Tranmere Rovers Club Profile
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Tranmere Rovers : Club Background
Now here's a question. Why are Tranmere Rovers called Tranmere Rovers? Why not, for example, Birkenhead Town? It's a bit like the Glovers being called Preston Plucknett Rovers instead of Yeovil Town. You can ignore all its suburbs and Birkenhead is still a significant town of over 93,000, whilst one of the more minor of those suburbs, Tranmere, struggles to make five figures. And whilst we couldn't guarantee where the boundaries run we don't think their home since 1912, Prenton Park, is even in Tranmere.
Rovers trace their origins to 1884 when Lyndhurst Wanderers and Belmont Cricket Club spawned Belmont FC. The following year they changed their name to Tranmere Rovers. Up to the First World War the club competed in local leagues such as the Liverpool & District and the Lancashire Combination. In 1919, when football resumed, they broadened their horizons and entered the Central League. On the formation of the Football League Division Three North in 1921 they were one of the clubs given a place.
The early years as a League club were uninspired, with plenty of low finishes and even the odd re-election. However by the Thirties they were generally at the right end of the table, and in the 1937-38 season were Champions and won their first promotion to Division Two. Unfortunately they finished last in the following campaign, though had to wait for a minor skirmish called the Second World War to run its course before picking up life in Division Three North again in 1946-47.
Having had to resort to re-election in 1957 they were fortunate enough to have a better next season, and so when Divisions Three North and South were restructured in 1958 found themselves placed in Division Three. Three years of struggle saw them eventually relegated to Division Four at the end of the 1960-61 season. In 1966-67 they squeaked back up to the Third in fourth spot and spent nearly a decade in mid-table until another relegation at the end of 1974-75. The following campaign they bounced straight back, again in the final fourth promotion spot. Down again three seasons later they looked like becoming a bit of a yo-yo club but it was to be survival not table position that dominated most of the Eighties. A 'Save the Rovers' fund raising campaign and a £200,000 loan from the council kept them afloat but did not solve the problems, and by 1987 they were into administration. Local businessman and multi-millionaire Peter Johnson took them on and, after retaining their Football League status with a win on the last day of the season in the 1986-97 campaign, with Johnson's money the only way was up.
These were to be great days for Tranmere, with a series of record signings for the club, including John Aldridge in the summer of 1991 for £250,000 from Real Sociedad. Tranmere had already been promoted to Division Three, and taken a trip to Wembley in 1990 to defeat Bristol Rovers in the Final of the Leyland Daf Cup. A week later they were back at the Twin Towers again, but lost out in the play-off Final to Notts County for a place in Division Two. However they made up for it the following season when a 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers at Wembley saw them up to the second tier of football. From 1992-93 to 1994-95 Tranmere were in touching distance of the top flight, finishing fourth, fifth and fifth. In 1993-94 they also missed out on a League Cup Final appearance by the narrowest of margins. After taking Aston Villa to a 4-4 aggregate in the two leg semi-final they went down 4-5 on penalties. On the back of all this relative prosperity and the requirements of the Taylor Report Prenton Park was completely rebuilt in the mid-Nineties.
The Main Stand at Prenton Park
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace
Aldridge took over as manager from Johnny King and although the demands of maintaining a promotion challenge for a place in the Premier League proved too much for the club's resources there were some glorious days in the Cups. In 1999-2000 Rovers reached the quarter-finals of the F.A. Cup for the first time in their history. And then repeated the feat in 2000-01, and again in 2003-04. Even more impressively they made up for that disappointment in 1994 and got to the League Cup Final in 2000, but lost 1-2 to Leicester City. During all these cup exploits they lost their place in Division One, relegated in 2000-01. After the drop they were a top half but not play-off side in Division Two/League One for three seasons, and then finished third in 2004-05. Many considered them by far the best side in the play-offs, but it's the actual results that count and they lost out on penalties at the semi-final stage to unfancied Hartlepool United.
