Haig Avenue was founded in 1905 with Merseyrail buying the sponsorship of the ground in 2012, making Southport FC’s alliance with the train operator one of the longest-standing partnerships in English football. The stadium has a capacity of 6,008 (1,660 seated) and is situated in Blowick. The stadium’s highest recorded gate was back in 1932 and 1968, both in FA Cup action, where Southport FC hosted Newcastle United and Everton respectively, 20,010 supporters were in attendance at both matches.
The Blue Girls have played their home matches at Southport’s Merseyrail Community Stadium since the start of the 2018-19 season after the move was made from the Select Security Stadium in Widnes in September 2018.
Some of the highlights from this season’s WSL campaign at Southport include holding last season’s champions Chelsea to a 0-0 draw and boss Willie Kirk’s first game in charge ending in a memorable 3-1 win over city rivals Liverpool Women in December. Kirk will be hoping to make a fortress of Southport in the months to come as the Blue Girls look to kick on in 2019!
How to get to the stadium:
DIRECTIONS FROM LIVERPOOL
From Liverpool, take the A59 north through Aintree, Maghull and towards Ormskirk, and then follow the A570 around Ormskirk town centre towards Southport.
Upon entering Southport you will come to a large roundabout with a retail park containing Tesco and McDonald’s outlets. Take the third exit onto Scarisbrick New Road (A570) where the stadium will be visible on the right. Pass The Richmond pub on the left and turn right into Haig Avenue.
Alternatively, from Liverpool take the A565 north through Crosby and Formby. Upon reaching Ainsdale take the A5267, then turn right on the A570 and left into Haig Avenue.
Trains run directly from Liverpool Lime Street to Southport station, with journeys typically lasting 50 minutes. Southport station is located a mile-and-a-half away from the ground and it costs around £4 in a taxi to the stadium.
From Southport station, catch the number 44 Arriva bus which runs every 20 minutes from Eastbank Street (at 02, 22 and 42 past the hour). In the evenings, the 44a goes from the same stop but is only every half hour (at 17 and 47 past the hour).
There is no car park at the ground, however there are plenty of surrounding streets to park your car. Restrictions are sometimes in place – check for any information signs.