2019-20 Player Pen Pics

Southport FC Player Photos & Pen Pics 2019-20

(Work in progress-new player photos will be available late July/early August 2020)

Manager :  Liam Watson

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Liam, who is also a member of the Board Of Directors is by far the club’s longest serving manager having racked up 484 games in charge by the end of the 2018-19 season. He is, the most successful manager during the club’s non-league era. Liam returned for his third spell as manager at the start of the 2018-19 season 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 then carried out a scouting role for Scunthorpe United.

His first season back at the club was up and down but after a poor start Liam oversaw a transformation that saw the club embark on a great run in the cups making round two in the FA Cup and doing the Lancashire Junior Cup/Liverpool Senior Cup double.

Assistant Manager : Jon McCarthy

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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.

Jon joined Southport as Assistant Manager to Kevin Davies in December 2017 to add valuable experience to the rookie manager and is now working well alongside Liam Watson with a wealth of experience proving invaluable to the backroom team.

Dan Hanford Goalkeeper

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

Former Carlisle United and Gateshead goalkeeper Dan Hanford joined Southport at the start of the 2018-19 season and was an ever present also winning the coveted Supporters Player Of The Year Trophy. 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 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 Two side Carlisle United, making 33 appearances in two years. Before joining Southport, Dan played for National League side Gateshead, making 47 league appearances.

Ryan Astles Defender

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

24-year-old central defender Ryan joined Southport FC at the start of the 2018-19 season and made 28 league starts also chipping in with 3 goals and winning the Champion Newspapers Player Of The Year. His no nonsense style saw him become a big favourite with the Southport fans.

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.

Dean Winnard Defender

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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.

2018-19 was a bit stop start for Dean making 19 league starts and scoring 2 goals after picking up a few injuries but back to full fitness Dean will be looking for a full season and his consistency makes him a great player to have in the squad.


Devarn Green Sponsored By Eckersley Blinds

Dion Charles Sponsored By Joshua & Jack Rogers


Jack Sampson Sponsored By Amelia & Eleanor Ryding

Bradley Bauress Sponsored By Millring Horseboxes


Andy Parry-Available to sponsor

Jason Gilchrist-Available to sponsor

David Morgan Sponsored By Pinetree Garden Maintenance

Paddy Lacey Sponsored By Gary Holmes

Morgan Homson-Smith Available to sponsor