Understandably, those at Marine FC were over the moon when they found out that they had been drawn against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup third round.
The Northern Premier League Division One side had to win seven matches to make it into this stage of the competition. Being handed an opportunity to host the Premier League leaders is a fantastic reward for their hard work and personifies the magic of the cup.
Marine manager, Neil Young was hopeful that the club could host Spurs at their home ground Rossett Park and that around 1600 fans will be allowed to watch the game (Evening Standard).
However, a report in The Daily Mail has now revealed that the tie could be moved from the non-league’s side home ground in Crosby if the stadium cannot be made COVID-secure.
Although the stadium is based in a Tier 2 location and has a capacity of 3,185, the report reveals that the tie could be moved in order to meet the required social distancing guidelines.
Marine are said to have expressed their intention to use their home ground and are currently in talks with the FA and Sefton Council, as well as several other parties.
However, the non-league club have reportedly made aware that shifting the match to a bigger stadium in close proximity is a possibility.
With Everton hosting Rotherham on the weekend of January 9, Goodison Park has been eliminated as a potential option to host the game, but Anfield and Tranmere Rovers’ Prenton Park are reportedly being considered.
Irrespective of which venue the tie is played in, The Mail reveals that the match will bring a significant cash windfall for Marine.
Have something to tell us about this article?