Monday, 8 October 2012

Morecambe 0 v 0 Burton Albion - 6/10/12

Morecambe might seem an odd game to visit for our first trip south this season, however it was a trip we have had planned for months for the simple reason of how easy (& cheap) it is to visit from both Edinburgh & Glasgow. We left Glasgow at 9:40 from Central Station and arrived in Lancaster at about 11:40 in time to visit the bookies, scope out local bars for post match drinks and then catch the 10 minute train from Lancaster to Morecambe to visit the seaside!

When we arrived in Morecambe we headed straight to the sea front to take in all that Morecambe has to offer and that of course included fish & chips, with the above view. Morecambe has a really old-fashioned seaside resort feel to it and is sadly a bit run down and in need of a lick of paint here an there but we didn't ever really feel like we sometimes do on football trips, that we were out of towners, everyone was very welcoming and friendly.

Fish & Chips done, we went on the hunt for a pre-match pint to watch the lunchtime football on tv, after one or two attempts finding the establishments not showing any football, we stumbled upon a line of bars all showing the game a short walk south along Marine Road West and settled in the odd looking Ranch House where we enjoyed the local Ale Lancaster Red. It was a bizarre place, with an amusement arcade tacked on the side of it. Decent pint though. From here, it was a simple 20 minute walk to the ground following Regent Rd to the Globe Arena.

The Globe Arena is one of the newest stadiums in the country opening in 2010 and is a really nice compact ground. The main stand (named after chairman Peter McGuigan) is the only seated stand and on this day seated both Home & Away fans (with about 200+ travelling Burton fans). The rest of the ground comprised of two covered terraced stands behind each goal and a smaller open terrace running the length of the pitch.

We headed to to the MBW Stand with the bulk of the home fans, behind the goals to the left of the main stand. We were delighted to hear the home fans in this section singing the whole way through a variety of songs, creating a really good atmosphere throughout the match.

The match itself started off very brightly with Morecambe dominating possession and creating 1 or 2 early half chances and building up steam with numerous corners, however, it was all to no avail and the first half soon calmed down into a fairly drab affair with neither side looking likely to score. Fortunately for us this was the warm up for what would be one of the highlights of our day! Half Time!

One of the things we enjoy about a trip south for football is that you can have a half time pint. It's a shame we don't allow this in Scotland but can see how it may be abused. We don't enjoy this for binge drink reasons, there is a real social 'niceness' to fans having beer at half time debating what went right or wrong in the first half. Of course, in Morecambe, the home fans have the bonus of award winning pies! We have enjoyed a fair amount of pies in our time and we thought Killie Pies were the winner...we were wrong! Our new favourite football pies are these!

At half time the Morecambe & Burton fans also gave a fantastic reception to Lee O'Neill who was visiting his 100th ground as part of his Lewis' Flag tour. You can read more about them and the fantastic cause here. Congratulations on your 100th ground Lee.

The second half carried on much the same way with only really one chance coming from Lewis Alessandra who did fantastically to dribble free and get one on one with the keeper only to lob the ball over the bar. Talking about the game we couldn't decide if both sides lacked a bit of quality up top (Burton's Calvin Zola was missing this match) or if on this day both back 4's played outstanding. Arguably the best player on the pitch was Burton's captain & former Aberdeen defender Zander Diamond a player that we are more than familiar with!

Post match we joined the home fans in the Globe Bar for a pint to find we had both won our football coupons, so it was a quick trip back to Lancaster to collect our winnings, before spending them in the fantastic Merchant 1688 Bar in Lancaster where we were still able to enjoy some Autumn sun in a beer garden until our train arrived to take us back home. We'd highly recommend Merchants, a good selection of ales and friendly staff and it's only a couple of minutes from the train station. We're already planning a trip back to take in a Lancaster City game!

Match Attendance - 1,585

Ticket Cost - £15

Train Ticket - £23.00 return from Glasgow (Purchased as two £11.50 singles)

Pies - £2.65 (would happily have paid double!)

Stadium Pint - £3 pint of Carling

Special thanks also to Keith Fitton from the Shrimps Voices Forum who was more than helpful in suggesting where to head for a pint pre and post-match.

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