Ryan McLaughlin of Morecambe reveals the Shrimps’ plans to eliminate Tottenham Hotspur from the FA Cup.
In a nice twist on the usual David versus Goliath FA Cup match against Tottenham, Morecambe can count on the backing of Britain’s most famous sporting giant.
Tyson Fury, the world heavyweight champion, is the town’s most famous resident, and the Shrimps, who play in League One, are used to running into him.
‘His gym is part of the stadium, so you see him quite a bit,’ defender Ryan McLaughlin explains.
‘I usually begin chanting, “There is only one Tyson Fury,” and he raises his arm.
Against Spurs, I’m sure he’ll be rooting for us.
He enjoys Morecambe because he can go out without being bothered.
‘I keep an eye on all of his matches.
I’m a big boxing fan and host my own podcast, where I’ve had guests like Eddie Hearn and Billy Joe Saunders.
My goal for the year 2022 is to have Tyson on my show.’
First, there’s a match at Tottenham’s cutting-edge stadium this afternoon.
Morecambe has always been a non-league club, but they are on the rise and are spending their first season in the third tier.
McLaughlin, unlike the majority of his teammates, has prior experience with big games.
He began his career at Liverpool alongside Raheem Sterling and Conor Coady, and he has five Northern Ireland caps, having played against Uruguay and Chile’s Alexis Sanchez.
If a Morecambe player tries to grab a shirt from Harry Kane or Dele Alli, he won’t be precious.
‘I played for Liverpool against Roma in a pre-season friendly and thought Jamie Carragher would call me a fanboy if I tried to get Francesco Totti’s shirt,’ he says.
‘When I thought about it later, I realized I should have asked.’
‘Of course, we have to focus on the game — we’re not there for an Instagram photo — but it’s also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for everyone.’
‘Watch Cristiano Ronaldo play in the Champions League, and the opposing team’s players will be begging for his shirt during the game.’
I wouldn’t mind if we stayed focused.
We want to be able to look back on the event with pride.
‘My parents and my brother Conor, who plays for Fleetwood Town, are flying in from Belfast.’
It will be a memorable family occasion, as it will be the first time in my father’s life that he does not want Tottenham to win!’
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