Morecambe Club Profile
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Morecambe : Club Background
Whilst football in Morecambe can be traced back further, the forming of Morecambe FC as we know it today dates from May 7th 1920, when the club was formed in the West View Hotel in Morecambe. They started off playing in the cricket club at Wood Hill Lane, but switched a year later to a place called Roseberry Park. This venue became known as Christie Park by the mid-1920s when the club's President J.B. Cristie purchased the land that would become their home for the main bulk of their history, donating it to the club in 1927.
Morecambe's early history is a rather boring one, given that they spent every season up until 1968 as members of the Lancashire Combination league. They won it in 1924-25m, but it wasn't until the 1960s that things began to get exciting for the club, as they won the league four times, coupled with a 1961–62 FA Cup Third Round appearance against Weymouth. There can't be too many clubs who can boast that their record attendance was against the Southern Slime, but the 9,234 that turned up that day still stands as their club record, and given the current capacity of their stadium will probably remain enshrined on all club documents for the foreseeable future. Lucky them.
In 1968, Morecambe made the great leap as founder members of the Northern Premier League, which at that time was one of the three regionalised top level non-league divisions. They became FA Trophy winners in 1973-74, with a 2-1 win over Dartford in the final at Wembley Stadium. However, in terms of their league form they struggled, largely finishing near the foot of the NPL, meaning that they missed the cut of clubs that merged to form the Football Conference in 1979.
Things began to pick up for Morecambe in the mid-1980s, under the management of Joe Wojciechowicz, as they began their push out of the NPL. They were promoted at the end of 1994-95 - just as Yeovil Town were relegated to the Isthmian League - with the arrival of Jim Harvey as their manager, shaping what would be a key ten year period in their history. Harvey ensured that Morecambe became one of the most prominent sides in non-league football, also gaining them national recognition as he took them to the FA Cup Third Round in 2000-01 and 2002-03.
He wasn't quite the man who took them into the Football League though. He suffered a heart attack just befoe a league match in November 2005, and Sammy McIlroy was given the job as caretaker, whilst Harvey took time off. When McIlroy took Morecambe into the Conference play-offs, Harvey's return back to work saw him fired, with McIlroy given the job full time. Whilst that was controversial in the way that it happened, Harvey's replacement took Morecambe into the Football League, via the play-offs at the end of the 2006-07 season - a position they've occupied ever since.
As a Football League club, inevitably Morecambe have become a small fish in an extremely big pond. Their stand-out year was their 4th placed finish in League Two at the end of the 2009-10 season, but they were thrashed in the play-offs as Dagenham and Redbridge won 7-2 on aggregate across the two legs, with the tie over halfway through as the Daggers took a 6-0 first leg lead. Otherwise they've struggled largely in the bottom half of the table - their 11th placed finish at the end of 2014-15 was their equal second best Football League campaign.
Morecambe's new Globe Arena ground
Since 2010, Morecambe have been playing at a brand new stadium. The Globe Arena is relatively close to Christie Park, which is now a Sainsbury's supermarket. The 6,476 capacity is largely taken up by a 2,173 seated main stand, and the 2,234 capacity home end of the ground, with the away end (1,389) and side terrace (606) being far more modest affairs. The stadium cost them £12 million, and takes its name from Globe Construction, who built the stadium. The deal was due to last for five years, meaning that has now expired, but the name is still carried.
Their current manager Jim Bentley can probably be described as a northern version of Terry Skiverton! At 42 years old, he is a former defender who spent his first five years playing for Telford United before switching to Morecambe in the summer of 2002. Since then he has been a mainstay, clocking up nine years for the Shrimps as a player, but during the latter days of his playing career taking on Reserve Team coaching roles. In May 2011 he became their player-manager, although in practice chose that moment to retire from the playing side of the game, and concentrate on management. He is now over 381 games into that career (as of October 2018), which when added to in the region of 350 playing appearances gives an idea of how part of the woodwork he is up there.
Bentley has had to deal with a bit of a cash crisis over the last few seasons. Whilst their club as a whole appears fairly united, mainstay Chairman Peter McGuigan's attempt during the 2016-17 season to sell the club into new hands turned into a bit of a car crash, with the would-be owner running away almost as soon as he was due to take control. The internal strife caused players wages not to be paid for a few months, whilst Bentley has been without a training ground to work with his players. Over the summer of 2018, they went under a further ownership change, selling out to Jason Whittingham and Colin Goldring, under the name of Bond Group Investments - a London-based firm. McGuigan had stayed on as a Director and as Chairman to create an overlapping period, but in early November 2018, he announced that he would be resigning both positions, meaning that Morecambe will be entering a new era shortly.
