Bars will honour Morecambe FC legends

Jim Bentley.
Jim Bentley.
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The main bar at Morecambe FC has been renamed in honour of two of the club’s favourite sons.

The downstairs bar will be renamed JB’s Bar in memory of club benefactor Joseph Barnes (JB) Christie and in tribute to current manager Jim Bentley.

The club also plans to build a new ‘Legends Bar’ behind the home terrace to celebrate the Shrimps’ stars of yesteryear and include a wall of fame.

Rod Taylor, club director, said it was a decision that the board unanimously agreed after consultation with fans.

He said: “We have been talking to fans about this for some time and had a few ideas.

“But the desire of supporters to recognise the club’s patron JB Christie and Jim Bentley was really clear and we are delighted to support this.

“Work will start soon on rebranding the bar to create a fantastic area that will have a real link with the club’s past and present.

“The board has been drawing up plans to put in an area behind the goal for fans which will be a major boost to our facilities.

“Again we asked for input from supporters and, thanks to their suggestions, this is going to be called the Legends Bar and will be an area where we will honour all those people who have played their part over the years to help the club.”

The main bar at Morecambe FC’s previous ground, Christie Park, was also named JB’s after Mr Christie.

Mr Christie was a wealthy businessman who retired to Morecambe and then in 1927 donated land to the football club for their ground.

A spokesman for the Shrimps Trust supporters’ group said: “The Shrimps Trust working in conjunction with Rod Taylor and the board at Morecambe FC are delighted with the move to renaming the bar to JB’s and to work on the Legends Bar and the Legends Wall. “This is part of the process of our interaction with the directors of Morecambe FC that we as the trustees are keen to engender and promote.

“We are keen to ensure this is just the start of making the Globe Arena feel like our home and not the end.

“We ask any fans interested in our work and would like to ask questions and offer suggestions to attend the open meeting at the Globe on August 22 at 7pm.”