Southport Football Club. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Southport Football Club is seeing its finances hit hard by an “unbelievable” number of games being called off due to bad weather. 

The Sandgrounders’ saw their latest two Home games called off this week, against Boston on Tuesday 17th January and then Alfreton on Saturday (21st January). 

With Southport FC playing well and chasing a place in the play-offs, recent attendances have been buoyant. 

The lack of matchday income is a real blow to the club after a series of other fixtures were also postponed during the autumn and in December. 

Liam Watson, speaking to Rob Urwin for the club podcast, said: “You have to take into account that we didn’t have a game at home in October. 

“You then go into December, and we have had one game, against Scarborough. We then go into January where we played Curzon Ashton on 2nd January and then Fylde last week. 

“We have had two really good performances, really good crowds, and we were looking forward to our next fixtures. 

“We would have played Boston, where we were expecting a good gate, and then Alfreton, where we were expecting a good gate, just on the back of the performances and how things were going. 

“You then lose the attendances and then lose the cashflow. 

“December and January are massive periods of cashflow for the football club. 

“I understand that throughout the course of the season we will catch those games up. 

“But it has been a difficult time, not just for Southport FC, but also for a lot of clubs in this league. 

“There are real cashflow situations because of it. 

“I am not saying we are in dire, dire straits, but everything becomes a lot tighter, and everything becomes a bigger issue.

“I have never known anything like it in terms of the games being called off that frequently, it is unbelievable.” 

Liam added that careful financial management is helping Southport FC through these tricky times. 

He said: “We always have a buffer in the bank and that is something we are quite proud of, the fact we keep our reserves looked after.” 


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