draw against Ebbsfleet at the weekend leaves Southport unable to make
it into the play-off spots, but as Liam Watson's men head into their
final game of the 2011/12 campaign, away at Grimsby's Blundell Park,
they can be proud of the fantastic season they have had.
a stark contrast to the situation Port found themselves in just
twelve months ago, where after a fierce relegation battle, were only
saved the drop when Rushden and Diamonds were expelled from the
league. Nobody could have expected the season that the Yellows have
had which includes a record breaking consecutive away run of eight
thing will have dominated the thoughts of all connected with the club
in recent days is the announcement that stalwart Kevin Lee has had to
retire from football through injury after six years with the club.
Kevin signed from Wigan FC and his first appearance in his
professional career came with Port on the first day of the 06/07
season. He went on to score eighteen league goals in one hundred and
seventy-six appearances for Port.
honours include a Conference North title in 2010 and four county
cups, making Kevin one of the most decorated players to play for the
club and his presence on the pitch will be missed by players and fans
forty-five games Saturday's opponents currently sit in ninth position
in the Blue Square Bet Premier league with seventy points, three
points behind Port and a win on Saturday could see them leapfrog the
Sandgrounders due to their superior goal difference of plus twenty.
in their last four games Grimsby come into the fixture off the back
of a 0-0 draw with doomed Darlington FC.
Mariners have seen several players exit Blundell Park this week.
Defender Scott Garner and striker Rob Duffy, who has scored eight
goals in forty-eight appearances for the club, were both released
midweek, with immediate effect.
sixteen goals in sixty-four appearances for the club since joining
permanently in 2010 forward Michael Coulson has also left the club
after turning down a new contract.
game will kick off at one o'clock and hopefully making it in time for
the game will be Southport's very own 'marathon man' Colin Aindow.
Colin set off on Wednesday from Haig Avenue at 8am tackling the one
hundred and sixty miles to Cleethorpes over three-and-a half days
raising money for Help The Heroes and the Trust In Yellow Floodlight
Player of the Year and top scorer Tony Gray, will be looking to add
to his tally of twenty-four league goals in forty-three appearances
this campaign, currently standing him as the fifth top scorer in the
Blue Square Bet Premier League.
three supporters coaches due to leave Haig Avenue at 8am on Saturday,
the game promises to have a great end-of-season atmosphere as the
fans will be in the mood to enjoy the conclusion of what has been a
that is really left for me to say is thank you to the team,
management, all the backroom staff and every single supporter for a
truly memorable season.