Best and Worst – Tranmere.

Best and Worst – Tranmere.

Tristan Browning – Supporter since 1980.

Team: 

Best – John Achterberg; Steve Vickers, Mark Hughes, Ian Goodison, Ged Brannan; Gary Williams, Pat Nevin, Johnny Morrissey; Ian Muir, Chris Malkin, James Norwood.

Worst – Phil Whitehead; Marcus Holness, Janoi Donacien, Godwin Antwi, Harrison McGahey; Nicky Summerbee, Jon Otsemobor; Nathan Eccleston, Michael Ricketts, Kithson Bain, Guy Madjo

Player:

Best – Pat Nevin, pure class from start to finish. 

Worst – Unfair this, as he is a decent enough player, but in the 2014-15 relegation season, I saw us lose away at Oxford, and defender Janoi Donacien literally didn’t put a foot right all afternoon. Worst individual 90 minutes I have ever seen.

Moment: 

Best – Promotion back to the league in 2018. 

Best individual moment – Andy Cook’s goal in that play off final – I celebrated that one more than Norwood’s. 

Worst – Dropping out of the league in 2015. 

Worst individual moment – Simon Haworth breaking his leg at Brentford in 2004. It happened right in front of me. You could hear the bones break. Ouch!

Game: 

Best – The 2018 play off final just shades it from the home leg of the 2000 Worthington Cup semi v Bolton – the best atmosphere I have ever been in at Prenton Park. 

Worst – Not a bad game as such, but early 1996, home v Crystal Palace, 2-0 up at halftime, lost 3-2 – I came away knowing our time aiming for the Premier league was over.

Player’s haircut: 

Best – Johnny Morrissey’s flowing locks. 

Worst – Dougie Anderson’s 1980s home-made haircut.

Signing: 

Best – Other obvious ones I guess, but a good case for Ian Goodison, signed at age 31, went on to play over 400 games for us, 9th in the all time appearance list. 

Worst – Guy Madjo, a striker signed in 2014-15. Came, ran around in circles for 3 games, disappeared never to be seen again.

Season: 

Best – Loved 92-93, the first 2nd level play off season, and 99-2000 getting to the League Cup Final, but also seeing plenty of new grounds, and of course 2017-18.

Worst – Not so keen on 2014-15. dismal.

Goal: 

Best – Adam McGurk, last minute winner away at Bournemouth in 2011 – real Roy of the Rovers stuff. 

Worst – Sean Flynn’s 20 yard own goal volley at home to Wolves in 2001 – it would have been goal of the season if it hadn’t been in the wrong net.

Kit: 

Best – 1995-97, blue and green hooped home top. 

Worst – Never really liked the pinstripe 2000 home shirt – it had red in it! – even though we got to Wembley wearing it.

Nickname: 

Best – Stuart ‘Jigsaw’ Barlow (‘he goes to pieces in the box’) always made me smile. 

Worst – Ian ‘Goody’ Goodison wins no points for originality.

Chant: 

Best – Too many funny things over the years. 

Worst – Tequila, I can’t bear it!!

Manager: 

Best – Johnny King, a total legend, his team from around 1989 to 1995 was six years of absolute brilliance. 

Worst – Micky Adams – came in at a time we needed rescuing, failed utterly to do so.

Cult hero: 

Best – Graham Branch, described as having “the tactical awareness of a newborn deer”, he was actually a superb player and went on to have a great career after leaving us as well. Honourable mention for ‘Steeeeeeeve’ McNulty.

Worst – Never set the world alight as a player, but Frenchman Max Blanchard from 2010-11 loved playing for the club so much, he was a cult hero even though half the people in the crowd were probably better at football.

Hard man: 

Best – Georges Santos. Full stop. 

Worst – James Wallace – wasn’t trying to be hard, but it was a good job, as he injured himself every time he tied his laces.

Facial hair: 

Best – I’ll go for Aldo’s never changing moustache and goatee combo, or Stefan Payne’s full ‘stranded on a desert island’ look. 

Worst – Sean Flynn’s wispy top lip.

Worst hard man? ‘James Wallace, he injured himself every time he tied his laces’

  • The 29 year old Liverpudlian came through the Everton academy ranks before making just over 60 appearances for Tranmere across two spells at Prenton Park.

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