Tranmere Rovers is a club that is not entirely based in Liverpool, but very close, in the suburb of the town of Brickeyhead. Such a home club, which plays in the fourth largest division of England. The team holds home matches at the Prenton Park stadium, which seats 16,567 spectators, which is pretty good for this level. However, unfortunately, even such a small stadium is almost never filled. The club is trying hard to get out of the shadows of Liverpool and Everton. For example, most often home games take place on Friday evening, when there are no NPS games, so that football fans do not have to choose.

Birkenhead is a port city in the county of Merseyside in northwest England. It is located on the left bank of the River Mersey opposite Liverpool on the Wirral Peninsula and has 93,087 inhabitants (2001). Until 1974, Birkenhead belonged to the County of Cheshire, since then it is part of the Metropolitan Borough Wirral.

The greatest success “Tranmer” reached in the period between 1990 and 2000. They managed to take place in the 1/4 of the FA Cup, and in 2000 they even made it to the English League Cup final, but lost.

The team is hard to keep their players, although, quite a lot of well-known players had time to run for Rovers. If you look from now playing, then Ryan Taylor from Newcastle played about a hundred games for the “hobo”. Of the old school footballers, the famous forward of Liverpool and Real Sociedad, John Aldridge, stands out. He spent almost 250 matches in Tranmere and managed to chop 138 goals. At the same time, Aldridge has been a playing coach since 1996. In general, Rovers had many famous coaches. This is John Barnes, and the same John Aldridge, and the legend of “Everton” David Watson. A number of legendary players for Liverpool and Everton either began their careers in Tranmeer or ended up.

The club has a rather small budget and the team earns mostly from player sales. A few years ago there was one of the most amazing transfers in the history of a small English club. Young midfielder Dale Jennings relocated to Bayern, and then club coach Les Perry said that the German grand just made an offer that was impossible to refuse. Alas, but Jennings never played at a high level, speaking now for Barnsley.


Early years

The club was founded in 1884 by a merger of 2 cricket clubs (Belmonct CC and Lyndhurst Wanderers), the new club became Belmont FC. Their first game on November 15, 1884 was won against the Brunswick Rovers. The current name was adopted the following season, Tranmere was the district where the club played. In 1899, the club almost ended when many players switched to Birkhenhead FC.

In 1921/22 the club was co-founder of the Third Division North, the first match was played against Crewe Alexandra.

Young talent

In 1924, William Ralph Dean made his debut, known to the fans as Dixie at the age of 16. He played thirty games for the Rovers and scored 27 times. Then his childhood dream was realized and he was sold to Everton for £ 3,000. In the season 1927/28 he scored 60 goals for Everton, a record. Three years after Dixie left, more talent went to first-class clubs, Ellis Rimmer to £ 3,000 to Sheffield Wednesday and Tom Pongo Waring went to Aston Villa for £ 4,700, Pongo is still the most scoring player in the history of Villa. Tranmere also set a record by scoring six runs in a game against Durham City, the result was 11-1. In early 1930, future talent Bill Nibbler Ridding was sold to Manchester City for £ 3,500. Without these talents, the club did well and in 1930/31 the title was within reach, but in four games from the end of the season the club snapped and the promotion dream remained a dream. This was repeated in 1935 and 1936 and it was said that the club had no ambition and did not want to promote.

In 1938 Tranmere finally became champion. It would also be the last title in the history of the club. With six games won, however, the club was immediately transferred back to the third class and immediately the record of least points ever in the second division.


In the following years, Tranmere continued to roam the third class, after restructuring in the competition at the end of the 50s (two sets of third class became a third and fourth class), Tranmere qualified for the 3rd class. In 1961, a relegation could not be avoided and Tranmere ended up in the basement of the Football League. In 1965 and 1966 promotion was just missed, but in 1967 it was price. In the next season the club played a very good FA Cup. First division Huddersfield Town was eliminated and also Coventry City, in the fifth round Everton FC was too strong. 61982 people watched, the highest ever for a Rovers game. Tranmere was the last third division in the race for victory and attracted a lot of media attention because a year earlier someone predicted that a third rider would reach the final at Wembley. A year later 24424 people watched for the cup match against Stoke City, a record for Prenton Park.

In 1973 Tranmere won 1-0 against the big Arsenal FC in the League Cup. Two years later, however, the glory was over and the club relegated back to the Fourth Division. The next decade was one of the darkest in the history of the club that ended at the bottom of the ranking and faced financial difficulties. It did not matter much at times or the club went bankrupt. The takeover by local businessman Peter Johnson turned out to be a turning point in the history of the club that provided the fat years after the meager years. Trainer Johnny King brought the club of the cellar of the 4th class to the edge of the highest class.

John King is undoubtedly the most successful trainer in the history of Tranmere, it became his second training at the club, after one time in the seventies and he took the helm at the end of season 1986/87 when Tranmere against relegation moisture. Retention was only secured in the last game with a 1-0 victory over Exeter City. King trained his own talent and ensured a strong club in the following years.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Football League, a tournament was organized in Wembley and Tranmere and the Wolves qualified as 2 clubs of the 4th class. Tranmere topped first-class Wimbledon FC and Newcastle United and lost to the final winner Nottingham Forest on penalties. The following season, Tranmere became vice champion behind Rotherham United and was able to promote. During this time several first-class players were defeated at Prenton Park in the cups, including Middlesbrough FC, Millwall FC, Chelsea, Coventry City and Aston Villa.

The return in 3rd class was celebrated with a 4th place and in the final round for promotion Tranmere lost against Notts County. Swindon Town was put out of the 2nd class for financial irregularities so that Tranmere could still promote, but in the end it did not go through and Swindon remained in the 2nd class and the Rovers in 3rd. In 1991, the club was fifth, but this time it was victorious in the final round and beat Bolton Wanderers 1-0. For the first time since the 1930s, the club once again played in the 2nd class. After one season, the club joined the top and qualified for the final round 3 seasons in a row, but could not promote to the highest league. After a 13th place in 1996, King resigned.

John Aldridge took over from King, but the results remained mediocre. In 1999/00 the club threw high eyes in the cup competitions. In the FA Cup the quarterfinals were reached and in the League Cup even the final, which was eventually lost with 1-2 from Leicester City. The next season also went well in the FA Cup, Everton was eliminated and in the 5th round, Southampton FC led 3-0, but eventually lost 3-4. In the competition, however, it was a lot less and in March 2001, Aldridge resigned, Tranmere could no longer be saved and relegated.

Dave Watson became the next trainer but he could not bring the club back to the 2nd class as hoped. The results also remained mediocre among Ray Matthias. With Brian Little it went better again in 2005 Tranmere became 3rd but could not make it into the final round. In 2006, Ronnie Moore became the new trainer.