Skrill Premier League
Tuesday 8th April 2014
Kick Off 7.45 pm
Stadium: Merseyrail Community Stadium Haig Avenue Southport PR8 6JZ
Telephone: 01704 533422
Club Colours: Yellow and Black
Nickname: The Sandgrounders
Official Website:

Key Personnel: 
John Coleman took the reins at Southport in December 2013. He had a 20 year playing career mainly for a host of non league clubs in the North west from 1979. A prolific striker who scored over 500 goals, John was appointed player-manger at Ashton United before joining Accrington Stanley in 1999. He became their longest serving manager before joining Rochdale in 2012.
John Coleman

Brief Directions by Road: 
M1 and onto the M6. Onwards and northwards leaving the M6 at junction 26 and joining the M58. Stay on the M58 until junction 3 and take the A570 signposted Skelmersdale and Southport. Onto and through the very pleasant town of Ormskirk remaining on the A570 (via 1 way system), then onto Southport. Follow the A570 Into Scarisbrick New Road and you will find Haig Avenue on the right, half a mile before the town centre. Please note that the ground is really well signposted from edge of town and the floodlights and main stand are visible from some distance away.

Car Parking: 
There is no car park at the ground and Haig Avenue is usually blocked off on matchdays. However there is ample street parking available close to the ground.

Directions by Train: 
London Euston is your starting point and a 4 hour journey awaits you with changes at Crewe and/or Wigan. Southport British Rail is a around a mile and a half from the ground. Turn left out of the station and into Chapel Street. Then take the 2nd left into Eastbank Street. At a roundabout turn into Scarisbrick Road (signposted A570 to Ormskirk) and you will see Haig Avenue on the left after a short walk. A taxi will cost you about £5.00, made for sharing. By Bus -the routes D and D1 run to Scarisbrick Road and directly to the ground from the station and town centre.

Eating and Drinking Locally:
The Thatch and Thistle is located at the end of Haig Avenue junction Butts Lane and serves food and a good selection of beers. It also has a car park and away fan friendly too. The club recommend the Richmond on the A570 Scarisbrick New Road which will look after all your needs.

Social Club: 
The Grandstand Bar is accessible and neighbourly and situated behind the main stand. Please note that the club bar closes 15 minutes before kick-off and until after the game.

Ground Description: 
Haig Ave more than copes with Skrill Premier football with a main stand that holds 1800. The Jack Carr home terrace is partially covered with the uncovered Popular Side also a home fan only area. The ‘away’ terrace is called the Blowick End which is uncovered, very ‘open’. Entry to this terrace is through turnstiles 3 and 4.The view from the main stand is excellent and an area there is allocated to away fans with entry via turnstiles 5 & 6.
Blowick End

Admission Prices:
Adults Terrace £13.50 Concession £10.00 Under 18's £5.00

Previous Meetings and Memories:
Our last visit was recently as November 2011 when Clovis Kamdjo and Charlie Taylor goals secured a 2-1 FA Cup 1st round win. Two conference away games - Mark Gower's strike was not enough in March 2003 as the Bees lost 2-1. The previous season saw the third win on the spin for the club at the time. The doughnut munching (in joke amongst a few of us travellers that afternoon) Bees fans in the 946 attendance saw that man Mark Gower miss from the penalty spot and a winning goal poached by Wayne Purser.
Mark Gower

Overnight Stay Factor: 
Got to be a massive 9/10 for this one. Come on its the seaside and we won't get many chances of a Kiss-me-Quick type overnighter.

Celebrity watch:
Actors galore soaked up the sun in Southport - The delightful actress Miranda Richardson was born here (she does not look 56) as was “Confessions of” actor Robin Askwith. Anthony Quayle he of Lawrence of Arabia and Guns of Naverone too! Jeff Searle lookalike Marc Almond busked on the pier as did Opportunity Knocks singer song writer Berni Flint 
Ex-footballers Kenny Dalglish, and Alan Hanson have homes here as does the long serving ex-Barnet crowd favourite Mark Lawrenson.

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