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|Morecambe : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Morecambe
|11/09/1999||Home||Conf||W||2-0||2462||Patmore 62, 78|
|30/09/2000||Home||Conf||W||3-2||2550||Crittenden 7, Way 76, Patmore 77|
|09/02/2002||Away||Conf||W||5-1||1248||McIndoe 15, Grant 42, 49, Johnson 45, Stansfield 68|
|24/08/2002||Away||Conf||W||2-1||1343||Alford 28, Forinton 72|
|18/01/2003||Home||Conf||W||2-0||4353||Lindegaard 73, Jackson 90|
|01/02/2003||Home||FAT4||W||2-1||3984||Jackson 44, Skiverton 85|
|05/09/2015||Home||FL2||L||2-4||3024||Cornick 2, Sowunmi 30|
|11/03/2017||Away||EFL2||W||3-1||1433||Butcher 45, Lacey 65, Mugabi 71|
|12/09/2017||Home||EFL2||D||2-2||2205||Zoko 37, Surridge 65|
|29/12/2017||Away||EFL2||L||3-4||1124||Gray 1, Khan 17, Sowunmi 84|
|02/03/2019||Home||EFL2||W||3-2||2521||Abrahams 58, 62, Seager 87|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Morecambe
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Morecambe : Club Statistics
|06/04/2019||Macclesfield Town||Away||EFL2||D||1-1||2072||Mills 26|
|13/04/2019||Grimsby Town||Home||EFL2||D||1-1||1897||Collins 80|
|22/04/2019||Cheltenham Town||Home||EFL2||W||4-0||3066||Oliver 49, Ellison 53, Lavelle 81, Collins 85|
|27/04/2019||Cambridge United||Away||EFL2||W||2-1||4083||Collins 9, Cranston 87|
|04/05/2019||Newport County||Home||EFL2||D||1-1||2776||Collins 20|
Highest League Attendance: 3749, vs Carlisle United, 01/01/2019
Lowest League Attendance: 1355, vs Mansfield Town, 23/10/2018
Average League Attendance: 2033
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
|Games Without A Win: ||1
||Games Without A Home Win: ||1
|Games Without An Away Win: ||0
||Games Without Defeat: ||3
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||6
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||1
|Games Without A Draw: ||0
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||0
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||8
||Games Without Scoring: ||0
|Games Without Conceding: ||0
||Home Results Sequence: ||WWWDWD
|Away Results Sequence: ||LDLDLW
||Overall Results Sequence: ||DDLWWD
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Morecambe : Club Information
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NOTE: Some SatNavs may prefer Postcode LA3 3DE which is for Westgate Caravan Park nearby)
Telephone Number : 01524 411797
Fax : 01524 832230
Chairman : Peter McGuigan (outgoing, November 2018)
Secretary : Graham Howse
Safety Officer : Dave Asbridge
Web Site / Programme Editor : Derek Quinn
Manager : Jim Bentley
Capacity : 6,476
Covered Terrace :
Record Attendance (Christie Park) : 9,234 v Weymouth (!) FA Cup R3, 1961-62
Record Attendance (Globe Arena) : 5,375 v Newcastle United, League Cup R2, 28th August 2013
Colours : Red/Black Stripes, Black Shorts
Nickname : The Shrimpers
Ticket Prices :
Tickets for our 2018-19 visit are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office and are priced as follows:
Adults (Aged 23-64): £21.00; Seniors (65 and Over): £17.00; Young Adult (18-22) and Students: £15.00; Under-18s: £6.00; Under-11s: FREE.
Morecambe indicate that all Under-14s must be accompanied by a responsible adult, although given the length of the journey we'd hope that would be the case anyway!
The Under-11 offer applies only when one Under-11 ticket is purchased at the same time as an Adult/Senior ticket - any additional Under-11s would pay the Under-18 rate, unless you have more than one Adult/Senior ticket being purchased.
We will be housed in the Peter McGuigan Stand, blocks A and B. This is Morecambe's main stand and runs along the side of the pitch. The overall capacity of this stand is 2,173 - we get two out of the five blocks, so around 40 percent of the capacity.
Morecambe do have a terrace situated behind one of the goals for visiting supporters, but this will not be open for our game. The away terrace when open accommodates 1,389 standing spectators.
There are no price changes on the day of the game. However, it's cash only on the turnstiles.
Ambulant Disabled or Wheelchair Disabled supporters pay the above concessionary rate, and can admit an assistant free of charge, provided they are on the Middle or Higher level of Disability Living Allowance.
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Morecambe : Directions To The Ground
Inside the Globe Arena - the view from the Main Stand
Morecambe is a seaside town up on the north-west side of England, in the same neck of the woods as Blackpool, but further up the coast. So you're going up the M6 - then up again - then just when you thought you hadn't done enough of the M6, you need to go up some more. Try not to hit Scotland though.
Leave the M6 at junction 34 (signposted Kirkby Lonsdale), then filter straight on onto the A683 (Bay Gateway), which is a new (2016/2017) bypass that takes you around the north side of Lancaster. Follow the road as it curves around to the left, and then continues straight for a couple of miles. Just past Lancaster and Morecambe college take a right turn onto the A589 (Morecambe Road). At the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto Westgate. Continue on Westgate for about a mile, where you will pass Morecambe Fire Station on your right just before you reach the Globe Arena on your right.
