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Shrimps take on Swans in South Wales

5 January 2024

Swansea City are our hosts in the third round of the FA Cup, as we look to continue our strong cup run.

Morecambe will be hoping to beat opposition from a higher league for the third time in as many FA Cup fixtures on Saturday 6 January as they travel across the border to South Wales to face Swansea City at the Stadium.

The Shrimps travelled to League One sides Lincoln City and Wycombe Wanderers in the first and second round of the cup, embracing their role as the underdogs on both occasions with 2-1 and 2-0 victories respectively.

Goals from Eli King and Tom Bloxham at Adams Park sealed Ged Brannan’s men their place in the third round of the cup in early December during an emphatic performance in a cold and foggy Buckinghamshire. They will be hoping for similar fortunes on Saturday, in what will be an undoubtedly tough challenge against Championship opposition in Swansea City.

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The last game for the Shrimps came on New Year’s Day, where they hosted Harrogate Town at the Mazuma Mobile Stadium. Goals from Jordan Slew and a stoppage time Jacob Bedeau equaliser earned Morecambe a point – the least they deserved after a much improved second half performance.

The Swans also played host to their opposition on the first day of 2024, West Bromwich Albion the visitors to the Stadium. A second half goal from Liam Cullen securing the South Wales side three points.


Saturday will be the first meeting of the two sides, having never played in the same division.

The Opposition

After a shaky start to their campaign, finding themselves in the relegation spots in mid-September, the Swans have managed to rally and now find themselves in 16th position in the Championship standings. Eight wins, eight draws and 10 losses earning the side 32 points after 26 games.

After Michael Duff’s December departure, Swansea City have been on the search for a permanent manager to take charge. At the time of writing, no such appointment has been made.

Key Players

Jamie Paterson has been a dangerous asset for the Swans so far this season, with five goals and four assists to his name. The 32-year-old attacking midfielder has been at the club since the summer of 2021, and is in his third season with the side.


Captain Matt Grimes has played in every fixture for the side so far this season, scoring three and assisting four along the way. The central midfielder has made over 270 appearances for the club since arriving at the Stadium in the January of 2015.

Ged Brannan’s Pre-Match Thoughts

Morecambe manager spoke ahead of the visit to South Wales.

"It's great, Saturday is all about the FA Cup and the lads are looking forward to it," he said. "They're really excited about it. We're going to go there and give it our very best."

"We're going there with no pressure on us, we're the underdogs and we will see what we get out of it."

"The lads will go there full of confidence, we've had two really hard games in the FA Cup already this year. We've beaten Lincoln and Wycombe, so bring on Swansea, let's see what happens there."

"They're going to be quality, they're going to be top notch. They're all great on the ball, proper athletes. It's going to be a really tough game."

"We'll go with a gameplan, and hopefully it works."

The Man in the Middle

Referee Tom Nield will take charge on Saturday afternoon, donning black for the 16th time this season. In his last 15, he has dished out 61 cards - one red alongside 60 yellows.

Nield last officiated a game involving the Shrimps back in August 2021, when Morecambe made the trip down to Gillingham. On this day, the visitors finished on the wrong side of the 2-1 scoreline.


Richard Wild and Garry Maskell will run the line at the Stadium, with fourth official Lee Swabey completing the team of officials.

Team News

Stu Moore and Donald Love remain sidelined for the Shrimps, along with midfielder JJ McKiernan, who came off in the New Year's Day fixture at the Mazuma Mobile Stadium.

iFollow Information

Audio and video match passes are unable to be sold for The FA Cup fixtures – only users with monthly & seasonal subscriptions will have access to the live audio commentary.

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Match Reports

Shrimps bow out of FA Cup

6 January 2024

The Shrimps bow out of the FA Cup following a spirited performance in South Wales.

Two second half goals courtesy of Charlie Patino and Jerry Yates was enough to see the Swans advance to the fourth round.

An early strike on six minutes courtesy of Azeem Abdulai took a wicked deflection and nearly crept in through the inside of Adam Smith’s left-hand post, but the ball struck the side-netting.

The Shrimps were presented with an opening chance on goal just before the 10-minute mark. A corner was whipped in and fell to Chris Stokes, but the defender couldn’t manage to get the shot off before the hosts cleared.

