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Match preview: Morecambe v Stoke City

9 August 2022

Derek Adams’ men host Stoke City at the Mazuma Stadium in Round One of the 2022/23 Carabao Cup.

The Shrimps enjoyed success at this stage of the competition last season, beating Sky Bet Championship side, and Lancashire Rivals, Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Tyrhys Dolan’s 22nd minute opener was cancelled out by Cole Stockton seven minutes into the second-half, before an Adam Phillips penalty six minutes before time secured a famous win for Morecambe under the East Lancashire moonlight.

The Reds have succeeded in Round One of the Carabao Cup for the past three seasons, and will be hoping to extend this feat as Michael O’Neill’s Stoke City make the journey to the Mazuma.

The Opposition

The Potters reached Round Four of the competition last season, beating Fleetwood Town, Doncaster Rovers and Watford, before being knocked out by Premier League side Brentford.

Looking at their start to the 2022/23 league season, City have won one and lost one, both by two-goals-to-nil, against Blackpool and Millwalll respectively.

Stoke managed to win the League Cup towards the end of the 1971/72 season, after seeing off Chelsea by two-goals-to-one at Wembley, eclipsing their efforts in 1963/64 campaign, where they lost in the Final to Leicester City over two legs. 

Key Players

Centre-forward Dwight Gayle joined the Potters last month, and has featured in both of Stoke’s league games so far. The 32-year-old boasts a wealth of experience in English football, including 145 Premier League appearances for Newcastle United and Crystal Palace, with 26 top-flight goals to boot. Out of 288 professional career appearances, Gayle has netted 103 times and provided 30 assists.

Last year’s Player of the Year for Stoke City, striker Jacob Brown, scored 14 times in 52 appearances in all competitions, and setup five goals. As well as domestically, Brown landed on the international stage in November 2021, where he made his debut for Scotland in a 2-0 win over Moldova. Since then, the 24-year-old has made four further appearances for the Tartan Army. Brown’s experience, despite his young age, would be capable of strengthening any side.

Towering defender Aden Flint arrived at Stoke in the summer following a spell with Cardiff City. Standing at 6ft 5-and-a-half, the 33-year-old’s aerial ability can prove tricky for opposition strikers to deal with. With an impressive 465 professional career appearances to-date, as well as a taste of international football with England C, the Potters will be sure to benefit from Flint’s experience as the campaign progresses.

Shrimps’ pre-match thoughts

Ahead of the fixture, Derek Adams says he’s expecting a strong test from the Potters, regardless of what starting XI they field.

He said: “We obviously think they’ll change their squad about a bit from Saturday, they haven’t got as big a squad as some Championship teams so they might not make as many changes as people expect.

“They’ve got a strong bench, I would expect some of them to play, we see from Saturday the patterns of play, the formation they’ve played in the first two games of the season, they’ve switched it about from the Millwall game to the Blackpool game to good effect.

“They’ve got an extremely strong outfit, a team that is obviously looking to get from the Championship back up to the Premier League and we understand that.

“It’s great for us, it’s the EFL Cup, we would like to try and progress to the next round.”

Potters’ pre-match thoughts

Ahead of their journey to North Lancashire, assistant manager Dean Holden says the starting XI selected will be one they believe can progress to the next stage of the competition.

“Players have been training well even if they haven’t had chance to play in the first team yet, so they will get opportunities tomorrow,” he told Stoke's official website. 

“It will still be a team we believe can go there and win the game, that’s the most important thing.

“There are a couple of knocks from Saturday, so it’s not so much about resting players at this point in the season, it’s about distributing game time for when those players will be needed.

“It’s always been a squad game so it’s important when we get an opportunity everyone gets minutes under their belts.”

Meet the Officials 

Andy Haines will be the man in the middle on Tuesday night, and will be assisted by Helen Edwards and Paul Newhouse, with Alex Gray taking the role of Fourth Official.

Haines, based in Tyne-and-Wear, has taken charge of two League One fixtures so far this season, and has distributed six yellow cards and one red.

Last campaign, he took charge of Morecambe on two occasions – in the Club’s 1-0 Papa John’s Trophy home defeat against Everton U21s and our 2-2 home draw against Charlton Athletic in League One.


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As well as full match commentary, the ‘Shrimps Verdict’ podcast will be available post-match, featuring online, on demand content, including audio match highlights, post-match interviews and reaction, and much more!

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Match Reports

Report: Shrimps 0-0 Stoke City (Morecambe win 5-3 on pens)

9 August 2022

The Shrimps progressed to Round Two of the 2022/23 Carabao Cup after a thrilling 5-3 penalty shootout win over Stoke City at the Mazuma Stadium.

