Morecambe boss Jim Bentley wants FA Cup fever to sweep the Globe Arena on Saturday as his side face John Coleman’s Rochdale in the first round of this year’s competition.
It is a welcome break from league action for the Shrimps after two successive away defeats and Bentley says he is hoping the town comes out in numbers to get behind his side on what he calls “one of the most important days in the club’s calendar”.
He said: “For me this is a massive game. I love the FA Cup and think it is a fantastic competition and we have had some great games here over the years.
“It’s also an important one for the club because a good run can bring great publicity for us and for the town and some-much needed funds as well.
“It is no secret that everyone is feeling the pinch at the moment and any money generated by the cup competitions is a real bonus for us.
“We have done pretty well in the cups so far this season and put in some decent displays but this is the cup that really matters to everyone.”
The Shrimps will have Jack Redshaw and Kevin Ellison back for the game after injury and suspension respectively but Richard Brodie sits out the third of his three match ban.
Jordan Mustoe is also ineligible as he has not been given permission to play in the FA Cup by his parent club Wigan so Bentley is hoping Robbie Threlfall will be fit to return after being ruled out for the past three weeks.
The Shrimps’ hopes of adding Ryan Williams to their squad are still being held up by red tape.
The deal to bring him to the Globe requires ratification by FIFA and is taking longer than hoped for.
Bentley said: “Ryan’s situation wasn’t a straightforward one as it required approvals from several different organisations as he needed international clearances after playing in Wales.
“The registration is definitely taking longer than we hoped for as a result of that and we hope it sorts itself out as soon as possible.”