Robinson saw an exciting opportunity in the summer when the club was promoted but Derek Adams left for Bradford City. The former Northern Ireland international spent three years at Motherwell and was weighing his options when the job arose at Morecambe.
“I bought a house here and when I told people, everyone said, ‘Are you crazy? “I don’t understand why. It’s by the sea, it has a nice park and the people are very friendly,” Robinson said. The people were very nice and helpful.
“In terms of the fans, they were getting 1,200, now we get 4,000 for matches at home. For Tottenham it means nothing, but for a club like Morecambe, to triple your audience and see the shop queuing up for tickets and breaking records. For season tickets, it’s steps forward and the city has embraced the club.
“It’s a working-class area that has had a hard time but the football club is giving everyone some hope, an escape from reality and it’s great that they are going to spend their day in a great stadium against a big team like Tottenham.” Local news provider LancsLive published a story in November about what happens after the summer. In Morecambe, where he is “preparing for a long, empty winter,” though he notes that the Eric Morecambe statue at Marine Road Central is a year-round statue for tourists.
The football club has been a winter magnet, having hosted Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic so far this season, with Sunderland arriving on the final day of the season. She justified Robinson’s decision to join over the summer.
“I’ve spoken to quite a few other clubs. But when I was about to go to Spain for four weeks I got a phone call to come and talk to them and Motherwell reminded me at first when the club was in the relegation zone and not a well-established club in terms of terms of infrastructure and I just imagined challenge,” he said.
“It was a real challenge to get the football club to a sustainable level in League One. People were hanging out the window on Monday morning after we won 4-3 [from being 3-0 down against Doncaster] They tell me we’ve had their night and bring pride back to the city. Keep in mind we’re sitting sixth from the bottom in the league, so people are behind you.”
Further links with Tottenham are in Morecambe’s squad, with striker John Upika returning to the club where he played under Harry Redknapp in UEFA Cup matches before regularly playing in the Premier League.
“I grew up a five-minute walk from White Hart Lane and always thought of N17 as my home,” said Obeka. “When the draw went out and we got Spurs in the third round, it felt like we were going full circle.”
For Robinson, there will be no visit to Tottenham’s new stadium, after the event in lieu of his home in Morecambe, but he still hopes to orchestrate a giant kill.