It is always a difficult act to follow a particularly successful period at a club, especially when it has generated iconic status for predecessors - in this case Johnny King and John Aldridge. Neither Dave Watson nor Ray Mathias had lasted long, but Brian Little appeared to have created a team destined to return to what was now termed the Championship and was expected to kick the club on the following season. However it all began to fall apart. Little was under severe pressure from the fans, and when his chairwoman, Lorraine Rogers, began openly criticising it became a question of when not if. In the end he survived to see the season completed, but lost his job in the summer of 2006. Ronnie Moore, a surprise casualty at Oldham Athletic after only fifteen months in the post, returned to the club where he'd both played and been Assistant Manager previously.
The Johnny King Stand at Prenton Park
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace
For three seasons Moore saw Tranmere sitting on the edge of the playoffs, being good, but not quite good enough, and finishing
9th, 11th and 7th. Rovers missed out on the play-offs in 2008-09 by five minutes when a late Scunthorpe United equaliser denied them in the
final game of the season. Major shareholder Johnson lost patience, Moore was dismissed, and Tranmere's fortunes were about to take a downward spiral.
Few would deny Ronnie Moore is a pretty dour sort of character, even if he has always tended to get results along the way. Owner Peter Johnson decided that glamour was the way forward, appointing the team of
John Barnes and Jason McAteer. Leaving aside the question of whether a club like Tranmere needs a glamourous manager, it
certainly couldn't carry one married to incompetence. The club's opening months to the 2009-10 campaign were abysmal and, rooted to the foot
of the table, Barnes and McAteer were out by October.
Johnson slotted the club physio, Les Parry, in as caretaker while he hunted for
a successor. Perhaps the chickens of his harsh treatment of Moore came home to roost, as a succession of approaches to some well known names
were knocked back. It appeared that no one wanted to touch Johnson and Tranmere with a barge pole. Eventually Johnson was left with little
alternative, but to appoint Parry until the end of the season.
To be fair to Parry, he made a pretty decent fist of the situation, rescuing the mess left behind by Barnes and McAteer, and his team
stayed up on the final day of the 2009-10 season, in 20th position, and by a single point. Tight, but when compared to where Tranmere were
when he took over, not a bad record. The 2010-11 season saw a small improvement - a
17th place finish and no
final day drama. This season the bookies predicted more of the same - a case of them keeping their noses above the
waterline, but still with the fifty-plus points that generally mean League One survival as their main target. The
was again an improvement, although not without them saying goodbye to Parry, whose momentum eventually ran out - sacked in March 2012 after a total of 21 years at Prenton Park, with Rovers in 19th place - they eventually recovered to 12th.
In Parry's place came ... Ronnie Moore! Yes, the manager who was fired three years previously for not achieving promotion, and with the innuendo that his
football wsn't exciting enough to draw the crowds in. So, perhaps along with it, the admission that perhaps they should have stuck to the man that they had back in 2009, by chance? So far, Tranmere are benefiting from his return. The early 2012-13 season pace-setters - their mammoth goal difference, and points tally means that if the big guns
aren't taking them seriously yet, they damn well should be. The likes of Crewe and Scunthorpe have managed to achieve promotion to the Championship before,
and of course Tranmere have been there before, so why not?
Prenton Park is not Yeovil's luckiest ground by any stretch of the imagination. The Glovers achieved their first point at the fourth
attempt at Prenton Park on their final away game of the 2008-09 season - although that was a happy occasion given that it also guaranteed
the Glovers League One survival for that term. However, perhaps the tide turned on some wretched results up on the Wirral in February 2011
when a 1-0 win gave us three points at the sixth attempt and we've since followed that up with an away draw.
