Best and Worst – Tranmere

Best and Worst – Tranmere Rovers F.C

Phillip Rippon, 36 years old – supporter since the 1991/92 season

Team 

Best

Nixon, Nolan, McGreal, Vickers, Thomas, Nevin, Harvey, O’Brien, Morrissey, Muir, Aldridge

Worst

Wilson, Antwi, Jobson, Foster, Darville, Williams, Sousa, Gill, Carole, Gornell, N’Diaye

Player

Best

John Morrissey

Worst

Sean McGinty

Moment 

Best

Chris Malkin scoring against Bolton 1-0, Playoff final 1991, class forwards roll in celebration

Worst

Relegation to the Conference, 2015

Game 

Best

Tranmere 3-1 Aston Villa, Coca Cola Cup, Semi Final, 1st leg, 1994, my favourite ever game.

Worst

Aston Villa, 1994 Coca Cola Semi Final, 2nd leg, heartbreaking.

Players Haircut 

Best

Ged Brannan, took great care of his hair, it looked the same at kick off and at full time, it didn’t move, it was so smooth you would think it was a hairpiece, lol.

Worst

Mark Yozzer Hughes

Signing 

Best

John Aldridge, £250,000 in 1991 an absolute steal.

Worst

George O’Callaghan, did he even play a competitive match for us, he was signed to much fanfare too.

Season 

Best

1994/1995

We had it all this season and the football we played was eye catching, fast counter attacking football it was scary good, could rip through opposition defences with ease. We finished 5th, 6 points behind Middlesbrough, that’s how close we were to the Premiership, only one automatic spot back then. Lost to Reading in Playoffs after doing the league double, typical hey!

Worst

2000/01 and 2014/15

Goal 

Best

I’ve seen some beauties but Nick Henry’s volley against Bolton in the Worthington Cup Semi Final, 2000 is a personal favourite.

Worst

Can’t really remember,  properly Chris Shucker scoring a header on goal line, smallest player on the pitch by a mile.

Kit

Best

Home kit, 1995/1996 & 1996/1997 (wore it for two seasons)

Worst

Away kit 2016/2017, wheelie bin anybody?

Nickname

Best

Super White Army

Worst

Trannies

Chant 

Best

E I E I E I O, Up The Football League We Go, it’s iconic and my first football chant memory

Worst

Hey Rock and roll, Watson’s on the dole

Manager

Best

Johnny King

Worst

John Barnes

Cult Hero 

Best

I honestly could have picked numerous names but I’m going with Kenny Irons, underrated but he was a good player. We haven’t had a box to box player like him since 1999 when he left.

Worst

Ivano Bonetti

Hard Man 

Best

Dave Higgins, he was hard as nails, always put his head in where it hurt, talking about players who played for the badge.

Worst

Georges Santos

Facial Hair

Best

I’ve gone more recent with James Norwood, I thought he had good facial hair and kept it smart.

Worst

Danny Holmes (that season the players were all growing beards in 2013/2014

Worst hard man? Georges Santos. 

The French defender/midfielder played for Rovers from 1998 to 2000.

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