List of Morecambe F.C. seasons
Morecambe Football Club is an English football club based in Morecambe, Lancashire. It plays its football in League Two, the fourth tier of English football, having been promoted in 2007 for the first time in their history to the Football League.
Football in the town dates back to the turn of the 20th century; however, it was not until 7 May 1920 that Morecambe FC was formed after a meeting at the local West View Hotel. The club then took its place in the Lancashire Combination League for the 1920–21 season. At the end of the first season the club moved grounds to Roseberry Park. A few years later after the purchase of the ground by the then-President, Mr. J.B. Christie, the ground's name was changed to Christie Park, in his honour. Those early seasons proved difficult and it was not until 1924–25 that the club began to enjoy some success, claiming the league title for the first time; this was later followed by success in the Lancashire Junior Cup, beating old rivals Chorley after two replays, and in front of over 30,000 spectators.
Mr. Christie bequeathed the ground to the club in 1927 and also helped incorporate the club into a Limited Company with a then share capital of £1,000. The rest of the 1920s and the whole of the 1930s saw a constant struggle to keep football alive on the North West coast, with poor results on the field and little or no revenue off the field, a near certain recipe for disaster.
The post-war era saw an upturn in the Shrimps' fortunes with steady progress throughout the late 1940s and nearly all the 1950s. These years included an FA Cup third round appearance in 1961–62, a 1–0 defeat to Weymouth; a Lancashire Senior Cup Final victory in 1968, a 2–1 win over Burnley and an FA Trophy success at Wembley in 1974, a 2–1 win over Dartford in the final.
The next decade were as barren as any previous period in the club's history, with the Grim Reaper never far from the Christie Park door. Attendances fell from a creditable 2,000 plus to a miserable 200 minus, with a visible decline in the club fortunes during that period. However, in 1985–86, signs of improvement appeared: the club's league position improved and cup success over the next few years filled the club with optimism.
It took ten years of continual improvement both on and off the field to reach the club's ambition of promotion to the Football Conference after many further improvements, not only to the ground but also regarding the club's structure, giving the club the opportunity to confidently look forward as one of the more progressive Conference clubs.
Since elevation to the Conference in season 1995–96, the Shrimps achieved status as one of the leading teams in the league. In fact, only Woking had a longer unbroken membership of the league at this time. Runners-up spot was claimed on one occasion and the play-offs places were narrowly missed twice. Also during this time, the club also equalled its best appearance in the FA Cup in both 2000–01 and 2002–03. On both occasions the club faced Ipswich Town, losing 3–0 and 4–0 respectively. Morecambe also defeated a few league clubs in the FA Cup, including Cambridge United in 2000–01 and Chesterfield in 2002–03.
Morecambe were promoted to the Football League for the first time in their history after winning the Conference Playoff Final, beating Exeter City 2–1 at Wembley on 20 May 2007, in front of over 40,000 fans which followed their semi-final victory over York City.
On 17 July 2007, Morecambe announced plans to move to a new stadium in time for the start of the 2009–10 season. Work did not commence on the proposed site until spring 2009 with an anticipated completion date of summer 2010.
2009–10 was Morecambe's last season at Christie Park. They finished the season in fourth place, qualifying for the playoffs, where they lost 7–2 on aggregate to Dagenham & Redbridge. On 10 August 2010, Morecambe played their first match at the Globe Arena against Championship side Coventry City in the League Cup First Round. Morecambe secured a 2–0 win, with Andy Fleming scoring the first two goals at the stadium. This earned Morecambe a Lancashire Derby in the second round against another Championship side, Burnley, where they lost 3–1.
