Southport Football Club Player Pen Pics & Squad Numbers-2016/17

2 Ross White Defender
3 Neil Ashton Defender
4 Liam Nolan Midfield
5 Josh Thompson Defender Out for season due to injury
6 Euan Murray Defender
7  Jamie Allen Forward
8  Ashley Grimes Midfield
10 Liam Hynes Midfield
11 Jean-Charles Coly Forward
12 Andrai Jones Defender
14 Ben McKenna Midfield
15 Chris Cheetham Goalkeeper Dual Registration From Skem
16 Kevin Da Veiga Monteiro Midfield
17 Jordan Lussey Midfield Out for season due to injury
18 Gary Jones Midfield Loan To Altrincham
19 Declan Weeks Midfield
20 Jack Higgins Defender Loan From York City
21 Ben Foulds Midfield Youth
23 Rory McKeown Defender
24 Robbie Cundy Defender Loan From Oxford United
25 Louis Almond Forward Loan From Tranmere Rovers
26 Ryan Higgins Defender
27 Richard Brodie Forward

Manager: Andy Preece-appointed February 8th.

keith-briggs-1024x768Assistant Manager-Keith Briggs appointed 10 October 2016.

Jamie Allen-Jamie extended his contract with The Sandgrounders in May after an impressive first season with the club which saw him make 15 starts and 17 sub appearances, getting on the scoresheet four times.

Preston based Jamie started his career at Fleetwood Town. The diminutive striker quickly accelerated through the youth and reserve teams but with opportunities limited due to Fleetwood’s meteoric rise up the pyramid only managed a handful of appearances, before being released in the summer of 2015. Paul Carden moved swiftly to sign Jamie up at the start of the 2015/16 season and he will be looking to continue the progress made this season.

Andrai Jones-Andrai made 15 starts and 5 sub starts in 2015/16. He began his career as a youth at Everton and then Bury. Impressive displays for Bury reserves earned the Liverpudlian a move to then championship Barnsley. Loan spells at Tranmere and Alfreton followed before a permanent transfer to Gateshead. Released in the summer of 2015, the talented and versatile defender/midfielder penned a two year contract with the Sandgrounders and goes into his second season at the club. Lots of ability and pace, Southport have high hopes that he will be one to watch this term.

Liam Nolan-Liam started 35 times in 2015/16 with 7 sub starts also under his belt he also scored two league goals. Strong and athletic he made the midfield slot his own after some hardworking and determined performances.

Signed for Southport in August 2015. Paul Carden moved to bring in the Liverpool born midfielder after he ended an extensive trial at Blackburn Rovers. Liam spent time as a junior at Everton before joining Crewe Alexandra as a trainee where he progressed to the first team, making 19 league appearances which were unfortunately restricted by injuries. Liam has also featured for Northern Ireland’s under 21 side.

Josh Thompson-Josh is in his second season at The Merseyrail Community Stadium and made 36 starts with 1 sub appearance. He found the back of the net twice last term and is a great target at set pieces.

Bolton born Josh is well travelled. After a terrific start to his career at Stockport County, the big centre half completed a transfer to Celtic for £250,000. After three years and several appearances for the Scottish Premier League Champions Thompson moved south of the border playing most notably for Portsmouth and latterly Tranmere Rovers. Josh signed for Southport in July 2015 after a successful trial.

His wholehearted performances and solid defending saw him gain a string of plaudits and Josh is another player The Sandgrounders are delighted to have out pen to paper for a second season at the club.

Unfortunately Josh suffered an horrific injury in our FA Trophy game at home to Wealdstone and is ruled out for the rest of the 2016/17 season.

Ross White-Wrexham born defender Ross was with Wrexham last term having been a product of the club’s youth policy. Captained the Wrexham reserve team and was a regular in the centre back position.

Ross missed the start of the 2015/16 season due to a metatarsal injury and made just 4 starts with 11 in the previous season.

Played at Under 15-19 level for Wales picking up 26 caps at youth level.

Ashley GrimesBorn in Swinton, he began his career as a youth player with Manchester United. After a spell with Bolton Wanderers, he joined Manchester City in 2003. He went professional in 2006, but struggled to break into the first team and went on loan to Swindon Town in 2007 then moved to Millwall a year later. He spent the 2010–11 season on loan with Lincoln City before a permanent transfer to Rochdale at the end of the season. After two seasons with Rochdale, he moved to Bury in 2013 and then Walsall a year later. In July 2015 he signed for Barrow and spent last season with The Cumbrian side.

