2020-21 Squad & Pen Pics

2020-21 Pen Pics

The players have squad numbers for the 2020-21 season.

SQUAD PN 2020-21 Squad DOB POB Pos
1 806 Dan Hanford 06-Mar-91 Swansea Keeper
2 831 Charlie Oliver 07-Nov-97 Manchester Midfield
3 825 Jack Doyle 02-Feb-97 Liverpool Defender
4 618 Russ Benjamin 28-Oct-91 Liverpool Midfield
5 834 Adam Anson 04-Feb-97 Liverpool Defender
6 785 David Morgan 04-Jul-94 Belfast Midfield
7 827 Connor Woods 01-Feb-98 Ormskirk Midfield
8 816 Marcus Wood 12-Feb-98 Trafford Midfield
9 817 Jordan Archer 11-Nov-93 Walsall Striker
10 829 George Newell 27-Jan-97 Formby Striker
11 835 Marcus Carver 22-Oct-93 Blackburn Striker
12 647 Matty Challoner 12-Sep-93 Blackburn Defender
13 582 Tony McMillan 19-Jan-82 Manchester Keeper
14 836 Mo Ali 08-Jul-94 Zeist Defender
15 811 Dean Winnard 20-Aug-89 Wigan Defender
16 839 Dylan Vassallo 12-Jun-97 Liverpool Midfield
17 838 Niall Watson 06-Apr-00 Liverpool Midfield
18 837 Jack Bainbridge 21-May-98 Southport Defender
28-Oct 771 Jack Sampson Tfr To AFC Fylde

See HERE for details of appearances and scorers.


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 527 games in charge by the end 2019-20 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.

A mid table finish followed in 2019-20 but 2020-21 will see Liam working with a squad of his own players for the first time and he is relishing the challenges that the new season will inevitably bring.

Assistant Manager Jon McCarthy

Jon made over 700 career league appearances as a player, as well as 18 appearances for Northern Ireland. He 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 has formed a great partnership alongside Liam Watson with a wealth of experience proving invaluable to the club.

1 Dan Hanford Goalkeeper

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

Dan Hanford was a regular feature between the sticks for Southport FC in 2018-19 and won the coveted Supporters Player Of The Year Trophy whilst also becoming the first player since 2010 to be ever present in the Southport jersey. The Welshman joined the club in the summer of 2018 on a free transfer.

Dan provides great experience in goal, having previously played for Carlisle, for whom he made 27 EFL appearances. He came through the youth ranks at Swansea City, before moving on to Clitheroe. Throughout his career he has enjoyed spells in both Spain and Malta but has predominantly featured in the National League with Hereford and Gateshead.

Internationally he has represented Wales at both U17 and U19 level.

Had a spell out of the side last season but returned in great form for the Port to reclaim the No. 1 jersey.

Signed a one year extension to his contract in the summer.

2 Charlie Oliver Defender/Midfield

The 21-year-old, 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 ion defence and midfield.

3 Jack Doyle Defender

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.

4 Russ Benjamin Midfield

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 Defender

Adam signed for Southport from Witton Albion on a contract that will run to May 2022.

As part of the deal which saw him join the club, Adam went back on loan to the BetVictor Northern Premier League side until the end of February 2019.

He returned and made just one start before the season was cut short.

Adam is 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 David Morgan Midfield

The club captain, David has been a part of the Southport midfield since 2017. The former Northern Ireland youth midfielder had played for nine clubs before joining The Sandgrounders where he has made over 100 starts for the club.

He started his senior career with Nottingham Forest, being sent out on loan to three different clubs in his two years at the club.  After leaving the City Ground, Morg’s enjoyed spells with Ilkeston, Nuneaton, Fylde and Harrogate. He made three appearances for the latter before joining Southport.

Another really popular player at the club and wears the captain’s armband with great pride. He was the club’s leading scorer in 2019-20 with 13 goals and his outstanding displays from midfield earned him a place in the Vanarama National North Team Of The Season.

7 Connor Woods Midfield

Connor is a promising young 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.

8 Marcus Wood Midfield

Marcus spent six months on loan with the Port in 2018-19 from Bolton Wanderers before signing a permanent contract at the Pure Stadium in October 2019.

Marcus made a big impression with his strong midfield performances whilst on loan before leaving Bolton in the summer.

He spent part of the 2019-20 season with Bradford (Park Avenue) Before joining Bolton Marcus was a youth player at Manchester City and represented England at U18 and U19 level.

His 2019-20 season was hit by injury but a fully fit Marcus Wood operating in midfield gives Southport a very strong midfield line up.

9 Jordan Archer Forward-Signed 9 November 2020

The 26-year-old, who was previously on loan at the club in 2019 joined the club on a deal until May 2022 and bolsters Liam Watson’s attacking options.

During his last stint at the Pure Stadium, Archer 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, Archer 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 Forward

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 and will be looking to be at the head of the scoring charts for 2020-21.

11 Marcus Carver Forward

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 last season.

12 Matty Challoner Defender

Matty returns to the Pure Stadium after four seasons away. He had previously made 87 appearances for the Port between 2013 and 2016 before moving to Chorley where he won promotion to the Vanarama National League North through the play-offs twelve months ago.

Matty was a regular in the Southport side for three seasons at the top level of Non-League football during his previous time with the club.

Born in Blackburn, Matty progressed through the youth set-up at Blackpool, earning a Player of the Season award and featuring for the reserves before joining the Port.

He played a total of 180 times for Chorley twice helping them into the play-offs before achieving promotion. He played in the National League last season before finishing the campaign at Boston United where despite having signed for Southport he took part in their play-off campaign.

13 Tony McMillan Goalkeeper

You can never keep a good ‘keeper down as Tony returns to Haig Avenue after leaving in 2013 with 205 league appearances under his belt for The Sandgrounders.

14 Mo Ali Defender

Mo joins Southport after two seasons in National League North with Curzon Ashton, establishing himself as an accomplished performer at this level.

Born in Zeist, the Netherlands, the Mo has been capped seven times by Somalia, being named  man of the match in the nation’s first-ever World Cup qualifying win against Zimbabwe in September 2019 and we saw how high a regard he is held by the Somalian people when he put pen to paper for Southport with a record number of views on the tweet!

Mo moved to the UK in 2013, having learned his trade at Alphense Boys, making his first-team debut in the third level of Dutch football at 18, whilst also representing ADO Den Haag.

Mo’s first club in English football was Northwich Victoria before going on to play for Mossley and Droylsden. A successful two years with Curzon ended with him collecting the Supporters’ Player of the Year award.

15 Dean Winnard Defender

Previous Clubs: Accrington & Morecambe

Dean is one of the most experienced players in the Southport ranks. He signed for the club at the start of the 2018-19 season. He has been hit with a few injuries in his time at Southport but we have seen the value he brings to the side on many occasions.

After coming through the youth ranks at Blackburn Rovers, Dean enjoyed a seven-year period at Accrington Stanley. During his time at the Wham Stadium, Dean acted as captain on a few occasions, before heading to Lancashire rivals Morecambe where he spent two more years.

Signed a one year extension to his contract in the summer.

16 Dylan Vassallo

Dylan was outstanding in all the 2020-21 pre-season games and rejoins 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.

17 Niall Watson

Probably the worst kept Southport FC secret ever as “Trialist 1” kept on banging in the goals during the pre-season build up. Trialist 1 was finally announced as Niall Watson who formally put pen to paper in the past week. 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.

18 Jack Bainbridge Defender

Jack played in a pre-season game at Marine on the Wednesday, immediately catching the eye of everyone and manager Liam Watson was quick to snap him up.

Jack, 22, 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.


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