Any championship-winning season is special, but for Southport fans the Conference North title victory of 2004/05 is remembered with particular fondness.
10 years ago, the Sandgrounders triumphed as an epic promotion race reached a thrilling conclusion, winning the league on the final day of a memorable campaign.
In almost 125 years of history this was only Southport’s third championship, and to celebrate a decade since that title success, Trust in Yellow is arranging a reunion for players and supporters.
The reunion will take place on Sunday 2 August - the weekend before the current Southport team kick-off the new football season.
The event will start with a match that sees fans play against the team of 2005 on the pitch at the Merseyrail Community Stadium, kick-off 2pm, before a buffet, quiz and question and answer session with the players in the Grandstand Bar.
The event is designed specially so supporters can take part and the Trust wants you to get involved by booking your place now.
A place in the fans’ team costs £25 and is open to anyone who would like to play. There will two separate teams made up of supporters who will play 45 minutes each against the team from 2005. There are also three places for fans who would like to play a shorter period of 15 minutes, which is available for £10.
Bookings are being taken from today by calling Colin Aindow now on 07861416859. With only 24 places available, fans are asked to book their place now.
Everyone who plays will receive a medal as a memento of the day, as well as having their photo taken with the 2005 team and will receive free entry into the event in the Grandstand Bar.
The chance to play in the game is only one of the ways to take part. The Trust wants as many fans as possible to come along to watch the match and get involved by meeting the players in the Grandstand Bar afterwards.
For £5, fans can buy an event ticket which covers entry to the game, buffet, quiz and Q&A session. These tickets are also now available so please get yours as soon as possible.
The Trust has been delighted with the response from the players, who have been very keen on the reunion and meeting with fans again. The date has been chosen as the most convenient for the players and the vast majority of the 2005 squad, including manager Liam Watson, have already confirmed they will be in attendance.
To book your place in the fans’ team or for a ticket to attend the post-match event, call Colin Aindow now on 07861416859. Interest in playing in the match is expected to be high. Only once payment has been received will you be guaranteed a place in the team, which will be filled on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay booking your place.