VINTAGE PORT | Southport’s No 1

VINTAGE PORT | Southport’s No 1

Billy Stewart has said that playing for Southport at Wembley was the biggest achievement of his career.

Speaking to the club this week, Billy said: “It’s certainly up there with my biggest achievements and really it has got to be there as the best.

“I had played at Wembley before with Chesterfield and won but to me this was more special, even though we didn’t win, because it was my team.

“We had taken some massive scalps along the way, we had managed to put together one of the best teams I have ever been involved with and we achieved something unique. For a team like Southport to get to Wembley is the ultimate goal really.

“It was even more special on a personal level because Gordon Banks was there to give me my England Semi-Pro cap which just rounded off the day perfectly for me.

“Obviously we didn’t get the score we wanted, but we were looked after by Mr Clapham, the chairman, him and Mavis were fantastic with the squad both before and after the game. The open top bus coming back, the only thing that was missing really was the cup but I think by that point people were so proud of what we had achieved in getting to Wembley that they were happy regardless.”

Stewart built up a great affinity with the fans of Southport during his time at the club, becoming a fan favourite thanks to his bravery in one-on-one situations and passion for the club and the goalkeeper praised the fans for their support saying: “They have always been amazing.

“Not just for the final but from the minute I signed for Southport I got on really well with the supporters and they were fantastic with me for the entire time I was there.

“Even when I wasn’t playing and it was decided I wouldn’t play, it was a little bit difficult for some of them to understand but Dicko came in and did an unbelievable job. But that’s football and things can change very quickly but I have so much respect for the fans.”


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