Derek Adams’ men were reduced to 10-men in the second-half after Jensen Weir was given his marching orders after receiving two yellow cards in the space of a minute. 

The first chance of the game went the way of the visitors as a corner from Lewis Baker was met on the head by Morgan Fox, but the defender could not direct his header on target. 

After that, Derek Adams’ side sprung into life, firstly a chance for midfielder Jensen Weir who fired wide from the edge of the box, before a chance for Ash Hunter from the same area ended up in the same outcome. 

It was Hunter again who proved to a thorn in the side of the visitors, he managed to win the ball inside of Stoke’s penalty area, caught between crossing and shooting, he chose the latter forcing Jack Bonham into a save at his near post. 

Half-time: Morecambe 0-0 Stoke City

The Potters started the second-half brightly and came close to taking the lead two minutes after the restart, a through ball Baker found Tyrese Campbell on the run, he managed to get a shot away which forced Connor Ripley to save with his feet.

Just after the hour mark the Shrimps were reduced to 10-men after midfielder Weir was shown multiple yellow cards for back-to-back challenges on forward Jacob Brown, in the space of a minute. 

On the 77th minute, the visitors thought they had the lead. A ball through found Dwight Gayle alone in the six-yard box, his side-footed effort found a way past Ripley but celebrations were cut short as the assistant referee had her flag up on for offside the near side. 

With six minutes of the half remaining, Michael O’Neill’s side came close again, another cross from the left this time from Sam Clucas was met on head by Harry Clarke, again, forcing Ripley into another save. 

On the 88th minute the away side were in again, this time the ball fell to Jordan Thompson with his effort cannoning off the bottom of a post and away from danger. 

In the first minute of additional time, Caleb Watts off from the bench decided to take aim from outside the box, his rasping effort went narrowly over Bonham’s crossbar. 

Full-time: Morecambe 0-0 Stoke City (Morecambe win 5-3 on penalties)



Scored: Connolly, Obika, Watts, Love, McLoughlin.

Missed: None.


Scored: Smallbone, Clucas, Thompson. 

Missed: Fox. 

Morecambe: Ripley, Love (C), Melbourne, Gibson (McLoughlin 78’), Rawson, Delaney, Taylor (Connolly 85’), Fane, Stockton (Obika 85’), Hunter (Watts 78’), Weir. 

Subs not used: Smith, Connolly, Gnahoua, Cooney, O’Connor, McDonald. 

Goals: None.

Bookings: Gibson 73’, Fane 83’. 

Red cards: Weir 63’.

Stoke City:
Bonham, Fox, Jagielka, Clucas, Baker (Wright-Phillips 66’), Brown (Smallbone 66’), Campbell (Gayle 66’), Thompson, Kilkenny (Clarke 77’), Taylor, Sparrow (Laurent 77’). 

Subs not used: Fielding, Flint, Jones, Okagbue. 

Goals: None.

Bookings: None. 

Red cards: None.

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Ticket News

Stoke City (H) ticket details

27 July 2022

Morecambe FC is pleased to announce ticket details for our Round One, Carabao Cup fixture against Stoke City at the Mazuma Stadium on Tuesday 9 August 2022, 7:45pm KO.

Prices and on-sale dates for the encounter can be found below...

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Young Adult 18-22



Junior 14-17



Child Under 14*



*All children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (over 18).

Disabled/Ambulant Supporters

We have a limited number of wheelchair spaces available, please contact the club shop directly to purchase these spaces along with carer tickets. All disabled and ambulant supporters will pay the price stated above and will be entitled to one complimentary carer ticket. To purchase a disabled or ambulant ticket with a complimentary carer, please contact the Morecambe FC Club Shop direct.

On Sale Dates (selling order)

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Over the phone and in-store from

On sale to

Tuesday 26 July, 2pm

Tuesday 26 July, 2pm

2022/23 seated season ticket holders and general sale terrace.

Monday 1 August, 10am

Monday 1 August, 10am

General Sale, both seats and terrace tickets.

Additional Information

Sales deadline: Tuesday 9 August, 7:45pm.
Refund deadline: Tuesday 9 August, 5pm.


  • Tickets sold subject to the selling order as instructed above.
  • Tickets are sold subject to availability.
  • Supporters will notice a new points section as part of the purchasing process. This is for internal use only.

Fans are strongly advised to purchase tickets in advance of the fixture to avoid delays on the day of the match.

  • For online sales please go to:
  • For phone sales please call 01524 411797 (option 3).
  • Call into the club shop, open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm.

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