1950/51 team with South still seen sporting their Purple & Maroon shirts
Back Row: Bill Roper (trainer), Fred Finney, Tommy Brown, Arthur Franks, Eddie Pauline, Charlie Swash, Arthur Joynson (secretary).
Front Row: John Bennison, Alex Muir, Jack Coogan, Frank Rawcliffe, Alex MacLellan, Bob Pringle
Some memories from Ray Jones son of Wilf Jones who after being trainer and groundsman went on to become club Diretcor
Alex Muir, a Scot, ex Liverpool was a clever inside forward who became a sales assistant in the well known Jack Sharp Sports Shop in Whitechapel. Liverpool
Dr Alex MacLennan, known as Cowboy, after finishing playing became team manager and later was to become a childrens specialist on the Wirral
Frank Rawcliffe hailed from Blackburn and came to South after playing professionally for Swansea Town, Newport County and Aldershot after the war having guested for a number of clubs during it. He played in Italy for Alessandria (then in Serie B) between 1949 & 1951. By the time he arrived at South he was remembered as not the most mobile of players (although only 30) but his shooting ability was still viewed as unbelievable, bagging neigh on 20 goals in around ten or so appearances in two spells Sep/Oct 1950 and April 1951. Frank was known to be a joker both on and off the pitch and died in 1986.
Team for Cheshire County League game v Port Vale Reserves - 1st September 1951.
Back Row (l-r) Jack Coogan, Fred Finney, Arthur Franks, Bob Pringle, Fred Willcox,
Ken Parr, Arthur Derbyshire (Asst Secretary)
Front Row (l-r) John Devine, Billy Morrey, Lenny Foxley (capt), Alec Muir, Alex MacLellan.
The game saw us win 1 - 0 with our goal coming from Fred Finney. It would be our last win for six league games. The season ended with South next to bottom and moving back to our pre war home of the Lancashire Combination for 1952/53.
Lenny Foxley a great South servant played 1948-1958 making over 250 apperances & as our Reserve team coach won the Liverpol County FA Challenge Cup in 1957.
Alec Muir was ex Liverpool FC first teamer (1948) .
Fred Finney was ex Liverpool FC first teamer (1941/45)
Alex MacLellan ex Huddersfield Town and was South's coach for a period
Billy Morrey's grandson is Wayne Rooney.
The picture is the last with South sporting our original colours, purple shirts with maroon sleeves and orange collars along wiith white shorts and purple, maroon and gold socks. The kit was given up in mid October 1951 for cost reasons and we adopted the white shirts and black shorts which is still our home colours today.
The Purple Maroon Gold would not be seen again until supporter & director Mike Brocken sponsored two kits between 1980 & 1983 which was used as our away strip and can be seen in our 1980's team pictures.
Back Row (l - r) 1, 2, 3, Phil Watkin, 4, 5, 6.
Front Row (l - r) 1, Ronnie Edwards, Jimmy Nuttall, 4, 5.
Here is a real South picture rarity courtesy of Colin Robinson that was given to him by Ronnie Edwards. South team in 1956/57 taken at an away ground.
Ronnie Edwards known as "Skinner" and his mate Harry Wood were two local lads who made good going to Chesterfiled FC before both returning to South.
Another local was Len Foxley who made his name playing for Runcorn but came to South, making over 250 first team appearances and ending his career as the successful Player Coach of the Reserve team
An interesting feature is the badge on the shirt. A shield with a red diagonal bar with SL & FC in each half.
We need help naming all the players and knowing which game would be great. .
First player identified is Phil Watkin on the back row Phillip Samuel Watkin at the time lived in Asbridge Street Liverpool 8 and he sadly passed away in 1995. Our thanks to his daughters Barbara Williams and Shirley Ross for giving us this information (april 2014)
Thanks to Ray Jones for adding names too.
Here is an undated picture but we thought it to be after the 1956 picture if for nothing else Ronnie Edwards on the front row looks a little older but it may not be as that looks like Fred Finney next to him which would be 1952/53, the only season the two played together and is then post September as Fred was injured at the season start. Start is who is the keeper Geoge Dunn or Jim Leonard?
It may help if any eagle eyed fans can spot the ground as its not Holly Park.
As ever any player names please but for now;
Back Row: (l-r) 1, 2, 3, 4 gk, 5.
Front Row; (l-r) 1, Ronnie Edwards, Fred Finney, 4, 5, 6.