On the road: Tranmere Rovers – News
Phil Yelland takes a closer look at our record on the Wirral ahead of Boxing Day’s trip to face Tranmere Rovers.
Boxing Day, we’re heading to Prenton Park for the 53e time in all competitions and we will be looking to improve our record at a site that we have only won 11 times on our previous visits.
Last season we traveled to Birkenhead in April and lost to a David Nugent goal in the second half – it was our third loss in a row without scoring.
Our last Boxing Day trip to Rovers was in 1963 when a Gordon Brown goal helped us score a point in a 1-1 draw. 48 hours later, the second leg at Holker Street also ended 1-1.
Before that, we also went to Rovers Boxing Day 1957 in the Three North Division, just 24 hours after our last Christmas Day game when Rovers won 4-1 at Holker Street. We did rather better on Boxing Day with Brian Birch’s goal helping us to draw 1-1.
Ironically, our first trip (to the Lancashire Combination Second Division) in September 1910 produced our biggest even victory – a 4-0 triumph with goals from Arthur Gallagher, Benny Ives, Callaghan and an own goal. from O’Connor.
Our biggest loss at Prenton Park came on New Years Day 1927 when we lost 7-2 with consolation goals from Alex Bosomworth and Charlie Tilbrook. The result was part of a truly miserable streak that had started two seasons earlier – we’ve lost eight straight games to the Wirrall, conceding 37 goals along the way. We ended the streak with a 3-1 victory in October 1933 with Frank Allen (2) and Ralph Hills on target.
After that victory we were to make 15 more trips to Prenton Park in various competitions without a win before, in April 1955, winning there 4-0 thanks to a brace from Jim Collins and goals from John Armstrong and Ronnie Codd.
We and Rovers were promoted to Division 3 at the end of the 1966/67 season and around that time we had a four-game unbeaten streak. It started with a 2-1 victory in April 1966 with goals from Jim Mulholland and Mick Hartland and was followed by a win and a draw before, in September 1968 under Colin Appleton, a 3-0 victory with goals from Jim Mulvaney (2) and Peter Bebbington.
During the Rovers’ time in the National League, we lost three of our four games at Prenton Park, including one in the FA Trophy. Our only victory came in October 2015, and it was a real surprise after a 5-0 hammering at Bromley three days earlier. We won 1-0 with a strike from Andy Haworth.
Hopefully we can register victory number 12 on Sunday.