Small world for fans cruising fjords!

By David Watters

Two Marine stalwarts have been discussing the club's prospects for the 2018-19 EVO-STIK League season in the famous fjords of Norway after bumping into each other by accident!

Marine’s 2017 Supporter of the Year Jon Caple and club secretary Richard Cross were enjoying cruises and the panoramic views near Bergen on Norway’s southwestern coast when they met while ashore to prove the old adage about it being a small world.

The chance meeting of the Mariners pair was reported by the EVO-STIK League Premier Division club's community officer and former Non-League Paper Fan of the Year Barry Lenton on Wednesday as preparations continued for the arrival of North Ferriby United at the Marine Travel Arena on the opening day of the season, Saturday 18 August.

After tracking down a picture of the location on Google maps, Lenton said: "Can you imagine how surprised Marine’s Supporter of the Year for 2017 Jon Caple was when Marine’s secretary Richard Cross tapped him on the shoulder in this village called Flam north east of Bergen, Norway? Jon lives in Merthyr and neither knew about the other’s itinary. In fact, I don’t think either knew the other was on a cruise in the same country!"

Community liaison officer Barry Lenton

Community liaison officer Barry Lenton

German speaker Caple lists Merthyr Cricket Club, Merthyr FC, FC Köln and biathlon alongside the Crosby club as his other proud allegiances.

Images courtesy of Matlock Town & @5shirt/Twitter

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2017 Mariners Fan of the Year Jon Caple

Marine secretary Richard Cross

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