Match Preview: Southport FC vs Bradford (Park Avenue)

Having drawn level on points with Tuesday’s hosts, 3rd placed Spennymoor Town, Bradford will be looking to close the gap on fellow title chasers this weekend as Bower’s men head to mid table Southport.

With 8 league games left to the end of the season, there’s a total of 24 points up for grabs, enough to propel Avenue into the top spot should other results go in their favour.

Southport will come into this weekends game hoping to return to winning ways following their 1-0 defeat to Leamington last weekend.

The Merseyside outfit sits in 14th place, 14 points ahead of the drop zone, and barring catastrophe, look to be comfortable with little to play for, currently needing only 11 points from 7 games to guarantee safety.

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The Horsfall College of Sport will be holding a trial/open day for their 2019/20 Scholarship Programme at the end of March.

Students currently in years 11 and 12 who are interested in a career in football are invited to attend the trial/open day which will take place at the Huddersfield Town Academy on Wednesday the 27th of March.

For more information or to register your interest:


Call: 01252 410 434

Dave Haley: 07764 743 846

Transfer News

Following on from the recent extension of Conor Branson, Bradford (Park Avenue) have moved to bring in another young player who has followed a similar pathway through the American University System.

Midfielder Lewis Rathbone joined the club last week and is training with the squad whilst awaiting his international clearance from the FA.

Head To Head: Last 5 Games

Date Competition Venue BPAFC Southport FC Result
08/12/18 League Home 2 2 Draw
23/12/17 League Away 4 0 Win
16/09/17 FA Cup Away 3 0 Win
League Home 1 2 Loss
1966/67 League Home 0 0 Draw
Win Draw Lose
BPAFC 2 2 1
Southport FC 1 2 2

Knowing The Opposition

The Gaffer:

Liam Watson

The 48-year-old returned to the Merseyrail Community Stadium for his fourth spell as manager ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. He has also enjoyed spells in charge of Runcorn F.C Halton, AFC Telford United and Stalybridge Celtic having represented the likes of Preston North End and Accrington Stanley as a player.

One To Watch:

Dion Charles

A product of Blackpool’s academy, 23-year-old playmaker Charles is crucial for Southport. He joined the club in January 2018 after spending the first half of the 2017/18 season in Yorkshire with F.C Halifax Town. The former Fleetwood Town and AFC Fylde man has also represented Northern Ireland at youth level.

Ground Guide

The Blowick End is uncovered and reserved for away supporters, the capacity of which is 1100 Standing and 200 Seated in the Main Stand. Access to the away end is via turnstiles 4 – 6.

Tickets and pricing

Prices are: Seated Sections:

Adults £13.50 – £15.00 Seated

Concessions £10.00 – £11.00 Seated

U12’s With a paying adult £0.00 – £0.00 Seated

12 – 18 yrs £5.00  – £5.00 Seated

Southport Football Club are operating cashless turnstiles in partnership with Kaizen Ticketing.

For our home games, both sets of fans will have two options to gain entry into the Merseyrail Community Stadium.  

1. Order online – this option is simple, quick and secure and allows supporters to buy their match ticket on their mobile phone.

When the turnstiles open at 2pm, fans can then show their ticket on their phone for scanning. 

Alternatively a PDF from the confirmation email can be printed and scanned.  

2. Pay in person – supporters can still pay cash on the day of the game, but will have to queue at the Club Shop at the Home end of Haig Avenue to purchase a ticket before going to the turnstile.

Please note the club shop closes 10 minutes before the scheduled kick off. 

Visit to secure your ticket online, this method makes sure fans get the best possible match-day experience.


Car parking is on street parking with restrictions in force on Match Days. There is parking at KGV College just around the corner.


5 designated wheelchair spaces, and entry for the disabled and their helper is at an Adult rate of £5.00 or a Concession rate of £3.00, wheelchair or blind supporters can be accompanied by a helper (the helper will be admitted free), tickets can be bought on the day from the club shop which is at the Home end of Haig Avenue.


Join M58 to junction 3

Join A570 Signposted Southport

Follow A570 through Ormskirk Town Centre following signs for Southport

At the big roundabout (McDonalds is on the left) take the fourth exit Proceed along this road, playing fields on the left, retail park on your right until you reach the 2nd set of pedestrian lights and take the next left before the next set of traffic lights into Haig Avenue

Proceed along Haig Avenue to the ground on your left


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