2021-22 Pen Pics
The players once again have squad numbers for the 2021-22 season.
Squad Numbers For Programme
1 Cam Mason, 2 Charlie Oliver, 3 Jack Doyle, 4 Russ Benjamin (Captain) 5 Adam Anson, 6 Doug Tharme, 7 Connor Woods, 8 Charlie Munro, 9 Jordan Archer, 10 George Newell, 11 Marcus Carver, 12 Isaac Buckley-Ricketts, 13 Tony McMillan, 14 Chris Doyle, 15 Josh Hmami, 16 Dylan Vassallo, 17 Niall Watson, 18 Jack Bainbridge.
Manager Liam Watson
Liam, who is also a member of the Board Of Directors is by far the club’s longest serving manager having racked up 547 games in charge by the end 2020-21 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: Terry McPhillips
After his playing career ended Terry started as an became Academy Director at Crewe Alexandra, in 1992 and spent 14 years as a youth coach at the club before joining the Academy Staff of Blackburn Rovers. He set up the Merseyside-based TMS (Technique/Movement/Skill) football school in 1996.
He later managed the Blackburn Rovers Youth team that reached the 2012 FA Youths Cup Final, and was appointed caretaker assistant manager to Gary Bowyer. He was re-appointed assistant manager from June 2013 to 2015.
In 2016, he followed Gary Bowyer to Blackpool as a chief scout and assistant manager. He was appointed caretaker manager of Blackpool in August 2018 and after Gary Bowyer left the club in September 2018, he was made permanent manager. Terry resigned as Blackpool manager in July 2019, having informed the club’s board that he had no long-term desire to be a manager.
The squad numbers in brackets are the Southport player number (Non League)
1-Cameron Mason (841)
Cam was Curzon Ashton’s longest serving player having joined the club on a free transfer in the summer of 2014, he went on to amass over 150 appearances for the club. As a youth he played for Oldham Athletic, before joining Chesterfield in July 2013. Whilst he was at the Spireites, Cam spent a short-term loan with Stockport before joining Curzon the following summer. His reputation at this level is high, shown by his inclusion in the England C squad in March 2020 – however a chance of a debut for his country was scuppered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
What a lot of people won’t know is Cam was on the bench for Southport in a game at Luton in the 2013/14 season brought in as emergency cover for one game but never played.
2-Charlie Oliver (831)
Charlie who spent ten years in the Manchester City Academy, signed for the Port in Mid November 2019.
Naturally a central defender, Charlie progressed through the ranks at City, turning professional at the age of 18. He became a regular for their Elite Development Squad, representing the club in PL2 and the EFL Trophy.
The Manchester-born player also helped City to the 2016 FA Youth Cup final, spending the second half of the 2017/18 season on loan at Fleetwood Town and the start of the following season with Brentford.
Opinions vary as to Charlie’s best position but his versatility gives the club a great option in defence and midfield.
3-Jack Doyle (825)
Signed from Blackburn Rovers just ahead of the 2019-20 season.
Jack made his debut for Rovers in 2017-18 before joining Maidstone United on loan but unfortunately his loan spell was cut short by injury.
2019-20 saw Jack make 31 starts in all competitions and was a model of consistency in defence.
A player who is regarded very highly by everyone at the club and could easily play at a higher level.
4-Russell Benjamin (618)
Russ returned to Southport in 2019-20 having been with the club previously making 23 league starts and 29 as substitute between August 2011 and April 2013. The midfield player left Southport to join AFC Telford United before having a break from the game.
Russ made 36 appearances in 2019-20 in all competitions and scored two goals. He caught the eye in midfield and was joint leader in the media team player of the season awards when the season was curtailed.
5-Adam Anson (834)
Adam signed for Southport from Witton Albion.
A tall central defender who joined Witton in August 2019 from Chorley where he had previously spent two seasons. He made 27 starts for the Magpies helping them to promotion from the Vanarama National League North in 2018/19.
Having started his senior football career with Wigan Athletic, Adam has also spent some time on loan at Lancaster City. He was also on the books of both Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool as a youngster.
6-Doug Tharme (842)
Doug was our second signing of the summer.
Doug was with Curzon Ashton last season before joining up with Connah’s Quay Nomads in the Welsh Premier League when the Vanarama National League season was curtailed. He had 4 sub starts for The Nomads.
21 years old and born in Birkenhead Doug is a commanding 6 foot 4 inch centre back who will add height to our back line.
