North-West Evening Mail
Wed 26 Sep 2007

Wayne makes Wembley history

WAYNE CURTIS: Missed penalty
WAYNE CURTIS: Missed penalty

BARROVIAN footballer Wayne Curtis was last night celebrating after helping Morecambe reach the Football League for the first time in the club’s 87-year history.

The 27-year-old and his Shrimps team-mates beat Exeter City 2-1 in the Conference play-off final in front of over 40,000 fans at the new Wembley Stadium.

Curtis, who joined Morecambe from Holker Old Boys in 1998, started wide on the left for Sammy McIlroy’s team, becoming the first sportsperson from Furness to play at the new home of English football.

A record he probably doesn’t want, however, is that of being the first player to miss a penalty at the new Wembley.

Curtis’s first half spot-kick was saved by Exeter keeper Paul Jones, who then kept out the Barrovian’s rebound attempt.

An FA spokesman said it was believed to be the first penalty miss at the new stadium.

Had Curtis scored he would have also become Morecambe’s record goalscorer in the Conference. His tally stands at 71.

Exeter took an early lead, but Kendalian Garry Thompson equalised just before the interval. Danny Carlton scored the winner eight minutes from time.

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