A home match for “Nearly Scouse Alf” and “Merseyside Malcolm”!
Lovely weather greeted fans on the Wirral ahead of our League one fixture at Prenton Park. It certainly made a welcome change to the monsoon conditions of the previous months. Under clear blue skies and mild temperatures it was ideal weather for watching your favourite team. It’s a hell of a long way to Liverpool so it great to see so many Reds fans in the away area. They made their presence felt. For ex Crawley northern exiles and regular away attendees Alf Reynolds and Malcolm Lochead it was like a home match. Alf lives and works on Merseyside with his wife while Malcolm has recently moved to within one mile of Prenton Park. He said, “I am really proud that so many fans have travelled up from Sussex today where as I have just had to walk down the road; it’s a match that I have been really looking forward to”.
Prenton Park is really neat with a 17,000 capacity. The home end benefits from a huge all seated stand which goes up quite high. The words Tranmere Rovers are neatly depicted in the seats. If they do go up this year then their ground will have no problems in the Championship. I was very impressed especially with the view we had in the away end.
Mid Sussex Reds fan Craig Bratt from Cowfold made the trip with his girlfriend Georgia on the supporters coach. He said, “it was always going to be difficult to get a result here today and giving them the 2nd goal didn’t help”, adding, “we played really well in the second half and Gary Alexander worked his socks off up front but I never felt that we were creating sustained pressure”. He revealed, “there are a couple of us Reds fans at Warden Park but most of my friends support Brighton at the Amex, I get some stick from them but I am pleased to have chosen the Broadfield'”. In his 6 years supporting the club he has seen back to back promotions and 2 fantastic FA Cup adventures. Why wouldn’t he be happy?! In addition the pair won Travel Ken’s famous quiz (with guest presenter Matt Putland) on the way home, picking up a tub of Quality Street.