Club pays tributes to former Shrimps

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Morecambe FC have paid tributes after the deaths of two former players were announced within the last week.

Former player and manager Don Cubbage has passed away, along with Johnny Martin.

Cubbage was a junior player for Blackpool before signing for Morecambe as a player in 1960.

He was then at Altrincham for a short time before returning to the club.

Cubbage played a key role in the success of the team in the 1960s, being a key part of the backline, before leaving in 1971 after making 376 appearances for the club, moving to Penrith and then Trimpell in the West Lancashire League.

He returned as manager in November 1979 but he struggled with the limited finances and resources at that time and felt he had to resign in September 1981 after an indifferent start to the 1981/82 season.

His funeral will be held at Lancaster and Morecambe Crematorium on Friday, June 1 at 12.30pm and Morecambe FC supporters are welcome to attend the service.

Martin spent four seasons with the Shrimps and was almost an ever-present in the 1966/67 Lancashire Combination League winning side.

Signed by Ken Waterhouse as an 18-year-old from Barrow, Martin made a big impression after making his debut in a 3-2 friendly victory over Workington on August 6, 1966.

His league debut was a memorable one. In a 2-0 win over Burscough on August 20 he was booked, missed a penalty, had a goal disallowed for offside and set up both goals.

In his first season he scored 14 goals in 41 league and 23 cup appearances.

The following season he made 26 league and 12 cup appearances and scored eight goals.

He was a Combination League and Cup winner in 1966-67 and 1967-68 and a Lancashire Senior Cup winner in 1967-68.

Unfortunately the next two seasons were not as fruitful. He made just four starts in the 1968/69 season and 15 the following year.

His final game was in a 3-0 defeat at South Liverpool on January 31, 1970. He went on to join Netherfield and then Barrow, for whom he played 182 games from 1973 77.