Eric Morecambe’s family hope it’s honours even when Shrimps meet Luton

Eric Morecambe's family present the trophy for Saturday's game against Luton to Morecambe FC.
Eric Morecambe's family present the trophy for Saturday's game against Luton to Morecambe FC.
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Eric Morecambe’s family are hoping for a draw between Morecambe and Luton Town on Saturday.

The family of the much-loved comedian were at the Globe Arena on Thursday to hand over the trophy the two sides will contest at the Globe Arena.

With Eric born in the resort but a Hatters fan, sons Gary and Steven Luton season ticket holders and daughter Gail backing the Shrimps there were mixed views on how the League 2 meeting would pan out.

Gary said: “Dad would have gone for the draw.

“Going back many years I asked him, ‘can you imagine if Luton ever played Morecambe who would you want to win?’

“This is when there was no chance of it happening.

“He said he’d like it to be a draw because of his childhood memories of Morecambe. He was a director of Luton at the time.

“I’ve followed Luton since childhood and so has Steven.

“We both always look out for the Morecambe scores though.

“In honour of him I think a draw would be a fair result.”

The comic great famously lived on Christie Avenue as a child with his bedroom giving him a pretty good view of the Shrimps’ former home, Christie Park.

Thoughts of Luton coming to town were long off but times have changed.

Saturday’s game will be the third meeting between the sides, the first since the Hatters dropped out of the Football League in 2009 having returned this season as Conference champions.

Gary said: “When dad was growing up his bedroom overlooked half the ground.

“He used to watch from his window because he never had the money to go and see a match.

“He was a huge Morecambe supporter all his life because we never thought there’d be conflict with Luton because they were poles apart.

“Luton were sixth from top of what is now the Premier League when my father died and Morecambe were in the Northern Premier League.

“Things have changed though with Morecambe being above Luton for the last few years but hopefully there’s a few more games ahead.”