Neil Marshall column: I’ll remember my 400th game for a long time

Neil Marshall, along with his four-year-old son Max, is welcomed onto the pitch by a guard of honour on Saturday as he made his 400th appearance for Lancaster City. Picture: Tony North

Neil Marshall, along with his four-year-old son Max, is welcomed onto the pitch by a guard of honour on Saturday as he made his 400th appearance for Lancaster City. Picture: Tony North

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The club really went the extra mile for my 400th Lancaster City appearance.

I really wasn’t expecting the guard of honour at the start of the game and with my kids, family and friends there it was a brilliant day.

To walk about with my son Max was a really special moment.

As for the game itself (against Northwich Victoria) it was a decent performance and a decent result.

We conceded after about 45 seconds, I don’t know if it was that early but it certainly felt like it, and in the past we might have crumbled.

But after that I didn’t think there was much between the sides despite their position at the top of the table.

Both sides had chances and I think it was a good game for the neutral.

There was word around the ground that Phil Brown was going to be our new manager on Saturday and it’s now been confirmed.

I think it’s really good appointment. I’ve obviously worked with him and he’ll be a really good fit.

He worked with Tony (Hesketh) and when he decided not to to come back Phil was more than the next best thing.

Phil knows the club and has great contacts through his work at Myerscough College which can only be good for us.

I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.

It’s funny that his first game will be at Witton Albion’s ground (the FA Trophy replay against Northwich Victoria on Wednesday night) because we’ve both got good memories of the President’s Cup win there a few years ago.

Hopefully that’s a good omen and we can finish the job off after a good performance on Saturday.