Welcome To Morecambe
As mentioned in previous articles, my career path over the last five years has led to me living and working in Lancaster. I get to plenty of Toon matches both home and away but a handy placebo has been watching Lancaster City on a regular basis, on top of this non-league experience I also get myself over to Morecambe several times a season.
Morecambe are my local league team. The night before the cup draw was made I realised I had the week of the League Cup 2nd round off work and was hoping for a North-West away if possible – imagine my surprise (and delight!) when we were pulled out of the hat away to the shrimps!
We’ve all experienced the ‘delights’ of premiership grounds such as Old Trafford, Anfield, White Hart Lane and Goodison so are fairly well versed in how to get there, where to drink, where welcomes away colours etc etc but what about the Globe arena and the facilities and reception that awaits our first visit and those of the sky cameras on Wednesday 28th?
Getting to the Morecambe ground by train is no problem, just take a left from the train station up to the promenade, another left whilst enjoying the view of Morecambe bay and another left down Regent Road which will lead you straight into the globe arena, should take about half an hour to walk (maybe a bit longer to stumble!).
There’s a few pubs and bars and a Frankie and Benny’s for some grub just outside of the train station. The likelihood is that plenty of the pubs will be a bit funny about allowing access to away fans, especially those wearing colours. More information on away friendly pubs can be found at the excellent site www.footballgroundguide.com.
For my money, a safer bet is to get off the train at Lancaster (literally a 10 minute train ride away costing a couple of quid). Once at the station there are three or four decent ale pubs roughly 2 mins down the road. Continue down into town a further 2 minutes and you’ll find a Yates supplying cheap beers and food with sky sports on the TV. There are also two different Weatherspoons very close by so most appetites will be able to be fulfilled throughout the day.
Lancaster is quite a small town but there’s plenty of pubs, bars and restaurants which makes it the perfect destination for a swift half or ‘two’ on match day.
It promises to be a special night for Morecambe at the Globe Arena but with many people I’m close to being big Morecambe fans I’m just hoping it’s not too special! We’ll let them have their pride and a fat cheque from Sky TV but for the amount of stick I’ll have to put up with should we lose, I’m keeping everything crossed that it’s NEWCASTLE UNITED that’s in the hat for the next round.
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