“What team do you support?”, “Morecambe“. Their silence and confusion is a response every supporter of a lower league team will be familiar with, whether it’s League 1, 2 or even the Vanarama National, this is a common reply. Less so if you live in the area, but since I moved out from my parents 6 years ago the struggles have got worse.
I’m proud to support my hometown club, it’s been tempting enough to give up but i’ve stuck by them (Morecambe) through the years. There will always be the stubbornness from those who support Premier League teams, their belief that nothing exists below the Championship apart from early FA cup weekends, and even then we have to put up with the comments of “I could play better than that” or “it’s just hoof ball down there”. Yeah the standard isn’t the best, but at least it’s all about the fans, less about the money grabbing owners and you can actually afford a ticket. You might even get a decent pie for once!
It was all going swimmingly before moving to Liverpool for Uni in 2010, cheap season ticket, some decent football every other Saturday & the local excitement at a higher league cup draw or television fixture. But then I moved away… Nowadays it’s a struggle to even know what’s going on with the club. Apart from the odd game against an away team close by or a trip home for an occasion (apart from Christmas, waterlogged pitch), I don’t get to see much action.
There’s a quick glimpse of the goals on Sky Sports News if you don’t blink, 15 seconds of highlights on Channel 5 at 10pm (at least that’s an improvement of the old waiting up till 1am on BBC), and that wait till the Monday lunch time for “extended” (2 mins max) highlights online. I’m constantly dreaming of that big cup draw against United, City or Arsenal, the chance to be on TV and get people talking about my club on Twitter, see what we can do in the spotlight and get ourselves on the map.
Apart from the struggles above, i’d never not support Morecambe. Admittedly we aren’t the best right now but who knows what’ll happen in the future. If you’ve supported your local club and it’s not one of the big ones, you’ll understand exactly what I mean. You could say why don’t you travel back for the home games, with travel and tickets it’s not the cheapest. For now i’ll just have to stick to the limited footage, constant checking of LiveScore app and my Dad’s text updates at the game. The struggles are real!