The Liverpool legend and Crosby resident led initiatives to ensure his local team reaped the rewards of being the lowest ranked side ever to reach the FA Cup third round.
The tie was highly anticipated for obvious reasons since the third-round draw took place in November. But, with the pandemic still at large, the government had no choice but to put the country into yet another national lockdown.
Restrictions forced the fans to miss out on chance seeing the likes of Harry Kane and Jose Mourinho in the flesh in a full Marine Travel Arena. More importantly the measures almost robbed Marine of the chance of earning upwards of £120,000 in revenue.
A number of initiatives were then put in place to prevent the club from missing out on this rare opportunity.
Carragher was selected to sport a special edition, one-off Marine AFC shirt, sponsored by milk company, Cravendale. There aren’t many better candidates to unite the footballing community in Liverpool with ‘Carra’ spending his whole career at Liverpool FC and a notorious boyhood Everton FC fan.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 10, 2021
The club also sold over 30,000 virtual tickets to fans across the world with prizes such as the opportunity to manage marine for a game being amongst the fans favourite.
This also attracted a number of sponsors including Jamie Carragher’s 23 foundation with ‘JC23’ being printed on the warmup tops and displayed in the dugouts.
Marine AFC may have suffered a 5-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, but this tie will always be remembered by Merseyside coming together in support for those in need during these difficult times.
— Marine Football Club (@MarineAFC) January 10, 2021