2019/20 First Team Squad & Pen Pics

Southport FC Player Photos & Pen Pics 2019-20 Compiled By Amos Wynn and Rob Urwin

TEAM PHOTO is HERE

Squad List 2019-20 as at 12 Sept 2019.

Player Position Details
Liam Watson Manager
Jon McCarthy Assistant Manager
2019-20 Squad List
1 Dan Hanford Goalkeeper
2 Andy Parry Midfield
3 Paddy Lacey Midfield
4 Dean Winnard Defender
5 Ryan Astles Defender
6 David Morgan Midfield
7 Devarn Green Midfield
8 Jack Sampson Striker
9 Brad Bauress Midfield
10 Morgan Homson-Smith Midfield
11 Kieran Glynn Midfield Season Loan From Salford
12 Charlie Albinson Goalkeeper
13 Zehn Mohammed Defender Loan From Accrington to Jan 2020
14 Raul Correia Striker
15 Connor Woods Midfield
16 Reagan Ogle Defender Loan From Accrington to Jan 2020
17 Russell Benjamin Midfield
18 Jack Doyle Defender
19 George Newell Striker Signed 10 Sept Unattached

 

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

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 provided great experience in goal, having previously played for Carlisle, for whom he made 27 EFL appearances. The 28-year-old 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.

Ryan Astles Defender

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

In his first season at the club, Ryan was a strong part the Sandgrounders back-line.

The 24-year-old central defender joined Southport FC at the start of the 2018-19 season and made 28 league starts and he also won the 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.

Dean Winnard  Defender

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Dean is one of the most experienced players in the Southport ranks where he serves as both defender and coach. He was also on target four times throughout the 2018-19 season with two of his goals coming in the clubs FA Cup run.

After coming through the youth ranks at Blackburn Rovers, the 29-year-old spent 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. Following his two years with the Shrimps, the centre back joined Liam Watson’s side, taking on his current role. Injury cut short his season but a fully fit Dean Winnard will be a major asset to The Sandgrounders.

Devarn Green : Midfield

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Devarn put in a series of good performances for Southport in his first season with the club. After playing youth level football at both Burton and Blackburn, he joined Stourbridge, before moving to Tranmere Rovers for a short spell.

He joined Southport last summer on a free transfer.

A month into the 2018/19 season, Devarn scored his first goal for the club, getting a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw with FC United.

Jack Sampson: Striker

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Jack Sampson was an important figurehead of Southport’s attack last season and is a true fans favourite at Southport. With 13 goals in Vanarama National League North, the striker was a pivotal part of Liam Watson’s side in his second year with the club. The 26-year-old joined the Sandgrounders from Macclesfield in 2017.

He spent the last few months of his time with the Silkmen on loan at Chorley, where he scored six goals in seven games. Jack has plenty of experience in the Football League, having spent time with Morecambe, Accrington and Southend. After coming through the Wigan Athletic academy, the striker joined Bolton Wanderers at the age of 15.

It was whilst with the Trotters that Sampson received a call-up to play for England U19s.

Bradley Bauress: Midfield

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Midfielder Brad has proved to be a strong component of Southport’s midfield.

The 23-year-old joined the club on a free transfer from Barrow last summer, and previously had spells at Colwyn and Witton Albion. Throughout the season he scored seven times for the Sandgrounders, with his first goal coming in a 2-1 win over Curzon Ashton in the FA Cup. He was also on target later in the competition, as a long ranged strike against Tranmere earned Southport a draw at Prenton Park and a subsequent replay. This goal went on to win the Club’s Goal Of The Season award and was also a nomination for the BBC’s FA Cup Goal Of The Season award.

Andy Parry Defender/Midfield

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A player who is familiar to Southport fans, Andy is enjoying his third spell with the club. The 27-year-old was a youth player at Blackburn Rovers before joining Kettering Town, and then Radcliffe Borough. Andy joined the Sandgrounders for the first time in 2011, staying for two years. He then joined Luton Town in 2013, winning the Vanarama National League title before briefly returning to the Port in 2015 on loan.

During his time with the Hatters, he also went on loan to Telford, Altrincham and Barrow, giving him experience in the fifth and sixth tier of English football.

Andy rejoined Liam Watson’s side last summer and his season was interrupted by injury but he wore the captains arm band in the club’s Liverpool Senior Cup final win against Prescot Cables and is a highly thought of member of the Southport squad.

David Morgan Midfield & Captain

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The club captain David has been a part of the Southport midfield since 2017. The former Northern Ireland youth midfielder has played for nine clubs despite only being 24.

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, Morgan enjoyed spells with Ilkeston, Nuneaton, Fylde and Harrogate. He made three appearances for the latter before joining Southport.

The midfielder scored on six occasions throughout the course of the last campaign.

Paddy Lacey: Midfield

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Paddy returned to Southport for his second spell at the club at the start of 2019.

The midfielder had previously served the Sandgrounders in 2011, joining the club on loan from Bradford City but never making a start for the club in this period. After a further loan to Vauxhall Motors, the 26-year-old enjoyed permanent moves to Droylsden, Altrincham and Barrow. His biggest move came in 2016, when he joined EFL side Accrington Stanley, making his debut against Burnley in the League Cup. Paddy’s first goal for Stanley came a month later in a 1-0 victory over Portsmouth. In January 2019, Paddy rejoined Southport and he added another option to Liam Watson’s side.

