The Morecambe FC ( officially: Morecambe Football Club ) - also known as The Shrimp and The Erics - is an English football club based in the in the northwest of the county of Lancashire seaside resort of Morecambe. Since the first rise in professional football, the Football League in 2007, the club plays in the Football League Two, which corresponds to the fourth- highest division in England.
The first years ( 1920-39 )
Although since the beginning of the 20th century football was played in the city, it took with the establishment of Morecambe Football Club until 1920. On May 7, 1920 was a gathering at home in West View Hotel to kick off, which the soon joining the Lancashire Combination before the start of season 1920/21 was followed.
Initially informed the fledgling football club 's home ground with the cricket club in the city, but moved immediately to up to 3,000 spectators at Derby matches against Lancaster City and Fleetwood Town. Success was initially slow in coming and after a placement in the lower half of the table moved the club into the Roseberry Park to - after buying the later President J. B. Christie should place some years later, the name still used today, " Christie Park " accept. After the sporty little bumpy start in the early years, the club won the 1924/25 season for the first time the championship in the Lancashire Combination, and only a year later the Lancashire Junior Cup, which was later renamed in Lancashire Trophy. With more than 30,000 spectators in the second repeat final against arch-rivals FC Chorley football had finally established itself in the midst of the traditional rugby stronghold.
Christie bequeathed in 1927 his eponymous park the club and also helped him on his way to a corporation. Despite these positive signs of Morecambe FC fought in the rest of the 1920s and throughout the subsequent decade aim is to get the football in this northwestern coastal town alive. The resistant poor performances on the field and the lack of revenue unfolded a negative interaction.
The second half of the 20th century ( 1945-95 )
Only after the end of the Second World War, the club was from the late 1940s to continuous improvement. An important milestone was in 1956, the commitment of Ken Horton as player-coach. In addition to Horton, who laid the foundations of sporting, made mainly of their own Fananhang important services for the renovation of the stadium. The post-1960 following 14 years would eventually be remembered as the "golden era " in the club's history, which was initiated by the first-time entry into the third round of the FA Cup in the 1961/62 season - there lost the Morecambe FC 0-1 against the Weymouth FC. At the end of this period the shrimp won in 1974, the FA Trophy and were present in the final against FC Dartford victorious 2-1 at Wembley.
There followed twelve years continued existence struggles and declining athletic performance left the former popularity of 2,000 spectators at 200 shrink. It was not until the season 1985/86 brought back a glimmer of hope, as the team with a third place in the Northern Premier League ( " NPL " ) made a big jump and came in subsequent years to their initial successes in cup games. Overall, sporting and economic consolidation should take about ten years and after the vice-championship in the Premier Division of the NPL, the team from the 1995/96 season playing in the Football Conference.
Stabilization in the Football Conference (1995-2006)
In this fifth English top flight, the shrimp quickly developed into one of the leading teams in the league and only FC Woking meantime had a longer seniority without interruption to this division. In the 2002/03 season the club won the runner-up in the Football Conference and the play-off games for promotion to the Football League missed the team in the next two years for short. The second and the third time in club history FC Morecambe also peaked in the seasons 2000/ 01 and 2002/ 03 respectively, the third round of the FA Cup and was defeated there in each Ipswich Town 0:3 and 0:4. Previously, the team with Cambridge United and FC Chesterfield höherklassigere two teams from the cup competition was eliminated.
The Morecambe FC emerged as one of the promotion contenders in the 2005/ 06 season, but lost in November 2005 suddenly change his coach after Jim Harvey had suffered a heart attack during a league match against Cambridge United. It quickly became Sammy McIlroy, a longtime friend of Harvey's, determined on an interim basis to succeed and transported into the head coach role after three months until the end of the season. After the season Harvey was supposed to return to the dugout, but after one day sent him the club's management to install McIlroy as a permanent solution. The team had previously demonstrated its ambitions by reaching the playoffs. There, however, was already in the semi-finals after a 1-1 draw in the first leg and a 2:3 away defeat against Hereford United terminus.
Promotion to the Football League ( since 2006)
The climb finally succeeded in the 2006/07 season, when the Morecambe FC with a 2-1 play-off final win at Wembley against Exeter City League first qualifying for the professional football, the football. Previously, the team had defeated in the semifinals York City. Only a short time later, the club's management announced on 17 July 2007 at the start of season 2009/10 a new stadium it wants to remain. Delays the Globe Arena was only for season 2010/11 ready for occupancy.
The first game in the Football League completed the Morecambe FC in August 2007 in the domestic Christie Park against FC Barnet and arrived there at 0-0 on his first point. Also in the League Cup, FC Morecambe completed his first game in the club's history and beat there on 14 August 2007 a surprising second division and neighboring Preston North End 2-1 at Deepdale. The shrimp were two weeks later in the same competition a further 3-1 win against second division side Wolverhampton Wanderers follow before then the third championship club proved with Sheffield United at the sharp 0:5 defeat as too powerful. The Morecambe FC finished the first season in the Football League with 60 points and eleventh place in the secure midfield.
Lancashire Combination: 5
Lancashire Combination Cup: 5
Lancashire Senior Cup: 1
Lancashire Trophy: 10
FA Trophy: 1
Northern Premier League Presidents Cup: 1