Bentley: “We need your help next season”

Morecambe supporters at the fans forum held at The Globe Arena on Wednesday. Picture Garth Hamer
Morecambe supporters at the fans forum held at The Globe Arena on Wednesday. Picture Garth Hamer

MORECAMBE FC chairman Peter McGuigan believes the club’s fans have a vital role to play in the new era at the Shrimps.

McGuigan, who moved quickly to apoint Jim Bentley as the club’s new boss following the departure of Sammy McIlroy, also said the club were looking at partially subsidising travel to away games for fans, after the successful experiment for last season’s game against Barnet.

The chairman told the fans’ forum: “We have considered it but not come up with a decision yet.

“We have a lot more away games down south next year. The response at Barnet was superb and it is something we are discussing and at the appropriate time we will let people know.”

McGuigan also said he was looking for around 400 more Shrimps fans at every home game.

He said: “We have been talking about how to bring in an extra 400 people a game which would bring us in an extra £126,000 over a season but it is how we bring in the extra 400.

“It’s a cry we will make. We need everyone’s help. We have to bring others down. We would like to average 2,700 here but it will take a lot of effort.

“It would really enhance the atmosphere and help Jim and the lads.

“We are looking for everyone’s support to try and get those extra 400 people to the club.”

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