All you need to know ahead of the game the Globe
Morecambe v Luton Town
Sky Bet League 2
Saturday 13th December 2014, kick-off 3pm
Live commentary on Hatters Player, DiverseFM, BBC3CR and lutontown.co.uk
• Hatters, 2nd, lost twice in last 16 games in all competitions
• Morecambe 11th, four points off the L2 Play-Offs
• Head2Head: Town wins: 1, Morecambe wins: 0, Draws: 1
• Teams to contest the Eric Morecambe Trophy
WHO? Morecambe, aka the Shrimps, and not to be confused with Southend who are the Shrimpers. Morecambe currently sit in 11th place in the League 2 table so far this season – they even spent a short time at the top, too. Their form more recently has been patchy: winning just three of their last 10 league games. They were also dumped out of the FA Cup by Conference side Dover. Only York and Hartlepool have scored fewer goals at home than Morecambe’s nine this season.
WHERE? The Shrimps play their home fixtures at the plush new Globe Arena, built for just £12m and opened in 2010. Morecambe had resided at Christie Park, and had done for 89 years. Hatters fans have been allocated a covered terrace behind the goal and seats in the main stand beside the pitch.
HOW TO GET THERE? From Kenilworth Road to the Globe Arena it’s a fair old journey, a round-trip of 432 miles. Take the M1 north and then the M6, exiting the M6 at junction 34. Then take the A683 towards Lancaster and take the A589 towards Morecambe. Go straight across two roundabouts passing a McDonalds on your left. At the next roundabout take the first exit into Westgate Road. Continue along this road for about one mile and you will reach the stadium on your right.
TICKETS, PLEASE. Almost 600 tickets have been sold by the Luton Town ticket office in advance but don’t worry tickets are available on turnstile at the Globe Arena if you’re making the last-minute decision on Saturday morning to drive carefully up the M6. Click here for more information on ticket prices.
BEEN BEFORE? The Town make their first visit to the Globe Arena but it won’t be their first in Morecambe. The Hatters won on their sole previous visit to the seaside town in the minus-30 season of 2008/09 when goals from Chris Martin and Kevin Gallen gave the Town a 2-1 win at Christie Park in March 2009.
TOWN CONNECTIONS. Eric Morecambe, arguably our most famous fan took his stage name from his hometown, and we’re pretty sure they’ll be plenty of Eric shenanigans on the day. On the pitch, the Town have a former Shrimp in their midst in the shape of Jonathan Smith, whilst Morecambe have ex-Town defender Alan Goodall in their ranks.
WIGGLE YOUR GLASSES. With the Eric Morecambe Trophy being contested
– the victorious captain will triumphantly hold it aloft if there’s a winner – both clubs are urging fans to turn up dressed as the great comedian. Glasses, caps, coats, you name it. You never know if you’re spotted looking like a Eric double you might be asked onto the pitch to take part in a penalty shootout.
VERY TASTY. Pies! Morecambe might be in League 2 but – if you search ‘Morecambe pies’ on the internet – you’ll noticed they’re “in the Premier League” when it comes to Pies. Even Harrods have brought them to sell.
REF WATCH. Andy D’Urso. The experienced whistler will take charge of his 16th match of the season on Saturday and his second involving the Town. D’Urso oversaw the Hatters’ 1-0 win over Cheltenham on 13th September. So far this season he has issued 41 yellow cards and shown three reds.
TOWN TEAM NEWS. The Town have Shaun Whalley available after an injury sidelined him at Bury last week. The Hatters though will be without Alex Lawless, Paul Benson, Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu, Luke Guttridge and Curtley Williams. Read more about that injury situation here
. And watch the manager's press conference in full here
LIVE AND ONLINE. Hatters Player is the only place to listen to online commentary of the Hatters this season and once again the DiverseFM team will be bringing subscribers all the action from the Globe Arena. What’s more there will be a full report, reaction and photographs post-match and live text updates during the match itself.