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Tranmere Rovers Football Club is proud of its history, from incredible cup runs to the singing of international players, the club has witnessed many memorable events since its foundation in 1884. Belmont FC was originally formed after Lyndhurst Wanderers and Belmond Cricket Club came together, and they won their first match against Brunswick Rovers, 4-0 on November 15, 1884. Less than one year later, the club changed its name to Tranmere Rovers Football Club and took to the pitch in clue shirts and white shorts at Steeles Field in Birkenhead.
Rovers claimed their first ever championship in the Football League almost 50 years later, a tally of 56 points was enough to capture the Division Three (North) title in 1938, and claim their place in Division Two for the first time in their history. The Wembley years for Tranmer began during the early 1990s after signing former Liverpool legend John Aldridge from Real Sociedad, for £250,000 in the summer of 1991. Aldo is arguably Rovers greatest ever signing and his goals provided inspiration over the next eight years, with the Republic of Ireland international scoring an incredible 170 times, putting him behind only Ian Muir in the clubs all-time scoring records.
A reconstructed Prenton Park was opened in March 1995, with the stadium now all-seater, and just one year later, King was replaced by Aldridge, who took up the role of player manager. After Aldridge retired from playing in 1999, he led the club through a period that will always be remembered by many Rovers fans for their great cup results. In 1999-00, victories over a succession of Premier League sides led not only to a place in the quarter finals of the FA Cup but a place in the final of the Worthington Cup which was the first time Tranmere had ever reached a major cup final, despite them eventually losing the match 2-1 to Leicester City. Get the latest Tranmere Rovers news from Prenton Park here!
The past decade has been full of many ups and downs for Tranmere. They were relegated from Football League One in 2013-14, after Ronnie Moore struggled to keep his side up, and the following season after Moore’s dismissal, the club appointed rookie manager Rob Edward, but his reign was short-lived with Micky Adams coming in to replace him. Adams was unable to keep Rovers up and subsequently, they were relegated once again to the National League after spending 94 years in the Football League.
Rovers won back-to-back promotions back up to the League One, first in 2017-18 from the National League, and then from League Two, both times through winning the play-off finals. Their revival is proving difficult, with the club currently in the relegation zone, though manager Micky Mellon hopes to keep his side up – get the latest Tranmere Rovers news from League One here!