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Looking back at Morecambe’s former home Christie Park

Next up in our look at former homes of football clubs, it’s Christie Park of Morecambe.

The stadium was originally called Rosebery Park, but was renamed in 1928 after the then Club President, secured the ground.

There was a capacity of approximately 6,400. Three of the stands, the Main, the Umbro and North were covered and the Car Wash Terrace stand was uncovered.

The Umbro Stand was opposite the North Stand and was where away fans were based during segregated matches and capacity could be increased using temporary terracing.

Record Attendance at the ground was 9,383 against Weymouth in the FA Cup Third Round back in 1962.

Some fans may recall when Carlisle United played their home matches at Christie Park for six weeks during repair work following flooding at ground in 2005.

On 17 July 2007, Morecambe announced plans that they were to move to a new stadium for the start of the 2010/11 season.

The final game at Christie Park saw David Artell scoring the final goal during the Shrimps’ League Two playoff semi final 2nd leg against Dagenham & Redbridge.

Just days after the 2009–10 season, demolition of the stadium started after the club vacated.

In August 2010, a new Sainsbury’s supermarket occupied the spot where the stadium stood. Morecambe moved to their new ground, the Globe Arena but some supporters dislike it, blaming it for a recent dip in crowd numbers, and long for the club’s old ground.

 

For more classic photos and many memories of the ground from supporters, click onto the next page.

You can also get your nostalgic football fix by visiting the Fan Banter Store, there is a wide variety of vintage shirts and matchday programmes.

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