Davies: Morecambe return against Exeter ‘written in the stars’

Scott Davies celebrates Morecambe's 2007 play-off semi-final win over York.
Scott Davies celebrates Morecambe's 2007 play-off semi-final win over York.
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Morecambe’s returning goalkeeper Scott Davies believes facing Exeter in his first game back was “written in the stars”.

The 27-year-old, who has joined on a month’s loan from Fleetwood as cover for the injured Barry Roche and Andreas Arestidou, enjoyed his and the Shrimps’ finest hour in the 2007 Conference play-off final against the Grecians.

And having arrived at the Globe Arena on Friday he will line up between the sticks against them in League 2 on Sunday.

“You couldn’t write the script,” said Davies.

“It’s obviously the one stand out memory I’ve got playing for Morecambe and the one the fans have got of me also.

“To come back to Morecambe and my first game be Exeter you’d think it’s written in the stars if you believe in things like that.

“In football it’s all about omens and I can only take that as a positive one.”

Shrimps youth product Davies admits that despite leaving the club for Fleetwood in 2010 he has never stopped keeping an eye on them.

“It’s still a club close to my heart,” he said.

“When I’ve come back here with Fleetwood I’ve always had a good reception and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed coming back here.

“After Manchester City it’s probably the club I look for on a Saturday.

“It’s a club I’ve got fond memories of and one that gave me my chance in football.

“I’m forever grateful to it.”

The stopper may have fond memories of his time at Christie Park but admits the rollercoaster play-off campaign that went down in club history is a little hazy.

“I had to come on in the semi-final and thankfully the manager (Sammy McIlroy) stuck with me in the final,” said Davies.

“To be honest I’ve not got that many memories of the day.

“It passed by so quickly and then afterwards we celebrated.

“It was probably the greatest day in my career so far.

“I think the fact that I was so young and that it went the way it did with the late winner - it had everything.

“However many years later the club is still standing in the Football League and holding its own and doing very well.

“If I can come here and contribute to what they’re doing then that’s great.”

The chance to get back involved with the club that gave him his start in professional football came at a time when he is in need of game time having fallen behind Chris Maxwell in the pecking order at Highbury.

“I had a phone call off big Jimbo telling me that Baz and Stav were struggling,” said Davies.

“It ticks all the boxes. I need a few games under my belt.

“For whatever reason at Fleetwood I’ve not been playing and I’ve been asked to come and help out for the month and I’m more than willing to do so.

“I know a lot of the staff here and still some of the lads and the fans also so it’s win, win for everyone I think.”

Davies is impressed with how the Shrimps have fared in recent seasons and hopes to play a part in keeping them at the sharp end of League 2.

“That’s where Morecambe want to be and with the calibre of player they’ve got here that’s where they deserve to be,” he said.

“It’s only a tight squad but looking from the outside in recently they’ve done very well to be where they are.

“We (Fleetwood) played them in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy recently and they played us off the park.

“They are where they are on merit and hopefully they can kick on.”