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Southport bank on FA Cup tears of joy after the traumatic times

The Sandgrounders’ statistician and historian knows that a return to the good old days can only happen with financial backing as his club prepare for a trip to Derby

Southport sold out their initial allocation of 2,700 tickets for the third-round tie at Derby County quite quickly, leading club officials to hope that a little of the added interest the FA Cup brings spills over into the Conference season.

“Our average attendance this season is 956,” explains club statistician and historian Rob Urwin. “We know there is a little bit more support for us in the town than that though, so if we can just keep a few dozen of the extra spectators to nudge us towards four figures that would be great.”

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