Trust in Yellow is running a sponsored walk to the match away at Chorley on Boxing Day to raise funds and we want as many supporters to join us.
Walkers will set off from the Merseyrail Community Stadium at 7.30am before arriving at Victory Park, Chorley, in time for kick-off. The Trust will provide transport by way of return for supporters.
To sponsor the walkers, donate at email@example.com or pop into the shop before the game. The Trust board will also be collecting in buckets at Chorley and a donation of the proceeds will go to a local charity.
The Trust is also giving fans the chance to predict the time it takes for the walkers to reach Chorley. To donate and enter a time, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or see a Trust Board member. The closest guess will win a signed shirt donated by the club.
Players from the most successful era in Southport’s history gathered at the Atkinson Theatre on Friday with Trust in Yellow to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the club’s first promotion.
Half a century after the Sandgrounders won promotion from the old Fourth Division, manager Billy Bingham and his team were reunited to mark their achievements.
Players including crowd favourite Eric Redrobe, club record goalscorer Alan Spence, Alex Russell, Colin Alty and Ronnie Smith met with supporters to share their stories from a landmark season.
The evening also marked the opening of the Trust's six-week exhibition at the Atkinson with memorabilia from the club’s past, as well as a special edition real ale, Bingham's Brew, from Southport Brewery.
46 years after achieving Football League status, season 1966/67 marked the club’s first promotion to the old Third Division, finishing second behind champions Stockport County.
The campaign was part of a golden era for the club, which saw Bingham’s team reach the last 16 of the FA Cup a year earlier, before playing Everton in the third round a season later.
The full set of photographs by Julia Urwin are onine HERE.
The Trust has also produced a season summary from The Sandgrounders: The Complete League History of Southport FC, by Michael Braham and Geoff Wilde, which is available HERE.
Trust In Yellow are delighted that Tuesday's meeting was so well attended and also attracted so much response from other supporters who couldn't be there.
There was a clear message from the meeting that the majority of supporters felt the time had come for major changes in the way the club is run.
Over the next week The Trust Board will be organising the process of using its shareholding and those of other sympathetic supporters to make a legal request for the club to call a meeting of shareholders.
The Board will also be writing an open letter to the club outlining the points made at the meeting and investigating other suggested lines of action.
Statement from the Board of Trust In Yellow
The Board of Trust in Yellow realises that it does not speak for ALL members and supporters and feel it is essential that all Southport FC Supporters including those who have drifted away in recent years are able to put forward their views on how we can help get the Club moving in the right direction once again.
As a result we have arranged an Open Meeting on:
7-30pm on Tuesday, 11th April at the Southport Railway Club on Sussex Road
THIS MEETING IS OPEN TO ALL SUPPORTERS
Trust members and non-members, are welcome to attend and we want to see as many fans there as possible who care about the future of Football in this Town..
The object of the meeting will be to discuss:
1. Ideas for the future strategy and direction of the club.
2. How supporter involvement in the club could be improved and what positive benefits this would bring.
The meeting will be Chaired by Martin Robinson from the Trust and after brief opening statements by Trust Vice- Chair Noel Warham and the founder of Trust In Yellow Jonathan O’Byrne, it will be open to all present to add to the debate.
The only condition is that contributions should be constructive and not contain derogatory comments.
We appreciate that not all supporters will be able to attend the meeting and so welcome comments sent in advance to email@example.com
We really do want this consultation to be with as wide a range of supporters as possible and we welcome all views and opinions.
These contributions will also be considered when an open letter is written to the Club Board after the meeting.