Morgan Homson-Smith-Midfield

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Morgan joined Southport last summer and big things are expected of the exciting player this season.

The winger previously played for Harrogate and Prescot Cables before joining the Port. Following his release from the latter, Homson-Smith was part of the Football Development Agency Academy where he showcased his ability.

In his first season at Southportt he scored twice in the campaign. The young talent will be hoping to build on his debut season with the Sandgrounders and will aim to get another strong 12 months under his belt.

Kieran Glynn: Midfield

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Kieran is one of the newest additions to the Southport squad with the club delighted to have acquired his services for the season on loan from Salford. The 21-year-old started his senior career with FC United, making 55 appearances for the club and scoring five goals. His performances for the Reds attracted interested from Salford, whom he joined last summer.

Kieran made four appearances for the club and spent two separate loan spells away from The Peninsula Stadium. The first saw him spend two months with Chorley, where he helped the Magpies reach the First Round of the Emirates FA Cup, before being recalled by his parent club. In March, the 21-year-old headed out again, this time to promotion-chasing Vanarama National League South side, Woking, where he spent the remainder of the season without featuring regularly for The Cards.

Charlie Albinson: Goalkeeper

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The 22-year-old stopper put pen to paper ahead of the new campaign.

Charlie, part of the Blackburn U23 squad which won PL2 Division 2 in 2018, has spent the past two years at Ewood Park, initially signing a 12-month contract which was then extended.

Born in Bolton, Albinson joined Manchester City at the age of eight, progressing through the youth set-up to feature for the club in the Uefa Youth League and the FA Youth Cup squad which reached the final of 2015.

He has experience of first-team football with Rossendale United and Warrington Town, where he spent part of last season, and also spent time at Bury before joining Blackburn.

Zehn Mohammed: Defender

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Zehn, who spent a brief period with Southport last season, re-joined the club on a youth loan from Accrington Stanley until January. He first signed for Accrington as an under 16.

The 19-year-old full-back spent two months with the Port during the winter before finishing the season at FC United of Manchester, making 15 appearances in the Vanarama National League North.

Zehn featured for Southport during pre-season and scored the third goal in the friendly win against the Fleetwood Town Development Squad.

The defender, who has played predominately on the right side of the back line but is equally at home in the centre, is one of several highly-rated youngsters within the Stanley youth set-up.

Zehn, now 19, began his career with Blackburn Rovers, his home-town club, before signing a two-year contract with Accrington in July 2017, on the back of a successful period at the Wham Stadium.

To give him experience of first-team action, Zehn began the 2018-19 season with Clitheroe having played the previous campaign for Ramsbottom United, collecting their Player of the Month in January 2018.

Raul Correia-Striker

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A Portuguese citizen who was born in Angola, Raul played for the Port up front during pre-season, impressing manager Liam Watson in the friendly games.  The 26-year-old, who moved to England at a young age, is a strong centre forward who has also had time with Guiseley and York City.

Raul earned his move to Blackpool in January 2017 on the back of scoring 11 goals in 22 games for Radcliffe, signing an 18-month contract at Bloomfield Road.

Whilst at Blackpool, he had loan periods in the Vanarama National League before securing a move to Barrow last summer.

Connor Woods-Midfield

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Connor, 21 is a promising young winger who started out at St Helens Town before progressing through the youth set-up at Skelmersdale United, joins the Port ahead of the new campaign.

The right winger moves into senior football for the first time and has caught the eye for Watson’s side during pre-season with a number of creative, energetic performances.

Connor is a great find and I’m sure he’ll surprise a few people this season. He’s been brought to light by Tommy Lawson who has a great record of finding young players for Southport and he rates him really highly.

Connor is technically very good, he’s direct and has got so much potential. If he’s as good as some of Tommy’s previous finds then we’ve hopefully unearthed a little gem.

Reagan Ogle-Defender

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Australia born Reagan made a massive impression whilst on loan to Southport in 2018-19 and won the Young Player Of The Year award and made the left back spot his own.

Coming through the ranks at Stanley, he made his debut for the club in the Checkatrade Trophy in November 2016 and has also had spells on loan at Ramsbottom United and Wealdstone.

Reagan made 34 league and 14 cup starts for Southport in 2018-19 and with his all action style quickly became a fans favourite at the club.

Reagan joins the club on a youth loan until January 2020.

Russell Benjamin-Midfield

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Russ returned to Southport 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.

Jack Doyle-Defender

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Signed from Blackburn Rovers just ahead of the 2019-20 season. Jack impressed in all the club’s pre-season matches. A player Liam Watson has been tracking for some time, the manger was delighted when he put to pen to paper to add to the club’s defensive options. Jack made his debut for Rovers in 2017-18. Last season Jack joined Maidstone United on loan but unfortunately his loan spell was cut short by injury having impressed whilst he was on loan.

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Newell (22) was at Everton from the age of 12, moving through the ranks before spending two years at Bolton, where he progressed from the U21 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 last season.