All parking at the stadium is through pre-booked parking permits and unless you have good reason to obtain one, you'll be turned away. You cannot get them on the day, and Morecambe's lack of encouragement for supporters to enquire about them would imply that these spaces are for officials, press and disabled supporters, rather than general fans.
Morecambe's strong recommendation for parking is to either park well away from the ground and walk or use public transport, or to use Westgate Primary School (LA4 4XF) which is 450 yards away. You'll be charged £4.00 - there are a maximum of 260 spaces. After that you're looking at either street parking (obviously respect any residential driveways etc) or parking a distance away.
If you're walking from the station, then it's about a 1.5 mile walk, so you may prefer to head to the bus station, which is also on Central Drive (see below). If you choose to walk, the simplest route is to head for the promenade. Turn left along the promenade and proceed for half a mile, as far as the traffic lights at Regent Road. Turn left at the lights and proceed for a further mile, going over the railway bridge. The Globe Arena is on the left side, where Regent Road becomes Westgate, after you've crossed the bridge.
Check the National Rail Enquiries site for details of services.
You can take bus 6 or 6A from Morecambe Bus Station which runs out towards Lancaster. Get on at Stand 2 at the bus station and the bus will take you along Westgate, which is about a 20 minute ride. Services depart on 00, 15, 30, 45 past the hour. For a timetable head here.
A selection of Morecambe taxi companies can be found here.
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|Morecambe : Web Resources|
Website for Morecambe's stadium, showing its facilities.
Morecambe's main club website. Part of the PTV network, although they seem to have made a better attempt at dealing with that framework's failings than many other clubs.
Morecambe FC Commercial
Morecambe's commercial department has its own stand alone website to promote their off the field activities.
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E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters
The Visitor is the main local paper covering Morecambe. They have a dedicated section for news on Morecambe FC, updated regularly.
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Morecambe : Food & Drink
Looking out towards the Away Terrace - this isn't always opened to fans, with the Main Stand being used instead
Don't know what it is about seaside resorts, but they tend to follow a bit of a pattern. Very few pubs of great quality inland, with those that are available being basic single bar pubs. Then once you reach the promenade, you're falling all over them, but with the disappointment that a large proportion are fizzy-lager-fizz venues with a greater range of fruit machines than real ale options. The ground is conveniently situated for you to explore the promenade pubs, and those in the town centre - expect a 10-15 minute walk for seaside views, and around 20-25 if you want to go as far as the railway station area where there are a few more options.
Club Bar :
There is a bar called the Globe Bar situated at the ground floor of the main stand and next to the club reception. However, all indications are this is for home fans only, and the capacity of the bar, at 100 people, would suggest that is the main reason why they restrict it in that way.
Local Pubs :
|Eric Bartholomew: Morecambe's Wetherspoon branch. This is handy for those coming in by rail - it's situated just north of the train station, and is therefore around 25 minutes walk from the ground. Opening hours from 8.00a.m. until 11.00p.m. with an hour extension on Fridays and Saturdays. Note that the first couple of hours trade will be for breakfasts and coffees. Wetherspoon branches work off a standard cheapish menu, with a good range of real ales (albeit with a few bland choices).|
Eric Bartholomew, 10–18 Euston Road, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 5DD. Tel: 01524-405860. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Hurley Flyer: Marstons chain pub situated adjacent to the Globe Arena, and is the nearest pub to the ground. Cheap food, and a few mainstream real ales such as Pedigree and Hobgoblin. There is also a beer garden.|
Hurley Flyer, Westgate, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 4TB. Tel: 01524-419044. Email: HurleyFlyer.Morecambe@marstons.co.uk. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Palatine: Bar situated close to the seafront just north of the railway station and therefore around 25 minutes walk from the ground. They offer a couple of real ales, some of which are sourced from the local Lancaster Brewery - Lancaster Blonde is a fixed offering. They also do a real cider option. They also do around 50 different bottled beer options. They also do food, with a heavy leaning towards pizza, although there's also fish, chicken and steak and a few veggie options - food served from 12.00 noon until 9.00p.m. on a Saturday. NOTE: They changed management in February 2017 but it looks as though the above still holds as recent reviews still mention pizzas. It looks as though the new management are doing a lot of weekend evening live music if you're up there for the weekend.|
Palatine, 1 The Crescent, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 5BZ. Tel: 01524-410503. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|William Mitchell: Mitchells Inn chain pub situated east of the Globe Arena and under 10 minutes walk away. They do a couple of real ales. Food is also available from 11.00a.m. until 7.00p.m. and it's a wide range that is typical for a chain pub - burgers, fish, steak, pasta, pies etc and at around £7.00 for a main course. They also show most Sky Sports and BT Sport live games.|
William Mitchell, Glentworth Road, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 4SZ. Tel: 01524-418330. Email: email@example.com. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :
This is deepest Lancashire, so you won't understand them. Let's just hope that a seaside resort is fluent enough from tourists visiting their shores to work out what we're saying.
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Morecambe : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels
Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide
to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.
Other Points Of Interest
[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]
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