Southport FC Ground Visit

On Thursday 11th August I visited Haig Avenue, home of Southport FC, for the first time.

Southport lost their football league status back in 1978, after 57 years as a league club. They were the last club to be voted out of the league through the re-election process, and were replaced by Wigan Athletic. The club has never returned to the Football League and today Southport play in the Blue Square Premier, though only because Rushden and Diamonds got expelled from that division last season!

The Sandgrounders play at Haig Avenue, and while we were in Southport we decided to pay a visit to the ground. The club kindly allowed us to have a look around take plenty of photographs.

The ground was nice and had a traditional look about it which I liked. The main stand is the most impressive, being large and all seated. The other 3 stands are terraces, the largest of which is the covered Jack Carr stand that is located behind one of the goals. The Popular Side and the Blowick End are both open to the elements.

I enjoyed my visit to Haig Avenue, visiting a friendly club and a nice traditional football ground. You can see my photos below.

Haig Avenue street sign

Our first sight of the ground

The turnstiles next to the main stand

Outside the ground

Players and Officials Entrance

The entrance to the Grandstand Lounge

Inside the Grandstand Lounge

The club shop

The Southport kit

Haig Avenue from the outside

Lincoln City are visitors to Haig Avenue on Saturday


Through the turnstiles...

A close up of the golden turnstiles

Luxurious Toilets

Under the main stand

One of the gates

The Main Stand (Grandstand)

The Popular Side

The Blowick End

The Jack Carr stand

Walking in front of the main stand

Stood on the terrace in front of the Main Stand

The tunnel

The Home Dugout

The Popular Side from the Main Stand

Stood in the Main Stand

Rows of seats

A Southport seat


The edge of the Popular Side

Stood on the Popular Side with the Main Stand behind me

Behind the net


Behind the Blowich End


The TV Gantry

View from the corner of the ground

Inside the ground

The Jack Carr Stand

View from the Jack Carr Stand

Stood on the terraces

Popular Side from the Jack Carr Stand

Southport FC


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