Preview: Fleetwood v Morecambe

Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander.
Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander.
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On Boxing Day, The Shrimps travel to Fleetwood looking to avenge a 4-0 defeat at the Globe Arena in September.


Graham Alexander. Former Preston North End and Burnley player took on his first permanent managerial role when he replaced the sacked Micky Mellon at the start of December. Once rumoured to be a possible replacement for Sammy McIlroy at Morecambe before the appointment of Jim Bentley.

One to watch

Junior Brown. In a team full of players with experience higher up the Football League it is 23-year-old wide man Brown who has caught the eye most during the Cod Army’s first season in the Football League. Is his side’s top goalscorer with nine goals in all competitions this season. Fleetwood will have lots of faces familiar to Shrimps fans, including former Morecambe players. Wembley goalkeeper Scott Davies and left back Dean Howell.


Sides have only become direct rivals recently, due to Cod Army’s rapid rise through the leagues. A Jon Parkin hat-trick helped Fleetwood to a dominant 4-0 win at the Globe Arena in September in what was the first Football League meeting between the two sides.


Sacking of Micky Mellon surprised many, and Alexander has drawn his first two games in charge, 0-0 at home to Southend and 2-2 at Gillingham. Saturday’s trip to Oxford was postponed due to the widespread rain. Cod Army currently eighth, one place and one point outside the League 2 play-off places.

Possible line-up

Davies, Beeley, Howell, Goodall, Atkinson, Milligan, Nicholson, Brown, Marrow, Gillespie, Ball.

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