Marine Association Football Club is an English football club based in Crosby, Merseyside. The club was formed in 1894 by a group of local businessmen and former college students. In 1972 Roly Howard was appointed first team manager and completed 1,975 competitive games over a 33-year period. Marine currently play in the NorthernPremier League Division One North West.
About Marine A.F.C. in brief
Marine Association Football Club is an English football club based in Crosby, Merseyside. The club was formed in 1894 by a group of local businessmen and former college students. In 1972 Roly Howard was appointed first team manager and completed 1,975 competitive games over a 33-year period before he retired at the end of the 2004–05 season. He was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the longest serving manager in world football as Marine enjoyed their most successful period, winning some 30 trophies. In 2001, Marine were the subject of a six-part television series for Granada TV, titled Marine Lives. They have twice been Champions as well as twice being runners-up and have won the League Challenge Cup on four occasions. In the 2007–08 season, the club finished seventh and won the Liverpool Senior Cup. Under the new management team of Alvin McDonald and assistant Peter Carroll, Marine qualified for the Northern Premier Division play-offs twice in succession, losing to the eventual winners each time. In 2015–16 season, Marine had a less turbulent ending to the league campaign culminating in a 15th-place finish. Under new management Sean Hessey was confirmed as the club’s permanent manager prior to theend of the 2014–15 season.
Marine are a member of both the Liverpool County and Lancashire County Football Associations, and currently plays in the NorthernPremier League Division One North West. They are also the longest-serving members of the Northernpremierleague.com division, having been in the league since the first season of the 1990s. Marine currently play their home games at Rossett Park, where they have a ground capacity of 2,000. The ground is located on the banks of the River Mersey, seven miles to the north of Liverpool city centre, where the founders of the club met. Marine also have their own training ground, the Boleyn Ground, which is located near the city centre and is used as a training ground for local youth teams. Marine have a first team squad of around 40 players. The first team currently has a first-team squad of about 40 players, including several academy players and a number of first team players. Marine’s first team coach is Kevin Lynch, who joined the club from Chesterfield at the start of the 2012–13 season. The current first team captain is Andy Owens, who has played for the club since the age of 16.