Fans urged to dig deep for Shrimps’ future stars

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A group of Morecambe FC supporters are hoping fans will dig deep and invest in the future of the club.

The Fans Club of Morecambe has launched a campaign in the hope Shrimps fans will pay a small amount each month to boost the club’s finances.

Dubbed Support Our New Shrimps, it aims to fund first year professionals at the Globe Arena as things become ever tighter financially for the club’s board.

FCoM chairman Pat Stoyles said: “It’s something we saw other clubs doing last season so we spoke to the club and Rod Taylor (director) came up with the idea of supporting the youth side.

“There’s been a mixed response so far as some people think it’s the club’s responsibility.

“But I’m of the opinion that it’s my football club and I want to support it any way I can.”

Pat added that although no exact figure had been discussed, £3 a month, or the price of a pint of beer, from 600 fans could raise £21,500 a season, enough for around three first-year professionals.

The group say they have also secured assurances from the club that any funds raised would not result in a reduction in the playing budget.

Director Mr Taylor said: “It’s very welcome. The supporters are being proactive in a number of ways.

“We held discussions with them and talked about looking at the next 12 months and seeing if they can fund a first year pro.

“It’s investing in the future.

“We’ve seen the likes of Stewart Drummond, Danny Carlton and Garry Hunter come through and this can only help the club.”