Mick Dennison column

Mick Dennison. Pub Landlord. York Hotel, Morecambe.
Mick Dennison. Pub Landlord. York Hotel, Morecambe.

It was great to see Morecambe FC fighting back at Plymouth to earn another draw following on from the game previously at Cheltenham which also finished 1–1.

The fans who travelled in some cases paid a higher price for at least one of those games.

Whoever, between the Football League, Cheltenham or Morecambe, thought it would be a good idea to play a match on a Friday night?

I believe the game was originally planned for a Saturday but some utterly pathetic Football League directive offers teams the chance to change fixtures to suit them.

If Cheltenham had informed Morecambe of a change to a Friday night surely the reaction from the Globe Arena should have been “no thanks”.

Anyone with half a brain would realise that to get to Cheltenham you have to travel through Birmingham, not really good at the best of times but on a Friday night during the rush hour? You also need to take into account that every man and his dog are belting up and down the M6 on a Friday afternoon and what you get is a giant car park.

I used to live in Wiltshire and would drive a 500 mile round trip to watch a game at Christie Park.

My route would take me past the turn off for Cheltenham; it was then three hours from there to Morecambe. However, that was early on a Saturday morning with little traffic on the M5/M6.

Weather, volume of traffic and road works all went against a valiant but small travelling army of Morecambe fans who attempted to get there in time for kick off.

Sadly for one group they set off from Morecambe just too late and didn’t even make the game.

If this situation raises its head next season I would hope that Morecambe FC officials would have the gumption to object to the change and maybe encourage the normal Saturday afternoon kick off to take place.

It would allow more fans to travel without losing money taking time off work which in turn would boost the attendance at the ground.