One of the mainstays of the Southport team since arriving in 2008, Tony has become an increasingly assured presence in goal during his time at Haig Avenue. In his first campaign in the Conference Premier last term, the 29-year-old proved himself to be a very capable performer, showing superb shot-stopping abilities and a high level of consistency to earn the Supporters' Player of the Season. Once of Runcorn FC Halton, Lancaster City and Burscough, his career began at Preston North End.
It was as a rookie central defender that Kevin first joined Southport. Six years on, he is now the longest-serving member of the Sandgrounders' squad, having brought versatility and maturity to his game in recent seasons. A fully committed player, Kevin, 26, was schooled at Wigan Athletic, before briefly playing for Blackpool and Accrington Stanley. Under the management of Liam Watson, he has developed as a full-back and more regularly as a central midfield player.
A reliable full-back, 24-year-old Chris is equally experienced playing on either side of the defence. Having been released by Oldham Athletic, he moved to Southport in the summer of 2007 after spending two years as a professional at his home-town club, where he had graduated from the youth set-up. Chris, who also spent a short spell at Stalybridge Celtic, has shown an impressive level of consistency during his time at Haig Avenue, featuring more frequently at left-back over the past few seasons.
Liam Watson has provided a number of young players with the chance to develop their career during his time as Southport manager, and the early indications suggest Steve could be another who prospers at Haig Avenue. A strong, steady central defender, Steve signed this summer from Skelmersdale United, who themselves have a fine record for nurturing local talent. With an excellent reading of the game, the former Warrington Town player has already shown a level of maturity which belies his 24 years.
This is Earl's fourth season in the Conference Premier with Southport, having experienced the highs of two promotions and lows of relegation. During three separate spells with the club, the 28-year-old central defender has developed a special bond with the Haig Avenue crowd thanks to his wholehearted performances and uncompromising style. Earl's first appearance came in 2003 whilst on loan from Burnley and he could notch his 200th league start for the Sandgrounders during the current campaign.
The experience Simon has gained during his 11-year career will be a valuable asset for a young Southport squad this season. A central defender who started out at Rochdale, Simon, 28, won promotion from the Conference Premier with Carlisle United in 2005, spending several years in the Football League. Among the eight clubs he has represented are Fleetwood Town, from whom he joined at the start of this season after time on loan at Aldershot Town.
The chance to play again in the Conference Premier has given Shaun the platform show the talent which had seen his career start in such promising fashion. Still only 24, Shaun is a skilful, instinctive attacker who provides pace and ingenuity to the Southport side. Having played briefly for the Sandgrounders in 2009, he re-joined in January, contributing eight goals in 17 appearances last season, finishing as top scorer. After starting at Norwich City, his former clubs include Chester City and Wrexham.
Alan provides leadership on and off the pitch, combining the role of team captain with his job as the club's Football in the Community Officer. His combative edge and fine passing ability have made the 27-year-old a key player in his four seasons with Southport, providing the drive from central midfield. Having been capped by England at under 18 level, Alan was hit by an enforced two-year absence from the game due to an ankle injury sustained whilst playing a reserve team match for Everton.
With 64 goals to his name in six seasons at Southport, Steve began the current campaign one short of equalling the club's record in Non-League football. The striker's proficiency inside the box is complemented the hold-up play and presence he brings to the Sandgronders' forward line. A youngster with Wigan Athletic and Everton, Steve's goals have spanned two spells at Haig Avenue, with his exploits at Droylsden making the 30-year-old a three-time Conference North winner.
Tony may not have made the impact he wanted after returning to Southport last season, but by rejecting a move back to Droylsden in the summer, he has shown a desire to establish himself in the Conference Premier. Tony, 27, has already proved he can find the target at this level, top-scoring with 12 for a Southport team that was relegated in 2007, and a year later netted in eight successive matches - a club record. His former clubs include Burscough and Bangor City.
The highlight for Matty last season was scoring with a superb effort in the televised FA Cup first round tie against Sheffield Wednesday. Having failed to hold down a regular starting place, a loan spell at Skelmersdale United helped rediscover his form towards the end of the season. The 28-year-old shone on the left of midfield as Southport won the Conference North title a year earlier, but the former Runcorn FC Halton and Burscough player is now used as often at full-back.
A winger with pace and the ability to deliver a fine cross, Jonathan has been capped 26 times by Wales at various age levels up to under 21. After learning his trade at Cardiff City, his first experience of senior of football came during a loan period at Wrexham, before a brief move to Australia with A-League side Central Coast Mariners. Upon his return to this country, the 21-year-old former Welsh schools 100 meters champion signed for Bath City, joining Southport aheas of this season.
Right-back James was one of four defenders recruited at the start of the season, as Southport sought to shore up a back-line that conceded 77 goals last year. Strength and experience are among the qualities that the 26-year-old brings, having won the League Two play-offs during his one season with Stockport County, before spending three years at Altrincham. James began his career in the academy at Liverpool, and also had a loan stint in the Scottish Premier League with Ross County.
The arrival of Andy during the summer brought competition for places in the Southport defence. Tall and athletic, the 22-year-old is equally comfortable in the centre or on the left of the back-line, making the switch from Accrington Stanley. Andy joined the League Two side having been part of the first intake of players at the Glenn Hoddle Academy in 2008 following a youth career at Liverpool and Stoke City. He has also spent brief spells with Stafford Rangers and Rhyl.
It is a real shame that Aaron's participation this season has been restricted by injury, such was the impact he made following his arrival midway through the last campaign. Completing the step-up from Division One of the Northern Premier League with Skelmersdale United, Aaron, 27, thrived on the chance to play in the Conference Premier, only to rupture his cruciate knee ligaments on the final day of the season at Kettering Town. A strong midfielder, he played for Ashton Town until 2006.
24-year-old Karl is a player with enormous potential, having successfully bridged a gap of three divisions with a move from Skelmersdale United last November. Little over a year earlier, Karl was playing in the North West Counties League with St Helens Town, taking a rapid rise through the divisions in his stride. Bringing guile and energy to the midfield, Karl is a tall, technically accomplished left-sided player who also carries a goal threat, scoring five times last season.
John Paul Kissock
When John Paul joined Southport last January, few would have expected to see a player of such exciting quality. His turn of pace and tremendous ability with the ball make the 22-year-old one of the most naturally talented Southport players in recent years and who has made a significant impact on the team's attacking play. John Paul signed from Formby and, by his own admission, moving to the Sandgrounders represented the opportunity for to restart a career that began so promisingly with Everton, before playing in Scotland.
Michael Ordish A left sided forwrad Signed in the close season having had a spell in the Youth set up at Celtic.
Matt Nemes-Australian born Matt is the cover keeper for Tony McMillan signed after some impressive pre-season displays whilst on trial.
Russell Benjamin-Russ rejoined Southport after two seasons on the books of Rochdale. Had a very impressive pre-season which saw Liam snap him up and put him on a contract. Made a Cup start in the 4-1 Lancs Cup defeat at the hands of Kendal Town and a sub appearance in the 5-1 Liverpool Senior Cup win at Marine in the 2008/09 season.
Having twice transformed the club's fortunes to earn a place in the Conference Premier, Liam is now seeking to establish Southport as a regular presence at the top level of Non-League football. His impressive list of achievements is matched by a fine record of providing local players with the opportunity to progress. Leading the Sandgrounders to the Conference North championship in 2005, he repeated the trick in similarly radical fashion five years later, winning the Northern Premier League with Burscough in the intervening period. Liam cut his managerial teeth at Runcorn FC Halton, after a playing career which saw him capped by England at semi-professional level and represent Preston North End.