Hello Toasters, I am George the bear who Mr Bearkeeper introduced to you all recently. I am here as Jammy Toast’s new Sports Correspondent with special responsibility for covering Tranmere Rovers. So what better way of starting my new job than popping over and having a word with probably Tranmere’s most famous ever player – John Aldridge, or Aldo to the initiated. On 11th July 1991, The Super White Army bagged a bargain when the Republic of Ireland international swapped the sunny shores of Spain and Real Sociedad for a return to Merseyside, only this time donning a white shirt instead of red from his time at Liverpool. A decade at one club is rare feat in football. However, John Aldridge cemented his name in Tranmere Rovers history through that very accomplishment.
George Bear pictured wearing his Tranmere Rovers scarf.
As many of you will be aware we are staunch supporters of Tranmere Rovers here at Jammy Toast. For the last couple of years we have followed the club’s fight to return to the Football League, culminating in last season’s promotion back into Division Two. We have followed the club through thick and thin. We started attending matches at Prenton Park back in the 1980s when the club was in the old Fourth Division. We were there the night we had to play for our very survival needing to win against Exeter City at the end of the 1986/87 season. Gary Williams turned himself into a club legend by scoring the goal that kept Tranmere in the Football League. In the 1-0 win, he headed a goal in the 84th minute from an Ian Muir cross in front of Tranmere’s biggest home crowd for many years – 6,983. This ensured Tranmere’s survival against relegation into the then GM Vauxhall Conference, a fate which could have resulted in the end of Tranmere Rovers.