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|Tranmere Rovers : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Tranmere Rovers
|25/03/2006||Home||CCL1||D||2-2||5409||Harrold 5, 69|
|08/08/2009||Home||CCL1||W||2-0||4349||Bowditch 23, Tomlin 76|
|11/09/2010||Home||NPL1||W||3-1||3364||Bowditch 7, Welsh 10, Huntington 27|
|14/01/2012||Home||NPL1||W||2-1||4083||Edwards 19, A Williams 90|
|13/10/2012||Away||NPL1||L||2-3||6344||Madden 9, Foley 29|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Tranmere Rovers
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Tranmere Rovers : Club Statistics
Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
|Games Without A Win: ||0
||Games Without A Home Win: ||0
|Games Without An Away Win: ||0
||Games Without Defeat: ||1
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||0
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||1
|Games Without A Draw: ||1
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||1
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||1
||Games Without Scoring: ||0
|Games Without Conceding: ||1
||Home Results Sequence: ||
|Away Results Sequence: ||W
||Overall Results Sequence: ||W
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Tranmere Rovers : Club Information
Prenton Road West,
(Click for map)
Telephone Number : 0870 4603333
Fax : 0151 6090606
Chairman : Peter Johnson
Club Secretary/Chief Executive : Mick Horton
Safety Officer : Keith Bailey
Web Site / Programme Editor : Tim Roberts
Manager : Ronnie Moore
Capacity : 16,567
Seated : All-seated
Covered Terrace : n/a
Record Attendance : 24,424 v Stoke City, F.A. Cup Round 4, 05/02/1972
Colours : shirt white with blue trim, shorts white with blue trim, socks blue and white hoops
Nickname : The Rovers
Ticket Prices :
Away supporters get the appealingly named Cowshed Stand holding 2,500. The 2012-13 Season prices are as follows:
Adults: £19.00 (up £3.00); Over-60s and 17-22yo: £11.00 (same as last year); Aged 16 and Under: £6.00 (same as last year).
Those wishing to purchase the middle £11.00 category tickets or disabled rate tickets must buy their tickets from a Ticket Office prior to entering the turnstiles, with proof of identity/eligibility required - ie. the concessions will not be available directly on the turnstiles. The Adults and Junior rates can be paid for by cash on the turnstiles.
The usual arrangements are for Tranmere to make available advance tickets to visiting clubs - we're not 100 percent sure if those have reached the Huish Park Ticket Office. However, admission prices are unchanged for the day of the match itself and so unless you need to book disabled tickets, there is no hurry in this case.
Both Ambulant and Wheelchair Disabled supporters will pay £6.00. Ambulant disabled supporters must be on the middle or higher rate of disability to be eligible.
There are eight wheelchair spaces dedicated to away fans, however they are at the far Kop End of the stadium, opposite their fellow visiting
supporters. Wheelchair users are advised to book places in advance. The Ticket Office number provided is 0871 221 2001 or 0151 609 3355. Disabled fans are
charged for parking, but a helper is admitted free. The access around the stadium is relatively flat but the ramp to the trackside viewing
area is very steep. Two adapted toilets can be found in the Main Stand.
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Tranmere Rovers : Directions To The Ground
Prenton Park is located in deepest Birkenhead, to the south and west of the Mersey River and the city of Liverpool itself. The ground is approximately 200 miles from Yeovil as the crow flies, and around 230 miles using as much motorway as possible. By road one can expect the journey to take anything from 4-6 hours, depending on the conditions, traffic and respect for speed limits. The 2005-06 season, with the fixture bang in the middle of the Christmas / New Year, the journey was a nightmare. The 2006-07 trip, with the fixture bang in the middle of the August holiday season, was a nightmare. The last couple of seasons haven't been so bad. Fingers crossed this time round.
Initially travellers from Somerset will use the tried and tested M5/M6 route as they make their way oop north. After that however you have a couple of options: As the crow flies it would seem sensible to get off the M6 at one of Junctions 16, 18 or 19, heading towards Chester to join the beginning of the M53 on the Chester ring-road; however as past experience would suggest that all roads to Chester are some of the most congested anywhere, it might be sensible to look for an alternative.
The alternative is to stay on the M6, joining the M56 heading west at Junction 9. Join the M53 at Junction 15. Easier to type and one suspects probably quicker than joining the M53 via Chester, despite the extra mileage involved. Obviously roadworks/accidents at the time may make this advice obsolete, or to put it another way, plain wrong.
Once on the M53 follow the road past the delights of Ellesmere Port and leave the motorway at Junction 4. Take the 4th exit on the roundabout, the B5151, Mount Road. After around 2.5 miles Mount Road becomes Storeton Road. Turn right at the traffic lights onto Prenton Road West and Prenton Park is around 200 yards further on, on the right.
The Kop End - directly opposite the away end of the ground.
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace
There's limited parking at the ground for which you'll pay £5.00 per car, and you'll have to get there early to get a place.
