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Morecambe FC celebrates its 100th birthday

7 May 2020

Today, Thursday 7 May 2020, marks exactly 100 years since the formation of Morecambe Football Club.

Founded in 1920 following a meeting at the West View Hotel, Morecambe's early home, Roseberry Park, was renamed Christie Park in honour of Club President J.B Christie, whose name remains synonymous with the Shrimps to this day.

Having spent much of its existence in non-League, and having suffered defeat in the respective 2003 and 2006 Play-Off Semi-Finals, Morecambe finally secured a place in the Football League in 2007, beating Exeter City at Wembley Stadium under the guidance of Sammy McIlroy.

Just two months later, the Lancashire side announced plans to move to what is now their current home, the Globe Arena. Following more Play-Off Semi-Final heartache in 2009/10, the 2010/11 season brought about the much anticipated move and, ultimately, a change in manager too, as McIlroy departed at the end of the campaign.


He was succeeded by Jim Bentley, who signed a deal to become player-manager having previously represented the club succesfully as captain. Bentley's memorable reign would last eight years, and saw Morecambe consistently defy the odds to maintain their League status year after year.

Following the departure of Paul Tisdale from Exeter in June 2018, Bentley became the EFL's longest-serving manager, until his resignation in October 2019, ahead of taking up the managerial post at AFC Fylde. 

Under the leadership of current boss, Derek Adams, the Shrimps side sit 23rd in the League Two standings.

All at the EFL would like to wish Morecambe a happy 100th birthday. Keep an eye on our channels throughout the day for more content to celebrate the club's centenary year.

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