A piece of brilliance from Smith kept the score level on 14 minutes. Charlie Patino’s powerful header forced the Shrimps’ stopper into a full-stretched diving save to palm the ball over the crossbar, denying the Arsenal loanee an opener. 

Some nice one-two play from the Swans saw Kristian Pedersen find space inside the left-hand side of Morecambe’s box on 33 minutes. Jacob Bedeau applied the pressure before the delivery which was fired straight at Farrend Rawson who cleared the danger.

A big chance fell to former Crystal Palace man Yannick Bolasie moments later. After cutting inside, he unleashed a venomous effort which rattled the netting above Smith’s goal.

Another dangerous corner in the closing stages for the Shrimps courtesy of Jake Taylor was swung in underneath the opposition crossbar, but a white shirt managed the first contact as the ball was hurried away.

Despite a number of big chances, a solid defensive display from the Shrimps saw the score level at the halfway stage.

Half-time: Swansea City 0 Morecambe 0

Two minutes into the second half, the home side found themselves ahead. Sam Parker’s cross into the mix found Patino who side-footed the ball home from close range.

It was nearly two for Swansea, and Patino, minutes later. Abdulai’s drifted the cross toward the back post where the goal scorer’s header rolled just wide of the target. 

Just past the hour mark, a chance went begging for Ged Brannan’s men as Joel Senior’s low cross, which was aiming for Charlie Brown, failed to reach its intended target.

Seconds after coming on, Tom Bloxham pounced on a loose ball and let fly from distance, though the ball flew well wide and didn’t test Andrew Fisher.

The Shrimps continued trying to find ways to trouble the Swansea back line, and debutant Gwion Edwards looked to thread a ball forward into the path of Yann Songo’o, but the pass was cut out by a white shirt. 

Pedersen came close to doubling the home side’s advantage with five minutes of normal time to play, but after receiving the pass, his first-time strike had too much elevation and cleared the bar.

The winner came moments later through Jerry Yates. A defensive header fell straight to the former Blackpool man who found the bottom corner from the edge of the Morecambe box.

Full-time: Swansea City 2 Morecambe 0

Swansea City: Fisher, Pedersen, Allen © (Grimes, 57’), Yates (Kukharevych, 87’), Bolasie (Paterson, 68’), Patino, Wood, Naughton, Cooper, Parker (Cullen, 68’), Abdulai (Humphreys, 58’).

Subs not used: Rushworth, Tjoe-A-On, Wilson, Lissah.

Goals: Patino (47’), Yates (87’).

Bookings: Wood.

Red cards: None.

Morecambe: A Smith, Tutonda, Bedeau, Rawson ©, Songo’o (Mellon, 77’), Senior, Slew (Mayor, 70’), Stokes (C Smith, 77’), Taylor, Brown (Bloxham, 69’), Threlkeld (Edwards, 54’).

Subs not used: Pedley, Melbourne, Fox-Akande.

Goals: None.

Bookings: Mayor, Edwards.

Red cards: None.

Attendance: 7,670.

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Ticket News

Ticket details confirmed for Swansea City trip

20 December 2023

Tickets are now on sale for our FA Cup Third Round trip to Swansea City!


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Please note that there will be no facility for away fans to pay on the day of the game.

We have 7 pairs of wheelchair bay and carer’s tickets available for this fixture. Wheelchair users and ambulant supporters will be expected to pay the relevant admission price and will receive a complimentary carer with their purchase. These tickets are not available online, they must be purchased instore. 

Advance Sales deadline: Friday 5th January 2024, 12pm 

Refund deadline: Friday 5th January 2024, 12pm  

Duplicate ticket requests must be emailed to in advance of Friday 5 January at 12pm - alternatively, supporters can call 01524 411797 and select option three.

For up-to-date information or to ask any questions, contact Shrimps’ SLO. 

Twitter: @Shrimps_SLO 

Ticket Sale FAQs 

  • Tickets sold subject to the selling order as instructed above. 
  • Tickets are sold subject to availability. 
  • For online sales please click here 
  • For phone sales please call 01524 411797 (option three).
  • For in-store sales, call into the club shop, open Monday to Friday 10:00 to 17:00.
  • There will be no facility for away fans to pay on the day of the game.

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