|The standing Salopian faithful|
Saturday 9 October 2010 at the Globe Arena, Morecambe 1 Shrewsbury Town 0 in League Two. I specially chose this fixture to restore my “92”, for reasons which will become clear below.
This match in one sentence
Morecambe grew in confidence after a shaky start, had a penalty saved by Chris Neal, but then grabbed an 83rd minute winner to leave Shrewsbury and their fans frustrated.
Morecambe have their first league victory at their new stadium and Shrewsbury Town slip to 5th in the table after their fourth league game without a win.
Who caught the eye on the pitch?
|Pre-match: being groped by the club mascot|
|In-match (1): shouting at your defenders|
|In-match (2): keeping your side in the game with a penalty save|
The sponsors made Morecambe’s wide-man Mark Duffy the man of the match, and I’m not going to argue with that from the home point of view, as he provided the crucial cross. Chris has a strong case for being Shrewsbury’s best on the day, alongside Harrald and Sharps. Shrewsbury boss Graham Turner singled him out in his post-match interview too, but young Chris will know as well as anyone that an individual performance counts for not so much in a team defeat.
|Post-match: explaining to the media that the season is a marathon not a sprint (or something like that)|
This match had the same effect on my pulse rate as …
… finding a box of Higgs Bosons down the back of the settee.
A snippet from the programme
Today was the official opening ceremony for the Arena, and Morecambe chairman Peter McGuigan writes, “From a personal point of view, I am absolutely delighted that my dad has been invited to perform the official opening of the Arena. When I think of everything he has done for me during my life it will make me feel exceptionally proud to walk together with him, shoulder to shoulder, to officially open the new home of the football club I love and cherish.”
What I learned today
Again from the programme, that chairman Peter McGuigan had trials as a 15-yo with West Brom but manager Jimmy Hagan “thought he was too small a player and so that was it really”.
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