Mick Dennison column

Mick Dennison. Pub Landlord. York Hotel, Morecambe.
Mick Dennison. Pub Landlord. York Hotel, Morecambe.
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At last, the waiting is over, no, not an early Christmas but a home game for Morecambe FC at the Globe Arena.

The last time paying customers went through the turnstiles was for the 1-0 victory over Bury on November, 15.

Since then long distance trips to Portsmouth and Stevenage and a weekend off owing to defeat in the FA Cup 1st Round has seen a lack of football for the home fans. Home games are the financial life blood for the club. Of course there will be the non-match day income generated from functions but those turnstiles need to be ticking over to produce much needed income to pay the players wages.

Thankfully the next two home games both this Saturday against Luton and on Boxing Day against Carlisle should make up for three barren weeks.

Luton will definitely bring a large away following as they still have that football league pedigree of being a well followed club.

We can only dream of their average home attendances of six to eight thousand each week and a hard core away following of about eight hundred.

The Carlisle game has been made all ticket for the away fans and according to my source up in Cumbria they have sold out.

That will mean a noisy following and of course a great post-Christmas atmosphere at the Globe.

With the lack of home games the fans will be waiting with anticipation for these two mouth watering fixtures and with last weekend’s rest let’s hope the team come out firing on all cylinders.

Completely off the football subject, but something worth mentioning is the progress of the 2014 Poppy Appeal. I can announce that this year, once again, we have managed to raise over £20,000 with a bit more to come in – a great effort. It was Mall Neil’s first year as organiser and with the help of the committee and other willing volunteers he got the boxes and trays out, in and counted in order to reach that incredible amount.