Today we are away at Southend United and we want you to shout for the Tranmere boys to win. There is always live text coverage of the games on the BBC website. Go along and follow the games and shout for the lads. It would be such a sin if we were relegated this season following our recent promotions. In fact, I might even go so far as to say it would make this bear cry.
We know from experience how difficult it is to win promotion once you go down. We were relegated out of the Football League on 25th April 2015 ending their 94-year stay in the leagues. It took us three years to gain promotion back into the League. Under the chairmanship of Mark Palios and the management of Micky Mellon, Tranmere played in League Two for the 2018–19 season and finished 6th, thereby reaching the playoffs. On 25th May 2019, Tranmere secured back-to-back promotions, beating Newport County 1–0 at Wembley, with a goal from Connor Jennings in the 119th minute, thus securing their spot in League One for the current season.
The club had an average home attendance of 6,552 during the 2018–19 season, making them the 4th best supported club in League Two. Considering they are geographically so close to Liverpool and Everton, the average home attendance is fantastic. The club has fantastic fans and has a number of supporters’ groups, including the Tranmere Rovers Supporters Trust; in 2010, the trust raised £12,500 for the club to sign Andy Robinson on loan. In 2011, they raised £200,000 and planned to purchase a controlling interest in Tranmere.
As part of the club’s 125-year anniversary celebrations in 2010, a Hall of Fame was announced, initially honouring seven former players and managers: Ian Muir, John Aldridge, Johnny King, Ray Mathias, Steve Mungall, John Morrissey and Pat Nevin. Harold Bell holds the record for the most consecutive league appearances for a British football team. He was picked for the first game after the Second World War in 1946 and did not miss a match until 30th August 1955, a total of 401 consecutive matches in the Third Division North.
Tranmere also hold the record for the highest aggregate of 17 goals in one game which remains a league record to this day. On Boxing Day 1935 they beat Oldham Athletic 13–4. Local legend has it that the Oldham team were hung-over! Ian Muir scored 180 goals throughout his career with the club and John Aldridge (1991-92) and Bunny Bell (1934-35) scored 40 goals each in one season. During Johnny King’s years in charge, the club very nearly gained promotion to the top flight of English football for the first time in their history.
We can’t let a club with such a colourful history start on the relegation train again.
Get shouting for Tranmere!