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OPPOSITION GUIDE: MORECAMBE

11 October 2019

Gary Bowyer's Bantams look to record back-to-back victories tomorrow, visiting Morecambe in Sky Bet League Two. 

The Shrimps have endured a challenging start to the campaign, currently sat 23rd in the table - on seven points.

With action set to get underway from 3.00pm, we have compiled an Opposition Guide, packed full of detailed information on tomorrow’s visitors...

SUMMER TRANSFER ACTIVITY

The Globe Arena side made 9 additions to their squad in the summer transfer window, with a further 8 heading out. 

Ins: Joe Lynch (Crewe Alexandra), Tom Brewitt (AFC Fylde), Shaun Miller (Crewe Alexandra, loan), Michael Howard (Preston North End), John O'Sullivan (Blackpool), Adam Buxton (Tranmere Rovers), Lewis Alessandra (Notts County), Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers), George Tanner (Manchester United, loan). 

Outs: Ben Hedley (Bradford (Park Avenue)), Adam Campbell (Darlington), James Sinclair (Oskarshamn), Dawid Szczepaniak (Wrexham), Vadaine Oliver (Northampton Town), Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers), Zak Mills (Oldham Athletic), Andy Fleming (retired). 

ONES TO WATCH

Kevin Ellison: 

Much-travelled forward Kevin Ellison carries a wealth of EFL experience, even serving a spell on loan at the Bantams - in 2011. 

The 40-year-old has been at Morecambe eight years and has also turned out for the likes of Rotherham United, Hull City and Tranmere Rovers. 

Cole Stockton:  

A powerful forward, Stockton made a permanent move to Morecambe in the summer, having spent two seperate loan spells at the Globe Arena - in 2016 and 2017. 

The 25-year-old began his career at Tranmere Rovers and has also served permanent stints at Heart of Midlothian and Carlisle United. 

Lewis Alessandra:

After spending two years in Lancaster between 2011 and 2013, Alessandra made his return to the Globe Arena during the summer. 

The experienced 30-year-old forward has also represneted the likes of Oldham Athletic, Plymouth Argyle, Notts County and Hartlepool United.

Andrew Tutte: 

A product of Manchester City's youth academy, Tutte has been capped by England at youth level. 

The midfielder has served spells at Rochdale and Bury and is now in the second year of his contract at Morecambe. 

THE MANAGER

A Morecambe icon, Jim Bentley is currently the longest-serving manager in the EFL, holding the helm on the east coast since May 2011.

A centre-back, the Liverpudlian began his playing career in Manchester City's academy, before making over 300 appearances for the Shrimps. 

The 43-year-old has taken charge of some 430 matches for the Globe Arena outfit.

THE CAPTAIN

Skipper Barry Roche is not short of EFL experience, having spent three years at Chesterfield before moving to Morecambe - in 2008. 

The goalkeeper has made 458 appearances for the Lancaster outfit. 

An Irishman, the 37-year-old is a product of Leeds United's academy and has been capped by his country at under-21 level. 

LAST TIME OUT

Despite taking a 1-0 lead into the interval of their previous game - a trip to Port Vale - Morecambe fell to a 3-1 defeat in Sky Bet League Two. 

Port Vale 3 (Luke Joyce 49', Tom Pope 68', 90')

Morecambe 1 (John O'Sullivan 18')

Sky Bet League Two

Saturday October 5th 2019

Attendance: 4,485

Morecambe: Barry Roche (c); George Tanner, Sam Lavelle (booked 76'), Steven Old, Adam Buxton; John O'Sullivan, Tom Brewitt (booked 45+1', Michael Howard 86'), Aex Kenyon, Jordan Cranston (dismissed 32'); Lewis Alessandra (booked 48', Kevin Ellison 49'), AJ Leitch-Smith (Shaun Miller 77'). Subs (not used): Mark Halstead (GK), Cole Stockton, Joe Lynch, Tyler Brownswood. 

Tickets for tomorrow's clash are officially SOLD OUT, with over 1,600 City supporters set to descend upon the Globe Arena. 


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