Doug made his Wrexham debut in November 2017, before signing his first professional deal with the Welsh club in July 2018. Doug went on to register seven first team appearances for the Red Dragons, enjoying a good run in the first team with his proudest moment coming when he captained Wrexham at Ibrox Park.
While at the Racecourse Ground, Wirral-born Doug had loan spells away from the club. In July 2019 Doug made his first loan switch to AFC Telford, however the defender was recalled from the New Buck’s Head by Wrexham just over a month later in September.
Doug also enjoyed a spell at Radcliffe Boro before arriving at Curzon in August 2020 on a deal until the end of the season.
7-Connor Woods (827)
Big things expected from Connor in 2021-22. A winger who started out at St Helens Town before progressing through the youth set-up at Skelmersdale United. He had a very impressive 2019-20 pre-season on trial and was snapped up to join the club ahead of that campaign.
Connor is technically very good, he’s direct and has got so much potential and we have hopefully unearthed a little gem who will go on to bigger things in the future.
Scored a superb hat-trick in the Liverpool Senior Cup win at Pilkingtons and contributed four assists in a season where he gained a lot of experience and grew in confidence.
Sparkled up front in 21-22 pre-season matches scoring two goals and looking comfortable in that role.
8-Charlie Munro (845)
Our first signing of the summer with Charlie Munro joining the club from Warrington Town.
Charlie is 24, a central midfielder, born in Billinge, who started his footballing life with Ashton Town before moving on to Ashton Athletic.
Southport supporters may remember him featuring for Ashton Athletic where he first caught the eye of Liam Watson in our Lancashire Cup Semi Final at Leyland. Charlie then signed for Warrington Town but the Pandemic cut short his time at the club and he made 6 appearances before the season was curtailed.
9-Jordan Archer (819)
Jordan, who was previously on loan at the club in 2019 re-joined the club on a deal until May 2022.
During his last stint at the Pure Stadium, Jordan scored nine times in 21 games.
A strong striker with an eye for goal, he joins from Boston United having made the switch to join the Pilgims in the summer.
Starting his career with Chasetown, Jordan progressed up the football pyramid to play in the EFL for Bury and Port Vale. He has also spent time with Maidenhead United, Chester and Stockport County.
10-George Newell (829)
George was at Everton from the age of 12, moving through the ranks before spending two years at Bolton, where he progressed from the Under 21 side into the first-team squad.
George, born in Formby and the son of former Blackburn Rovers striker Mike Newell, has also had time with AFC Fylde and Albion Rovers.
He spent the first half of the 2016/17 season on loan at AFC Fylde before moving to Motherwell at the start of the following campaign. He then spent two years north of the border, playing an important role in Albion’s good form at the end of the 2018-19 season.
Made an immediate impact after signing for Southport in September 2019 scoring with his first touch of the ball on his FA Cup debut.
Ended the 2019-20 season with 6 goals from 8 starts, George picked up a terrible injury in a practice match during 20-21 and will be out of action at the start of the 21-22 season. A natural goal scorer we all look forward to George regaining full fitness.
11-Marcus Carver (835)
Signed from Chorley in the summer of 2020.
Marcus scored 47 goals in four seasons for Chorley including 17 in their Vanarama National League North promotion-winning-season.
Born in Blackburn, Marcus began his career at Accrington Stanley, progressing through the youth-set up and into the first team during a five-year period, making 38 senior appearances.
Whilst at Stanley, he spent time on loan at clubs including Halifax Town, AFC Fylde and Barrow, before making his move to Chorley permanent in 2016.
Marcus played a crucial role in the Chorley side that earned promotion to the top level of Non-League football two seasons ago, being named the Players’ Player of the Season after twice previously helping the Magpies into the play-offs.
Having played up front with Jack Sampson during his early days at Victory Park, Marcus played a total of 203 times for the Magpies before leaving at the end of the 2018-19 season.
12-Isaac Buckley-Ricketts (846)
Isaac is 23, born in Manchester and arrives at Southport after spending his youth career with Manchester City and he went out on loan to FC Twente and Oxford United and spent the 2018-19 season with Peterborough United before returning to the region.
After progressing through the ranks of Manchester City’s Academy he signed a scholarship with the club in July 2014 and progressed quickly through the club’s U18 side and then the development squad.
Isaac has played at England Under 18, 19 and 20 level.
