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

NUMBER PLAYER POSITION
1  Mason Springthorpe Goalkeeper
2  Ross White Defender
3  Neil Ashton Defender
4  Liam Nolan Midfield
5  Josh Thompson Defender
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7  Jamie Allen Forward
8  Ashley Grimes Midfield
9 Delial Brewster  Forward Loan From Everton Until End Of Season
10 Liam Hynes Midfield
11  John Cofie Forward  Loan To Chorley
12 Andrai Jones Defender
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14 Ben McKenna Midfield
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16 Michael Onovwigun Midfield
17 Jordan Lussey Midfield
18 Gary Jones Midfield  Loan To Altrincham
19 Declan Weeks Midfield
20 Jack Higgins Defender Loan From York City
21 Jake Wright Forward Loan from Sheffield United
22 Aaron Jones Defender
23 Rory McKeown Defender
24 Robbie Cundy Defender  Loan From Oxford United
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26 Ryan Higgins Defender
27 Magnus Norman Goalkeeper Loan From Fulham
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steve-burrManager: Steve Burr

Steve took Stalybridge Celtic to the play off final at his first attempt in the 2007/08 season, losing by one goal to Barrow having beaten Southport in the semi final.Steve moved into the managerial ranks firstly at Nuneaton, Hucknall Town, Northwich Victoria, Stalybridge Celtic and then Kidderminster Harriers. Appointed manager at Chester in January 2014, less than a fortnight after leaving Kidderminster.

Steve Burr’s second season saw him come within a whisker of the play offs, and after a storming start to his third season in charge, he left to join Kidderminster in the Conference National.

Steve was the manager at Kidderminster when they missed out on promotion to the football league in a remarkable season which saw Kiddy fail to win in any of their opening ten games but after a sensational run it went down to a thrilling last day of the season that saw Kiddy miss out on automatic promotion by two points and the club failed to get past Wrexham in the Play-offs. Despite this Steve was named the Conference Premier Manager of the Season after recording a better away record than title-winning manager, Mansfield’s Paul Cox.

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.

John Cofie (pronounced Co Fee)-Loan To Chorley Had spells at Telford and Wrexham last term. John came through the Manchester United Youth system and played alongside Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Ravel Morrison at Old Trafford being part of the United 2011 Youth Cup winning team. It was reported that John had joined United from Burnley for £1million in November 2007. He had been on the Southport radar last season and finally put pen to paper for the 2016/17 season and is looking at an extended run in the first team to kick start his career after a much travelled last few seasons having played for Royal Antwerp in Begium, Molde in Norway along with League One experience with Sheffield United, Crawley and Notts County.

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.

Magnus Norman-Goalkeeper Magnus Norman has joined from Fulham on a one-month loan deal. 19 year old Magnus has been part of Fulham Football Club since he was 9 years old and has spent time on loan at Farnborough and Hayes & Yeading during his development. Magnus has also represented England U-18’s against Switzerland and Russia. Born in London His brother, Felix, was also in the club’s Academy. Made 12 appearances in all competitions for Fulham’s U18s in the 2013/14 season. On 1 October 2014, Magnus signed his first professional contract, tying him to Fulham until 30 June 2016 and two months later he signed an extension to his Fulham contract, tying him to Fulham until June 2018.

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.

Mason Springthorpe-Goalkeeper brought in as understudy to Magnus Norman. Mason has had a spell with Northwich this season. The former Shrewsbury and Everton Youth Team player has also played for Woking, Ellesmere Rangers, Fleetwood Town and Telford.

Aaron Jones-Southport signed 23-year-old central defender Aaron Jones in December 2016 , most recently with Norweigan second division club Raufoss IL. Jones made 14 appearances and scored one goal in the now completed OBOS-ligaen season.

Jones joined Sheffield Wednesday at 13 years old before joining Doncaster Rovers three years later. He is the son of Wolverhampton Wanderers centre-back Peter Jones.

The Chesterfield-born defender headed to New Zealand in 2012 where he made 32 appearances for Hawkes Bay in the New Zealand Premiership, scoring 4 goals, before later transferring to Waitakere United. In 2014, Jones made his Oceania Champions League debut for Waitakere in a 2-0 victory over Kiwi Football Club. Jones also spent time at Napier City Rovers.

Jones signed for Raufoss IL in Norway in 2014 as defensive cover but quickly established himself in the first team and was granted a contract extension in 2015, after forming part of the team that secured promotion for Raufoss to the second division.

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.

Delial Brewster-Signed New Years Day 2017 on loan from Everton until the end of the season.

Michael Onovwigun-Signed January 6th 2017.

The youngster includes Chesterfield, Dulwich Hamlet and Kingstonian amongst his former clubs, having also spent time on loan at Dulwich Hamlet, Sheffield and Stalybridge Celtic.

Michael previously progressed through the Brentford FC Academy as a junior, making over 50 appearances for their youth team.

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.

Jake Wright-Signed on loan from Sheffield United-10 January.

Young striker Jake Wright has joined the club on a one-month loan deal.

The 20-year-old has continually impressed in both his spells for United’s youth team and a series of loans. Jake has previously spent time at Ilkeston, Hallam, and York City.

At Hallam, Wright scored in every appearance, scoring fourteen goals in seven games, including five goals in his final two matches.

His previous spell at York was cut short due to an injury crisis at Sheffield, but Wright made 7 appearances while on loan a Bootham Crescent.