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Morecambe pay tribute to former defender Christian Mbulu against Chelsea after his death last year

Morecambe pay special tribute to Christian Mbulu, who died last year, by placing a framed photo of former defender on their bench for FA Cup clash with Chelsea

  • Christian Mbulu died unexpectedly at the age of just 23 in May last year
  • The centre back joined Morecambe in January 2020 after a spell at Crewe
  • Mbulu’s old team-mates paid tribute to him with a framed photo on their bench
  • Chelsea ultimately proved too strong as they beat the League Two side 4-0 

League Two side Morecambe paid tribute to former defender Christian Mbulu before their FA Cup match against Chelsea on Sunday after his death in May last year. 

Mbulu, who was just 23, joined the Shrimps after being released by Crewe in January 2020. 

He made his debut for the club later that month in a 2-0 win at Walsall and played two more matches in the fourth tier before his untimely passing. 

Christian Mbulu’s team-mates made tribute to him with a framed photo on the away bench

Mbulu made three appearances for Morecambe before his untimely death in May last year

Mbulu made three appearances for Morecambe before his untimely death in May last year 

Morecambe honoured Mbulu’s memory with a framed photo of him on the visiting bench at Stamford Bridge.

Prior to his time at Crewe and Morecambe, Mbulu came through the ranks at East Thurrock United before making his senior debut for Brentwood Town and then moving to Millwall.

His time at south-east London led to loan spells at Canvey Island and Braintree Town before the Englishman spent a season at Scottish Premiership outfit Motherwell.  

Adam Phillips' speculative 12th-minute strike had Kepa Arrizabalaga scrambling to keep it out

Adam Phillips’ speculative 12th-minute strike had Kepa Arrizabalaga scrambling to keep it out

The Shrimps battled hard against their Premier League opponents before class ultimately told

The Shrimps battled hard against their Premier League opponents before class ultimately told

Derek Adams’ men came into the game against Chelsea seventh in League Two having won their last four games and could have taken a shock lead in the 12th minute when Adam Phillips’ audacious effort from the right wing had Kepa Arrizabalaga scrambling to claw the ball off his line. 

The team from Lancashire looked to be going into the break just 1-0 down after Mason Mount had broken the deadlock on his 22nd birthday. 

However, Timo Werner doubled Chelsea’s advantage just before half-time and Callum Hudson-Odo’s fifth strike of the season made it 3-0 on 49 minutes, with Kai Havertz rounding off the scoring to send the Blues through to the fourth round. 

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