Car park tickets can be purchased in advance from the Ticket Office on 0871 221 2001.
Otherwise it's park where you can pretty much, though beware of the local residents parking scheme. We will also manfully resist
warning you to lock up your car stereos and hubcaps - this profile is going to rise above such pathetic stereotyping.
By Supporters Coaches
The Green and White Supporters Club are running coaches to the match for this 2012-13 season fixture as follows:
Coaches will depart from Yeovil Bus Station at 7.30a.m. and from Huish Park at 7.45a.m. Cost of travel will be £26.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £24.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).
To place your booking, call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or Rich Rendell on 01935 427072 (Evenings).
There are 3 choices of stations near(ish) to Prenton Park for the rail traveller: Conway Park (100 yards from Birkenhead Bus Station, see below for buses to the ground), Birkenhead Central (approx 30 mins walk from Prenton Park), and Rock Ferry (15 mins walk from Prenton Park). The two main options of routes are to either get to Liverpool Lime Street, from where you need the Wirral Line for New Brighton / West Kirby to Conway Park, or Ellesmere Port / Chester train to Birkenhead Central or Rock Ferry; or via Chester, changing for a train destined for Liverpool and disembarking at Rock Ferry or Birkenhead Central. Check the National Rail Enquiries site for details of services.
From Birkenhead Bus Station services 41, 42, 71 or 72 stop at the the nearby Singleton Avenue;
while services 83, 83A, 177, 464 all stop at Prenton Park.
If you've arrived in at Liverpool Sir Thomas Street station then you can get any of the 464 (Prenton Park)
472 (Singleton Avenue) or 488 (Mount Road) services that cross the river.
A selection of Birkenhead taxi companies can be found here.
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|Tranmere Rovers : Web Resources|
Mark Bartley's Tranmere Memoirs
One fan's personal history of Tranmere Rovers from the 80's onwards.
Expanded from an independent forum into a full site in August 2009. Had a brief lull when John Barnes was there, but has now made a full comeback to form. So a bit reflective of Tranmere all round then.
Part of the sports.network stable of sites, but none the worse for that. Plenty for the visitor to get their teeth into here and regularly updated.
Tranmere's footy.mad site. If you like footy.mad sites then you'll know what to expect and if you don't like footy.mad sites you'll also know what to expect.
Tranmere Rovers Official
PTV site, registration required.
Vital Tranmere Rovers
Vital franchise site.
Some news/links/polls, but mainly a portal to a set of Tranmere-related forums. Not the busiest site in the world.
|Web Message Boards|
Little-used footy.mad forum*, register to post.
* Saying 'little used' of a Mad forum is pretty unnecessary; hard to think of one that isn't.
The Cowsheds.co.uk Forum
Registration required even to read.
Total Tranmere Forum
Moderately used forum.
Vital Tranmere Rovers Forum
At the time of review the last reply to any of the topics presumably started by the administration was seven weeks old. Hardly a 'discussion' forum.
Independent forum, register to post.
E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters
Liverpool Daily Post
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Tranmere Rovers : Food & Drink
Worth noting is that a local bye-law means it is a criminal offence to drink alcohol on the street in Birkenhead and you are subject to arrest
if caught so doing.
Club Bar :
The away end (Cowshed Stand) has its own licensed bar as well as the usual pies/burgers type facilities.