Key to league record
Key to cup records
|Year||League||Lvl||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Position||Leading league scorer||FA Cup||FL Cup
|FL Trophy||Average home|
|1920–21||Lancashire Combination||34||10||5||19||58||83||-25||25||13th of 18||PR||0-1-1|
|1921–22||34||10||6||18||36||56||-20||26||14th of 18||PR||0-1-1|
|1922–23||34||9||8||17||41||60||-19||26||15th of 18||QR3||3-1-1|
|1923–24||38||15||5||18||60||63||-3||35||15th of 20||QR3||3-1-1|
|1924–25||36||24||7||5||88||31||+57||55||1st of 19||QR1||1-0-1|
|1925–26||38||21||10||7||103||58||+45||52||2nd of 20||QR1||2-1-1|
|1926–27||38||23||4||11||105||58||+47||50||3rd of 20||QR1||1-0-1|
|1927–28||38||17||6||15||92||72||+20||40||8th of 20||QR1||1-0-1|
|1928–29||38||20||2||16||89||73||+16||42||10th of 20||QR3||3-0-1|
|1929–30||38||12||7||19||74||111||-37||31||14th of 20||PR||0-0-1|
|1930–31||38||12||8||18||76||97||-21||32||16th of 20|
|1931–32||36||6||6||24||41||93||-52||18||18th of 19||PR||0-0-1|
|1932–33||38||11||10||17||68||84||-26||32||14th of 20||QR3||2-1-1|
|1933–34||38||9||9||20||65||101||-36||27||18th of 20||QR1||0-0-1|
|1934–35||38||17||5||16||63||60||+3||39||8th of 20||QR2||2-0-1|
|1935–36||40||19||9||12||78||65||+13||47||6th of 21||QR1||0-0-1|
|1936–37||40||17||10||13||95||75||+20||44||10th of 21||R1||5-2-1|
|1937–38||42||21||10||11||90||70||+20||52||6th of 22||QR1||0-1-1|
|1938–39||42||14||10||18||67||76||-9||38||15th of 22||QR1||1-0-1|
|No competitive football was played between 1939 and 1945 due to the World War II.|
|1945–46||Lancashire Combination||22||6||6||10||54||68||-14||18||9th of 12|
|1946–47||42||23||5||14||133||85||+48||51||4th of 22||QR1||1-0-1|
|1947–48||42||24||6||12||98||59||+39||54||4th of 22||QR2||2-0-1|
|1948–49||42||22||6||14||80||60||+20||50||3rd of 22||PR||0-0-1|
|1949–50||42||17||11||14||62||55||+7||45||9th of 22||PR||0-0-1|
|1950–51||42||12||12||18||56||73||-17||36||15th of 22||PR||0-0-1|
|1951–52||42||21||7||14||74||72||+2||49||5th of 22||QR1||0-1-1|
|1952–53||42||16||9||17||60||61||-1||41||11th of 22||QR3||2-0-1|
|1953–54||40||14||6||20||58||83||-25||34||19th of 21||QR3||2-0-1|
|1954–55||42||18||8||16||68||65||+3||44||9th of 22||QR1||0-1-1|
|1955–56||38||12||5||21||62||94||-32||29||17th of 20||QR1||0-0-1|
|1956–57||38||20||7||11||81||53||+28||47||3rd of 20||R1||0-0-0|
|1957–58||42||18||12||12||66||50||+16||48||7th of 22||QR4||3-0-1|
|1958–59||42||22||9||11||77||44||+33||53||5th of 22||R1||4-0-1|
|1959–60||42||28||2||12||103||54||+49||58||4th of 22||QR1||0-0-1|
|1960–61||42||23||5||14||96||76||+20||51||6th of 22||QR3||2-1-1|
|1961–62||42||32||6||4||143||51||+92||70||1st of 22||R3||6-0-1|
|1962–63||42||31||6||5||153||40||+113||68||1st of 22||R1||1-0-1|
|1963–64||42||19||8||15||93||71||+22||46||10th of 22||QR4||0-0-1|
|1964–65||42||30||2||10||132||50||+82||62||3rd of 22||QR3||2-0-1|
|1965–66||42||19||12||11||105||65||+50||50||7th of 22||QR2||1-0-1|
|1966–67||41||30||9||2||90||24||+66||69||1st of 22||R1||4-3-1|
|1967–68||42||28||9||5||112||41||+71||65||1st of 22||QR4||0-0-1|
|Northern Premier League created. Club transferred to the newly created league.|
|5||38||16||14||8||64||37||+27||46||3rd of 20||R2||5-0-1|
|1969–70||38||10||13||15||41||51||-10||33||15th of 20||QR4||0-0-1||R1||0-0-1|
|1970–71||42||11||11||17||67||79||-12||39||12th of 22||QR1||0-0-1||QR3||0-0-1|
|1971–72||46||15||10||21||51||64||-13||40||17th of 24||QR2||1-1-1||R3||5-0-1|
|1972–73||46||17||11||18||62||70||-8||45||15th of 24||QR1||0-0-1||QF||4-3-1|
|1973–74||46||13||13||20||62||84||-22||39||17th of 24||QR1||0-1-1||W||7-1-0|
|1974–75||46||14||15||17||71||87||-16||43||13th of 24||R1||0-0-1||R2||1-0-1|
|1975–76||46||11||11||24||47||67||-20||33||20th of 24||R1||1-1-1||R3||2-1-1|
|1976–77||44||13||11||20||59||75||-16||37||15th of 23||R1||1-0-1||QF||3-2-1|
|1977–78||46||11||11||24||67||92||-25||33||21st of 24||QR4||0-1-1||R1||0-0-1|
|1978–79||44||11||13||20||55||65||-10||35||18th of 23||R1||1-0-1||R1||0-0-1|
|Level of the league decreased after the Alliance Premier League creation.|
