Marine will be forced to play her dream FA Cup date with Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham at another venue if she cannot secure her 3,000-seat Covid stadium
- Marine’s floor, Rossett Park, can normally accommodate up to 3,185 fans for a match
- The club had hoped to welcome Jose Mourinho’s Spurs to the pitch next month
- But the game could be moved to a larger location nearby for social distancing
Marine will be forced to play her FA Cup dream date with Tottenham at another venue if she cannot secure her Covid-19 stadium.
Rossett Park can normally accommodate up to 3,185 fans and is one of the most renowned grounds in non-championship football. And there was a rebound around Crosby – the Merseyside region where Marine is based – on Tuesday over the prospect of welcoming Jose Mourinho and his Premier League leaders next month in the third round.
But the tie could be moved to a larger location nearby in order to meet social distancing guidelines.
Marine has reached FA Cup third round and will face Premier League leaders
Marine, who plays in the Northern Premier League Division One North West, is in talks with the FA and Sefton Council, as well as several other parties, but their intention at this point is to use their home ground.
Merseyside is at Level 2, meaning 2,000 spectators could watch the game if coronavirus infection rates remain at their current level.
Club officials, however, know there is a possibility of change. On the weekend of January 9, Everton host Rotherham – which would apparently eliminate Goodison Park as an option – but Liverpool and Tranmere Rovers play away from home.
Wherever it is played, the draw will bring a significant boon for Marine, who won £ 150,000 in seven games in their extraordinary run, culminating in Sunday’s final victory against Havant and Waterlooville.
Marine will be forced to play her FA Cup dream date with Tottenham at another venue
Spurs’ men’s game could take place at a larger stadium due to social distancing
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