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Grimsby v Morecambe Preview

By: Alex Green
Date: 24/02/2009

WELL it's the business end of the season now, 5 points off the drop zone and favourites to go down alongside Luton. It's hardly a joyous position to be in come the end of the short month but Town must persist for survival if anything. So welcome for the second time this season to Blundell Park Morecambe woo and hoo. I'm off for a drink.

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The Opposition


Morecambe like a worthless High St bank, just keep coming back for more and who can blame them. Undefeated against Town in a year the Shrimpers will hope to complete a BP double in revenge on last season's Paint Pot Trophy that is not that important any more. In fact anyone worth their salt wouldn't be seen dead at a final of that competition especially with more pressing matters like Gaza, the recession, Jade Bleeding Goody and Moyle’s climbing Kilimanjaro. Nevertheless Morecambe are better then us just like the vast majority of teams in the known universe and as such are higher in the league we currently reside in, 13th to be exact. They nestle snugly like a dormouse on a tin of baked beans in a group that are destined for midtable boredom by mid-March. Along with Lincoln, Chesterfield and Aldershot they can sit back and enjoy pretty much nothing but relative calmness from now till May. Well done you, whoop dee bloody doo aren't you all smug all safe and nice away from this horrible battle of nothing more than attrition. As we look upon general uselessness until global warming kicks in and we can change to being a water polo team.

Sammy McIllroy is the manager he has been since 2006. He might enjoy fishing, TV, the Gilmore Girls and occasional jelly dances but we don't know as we lost the MI5 file down the back of the sofa. They play in red which is very boring and should really try something a lot more interesting like beige or a green pastel ala Vera Wang collection circa 1994 which is very hip now a days in a retro 90's way. With 1 defeat in 7 to fellow midtablers Aldershot, Morecambe are on a run which would better us most days of the week especially on a Saturday which is disappointing because that is the day the game of soccer (It's not American its a British term get over it when you scoff at Yanks for saying it, it makes you sound like a pleb on holiday in Falerakie.) is most usually played but we play on a Tuesday we may have a chance! Probably not coming to think of it.

The Team

Rather tiresomely Morecambe go for the rather clichéd approach to football with 11 players 1 in goal and another 10 in the "outfield." Their positions vary from defence, midfield, attack and the position Tom Newey plays (This position is yet to be verified by the FA as no one seems to know what the point of it is). McIllroy's signings over the summer consisted of Diarmuid O’Carroll from Celtic, Neil Wainwright from Darlington and both Rene Howe (Peterborough) and Ryan McGivern (Man City) on loan. So far this season Rene Howe (left) is making a name for himself with 9 beauties to call his own improving his chances of establishing himself back at London Road. Other then that they aren't too interesting to talk about, they'll turn up some will be alright others will be half decent and all will be forgotten by the time you get in the car for you trip home.

Key Player

Wayne Curtis. Making over 200 appearances for Morecambe since joining from non-league Barrow in 1997, the experienced striker has been able to make the leap up from non-league to league but not entirely convincingly scoring only 2 goals last year meaning he could quite happily fit in with our team. I wrote this in November and the last sentence still fits perfectly to us. Interesting? Not really bit like Town I guess.

Recent Form

Currently 22nd in League Two.
Currently 13th in League Two.

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Team News


  • Joe Widdowson (thigh) is doubtful.

  • Only Akpro remains on the injury list.
  • Morecambe could hand a debut to new signing, winger Mark Duffy, after he signed from Southport on loan.

  • Striker Matt Blinkhorn (sore knee) and midfielder Fraser McLachlan (hamstring) are available again after injury.
  • Squads

    1GKPhil Barnes
    2DFRobbie Stockdale
    3DFTom Newey
    4DFRyan Bennett
    5DFMatthew Heywood (c)
    7MFPeter Till
    8MFPaul Bolland
    9MFAdam Proudlock
    10MFChris Llewellyn
    11MFDanny Boshell
    12DFJamie Clarke
    13GKGary Montgomery
    14MFJames Hunt
    15DFMatthew Bird
    16MFJean-Paul Kalala
    17MFNick Hegarty
    18MFPeter Bore
    19FWDanny North
    20FWAndy Taylor
    21DFJoe Widdowson
    22FWNathan Jar man
    23MFGrant Normington
    25MFRob Atkinson
    26FWJean-Louis Akpa Akpro
    27MFMickael Buscher
    28GKLeigh Overton
    30MFStuart Elliot
    31MFDean Sinclair
    32FWAdrian Forbes
    1GKBarry Roche
    2DFAdam Yates
    3DFMichael Howard
    4DFDavid Artell
    5DFJim Bentley (captain)
    6MFCraig Stanley
    7FWMichael Twiss
    8MFGarry Hunter
    9FWWayne Curtis
    10FWRene Howe (on loan from Peterborough United)
    11MFNeil Wainwright
    12GKLewis Edge
    14FWDiarmuid O'Carroll
    15MFFraser McLachlan
    16MFStewart Drummond
    17FWAaron Taylor
    21FWMatthew Blinkhorn
    22DFAndy Parrish
    23DFHenry McStay
    24MFMatthew Bell
    25DFDanny Adams
    26DFRyan McGivern
    30GKScott Davies
    TBAMFMark Duffy

    Head to Head

    A draw is the most common result between the two sides, with Town currently "winning" on goal difference.

    P 7 W2D3 L2F 9A6

    Morecambe Head-to-Head (50th on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Morecambe 1 Grimsby 1 (Sat 20th Sep 2008)

    Town under caretaker Stuart Watkiss almost grabbed their first win of the season but had to settle for a point.



    The Fishy Prediction

    Morecambe 1-1 Grimsby Town

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