The Cowshed, end for the visiting fans
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace
Local Pubs :
|Fox and Hounds: If it's a country hostelry you're after the Wirral isn't the best place to go - as there's virtually no countryside left. However Barnston is one of the very few villages that hasn't been swallowed up, and this offering is a good option for those who prefer pubs well away from the crowds around the stadium, being the other side of the motorway and three and a half miles drive into Prenton Park. Real ales are Webster's Yorkshire Bitter, Theakston's Best and Old Peculier, Brimstage Trappers Hat and two guest ales. Keg comprises Carlsberg, Fosters, Becks, Kronenbourg, Budweiser, Chestnut Mild, John Smiths Smooth, Guinness and Strongbow Cider. The pub has sixty different varieties of whisky on offer. Meals are available at lunchtime, 12.00 noon - 2.00 p.m., wheelchair access, disabled adapted toilet, children welcome (in family room), dogs allowed (outside eating areas), garden, two heated shelters for smokers, forty-five car parking spaces. Opening 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. (12 noon - 10.30. p.m. Sundays).|
Fox and Hounds, 107, Barnston Road, Barnston, Merseyside, CH61 1BW. Tel: 0151 6481323. Fax: 0151 6480872. Email: email@example.com. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Halfway House: Pretty close to identical to the Sportsmans (below), with perhaps a marginally greater emphasis on the 'family' market. There's Carling, Carlsberg, Carlsberg Export, Stones, Worthingtons, Tetley Smoothflow, an unspecified 'local keg', Guinness and Strongbow Cider. Typical down market pub food served throughout the day until early evening. Children welcome if eating. Has Sky and a juke box, wheelchair access to bar, disabled adapted toilet and parking for twenty cars. Switch / cash back and credit cards accepted. Less than ten minutes walk to the stadium.|
Halfway House, 293, Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH42 9QE. Tel: 0151 6086201. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Mersey Clipper: Closest pub to the stadium; in fact right on the doorstep just behind the Main Stand. As such pretty much a home fan pub, though there's no restrictions on away supporters using it that we are aware of. Sometimes imposes plastic 'glasses' on matchdays, but doubtful it would bother for the likes of us.|
Mersey Clipper, 17, Prenton Road West, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH42 9PY. Tel: 0151 6083446. Map: Click Here.
|Prenton Park Hotel: Second closest outlet to the stadium, and packed. Step outside, cross a road, and you are pretty much at the away end. As such it's used to away supporters, though still mainly a home side pub. We used it during the 2005-06 season, more through want of time after taking seven soddin' hours to get to Tranmere, and convenience, than because of its qualities. Standard range of keg beer and 'cider', lagers, Guinness etc - it's a typical lager'n'Sky-Sports sort of place. After the match it was fairly lively, though this was as a result of Liverpudlians and Evertonians giving it large at each other, not because anyone cared two hoots about us.|
Prenton Park Hotel, 796, Borough Road, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH42 9JG. Tel: 0151 6083852. Map: Click Here.
|The Sportsmans Arms: As the name suggests a sports orientated pub with five screens, and only 500 yards from Prenton Park. There's also a pool table. Opening is 11.00 a.m. - 12 midnight seven days a week. On draught are Carling, Carlsberg, Carlsberg Export, Stones, Ansells Mild, Tetley Smooth, Worthington Creamflow, Guinness and Strongbow Cider, with almost everything having extra cold versions - yep, it's that sort of outlet. Typical down market pub grub served lunchtime and early evening weekdays and all day until early evening at weekends. Food prices are cheap. Although heavily used by home fans there's no reports of issues with visiting supporters. Has own car park, and also an over-spill into the health centre across the road evenings and weekends.|
The Sportsmans Arms, 9, Prenton Road East, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH42 7LQ. Tel: 0151 6445724. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Traveller's Rest: With decent beer scarce as honest scousers on the Wirral this is one of the more likely options, though a mile and a half from the ground. Has a central bar serving two rooms, in 'village style' with lots of brasses etc. Beers are three or four mainstream ales as regulars, together with a guest or two of more unusual offerings, often from local micro breweries. Also has Hoegaarden on draft for those liking the continental wheat beer style. Food ranging from sandwiches to the full mixed grill served lunchtimes, with last orders at 1.45 p.m. Children not allowed. Wheelchair access. Opening 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 12 noon - 10.30 p.m. Sunday (no food).|
Traveller's Rest, 169, Mount Road, Higher Bebington, Merseyside, CH63 8PJ. Tel: 0151 6082988. Map: Click Here.
Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :
Scousers gorra gobs as big as de Mersey Tunnel: mind yer pozzy jar, mista? We'll do a scutty job dan de bizzies. Fork over de rips or gerra Kirkby kiss. Stitch that, pal. Awright.
Try singing : 'You're just a small club near Vauxhall Motors' - doubtless the famed Merseyside wits will chuckle.
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Tranmere Rovers : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels
Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide
to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.
Other Points Of Interest
Port Sunlight was an industrial 'village' created for his workers by Viscount Leverhulme. New Brighton had a Football League club once.
[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]
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