ottenham may have put an end to Marine’s FA Cup dreams on Sunday, but there was a lot of goodwill between the two Merseyside sides.
Navy plays in the Northern Premier Division North West League and hosted Spurs for the biggest shift in competition history, with 160 places to them in the football pyramid.
But Marine still enjoyed a dream day and made enough money to preserve her future for a while, selling over 30,000 virtual match tickets that supplemented TV fees and cash prizes for reach this round of the competition.
Navy Director Neil Young thanks Spurs fans after the game for buying thousands of tickets and said a financial windfall could help save a club unsure of when their next game will be with their league currently on hold due to coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Covid-19 protocols have denied Navy players the ability to swap full-time jerseys with players like Gareth Bale, Dele Alli and Vinicius – but the Premier League club are making sure their opponents do not go home disappointed.
After the match, Spurs wrote on Twitter: “Players cannot exchange shirts after the match due to COVID protocols, so we provided @MarineAFC with a whole set of new match shirts in remembrance of the historic game of ‘today “.
“The race for me that I’m very proud of, you look at the teams we played and we beat at home and away,” said Young. “We have exceeded our wildest dreams of bringing Tottenham to Marine. I would have liked to do more.
“The cup race has been a lifeline for us financially where we are outside of the league. There was no help for the teams in the third stage and below.
“I hope we made the non-championships proud, but we just have to take the positives from the whole race and what that will do for our football club.
“It could be our last game of the season. I wanted to get all the guys involved, we don’t know what’s coming next, and I just wanted to make sure we had a good tight fit and tell them how successful they had been. ”
Additional reports by PA.