Marine F.C.

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Marine F.C.logo.png
Full name Marine Football Club
Nickname(s) The Mariners, the Whites
Founded 1894
Ground Marine Travel Arena, Crosby
Ground Capacity 3,185 (389 seated)
Chairman Paul Leary
Manager Tommy Lawson
League Northern Premier League Premier Division
2016–17 Northern Premier League Premier Division, 18th of 24
Website Club home page
Marine (yellow shirts) playing away against Leek Town in 2006

Marine Football Club is an English football club in Crosby, Merseyside. The club, which was founded in 1894, is a member of both the Liverpool County and Lancashire County Football Associations, and currently plays in the Northern Premier League

Marine is notable for having the longest serving manager in post-war English football. Roly Howard occupied the post from 1972 to 2005 and a total of 1,975 games. His final match, in May 2005, was a 1–0 defeat against Everton in the Liverpool Senior Cup final.[1]


The club was formed in 1894 by a group of local businessmen and former college students. Marine takes its name from a hotel on the River Mersey sea front at Waterloo, seven miles to the north of Liverpool city centre, where the founders of the club met.[citation needed] Marine moved to its present ground, the Arriva Stadium (formerly known as Rossett Park), in 1903.[2]

Marine quickly made an impression on local football, winning numerous titles in the I Zingari League and the Liverpool Combination. The club's greatest success as an amateur team in this period culminated in an F.A. Amateur Cup Final appearance in 1931–32, when they lost 7–1 to Dulwich Hamlet in front of a 22,000 crowd at Upton Park.

In 1935–36 the club moved to the all-professional Lancashire Combination and enjoyed limited success before moving to the Cheshire County League in 1969–70. In 1972 Roly Howard was appointed first team manager and completed 1,975 competitive games over a 33-year period before he retired at the end of the 2004–05 season. He was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the longest serving manager in world football as Marine enjoyed its most successful period, winning some 30 trophies.

The club relinquished its amateur status and became professional in 1974. Three Cheshire League Championships were won in five seasons, before Marine progressed to the Northern Premier League in 1979–80. They have twice been Champions (1993–94 and 1994–95) as well as twice being runners-up and have won the League Cup on four occasions (1984–85, 1991–92, 2002–03 and 2015–16).

In 2001, Marine were the subject of a six-part television series for Granada TV, titled Marine Lives. The series included footage of former player Jason McAteer returning to visit the club.

Under the new management team of Alvin McDonald and assistant Peter Carroll, Marine twice qualified for the Northern Premier Division play-offs twice in succession (2005–06 and 2006–07), losing to the eventual winners each time. In the 2007-08 season, the club finished seventh and won the Liverpool Senior Cup. McDonald left the club partway through the 2008-09 season following a poor run of form,[3] with players Kevin Lynch and Phil Brazier being appointed caretakers. At the end of the season, Lynch was appointed permanent manager with Brazier as his assistant.[4]

Lynch departed the club at the end of the 2012–13 season to become first team coach at Chesterfield FC,[5] and was replaced by Brazier. However, Brazier was sacked at the end of the following season with the club having narrowly avoided relegation.[6]

Former Vauxhall Motors boss Carl Macauley took over at the beginning of the 2014–15 season,[7] but a poor run of form saw the club in the relegation zone, 11 points from safety, and he was sacked.[8] Defender Sean Hessey was placed in temporary charge until the end of the season, and guided the club to a remarkable escape from relegation, with only one defeat in their final twelve games. The club were reprieved from relegation despite finishing in 21st place, due to having the highest average points per game of clubs in the highest relegation spots across the three equivalent divisions. This meant that the club continues to hold their record as the longest-serving members of the Northern Premier League.[9]

Hessey was confirmed as the club's permanent manager prior to the end of the 2014–15 season.[10]

In the 2015–16 season, Marine had a less turbulent ending to the league campaign culminating in a 15th-place finish. Trusting in many of the players that ensured the clubs survival the previous season, the club started the campaign well but with the weather leading to many postponements the winter saw not only a disjointed fixture list, but also a run of poor performances. Marine gained more stability in the latter stages of the season and this in particular led to a strong performance in the league cup, beating Glossop North End, Ramsbottom United and Workington to progress to the quarter-finals. A home draw saw Ossett Town narrowly beaten 1-0 before Colwyn Bay were drawn to visit the Marine Travel Arena in the semi finals.

Under new management and with relegation all but sealed, Colwyn Bay struggled in the game and were defeated 4-1 with Alan Burton, Andy Owens, James Foley and player-manager Sean Hessey getting on the score-sheet. This set up a final against Scarborough Athletic to be held at Throstle Nest, home of Farsley Celtic. Marine struggled in the match with Hessey dropping himself to the bench in place of defender Liam Willis who became captain in place of the unavailable Andy Nicholas. Going 0–1 down in the 58th minute, it wasn't until the player-manager subbed himself on for Willis in the 80th minute that Marine looked dangerous. The defender taking a free-kick which was headed in by Warren Bellew in the 87th minute. At 1–1, the game looking destined for penalties, was turned on its head in the fourth minute of added time as that seasons highest club goalscorer Danny Mitchley curled in an effort from the edge of the box to win the game for Marine. This was the fourth time that Marine FC have won the league cup, a record for this competition.[11]

The club's best performance in the FA Cup was reaching the 3rd Round in 1992–93 when they lost 3–1 to Crewe Alexandra. Marine have also achieved ten first and two second round appearances in the FA Cup and have beaten two Football League clubs (Barnsley and Halifax Town) in the competition. Marine have twice reached the semi-finals of the .A Trophy in 1983–84 and 1991–92 and have been winners of 13 senior county cups.

