The #BACKTHEBID campaign was recently set up following the controversial events surrounding the bid for the ownership of Southport FC. Contrary to the overwhelming wishes of supporters, the widely popular Phil Hodgkinson and his team have been denied the opportunity to invest, reinvigorate and redevelop the ailing fortunes of this football club, to date the previous and current majority shareholders have refused to formally consider the bid, which we feel is simply not in the best interests of the football club, or the town.

Who is Phil Hodgkinson?

Phil Hodgkinson is a successful businessman, and owner of PURE Business Group, which employs almost 300 people in 5 locations nationwide. Phil sold his previous company in 2013 and he developed his current business into one of the most successful legal businesses in the UK.

It has been a number of years since Phil first became involved in and around football; both as an FA qualified Youth Coach and also a Football Intermediary, as well as sponsoring clubs through his business. It is through these links that Phil has developed an enviable contact book, spanning from Non-League to Premier League and he has the ability to leverage those relationships and his knowledge of football for the benefit of any club in which he is involved.

Why Should We Support #BACKTHEBID?

For many years Southport Football Club has been in a period of decline. Underperformance both on and off the field, a lack of planning and a disconnect with dwindling home supporters has created a downward spiral. Relegation was an inevitable consequence of a lack of strategy, investment and leadership.

To take Southport back to its rightful place, at the heart of the town and the community and to make the football club achieve its potential requires a change of track; a reinvestment, a new beginning.

How To Get Involved

This website, along with our other social media platforms, is a place for supporters to keep in touch with the movement to bring the football club back to the people and the town. #BACKTHEBID

Here's how you can get involved:


Help out the campaign by telling your friends and fellow supporters about #BACKTHEBID

Buy Merchandise

We've got scarves, shirts, car stickers and pin badges on sale so you can represent #BACKTHEBID. These will be available in the online shop shortly.


Support the campaign by donating to #BACKTHEBID


Represent #BACKTHEBID at games by wearing the merchandise and telling your supporters

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