PREMIERSHIP stars of the future came to Morecambe on Wednesday night as England faced Scotland in an Under 16 international in front of the Sky TV cameras.
England won the game 2-1, and in doing so took the Victory Shield for the 10th year in succession, with goals from Liverpool’s David Moli and Crystal Palace’s Ryan Innis before Celtic youngster Jack Kirwan pulled one back 10 minutes from time.
But Morecambe were the winners on the night with praise all round for their staging of the game.
The Shrimps’ Chief Executive Rod Taylor said: “We have received some great comments from both the England and the Scottish Football Associations and that is really pleasing.
“We hope that this is the first of many international games here over the years because it was a great occasion well supported by the people of the town who turned out in great numbers.”
Mr Taylor praised secretary Neil Marsdin for his part in getting the game to the Arena.
He said: “Neil was in the company of Ray Clemence a while ago and they got talking about the stadium and we then got a phone call which was great.”
England manager Kenny Swain praised the facilities saying: “It’s a lovely new facility and the ground staff deserve a huge amount of credit because the pitch was in a superb condition.
“We were made really welcome and there was a really good crowd which helped make it an excellent occasion.”
Scotland coach Ross Mathie also praised the Shrimps, commenting: “When the game was called off last year I was here when I saw people looking to take the snow off the pitch and I got the sense that it was a great community club.
“That was the feeling I also got tonight and the lads really enjoyed the atmosphere.”
The attendance at The Globe for the game, which was televised live on Sky Sports, was less than expected though. The club had sold over 4,000 tickets but according to the FA website, only 2,252 turned up.
Legendary ex-England star and FA luminary Sir Trevor Brooking was among those in attendance.
England: Willis; Facey (rep Pearson 46), Shaw, Innis, Chambers; Poyet (rep Gordon 40), Rothwell, Wallace; Graham (rep Thomas 61), Moli (rep Long 61), Lipman (rep Robinson 40). Subs not used: McGee, Clark.
Scotland: Crump; Ramsay, Madden (rep Lunday 38), Turnbull, Findlay, Lindsay; Storie (rep Murdoch 63), Munn (rep Kirwan 28), Johnstone (Sibbald 73), Kidd; Smith (rep Finnie 40). Subs not used: Hart, Duggan.
Ref: P Tierney (Lancashire)