|Former names||Ash Lane|
|Capacity||6,008 (1,660 seated, 4400 standing) 1|
|Field dimensions||115 x 78 yards|
Haig Avenue, known as the The Merseyrail Community Stadium for sponsorship reasons,2 is a football stadium in Southport, England that holds 6,008 spectators, with 1,660 seated and 4,440 standing. Since being opened in 1905 it has been the home ground of Conference National side Southport.23
Haig Avenue now has a capacity of 6,008 people (1,660 seated, 4,124 standing) 1 though the record attendance is 20,010 against Newcastle United in the fourth round of the FA Cup in 1932. These days the ground seldom operates at more than a quarter full, although nearly full houses have been registered for key matches such as the F.A. Trophy semi-final against Slough Town which Southport won to reach their first ever Wembley final.
The ground has a covered main stand, called the Grandstand, opposite an uncovered terrace, known as the Popular Side. Behind the goals, the south (Scarisbrick) end is covered; this is where the majority of the home fans congregate. The south stand is called the Jack Carr Stand, after a popular director at the club, and was named shortly after his death. The north (Blowick) away end is open to the elements.5
Southport FC moved to what is now called Haig Avenue in 1905 (then called Ash Lane). The road the ground is situated on and the ground itself were officially renamed Haig Avenue after Earl Haig in 1921.5
The grandstand that now stands at Haig Avenue was opened in August 1968, 2 years after the original main stand had burnt down.5 The wooden structure, which had been purchased from the Southport Flower Show burnt down the day after a game against Wrexham on Boxing Day in 1966 (A game which Southport won 1-0).5 Most of the clubs possessions including kits, went up in flames with only the club safe surviving. A temporary main stand was put up instead during the season Billy Bingham's side won promotion to the third division. Eric Morecambe presented the club with a trophy to commemorate their achievement.5
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- "Haig Avenue". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
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- "Everton Reserves 3, Man Utd Reserves 2". Retrieved 16 September 2012. "Everton Reserves beat Manchester United Reserves at Haig Avenue."