After being called up by England Under 18’s Isaac made his debut in March 2016, playing 74 minutes before being substituted. He went on to make four appearances for the side.
He made his England Under 19 in September 2016, coming on as a late substitute. He then scored his first England U19 goal, as well as setting up one of the goals, in a 5–1 win against Belarus. Isaac was in the team that won the 2017 UEAF European Under 19 Championship in Georgia. He went on to make 12 appearances and scored once for the England U19 side.
He made his England Under 20 debut in August 2017, in a 3–0 win over The Netherlands scoring his first goals f in a 5–1 win over Italy
13-Tony McMillan (582)
A former youth and reserve team player at Preston North End, he joined the Linnets from Lancaster City in June 2006 after becoming a familiar name in the Conference North. Having moved from Preston to Wigan Athletic, he played under Liam Watson at Runcorn FC Halton, where he kept goal in over 200 matches after joining in 2001. Upon signing for the Sandgrounders he was handed the gloves ahead of Steven Drench and went on to play 240 games over a 5 year spell which included lifting the Conference North title.
Since leaving Haig Avenue in 2013 he had a short spell with Altrincham before joining Barrow with whom he spent a further 3.5 years.
You can never keep a good ‘keeper down. Tony returned to Haig Avenue at the start of the 2019-20 season after leaving in 2013 with 205 league appearances under his belt for The Sandgrounders. Back up for Cam and played in our Cup matches in 2020-21. A stellar career and at 39 can still be relied upon when called into the team, still as fit as ever.
14-Chris Doyle (843)
Our third new signing of the summer brought Chris Doyle back to Southport.
Chris was in our pre-season line up at the start of 2016/17 under manager Andy Bishop but never made a first team start due to picking up a serious injury in one of the build up games.
Chris is a central defender and has signed from FC United Of Manchester.
In his early football years Chris spent time in the Everton Academy from the age of 10 to 14 before joining the youth setup at Morecambe. He signed a pro-contract at the age of 17 at the start of the 2012-13 season and made his 1st team debut. Chris had a successful loan period at Chorley FC until the end of the 2014-15 season scoring 5 times in 26 appearances. He then signed an extended 12-month contract with Morecambe at the start of the 2015–16 season. He was subsequently released by Morecambe in May 2016 and joined Southport.
The injury kept Chris out of football for some time but he was tempted back and joined his home-town team of Marine in July 2018 and made 37 appearances, scoring 6 goals.
For FC United, Chris had 49 starts and bagged 2 goals between 2019/20 and 2020/21.
15-Josh Hmami (844)
Josh was with Marine last season and made a great impression in their historic FA Cup run which culminated in a home tie with Tottenham Hotspur.
He is 21, an attacking midfielder and born in Oldham.
His youth career was spent at Bolton Wanderers, Barnsley and Accrington were he made one senior appearance.
Josh has also had time at The New Saints, a loan spell at FC United of Manchester and Ramsbottom United where he scored 11 time in 25 starts.
In the shortened 2020-21 season he made 20 appearances for Marine finding the back of the net 8 times.
An exciting prospect and one we think our supporters will enjoy watching, he likes to get the ball forward and adds another creative spark to our midfield.
16-Dylan Vassallo (839)
Dylan was outstanding in all the 2020-21 pre-season games and rejoined the club having been part of our youth set up in the 2015/16 season. The attacking midfielder has since developed his career with Warrington Town and another player who can deliver a great set piece.
17-Niall Watson (838)
Probably the worst kept Southport FC secret ever as “Trialist 1” kept on banging in the goals during the 20-21 pre-season build up. Trialist 1 was finally announced as Niall Watson who formally put pen to paper at the start of the 20-21 season.. Niall is no stranger to Southport Football having been coming to the ground as a 4 year old as a Southport supporter following his Dad’s team. Watching him playing on the pitch as a young boy you could always tell he was going to be a footballer. Niall showed great promise during the truncated 20-21 season and is another player we look forward to getting the best out of in 2021-22.
18-Jack Bainbridge (837)
Jack, 23, is a Southport lad and spent his early years at the Everton Academy before playing a season at Swansea.
He has since had two campaigns in the Sunderland Under 23 set-up making his first team debut against Morecambe in the EFL Trophy last November.
Another player who has had a very impressive 21-22 pre-season and looks fitter than ever. Great pedigree and a fully fit and firing Jack gives added depth to the squad with Jack able to play in defence or midfield.