Marine AFC celebrated the start of the new football season this week with a friendly match against League Two side Accrington Stanley. It was the first game under the club’s impressive new floodlights and, together with a new pitch and extensive ground improvements, The Arriva Stadium looked a credit to the Evostick League club.

Accrington’s manager, Paul Cook, started his football career with the Crosby club and ended it at Stanley. In 2006-7, he took on his first managerial role at Southport, after Liam Watson’s first spell at the club, before moving to Ireland to take up the reins at Sligo Rovers. Here he achieved unprecedented success as Rovers won the FA Sports Cup, the FAI Cup, and reached the final a further twice,and qualified twice for Europe in his four year stay at the club before returning to Peel Park as manager in the middle of last season.


The new floodlights at Marine AFC’s Arriva Stadium.

Marine AFC Chairman, Paul Leary, greets Accrington Stanley manager, Paul Cook on the pitch at the Arriva Stadium.

Barometer of Marine Floodlit Appeal

Report & Photos by Ron Ellis

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