Saturday, 14 September 2013

Tranmere Rovers FC

Saturday 14th September 2013 KO 15:00 hrs                                        

Tranmere Rovers 3 v Brentford FC 4
Bet Sky League Division 1
Prenton Park,
Prenton Rd,
Wirral CH42 9PY

Admission : £19
Price of a cup of tea : £1.50
Club Badge : £2.99
92 Club number: 58
Game Number : 38 New Ground Number : 32
Weather : Indian Summer

Club History

Tranmere Rovers Football Club are an English professional association football club founded in 1884, and based in Birkenhead, Wirral. Originally known as Belmont Football Club, they adopted their current name in 1885. They were a founder member of Division Three North in 1921, and have remained a member of the Football League since. They currently play in League One, the third tier of the English football league system, and have spent much of their history in the shadow of Merseyside rivals Everton and Liverpool. Their current manager is Ronnie Moore.
During the 1980s, they were beset by financial problems and, in 1987, went into administration. However, this was a prelude to the most successful period in Tranmere's history; under manager John King, the team reached the play-offs for promotion to the Premier League in three successive seasons. Under King's successor, John Aldridge, Tranmere experienced a number of cup runs, most notably reaching the 2000 Football League Cup Final. Other cup runs include reaching FA Cup quarter-finals in 2000, 2001 and 2004.
Tranmere's regular kit is an all-white strip with blue trim, their main colours since 1962. The club moved to its current home, Prenton Park, in 1912. In 1995, the ground had a major redevelopment in response to the Taylor Report. It now seats 16,567 in four stands: the Main Stand, the Kop, the Johnny King stand and the Cowshed.


Our journey was facilitated by the 07:55 from Euston to Liverpool Lime Street - so without further ado it's full steam with this one - enjoy - we did ! 


                                                                Liverpool City Centre

Our train arrived in Liverpool at 09:55 so plenty of time to venture around this great city, and more importantly time to sample some quality ales.

Next to the Holiday Inn, is the famous tower of Liverpool City   Radio keeping "Scousers" abreast of the local news.

Upon arriving at Lime Street station we're pleasantly surprised to see a re vamped station - we were greeted by one of the City's greatest comedians - no not Stan Boardman - but ........the one and only Ken Dodd - sadly the Diddy men were no where to be seen. Maybe they were busy filling their tax returns?

In addition to being the home of some fine comedians, Liverpool is also the home of some fine pieces of Art. These are housed in the Walker Art Gallery opposite Lime Street station, it is well worth a visit. Here you can view at your leisure, works by David Hockney and Steven Adshead and others. 
                                                          The Modern Urban Section
Using the metro system we travelled swiftly to Birkenhead for the game at Prenton Park. The very name "Birkenhead" conjures up glorious images of urban decay, and we were not to be disappointed readers - however there was a "sting in the scorpions" tail as you will see. 

Above is some urban decay worthy of a Champions League place. 
 Derelict pubs are a safe bet - and will definitely get you through to the group stages of the Champions "Urban Decay" League.
Even better, our old favourite the Tattoo Parlour - guarantees a quarter final place. 
 You breeze into the "Semis" with a derelict house for sale - but hang
 on a minute readers it's all suddenly gone horribly wrong for the Scousers.........
We're on the Wirral were it is actually quite nice, alas no Champions League Final appearance this year - better luck next season.  
Some pictures of Prenton Park
Post Match Analysis 
This really was a game of the proverbial two halves, the Bees buzzed into a two goal lead only to be pegged back to two all. Tranmere, then took the lead to make it 3-2 and at this stage the home fans thought the game was in the "bag". This included the "bissies" who started to swarm around the Bees fans, however the Bees showed great resilience to peg one back and make it three all. Then in the last minute of injury time the Bees stung again to snatch victory and three valuable points.   

Bissies keeping eye on the Oaks twins......
...........who are showing off their latest tattoos! 
  Bees celebrate their injury time winner to grab the honey! 






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