Tottenham Gift Minnows Marine with cool match shirts as mementos of historic FA Cup shock

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This is the most tangible memory of many FA Cup outsiders: the jerseys of their illustrious opponents.

Until March of last year, no player would have thought of trading this most obvious memory.

However, Covid-19 has put an end to this long-standing tradition for now – but Tottenham had a head start on the game.

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After comfortably seeing Eighth-row Marine on the non-league Rossett Park pitch, the Premier League giants braced themselves, presenting souvenir shirts to their beaten opponents.

Two of the players who started for Neil Young’s men, Mike Howard and Josh Hmami, took to Twitter to reveal the jerseys they received.

Howard, who joined the Morecambe club on a free transfer in July after spending part of last season on loan at Marine, posted a photo of himself holding Harry Kane’s shirt.

“Wow, what an experience it has been to get to the third round of the FA Cup and have the chance to play against world-class internationals,” he said. “It was a trip that I will never forget! Nice little Harry Kane shirt for the collection.

His teammate Hmami, who joined Marine on the Welsh side of the New Saints last June, managed to get his hands on Sergio Reguilon’s jersey by tweeting: “An incredible experience! You really don’t realize how good these players are until you play them yourself.

“A moment that will stay with me for life. Proud of all these guys. Does Sergio Reguilon also have a chance to sign this jersey for me?

The biggest mismatch in FA Cup history saw 161 league places separate the two teams, but it was Marine who almost got his nose in front when Neil Kengni’s strike from 35 yards was fired from the cross-bar.

The hosts kept their costly visitors at bay for the best part of 24 minutes, but a devastating 13-minute spell saw center forward Carlos Vinicius win his first hat trick, while Lucas Moura also struck a superb free kick.

Neil Kengni (on the ball) nearly gave Marine a shock lead when his shot hit the bar

Neil Kengni (on the ball) nearly gave Marine a shock lead when his shot hit the bar

However, Carlos Vinicius scored a devastating 13-minute hat-trick to temper the spirits at home

However, Carlos Vinicius scored a devastating 13-minute treble to dampen spirits at home

To Marine’s immense credit, Spurs only added one more goal to their tally after the break thanks to 16-year-old Alfie Devine who became the club’s youngest goalscorer in the process.

However, the result will be of secondary importance for the North West Premier League Division 1 North side, who have shown their talents on the world stage and had the chance to face some of the best players in the Premier League after eliminating the League. Two players from Colchester and National League South Havant & Waterlooville in the previous two rounds.

Marine also managed to sell 30,697 virtual tickets, sold for £ 10 each, to recover money lost in ticket sales when the match took place behind closed doors. They have more than done that.

Marine beat Havant and Waterlooville and League Two Colchester to reach this stage

Marine beat Havant and Waterlooville and League Two Colchester to reach this stage

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