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Tranmere Rovers: 10 Things

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sun 4 May 2014
Posted in First Team

1)    Formation

Founded as Belmont FC in 1884, they became Tranmere Rovers FC just a year later, and have kept the name ever since.

2)    The Football League

They were a founding member of Division Three North in 1921, and have been part of the Football League until last season, finishing bottom of League Two and suffering relegation to the Conference Premier.

3)    Administration

The club struggled with financial problems throughout the 1980’s, and in 1987, they finally went into administration. However, this was followed by a successful period for the club, after local businessman Peter Johnson assumed ownership.

4)    John King

This most successful period for Rovers was overseen first by John King, who brought the club to the brink of Premier League status three seasons in a row, making the playoffs each time.

5)    League Cup Final

John King’s departure did not spell the end for Tranmere Rovers’ success. John Aldridge replaced him, and the club did well in cup competitions, reaching the League Cup Final in the year 2000. However, they lost the final 2-1 against Leicester City.

6)    FA Cup

John Aldridge’s cup success was not limited to the League Cup either, as he brought Tranmere Rovers to the FA Cup quarter-finals on three separate occasions – 2000, 2001, and 2004.

7)    Highest Scoring Game

On Boxing Day, 1935, Tranmere Rovers destroyed Oldham Athletic 13-4, and the total 17 goals scored remains a Football League record for the most goals in a game.

8)    Highest Attendance

The highest ever attendance recorded was the 2000 League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, where 74,313 fans attended. The highest home attendance record was 24,424 for an FA Cup game against Stoke City in 1972.

9)    Top Scorers

Tranmere’s all-time goalscorer is Ian Muir with 180 goals for the Superwhites. However, both Bunny Bell and John Aldridge scored 40 goals in a single season at the club.

10) Highest Appearances

Ray Mathias has made more appearances for Tranmere Rovers FC than any other player, with a staggering total of 637 games played for the club.

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