The club has a supporters association known as the M.S.A (Marine Supporters Association).


The club plays at Rossett Park, located on College Road in Crosby. It is believed that the ground has been in use since at least 1884 when Rugby Union was played there. Marine has played at the ground since 1903, when it moved from its previous ground at Waterloo Park, Crosby. The ground's current capacity is 3,185, of which 389 are seated, but in 1949, Marine played host to Nigeria at Rossett Park, and the crowd on that day was officially given as 4,000 but some observers considered it to be 6,000. Between 2006 and 2015, the ground was known as the Arriva Stadium due to a sponsorship deal.

On 24 January 2011, the club announced plans to develop the Arriva Stadium. The outdated floodlights were replaced in the summer of 2012 with a new eco friendly 4 corner system. The 20m high masts have a total of 28 lamps and these generate in excess of 350 lux, which was the Football League lighting requirement at the time of installation. Further to these plans, the club plans to build a 130-seat covered stand at the Crosender Road end of the ground. The total cost of all the improvements is estimated at £150,000.[12]

On 25 January 2014, the club announced a two-year ground share agreement with North West Counties Premier Division side A.F.C. Liverpool. This has now extended to the 2016-17 season.

In August 2015, Rossett Park was renamed the Marine Travel Arena as a result of a sponsorship deal with the club's existing shirt sponsors, the Marine Travel Company. The deal is stated to continue until 2024.[13]


The Crosender Way[14] is an independent supporters group for Marine FC named after the "Crosender Road" area of the stadium. Formed in January 2017, the group is known for its active promotion of the football club via social media[15] and its online fans forum. The groups' main objective is to attract and support fans at the club and to organise away travel for all supporters.


Current 1st Team Squad[edit]

As of 13 April 2017

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Steven James

England DF James Short
England DF Adam Hughes
England DF John Shaw
England DF Stephen Wainwright
England DF Tony Davies
England DF Liam Hollett

England MF Kenny Strickland
No. Position Player
England MF Jamie Menagh
England MF Paul Foy
England MF Callum Mahoney
France MF Florian Da Silva
England MF James Foley
England MF Michael Brewster
England MF Jack Phillips

Republic of Ireland FW Matthew Hamilton
Netherlands FW Alfons Fosu-Mensah
England FW Danny Mitchley
England FW Dean Shacklock

Current U18s Youth Team Squad[edit]

As of 14 March 2017

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Ste Brown

England DF Shane Moss
England DF Liam Murray
England DF Callum Williams
No. Position Player
England MF Tom Moore
England MF Jack Mulholland

England FW Leon Townley
England FW Will Doherty

Backroom staff[edit]

Manager England Tommy Lawson
Assistant Manager England Anthony Sullivan
Coach England Dom Finnigan
Physio England Chris Roberts
Youth Team Manager England Available
Kit Manager England Tony Mawdesley
Chief Scout England Phil Jarvis
Scout England Sid Herbert

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

Period Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
2009-2015 Adidas Marine Travel Company
2015- Macron

Committee, directors and club officials[edit]

  • President – Geoff Kewley
  • PatronKenny Dalglish MBE
  • Chairman – Paul Leary
  • Vice Chairman – Dave McMillan
  • Club Secretary – Richard Cross
  • Hon. Treasurers – Maurice Broderick, Mark Prescott
  • Management Committee – Peter McCormack, Barry Godfrey, Brian Lawlor, Beckie Eustace, Paul Eustace, Ryan McMahon, David Thompson, Sam D'Auvin


  • FA Amateur Cup
    • Runners-up: 1931–32
  • I Zingari League
    • First Division champions: 1902–03, 1903–04, 1909–10, 1919–20, 1920–21, 1922–23
    • Second Division champions: 1901–02
    • League Cup winners: 1919–20, 1920–21, 1922–23
    • Combination Cup winners: 1919–20, 1920–21, 1921–22
  • Liverpool Amateur Cup
    • Winners: 1909–10, 1919–20, 1922–23, 1926–27, 1927–28, 1928–29, 1930–31, 1952–53, 1970–71
  • Liverpool County Combination
    • First Division champions: 1927–28, 1930–31, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1943–44
  • The Derby Fiveys Tournament
    • Winners: 1978–79
  • Liverpool County Medal Competition
    • Winners: 1920–21
  • Liverpool Challenge Cup
    • Winners: 1942–43, 1944–45, 1971–72
  • Lancashire Amateur Cup
    • Winners: 1921–22, 1925–26, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1933–34
  • George Mahon Cup
    • Winners: 1930–31, 1943–44, 1944–45
  • Lancashire Combination
    • Cup winners: 1946–47
    • League Cup winners: 1963–64, 1968–69
  • Liverpool Senior Non-league Cup
    • Winners: 1968–69, 1975–76, 1976–77
  • Cheshire County League
    • Champions: 1973–74, 1975–76, 1977–78
    • League Shield winners: 1974–75, 1975–76
  • Lancashire Junior Cup / Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy
    • Winners: 1978–79, 1987–88, 1990–91, 1999–2000
  • Liverpool Senior Cup
    • Winners: 1978–79, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1993–94, 1999–2000, 2007–08
  • Northern Premier League
    • Premier Division champions: 1993–94, 1994–95
    • Northern Premier League Challenge Shield winners: 1994–95, 1995–96
    • Challenge Cup winners: 1984–85, 1991–92, 2002–03 and 2015–16



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Coordinates: 53°29′07″N 3°02′01″W / 53.485157°N 3.03363°W / 53.485157; -3.03363