Has over 200 Football League starts under his belt and will add great experience to the Southport squad. Contrary to popular belief Ashley is no relation to the Ashley Grimes who played for Manchester United.

Neil Ashton-Vastly experienced left back, Neil made over 150 appearances for Shrewsbury Town and between 2010 and 2015 he broke the 200 barrier with Wrexham. He signed for the Conference club ahead of the 2010–2011 campaign taking the number 3 shirt and was a regular in the side in his first season with the Dragons making 42 appearances  In 2011–2012 Neil earned the Wrexham FC player of the year award for the season after making 48 appearances. Was part of the Wrexham team which won the FA Trophy in 2012/13. Once sent off for over celebrating a goal after scoring a second penalty at Stockport County. Neil was released by Wrexham on 14 May 2015 and spent last season at Barrow.

Jordan Lussey-Jordan is an ex Liverpool trainee who spent time on loan at Bolton Wanderers under Neil Lennon. Central midfielder Jordan is a product of Liverpool’s Academy. Captained the U18s and played for U21s before joining Bolton on loan in March, 2015. He subsequently signed for them permanently after being released by Liverpool in June, 2015. Made one League Two appearance for York City on loan and was subbed in a 5-1 home defeat to Accrington in November 2015. Described on Liverpool’s website as having a “combative, box-to-box presence who possesses both a strong passing range and a keen eye for goal.”


Declan Weeks- 20 year old midfielder Declan Weeks joins having previously spent time at Wolverhampton Wanders where he captained the under-21 side. A holding midfielder Born in Wrexham. Declan joined Wolves at Under-14 level. Captained Wolves U21s and trained with the first-team but did not feature in a competitive senior game. Told in February that he would not be handed a new deal. Has played for Wales at U21 + U19 levels and is big pals with Ross White from Wales youth internationals.

Ryan Higgins-22 year old defender Ryan Higgins was most recently at Chester. Ryan is a right back. Released by Everton as a trainee in 2012, he ended up on non-contract terms in Birmingham’s U21/development squad. Blues liked what they saw but financial problems meant that they couldn’t offer him a deal so Higgins asked if he could prove himself without pay, and his performances were rewarded with a year’s pro deal, plus a 12-month option. As well as Chester, Higgins has played in the fifth-tier for Tamworth and Telford.

Liam Hynes-Signed October 3rd from Stalybridge Celtic-Liam started with the Everton academy and on his release joined St Helens Town. After a stint with Banbury Town, Liam joined Redditch United in 2011, scoring on his debut against Cambridge. Injury curtailed his appearances at Redditch. Getting back to fitness, Liam played in the lower leagues for Woodford United, Bugbrooke and Daventree United (in the United Counties league).

Jack Higgins-Season Long Loan (21 November) from York City. The former Stalybridge Celtic man had made 15 appearances for the Minstermen before his loan move to the Sandgrounders.

Ben McKenna-Ben Joined Southport from Bradford Park Avenue. The 23 year old wingers previous club’s include Burnley, Carlisle, Annan Athletic, Workington, Stalybridge Celtic and Ashton United. He has also represented Northern Ireland at youth level.


Rory McKeown-Signed on December 30th from Warrington Town. Town. Rory has been a regular in the Northern Ireland squads from junior to youth to senior levels. A versatile player who can play as a full back, wing back or winger.

Rory started his career as a youth team player for Ipswich Town before his release in June 2011. He has gained a great deal of experience in Scotland. Following his release from Ipswich Rory has played for Kilmarnock, Cowdenbeath and Raith Rovers before signing for Accrington in the summer of 2015.

Robbie Cundy-Signed on loan from Oxford United.

Since signing his first professional contract with Oxford in 2015, the 19 year-old 6″2 defender has gained loan experience at Oxford City and Gloucester.

While at Gloucester, the struggling Tigers won five out of six games to move away from the relegation places, conceding only four goals in that period.

Robbie has also appeared in the EFL Trophy for Oxford United.

Euan Murray-Defender signed from Barrow 25 January.

Louis Almond-Signed on loan from Tranmere Rovers 23 February.

Jean-Charles Coly

Richard Brodie-returned to the club 18 March