On the pitch, Tranmere have had an injury-blighted season resulting in them being down in the relegation places of League One only twelve months after they had been promoted from League Two. If you have most of your first team out with injuries then any team is going to suffer. Then Tranmere started turning things around. They started winning again and won the last three matches just before the season came tumbling down because of the Coronavirus. They were still in the relegation zone though by three points but with a game in hand. Now, this week, it has been decided to abandon the season and select promotion and relegation on a Points Per Game (PPG) average. This means that Tranmere are relegated by 0.04 of a point.
Tranmere Rovers are having a dreadful season. The club that we Jammy Toast Bears support are in danger of relegation to the Second Division having been promoted twice during the two previous seasons. This is a hard, painful turnaround in our fortunes. There is still time to climb to safety but we are leaving it late – as Tranmere supporters are only too ready to acknowledge; we never make it easy on ourselves. Fingers crossed that we start winning some matches and save ourselves but while I have been sitting and hoping this happens, I have been remembering better days. Days when Rovers nearly made it into the top flight of English football for the first time in our history. The late 1980s and 1990s was a wonderful time to be alive if you were a Tranmere supporter…
As you all know here at Jammy Toast we are keen Tranmere Rovers fans. We have followed them since the great days of Johnny King and even the two season consecutive promotions we have enjoyed during the last two years. Unfortunately, we are now in trouble. So far we have only won five games this season, drawn six and lost twelve. This leaves the club firmly rooted in the relegation zone of Division One and even a win today – unless it is by seven goals – will not lift the team out of trouble. Following two consecutive promotions we didn’t really expect to set the league alight but we were hoping for a solid mid-table finish. So we are asking for your help.
Jammy Toast woke to some very sad news on Thursday morning. Former England Test cricketer Bob Willis had died following a prolonged battle with cancer, he was 70. We will always remember Bob for his 8-43 at Headingley in 1981 to help England to the famous Ashes series win over the old enemy, Australia. He went on to take 325 wickets in 90 Tests from 1971 to 1984 and captained England in 18 Tests and 29 one-day internationals before his retirement from all forms of cricket in 1984. He subsequently worked as a summariser on BBC TV before joining Sky Sports as a commentator in 1991. He continued to work for Sky and was part of their coverage of this summer’s Ashes series.
Jammy Toast was delighted to hear this morning that one of our heroes has been knighted in Theresa May’s resignation honours list – probably one of the only decisions she has made that we have agreed with. Needless to say it has been met with a backlash because of his conviction for domestic violence in a French court. Personally, I never did believe his then girlfriend at the time of the conviction in 1998. This is a man who used to hit cricket balls out of cricket grounds. To do that you need to have strong arms and brilliant timing to achieve that goal. If he had have punched his girlfriend repeatedly in the face, someone with his power would have nearly killed her and not given her the small amount of bruising she received – according to Boycs – as a result of an accidental fall. It is just a shame that on a day when he has been honoured all this garbage has been brought to the fore again.
There was Ian Botham in 1981, then Andrew Flintoff in 2005. Now you can add Ben Stokes in 2019 following his batting performance at Headingley yesterday. Of course, Botham and Flintoff will always be remembered for their exploits against the old cricketing enemy but for Stokes yesterday was an encore to his first career-defining performance in the World Cup final just six weeks ago. Some people only get one chance to play the innings of a lifetime, Stokes has now done it twice in only a few weeks. For England, the gap between two of the most unbelievable victories in their history might only have been a month and a half, but it was also pale blue kit to white, London to Leeds and Sweet Caroline to the wall of noise from the Western Terrace where the Barmy Army had gone from total despair to saluting the most incredible of victories.
Luckily the Jammy Toast Centre is built on a secluded island in the middle of Birkenhead Park with no neighbours nearby. This is probably just as well after we watched England beat New Zealand to win the men’s World Cup of Cricket for the very first time yesterday, after one of the most amazing games of cricket ever played was drawn… twice! The noise around Jammy Toast was filled with screams of frustration and hope as the game swung one way and then the other. Unbelievably, in an emotional and electric atmosphere at Lord’s, both sides scored 241 runs from their 50 overs and were level on 15 apiece when they batted for an extra over apiece. It meant England were crowned World Champions by virtue of having scored more boundaries – 26 to New Zealand’s 17 – during the match.