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Words: Mitchell Radford (@MRadfordJourno)
It is only six days away until Marine FC face Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup in their biggest match to date.
When the draw was made the Merseyside region was still in Tier 2 which meant that Marine could admit some home fans inside Rossett Park to witness the event.
Since the recent rise of Coronavirus cases in the UK, Merseyside has been played into Tier 3 which the match has to be played behind closed doors.
This prompted the NPL club to offer a ‘virtual’ match experience where fans and the wider football community can buy a match ticket online for the game and raise much needed funds for the club.
So far, at the time of writing this article Marine have sold 4,700 tickets which is only 1,300 away from their highest ever attendance – that came in 1949 against the Nigerian National Team who played barefoot. You can read the story of that match here; https://www.horebinternational.com/the-story-of-the-1949-nigerian-football-teams-uk-tour/
Unfortunately for Marine, at the final moment the sponsor for the Tottenham match pulled out. That is where Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher stepped in and helped his local team.
The defender turned pundit, played 737 matches for Liverpool winning the Champions League along the way back in 2005.
He has sponsored the dugouts and pre-match warm up tops through his charity the JC23 Foundation. The JC23 Foundation helps over 1,000 good causes each year including sick, disabled and disadvantaged children as well as other community organisations.
Marine Chairman Paul Leary said to Marine’s official website; “We are indebted to Jamie and the JC23 Foundation for their support in this magical game for Marine.
“The JC23 Foundation do magnificent work in helping young people not just in Liverpool but right across the world. We are proud to partner with them on this special occasion.”