Morecambe may only have been a Football League club since 2007, but they’ve already got a reputation for league cup shocks. Adam Lord looks at some memorable nights in the club’s recent history
Preston 1-2 Morecambe
First round – Tuesday, August 14, 2007
The Shrimps’ first ever league cup tie saw them dump neighbours Preston out thanks to Dave Artell’s 84th minute goal. Then captain and now manager Jim Bentley had given his side the lead with a right-foot volley before Danny Pugh headed in an equaliser. But Bentley’s central defensive partner Artell was to seal a memorable victory, converting from close range after North End keeper Wayne Henderson had spilled a free-kick.
Wolves 1-3 Morecambe
Second round – Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Morecambe weren’t done in 2007’s competition, following up victory over Preston with a famous win over Wolves. Carl Baker put the Shrimps ahead from the penalty spot before Andy Keogh equalised with a spot kick at the other end. Jon Newby and Garry Thompson goals proved the difference for the visitors in extra time as Sammy McIlroy’s side caused a big shock.
Morecambe 2-0 Coventry
First round – Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The first ever game at the Globe Arena was always going to be a memorable night and it was made all the more so as Andy Fleming scored twice on his Shrimps debut to knock Championship side Coventry out of the league cup. Fleming converted Adam Rundle’s cross in first-half injury time before doubling his tally on the hour mark to complete a famous win.
Barnsley 0-2 Morecambe
First round – Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Morecambe pulled off another upset in the 2011 competition, knocking out Championship side Barnsley at Oakwell. Danny Carlton scored the opener from close range shortly after half time before turning provider for Kevin Ellison who hammered a shot into the top corner five minutes from time as the hosts pushed for an equaliser.
Blackpool 1-2 Morecambe
First round – Sunday, August 12, 2012
Shrimps fans travelled in numbers down the Lancashire seaside and were rewarded with a famous win at Bloomfield Road. Lewis Alessandra gave Jim Bentley’s side an early lead before Andy Fleming scored another big league cup goal for the visitors to double their lead. Alex Baptiste reduced the deficit and despite a nervy end the Shrimps held on to set up a trip to Sunderland in the second round. A full strength Wearsiders ran out 2-0 winners in round two.
Morecambe 1-0 Wolves
First round – Tuesday, August 6, 2013
The Shrimps set up Wednesday night’s clash with Newcastle thanks to a famous win over Wolves in the first round of this year’s competition. After an entertaining tie, Ryan Williams’ superb free-kick five minutes from time sent the Globe Arena wild in front of the Sky cameras. On TV again tonight, there’s no reason why the Shrimps can’t repeat the feat against Newcastle.