Marine enjoys more FA Cup magic after special birthday invitation to Tottenham Hotspur stadium

Marine made even more magical FA Cup memories as a delegation of club officials enjoyed a special trip to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.

Celebrating the one year anniversary of the FA Cup third round game against Spurs, manager Neil Young, president Paul Leary and president Dave Thompson were among the guests in the capital for Tottenham’s 3-1 win over Morecambe.

Last year’s game against Premier League heavyweights Jose Mourinho – which Spurs won 5-0 – drew millions of viewers across the globe, with thousands of Tottenham fans investing in a total of 32,202 virtual tickets to raise funds for the closed-door competition at the sea travel arena.

And the two clubs have since forged an intimate footballing friendship, with the Mariners using the money to upgrade their facilities at Crosby and undergo a major summer of off-field renovations.



Marine representatives were treated to a special pre-match meal before watching the match from the directors’ box

The delegation were treated to a pre-game meal before watching the Spurs triumph from the directors’ box, before Thompson and Young appeared on the pitch at halftime to deliver a heartfelt speech and offer to Tottenham legend Gary Mabbutt having an FA Cup drink. trophy as an additional expression of gratitude.

And speaking on Monday after the unforgettable visit, club president Leary said: “It was amazing and one of the most special days of my life.

“It was truly a dream of dreams – it was a creepy and absolutely amazing moment to be invited.

“We were so well received by the club on Sunday – Tottenham and their fans have been magnificent since the day the third round draw was made.

“We have formed an immediate friendship with Tottenham, and Spurs fans around the world have come together incredibly to support our club’s call for virtual tickets following our last four games of the competition due to be played here. closed due to Covid restrictions.

“32,202 tickets were sold, the majority to Tottenham Hotspur fans living in 45 countries around the world.

“It has changed our club in such a massive way, allowing us to plan and invest in facilities at a level we couldn’t even think of before. This transformed our volunteer run football club and contributed significantly to our ambitions. “

Speaking on the north London pitch, President Thompson added: “From the club’s point of view, we couldn’t move forward as a club without the help of the Spurs fans.

“They were absolutely amazing, way beyond our wildest dreams. We cannot say thank you enough.

Navy has made major inroads on and off the pitch and currently sits atop the Pitching In Northern Premier League Division One West.

The club have fostered a collective community ethic over the past 12 months and, thanks to the generosity of Tottenham fans, have seen their Marine in the Community outreach initiative flourish in the Merseyside region.



Club president Paul Leary welcomed visit to one of the most iconic modern venues in world football
Club president Paul Leary welcomed visit to one of the most iconic modern venues in world football

Attendance at the Marine Travel Arena has skyrocketed in recent weeks and a total of 18,000 fans – an average of 1,110 over 16 games, including a record-breaking crowd of 2,150 in the local derby against Bootle – have flocked to the site. as Young’s team climbed. up to the Trident League table.

Marine will face third place Warrington Rylands this weekend and President Thompson added: “With the help of Spurs and other football fans around the world who bought so many virtual tickets for a game no one could attend , it changed the future of our club.

“Having embarked on a major summer of renovation, we’ve now tripled our attendance this season and have so many other big home games, six points, to come.

“The atmosphere at the club is incredible – it’s been a brilliant season and none of this would be possible without the support of the Spurs fans.”

Ladbrokes, with the support of its owner Entain, has launched a multi-million pound investment program, Pitching In, designed to support and promote mass sports. For more details see: https://entaingroup.com/sustainability/pitching-in/

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