Founded in 1884 under the name Belmont Football Club, Tranmere Rovers are a club with a rich history. They have only been a member of the National League for two years after being relegated in 2015.
The early years saw Tranmere playing in such leagues as the West Lancashire League and the Combination league and in 1912 they moved to Prenton Park where they still play today.
They became founder members of the new National Division Three in 1958 and yo-yoed between Division Three and Division Four. In 1987 after relegation to Division Four the club went into administration, but this proved to be a turning point in their history.
Manager John King took the Birkenhead club from Division Four all the way up to the brink of joining the Premier League. In 1988-89 King, guided Rovers out of the fourth tier as runners up and in 1990-91 won promotion again to Division two after beating Bolton in the play-off final. The club then narrowly missed the newly formed Premier League three times in 1993,94 and 95 after being beaten in three play-off finals.
The club however did make it to their first ever major final in 2000 by reaching the League Cup Final, however Leicester City denied them the trophy. Although again the club were relegated to the third tier after a 10 year stay in Division One in the same year.
Relegation again struck in the 2013-14 season as Rovers were relegated to League Two and after a series of managers the slide continued and in 2015 Tranmere were relegated to the National League. In their first season in the National League, Tranmere just fell short of a playoff place and were sentenced to another year out of the Football League.
Tranmere were optimistic of returning to the Football League at the start of the season but again like the season before they just missed out. Despite a record breaking points total of 92 and a 2nd place finish in the National League they were beaten in the Play-off final by Forest Green.
Silkmen fans will have fond memories of last season’s clashes with Tranmere as Macclesfield knocked Rovers out of the FA Trophy semi-finals to reach Wembley. A goal from Oliver Norburn in both legs helped take the Silkmen to Wembley.
However, Micky Mellon’s team have shown intent in the summer transfer window ahead of next season signing Chester striker James Alabi to replace the outgoing Cole Stockton and Jack Dunn after his release from Liverpool. Former Macc midfielder Ollie Norburn has also joined the club after leaving Moss Rose.
How to get there
By Train – Macclesfield – Manchester Piccadilly – Liverpool Lime Street – Birkenhead Central
By Car – Get on the M6 from A537 and Northwich Rd/A5033, Take M56 and M53 to Mount Rd/ B5151 in Birkenhead. Take exit 4 from M53, Follow B5151 to Prenton Road w.
Address – Prenton Rd West, Birkenhead, CH42 9PY