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⏩ Spennymoor and Buxton Previews
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Spennymoor Town FC was born in the summer of 2005 following the demise of both UniBond Premier Division club Spennymoor United AFC and Northern League Second Division club Evenwood Town FC. Southport have never faced Evenwood Town in either friendly or competitive games but faced Spennymoor United on 6 occasions.
The first time we met United was famously in the FA Cup in 1975, whilst Southport were still a Football League side. Although Tommy O’Neil put the travelling Sandgrounders ahead, the Northern League underdogs cruised to a 4-1 win . It was a terrible year for Southport and this result encapsulated it more than any other. At their next meeting the board passed a motion of ‘no confidence’ in chairman Tom Robinson; a week later he resigned ‘to avoid further undermining the club’s position.’
The two clubs only met twice in the league and this was during the 2003/04 season. The first was another defeat 3-2, and the other, a 2-0 victory
After they reformed in 2005 as Spennymoor Town they’ve become regular opponents in both League and Cup. The record however isn’t much better.
Out of the 12 games played, still only won twice, and they were both at home. We’ve never beaten Spennymoor Town away.
Even if you include United there is still only 1 away victory to speak of back in March 2004 where a Neil Robinson scored twice in that 2-0 win.
Last time we played them was April This year at Haig Ave where we drew 1-1, the goal being scored by Connor Woods and the Man of the Match was Tyler Walton.
Played for both clubs
There are a number of our former players known to have played for one of the Spennymoor clubs and these include, Graeme Atkinson, Bill Colclough, Lee Ellison, Ralph Wright, Adam Blakeman, Nathan Lowe, Ben McKenna and Frank Mulhearn.
25/10/2022 – The Brewery Field – 7:45pm Kick Off
One of the best grounds to go to in the NLN
Tickets – Adults £15, Concessions £10, Under 18s £5
Travel – No coach travel – Nearest train station is Durham which is 6 miles away. You can get from Durham town center to Spennymoor’s ground using the number 6 bus or a taxi.
Programme – £2.50
Food – 2 Outlets in opposite corners of the ground, was nice last year and well priced. Decent sports bar with lots of TVs also
Our first match against Buxton came in our first season after exiting the Football League in 1978 with a 1-1 draw in front of 490 in Buxton.
The last time we met was in our Northern Premier League title winning season of 1992/93.
The most notable game between the two sides came on 16th April 1991 at Maine Road, the home of Manchester City.
“Eeayaddio, we won the Cup!” rang out the headlines of the Southport Visiter three days later as the Sandgrounders ran out 4-1 winners in the Northern Premier League Cup Final. Considered “the clubs first major trophy since they lifted the Liverpool Senior Cup in the 1974-75 season” the celebrations went on into the small hours back at Haig Avenue.
Southport Line-Up: Moore, S.Baines, Bimson, Mooney, Howard, Smith, McDonald, Wellings, Holden, Gamble, Whitehall
Subs: Bishop, Mitchell,
Goals: Steve Holden (2), Steve Whitehall (2)
Buxton: O’Donnell, Pickering, M.Howard, Woodcock, Brown, Dove, Bunter, Johnson (Egerton), Clarke, Allen, O’Connor
Sub (Unused): Bailey
Played for both clubs
Of all the players known to have played for both clubs, there is one stand-out! Leroy Dove.
Very popular on the terraces, he was secured from Buxton a couple of months into the 1992/93 NPL title winning season.
He had been player of the year at Silverlands in 1989/90 and 1990/91, even appearing against Southport at Maine Road in the NPL Cup Final. He made 229 appearances for the Derbyshire club between 1988 and 1992 and was on the scoresheet 45 times.
One little known fact is that he had already notched one goal on his Southport total before he even signed for the club. In April 1991, Southport and Buxton faced off twice in the league before the aforementioned cup final, and Leroy put one through his own goal.
Leroy was primarily brought in as cover when Derek Goulding sustained his injury but made 220 appearances for the Sandgrounders in all competitions, chipping in with 17 goals.
Leroy’s last appearance came in the 2-2 home draw with Leek in the 1997/98 season.
29/10/2022 – Haig Avenue – 3pm Kick Off
Tickets: Adults £15 (stand)/ £13.50 (Terrace), Concessions £10, Under 18s £5
Programe – £3.50
Food – Lourdes Deli – Touched on them last week. Best food in non league!
The 1881 bar is open before the game and will be showing Leicester City vs Manchester City in the EPL. 12:30 Kick Off