Tranmere Rovers

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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.

Great Uncle Bimbo’s Sporting Memories #5

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Davidd and I are 57 years and during those years we have watched some great sporting events. Today, we would like to continue our series of posts where we recall our memories of those events featuring some of our greatest heroes. We have lived through England winning the World Cup (we were a little young, though), Muhammad Ali’s greatest fights, Stoke City winning the League Cup and Botham’s Ashes. Some great times and even more great memories which we hope to share with you during the coming months. Today we would like to share our memories off

Flat Eric Meets… Mark And Nicola Palios

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Tranmere Rovers are ninety minutes away from reclaiming a place in the Football League today. Here at Jammy Toast we are on edge and nervous about the outcome of today’s game. However, for someone with his heart and money invested in the fortunes of Tranmere, Mark Palios is remarkably relaxed about the fine line between waking up as the owner of a Football League or National League club on Monday morning. “You cannot rely on one game, you have to step back,” he says of the National League play-off final against Forest Green Rovers.

Razzi Writes #51

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Hello everyone, Razzi here again hope you are all well. We had a complaint the other day concerning the lack of little old me here on Jammy Toast. Therefore, The Bearkeeper said I had to write another one of my columns for today. I have no idea what he wants me to write; doesn’t he realise that I need to wait for inspiration? However, the main thing on my mind at the moment is just how well Tranmere Rovers are doing. From there opening seven games they have won six and drawn one making them top of the National League with three points to spare.

Bear Heroes #13

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We mentioned a couple of weeks ago that we would start a feature on Jammy Toast where we feature heroes and give them the praise they deserve. To start the ball rolling we thought we would feature someone who was so loved at Tranmere Rovers that fans and sponsors of the club worked together to raise the money to build a statue in his tribute. Johnny King was Tranmere Rovers’ most successful manager and was always the man to find the right words for any occasion. Our favourite quote of his was; “Tranmere will never be able to compete with Liverpool and Everton. They’re like big liners like the Queen Mary, but I see Tranmere as a Deadly Submarine.” Today, we would like to pay our own tribute to Johnny King and make him the inaugural Bear Hero…

Final Goodbye To Johnny King

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Amemorial service will be held today at St Peter’s Church, Heswall, to pay tribute to former Tranmere Rovers player and manager, Johnny King. More than 50 former Tranmere players are expected gather to join club officials, family and friends for the service of thanksgiving. Team-mates from Johnny’s years as a player at Prenton Park together with players who featured in Rovers teams during King’s two spells as manager will be paying their last respects at the service, which begins at 1pm. The large turnout reflects the esteem and affection in which Johnny was held by the football community and Tranmere supporters alike.

Johnny King: The Memories

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Today we would like to pay our tribute to Johnny King by sharing some of the memories and players that he brought to Tranmere Rovers. Here are some of the reasons why he turned Tranmere into the team that it was in the late 1980s/early 1990s. He managed everything he achieved on meagre resources and by bringing out the best in the players he brought to the club. It is difficult to remember these days with Tranmere languishing in non-league football that once – because of Johnny King – they missed out on promotion to the Premier League three seasons on the trot. Great memories of a great man – this is our tribute to Johnny…