 year-old has progressed quickly through the ranks.

Last season saw him captain the Under-23s whilst spending time at Barrow on loan and returned from Accrington Stanley in January on another spell away from his parent club. Now he joins the Port to keep up his development of experiencing valuable first team football.

 Paddy Lacey

‘Paddy’ is a hard-tackling central midfielder and is an experienced footballer after enjoying spells at Altrincham, Accrington Stanley, as well as National League North success with Barrow in 2014/15 – during his three-year stint at the Bluebirds. The 25 year-old has signed a contract with the Port until 2020 after initially joining on non-contract terms.

Andy Hollins (Defender)

Previous Clubs: Rochdale

A towering defender, Andy is from Liverpool and has spent time at Liverpool and Everton as well as Stoke City and Rochdale.

Andy was out on loan at Marine for the first part of the season and then out to Droylsden, Scored two goals on his Southport debut in the Lancs Junior Cup at Holker Old Boys.


Billy Priestley (Defender)-Loan Out To Colne

Previous Clubs: Alfreton, Salford, Accrington, Colne, Ramsbottom & Bradford PA

2017/18 Appearances 16+2 Goals 1

Billy joined Alfreton in the Summer after time spent at Salford City and notably scored to equalise for Salford in their Northern Premier League playoff final against Workington in 2016.Starting his youth career at Accrington Stanley, Billy has also gone on to play for Colne, Ramsbottom United and Bradford Park Avenue, where he made 61 league appearances.

Dan Cockerline (Striker)-Loan to Stalybridge

Previous Clubs : Sheffield United, Northwich Victoria, Barrow, Grantham, Marine , Curzon Ashton and Stalybridge Celtic.

2017/18 Appearances 7+9 Goals 0

Dan signed in September 2017 from Barrow but never broke fully in to the first team and will be looking to press his claims for a regular starting spot under the new management team. 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. A towering striker who Southport fans will be looking to see the best of this coming season.

Josh Langley-Loan to Guiseley

Previous Clubs:

The 25 year-old comes from AFC Fylde after being captain and making over 100 appearances for the Coasters. He has collected numerous accolades along the way since his initial loan spell from Wigan Athletic back in early 2014.

Warrington born, Josh is a calm and collected defender who is confident with the ball at his feet.

Josh is the son of Kevin Langley who holds the record for most appearances for Wigan Athletic.

Jason Gilchrist (Striker)-LOAN TO STOCKPORT COUNTY

Previous Clubs: Burnley & FC United of Manchester.

2017/18 Appearances 23 Goals 26 inc 11 for FCUM.

Jason won the 2018/19 Vanarama National League North Golden Boot after finishing top scorer with 26 goals last season. He was a club record signing from FC United Of Manchester in October 2017 having scored 11 goals for them before adding a further 15 for The Sandgrounders.

Jason signed for FC United following his release from Premier League side Burnley. The 23 year old scored 29 goals in 62 appearances for FC United. Started off his Southport career in sensational style grabbing a debut goal in the FA Trophy and became the first ever Southport player in our history to score a hat-trick on his league debut for the club.

Lewis Doyle (Midfield)

2017/18 Appearances 0+5

Progressed from Southport Juniors and made his debut as a sub last season almost scoring on his debut. A very promising prospect who turned 18 as the season got underway