If your well known to the area of Birkenhead, home of Tranmere Rovers, you’d of notice that the city is a walking wounded after suffering from the hooligans of the riots in the past few days, so there are reasons for the Birkenhead community to be notably glum. However there are some reasons to be cheerful, and hopefully the detailed perspective of Tranmere Rovers forthcoming season from an interested onlooker will turn those frowns upside down!
Before the season began, the Rovers were one of a few teams favourite for the drop. In some aspects perhaps an understandable prediction with Tranmere struggling in recent years regularly looming around the relegation zone, and with such a small squad for manager Les Parry to choose from. However after weighing up all the positives and negatives for the forthcoming season, I believe the Rovers will have a strong positive season and perhaps move a step closer in leaving the third tier of English Football, up to the second tier.
Of course there is always some form of optimism for your desired team before every season no matter what club you support. However the Super White Armies form in pre-season with wins from all of their notable friendlies and the manner in which they did it so comfortably, and with their first win of the new season under their belt at the first attempt, there are encouraging signs for the fans beneath the Prenton Park stands to be excited about.
New signings, new heroes
Although the ratio of ins and outs weighs sufficiently higher against the Rovers numbers with 12 players departing this year and only 5 coming in. The players that have come in however seem to have settled in well most notably Martin Devaney who slotted into the side straight away after completing his move from Barnsley last week, looking impressive skipping past full backs and whipping in crosses from the right causing the Chesterfield line a number of problems. Rumours have also spread over the home coming of Tranmeres very own Jason Koumas, after he became a free agent following his release from Wigan.
The Youth system
One player for the Rovers Youth system to be proud about emerged last season into a gem of a football. Winger Dale Jennings caught the eye of clubs after twisting and turning through the Plymouth Argyle defence at the age of just 17. He eventually signed for German giants Bayern Munich for a fee which could rise to 2 million, which presumably was incredibly beneficial for the club, as Football League clubs like Tranmere rely on finding talent through their youth system as a good financial source for them to thrive on.
This season however sees home grown 18 year olds Max Power, and Andy Coughlin come into the fold. For Tranmere fans alike how they’d love for at least one of these players to turn into a gifted football like Jennings to either reward the club with a substantial fee, or to provide a big part for the future of the club, and become the hero the Tranmere faithful thrive on.
The weekends game against Chesterfield provided spectators with some entertaining and impressive football. It seems as though Les Parry strongly believes in his side to be able produce a good brand of football, as well as providing the points for his side to shoot up the table. Tranmere fans from across the North West aired their views in similar fashion, as labelling the performance as the best they’ve seen in a long time of the first game of the season. The first win of a football campaign can sometimes be challenging for some teams and can turn into monkey on their backs for some teams, so to gain this win at the first attempt is a welcome relief for Les Parrys barmy army.
Also encouraging from Last Saturdays performance was the crowds willingness to get behind Parry and his team even though the goal didn’t eventually come into later on. More performances like this from the whites will surely ensure the fans stay on their side and provide the 12th man the team desperately need if they are to make positive strides this season. Now that stability has been brought to the helm with Parry after the woeful mishaps from John Barnes a few years back, the Rovers can hopefully look forward to an exciting and positive season ahead.
Although the defeat to Doncaster last night was anything but convincing from the Rovers, the defeat, and an early exit from the Carling cup could be a blessing in disguise. At first thought losing any game should at first impressions allude to a negative and although potentially the Carling Cup could be a money-maker for Tranmere, the defeat to Doncaster early in the competition means there are less distractions for Parry’s small squad to endure, which points to the question do they even have enough players or resources for a decent cup run?
So to the bookmakers and pessimists of this world. State all you like about how the Super Whites aren’t going to exceed this year, and write off their chances in succeeding in League One this year. The Rovers could well be that potential dark horse that everybody dismisses until match day, so i address the ‘Birkenheaders’ and tell them, shut up and be positive! o and cease from destroying your community!
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