The Midland Hotel Morecambe
A wee request from Jack Deighton.
It was only when I read the match programme last night that I realised I was in attendance at Morecambe’s first ever match at their new £12million stadium, the Globe Arena. It is an update on the old three sides of terracing and a stand down one side. The capacity is around 6,000 and it was two thirds full last night.
The home terracing was packed.
The stand was fairly busy too.
As for the game, the visitors for the Carling Cup first round tie were Coventry City who had opened their Championship league campaign with a convincing victory against Bristol City. Morecambe meanwhile had suffered an opening day defeat away at Wycombe.
It should have been no contest. Coventry have been a top league side for most of my life whilst Morecambe in recent memory were playing in whatever the modern day equivalent of the Northern League second division is.
However the neutral observer (i.e. me) would have been completely confused as to which team was which here. Granted Coventry had the bigger share of play in the first twenty minutes but after Morecambe’s new signing Andy Flemming put the home side ahead just before half time, it looked as if there would only be one winner.
When the same player hit a second just after the hour mark, it was over as a contest, the Coventry players looking as if they were killing time whilst waiting for the bus home. Morecambe could easily have won more convincingly but a lovely passing move ended with McCready putting the ball just wide and Stanley hit the post late on.
Coventry’s best chances fell to Ray O’Donovan who should have done better in 23 minutes with a weak shot, and then just before Morecambe’s second goal he brought off a great save from the home side’s keeper.
It was indeed a case of the Shrimps feasting on the big fish.
Different league? Well Morecambe looks like a club not dissimilar in resources support and surrounding population to St Mirren. They currently lie second bottom of league two (still the fourth division to me).
I was interested to learn that the magnificent new Globe Arena’s completion had been delayed by several months, had initially required several layers of rubble as remediation to combat a high water table and that the fans felt they had been kept in the dark with developments.
Robbo, I arrived too late to get a match programme but this thing was like a TV Times Summer Special!