We take a look at the Shrimps ahead of the new season...
Jim Bentley’s side made a decent start to the campaign, beating Wolves in the Capital One Cup, and winning four of their opening seven league games, including a 3-1 win at Roots Hall. Their positive form continued through until the end of December, until they went 10 games without a win. That run ended with three points against Blues at the Globe Arena. A run of just one win in their final ten saw them end the season in 18th, four points above the dropzone.
Jim Bentley joined the club in 2002 as a player, and after over 300 appearances, he was appointed player-manager of Morecambe on a two-year contract, but went straight into focusing on the managerial role. He signed a new two-year deal in October 2013 and has currently taken charge of 153 matches, with a win percentage of 30.72.
ONES TO WATCH
Padraig Amond finished as the club’s top goalscorer last season with 11 goals from his 49 appearances. He joined from Accrington Stanley in August 2013 and impressed during his first season at the Globe Arena.
Kevin Ellison got 10 goals to his name last season, including one in the 2-1 win against Blues in March. The experienced winger brings a lot to the table for Morecambe and has been at this level for much of his career.
Goalkeeper Barry Roche brings a host of experience to the table between the sticks for Morecambe. He signed a new deal this summer to keep him at the club until June 2016, having joined in 2008.
SO FAR THIS SUMMER
Four players have been released – Robbie Threlfall, Chris McCready, Joe Mwasile and Joe McGee, while Tony Diagne and Marcus Marshall have been made available for transfer.
Barry Roche has signed a new two-year deal, while Jamie Devitt, Shaun Beeley and Ryan Edwards have all joined.
Teenage Aaron McGowan has also signed a two-year deal.
Blues’ record against Morecambe isn’t good reading. Just one win has come against Shrimps – in the first round of the FA Cup last season.
There has been one draw, and seven wins for the Shrimps.