Morecambe FC are a professional football club from the seaside resort of the same name on the Lancashire coast in the north west of England. Despite football in the town dating back to the turn of the 20th century, Morecambe were not formed until 1920 following a meeting at the West View Hotel.
In 1924-25 Morecambe were crowned as Lancashire Combination champions, but the ensuing years saw the club struggle on the pitch and through a lack of finance off it. However, ‘The Shrimps’ fortunes improved from 1960 as a supporters club was formed and ground improvements carried out as Ken Horton led the side as player manager.
In 1960-61 the side reached the third round of the FA Cup where they went out 1-0 to Weymouth. In 1968 the Lancashire Senior Cup was lifted as the club became founder members of the Northern Premier League before The Shrimps reached Wembley in 1974. After defeating South Shields over two legs in the semi final, Dartford were beaten in the final of the FA Trophy.
|Christie Park, as scanned from a book|
Unfortunately the club didn’t maintain the form and suffered several barren years with attendances dropping massively. An upturn returned when Morecambe finished as Northern Premier League runners up in 1994-95 and were accepted into the Football Conference for the following season.
|The Main Stand at Christie Park, as scanned from a book|
After a couple of seasons finding their feet in the League, Morecambe reached the play offs in 2009-10. The semi final tie against Dagenham & Redbridge was their last ever game at Christie Park. The game finished 2-1, but it was not enough as the first leg was lost 6-0 at Victoria Road.
The visiting fans from Lincolnshire numbered 1,194 and were in fine voice. I stood towards their section in the first half. The game was fairly level but I always had the feeling that Iron were more threatening going forward. Kevin Ellison did his best to create up front for The Shrimps.