|1979–80||6||42||10||12||20||40||59||-19||32||17th of 22||R1||1-1-1||R2||2-0-1|
|1980–81||42||11||8||23||42||74||-32||30||21st of 22||QR4||0-0-1||R1||1-1-1|
|1981–82||42||9||11||22||43||86||-43||29||20th of 22||QR1||0-0-1||QR3||0-0-1|
|1982–83||42||16||11||15||75||66||+9||59||13th of 22||QR3||3-1-1||QR3||0-0-1|
|1983–84||42||11||12||19||59||75||-16||45||19th of 22||QR2||1-1-1||QR2||1-2-1|
|1984–85||42||11||14||17||51||67||-16||47||18th of 22||QR1||0-0-1||R1||3-0-1|
|1985–86||42||17||17||8||59||39||+20||68||3rd of 22||R1||4-2-1||R1||4-1-1|
|1986–87||42||20||12||10||66||49||+17||72||6th of 22||QR3||2-0-1||R1||1-0-1|
|1987–88||42||19||15||8||61||41||+20||72||4th of 22||QR1||0-0-1||QR3||0-0-1|
|1988–89||42||13||9||20||55||60||-5||47||16th of 22||QR3||2-2-1||QR3||0-1-1|
|1989–90||42||15||9||18||58||70||-12||54||15th of 22||QR1||0-0-1||QR1||0-0-1|
|1990–91||40||19||16||5||72||44||+28||73||3rd of 21||QR1||0-1-1||QR3||2-0-1|
|1991–92||42||21||13||8||70||44||+26||76||3rd of 22||R1||4-0-1||R3||3-2-1|
|1992–93||42||25||11||6||93||51||+42||86||3rd of 22||QR1||0-0-1||R2||2-2-1|
|1993–94||42||20||7||15||90||56||+34||67||7th of 22||QR4||3-0-1||QF||3-0-1|
|1994–95||42||28||10||4||99||34||+65||94||2nd of 22
|5||42||17||8||17||78||72||+6||59||9th of 22||QR4||3-0-1||R1||0-1-1||1,130|
|1996–97||42||19||9||14||69||56||+13||66||4th of 22||R1||4-2-1||R3||2-1-1||1,010|
|1997–98||42||21||10||11||77||64||+13||73||5th of 22||R1||1-2-0||R2||1-0-1||1,532|
|1998–99||42||15||8||19||60||76||-16||53||14th of 22||QR4||1-0-1||R2||0-0-1||1,163|
|1999–2000||42||18||16||8||70||48||+22||70||3rd of 22||Justin Jackson||29||R1||1-0-1||R3||1-0-1||1,493|
|2000–01||42||11||12||19||64||66||-2||45||19th of 22||Phil Eastwood
|2001–02||42||17||11||14||63||67||-4||62||6th of 22||Robbie Talbot||15||R1||1-0-1||SF||4-1-2||1,289|
|2002–03||42||23||9||10||86||42||+44||78||2nd of 22||Wayne Curtis||18||R3||3-0-1||R4||1-0-1||R1||0-0-1||1,462|
|Lost in the play-off semifinal.|
|2003–04||42||20||7||15||66||66||0||67||7th of 22||Danny Carlton||17||QR4||0-0-1||R3||0-0-1||R1||0-0-1||1,781|
|2004–05||42||19||14||9||69||50||+19||71||7th of 22||Michael Twiss||22||R1||1-0-1||R5||2-0-1||R1||0-0-1||1,751|
|2005–06||42||22||8||12||68||41||+27||74||5th of 22||Danny Carlton||17||R1||1-0-1||R2||1-0-1||R2||0-1-1||1,780|
|Lost in the play-off semifinal.|
|2006–07||46||23||12||11||64||46||+18||81||3rd of 24||Garry Thompson||11||R2||2-0-1||R3||2-1-1||1,598|
|Promoted after winning the play-offs.|
|4||46||16||12||18||59||63||-4||60||11th of 24||Carl Baker
|2008–09||46||15||18||13||53||56||-3||63||11th of 24||Stewart Drummond
|2009–10||46||20||13||13||73||64||+9||73||4th of 24||Phil Jevons||18||R1||0-1-1||R1||0-0-1||R1||0-1-0||2,262|
|Lost in the play-off semifinal.|
|2010–11||46||13||12||21||54||73||-19||51||20th of 24||Phil Jevons
|2011–12||46||14||14||18||63||57||+6||56||15th of 24||Kevin Ellison||15||R1||0-0-1||R2||1-0-1||R2||0-1-0||2,144|
|2012–13||46||15||13||18||55||61||-6||58||16th of 24||Jack Redshaw||15||R2||1-1-1||R2||1-0-1||R2||1-0-1||1,954|
|2013–14||46||13||15||18||52||64||-12||54||18th of 24||Pádraig Amond||11||R1||0-0-1||R2||1-0-1||R2||0-1-0||1,939|
|2014–15||46||17||12||17||53||52||+1||63||11th of 24||Kevin Ellison
|2015–16||46||12||10||24||69||91||-22||46||21st of 24||Shaun Miller||15||R1||0-1-1||R1||0-0-1||ASF||3-0-1||1,572|
|2016–17||46||14||10||22||53||73||-20||52||18th of 24||Kevin Ellison
|2017–18||46||9||19||18||41||56||-15||46||22nd of 24||Callum Lang||10||R2||1-0-1||R1||0-0-1||GS||0-1-2||1,492|
- Average home attendance = for league games only
- "Exeter 1–2 Morecambe". BBC Sport. 20 May 2007. Retrieved 20 May 2007.
- "New Stadium Planned". Morecambe FC. 17 July 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 17 July 2007.
- "Morecambe 0–0 Barnet". BBC Sport. 11 August 2007. Retrieved 14 August 2007.
- "Morecambe FC club details". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
- "English non-league attendances archive". EFS. Retrieved 2 March 2016.