Shrimps win big at our annual awards

Morecambe Football Club have been great ambassadors for the town, such as that amazing day at Wembley in 2007 when they gained promotion to the Football League. Then-manager Sammy McIlroy is pictured with goalscorers Danny Carlton and Gary Thompson.
Morecambe Football Club have been great ambassadors for the town, such as that amazing day at Wembley in 2007 when they gained promotion to the Football League. Then-manager Sammy McIlroy is pictured with goalscorers Danny Carlton and Gary Thompson.

It was May 20 2007 when everything changed for Morecambe Football Club.

After beating Exeter City 2-1 in the Conference Play Off Final at Wembley Stadium, the Shrimps entered the Football League for the first time in club history.

Making the jump from non-league football vastly increased the club’s profile and with it, the name of ‘Morecambe’ was taken all over the country.

Since that incredible day, the opening of the new Globe Arena stadium, matches such as the nationally televised League Cup clash with Newcastle United in 2013 and the clashes with Luton Town for the Eric Morecambe Trophy, and even the success of the club’s British Champion pies have spread the name of Morecambe Football Club across national media.

The team, staff and die-hard band of travelling supporters have represented the club and the town with passion on their travels 
everywhere from Carlisle to Portsmouth.

In short, they are excellent ambassadors for the town.

This is why The Visitor has decided to honour Morecambe Football Club as the winners of our Sunshine Ambassador Award in 2015.

The Ambassador Award is given each year to an organisation or individual whose work has put Morecambe on the map.

The award will be presented at The Visitor Sunshine Ball on Friday, May 1 at the Midland Hotel, sponsored by Wright and Lord solicitors.

Don’t forget to vote in our Sunshine Awards reader categories at

Previous winners of The Visitor Sunshine Ambassador Award.

2010 Ronne Coyles (NOTE -the award was then known as the Personality Award)

2011 - Paul Hayes

2012 - The Heartbreaks

2013 - Cedric Robinson MBE

2014 - Eric Morecambe