I was born in Devon and arrived in Southport as a cherub like 5 year old. We didn't live in Port for many years before moving to Cheltenham and in my case onward to Bath. Importantly my mother took me to watch the Port and I became a lifelong supporter (for my sins, I guess). I have always referred to myself as a Sandgrounder because of my football affiliation and intend to continue to do so. I will never be a Bathonian.Ralphy Rylance wrote: ↑Wed Dec 01, 2021 5:00 pmThe original definition of a Sandgrounder was someone born between the River Alt and the River Douglas (formerly River Astland) and predates the existence of Southport.becbee wrote: ↑Mon Nov 29, 2021 8:28 amimages/icons/smile/question.gif
Absolutely no! Since I moved away from Southport over 40 years ago I've always told people that the name for people from Southport is Sandgrounder and that there's no such thing as a Southportian. Please don't bunk my claim.
Although I was always told that to be a true Sandgrounder, not only did you have to have been born in Southport but that both your parents also had to have been. Which counts a lot of us out. Will count out future generations now that there's no longer a maternity unit in Southport. But we can all pretend.
If there is any question of the qualification to be a "true" Sandgrounder, special dispensation should be granted to exiles who have remained true fans for 25 years (or 50 years in my case)............. Please !.