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Like every club plying their trade in League Two, Tranmere Rovers odds can be extremely popular with bettors, especially those in the United Kingdom. League Two is a particularly tough league to bet on successfully, but there is often opportunities to find excellent value when betting on the fourth tier. Tranmere Rovers promotion odds can offer value, as can odds on Tranmere to be relegated.

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As well as Tranmere Rovers odds offered on individual games and outright markets, many bookmakers offer prices on what goes on off the field. Tranmere Rovers manager odds are often available, particularly if the club are performing poorly.

Tranmere Rovers History

Tranmere Rovers Football Club are a professional outfit located in Birkenhead, Merseyside in the North West of England. After spending much of their history in the third and fourth tiers of the English football system, Tranmere currently play in the fourth tier, League Two.

The history of Tranmere Rovers begins in 1884. Belmont Football Club were formed from the football sides connected to Belmont and Lyndhurst Wanderers combined. A year later, the club adopted their current name. 

The club played friendly matches before entering their first competition in 1886, the Liverpool and District Challenge Cup. Three years later, Tranmere became members of the West Lancashire League before joining the Combination League in 1897.

Tranmere Rovers won the Combination in 1908 and then joined the Lancashire Combination in 1910. After winning the title in 1914, the club continued to play throughout the First World War before entering the Central League in 1919. 

In 1921, Tranmere became founder members of the new Third Division North. The club remained in the division until 1938, earning promotion to Division Two after winning the league title. However, their time in the second tier was short-lived and were relegated a season later after finishing bottom of the league.

The club remained in the Third Division North, and in 1958 became founder members of the new Third Division. Three years later, though, the club suffered relegation to Division Four, where they remained until 1967.

A fourth place finish was enough to see Tranmere promoted back to the third tier. However, the early part of the 1970's saw the club struggle, and eventually succumbed to relegation once again in 1975. The 70's were a topsy-turvy time for Tranmere Rovers, a promotion followed by another relegation saw the club begin the 1980's in the Fourth Division.

The club also suffered from off-the-field instability during this time. However, when Peter Johnson became owner, financial safety led to Tranmere performing much better on the field too, and earned promotion to the Third Division in 1989.

Successive promotions almost followed, but Tranmere were defeated in the playoff final by Notts County. However, Rovers didn't have to wait long to reach the Second Division, winning the playoffs a season after with an extra-time win over Bolton Wanderers.

Now back in the second tier for the first time since 1939, the club performed well. On three occasions, Tranmere reached the playoffs, but were defeated in three semi-finals as they looked to reach the newly named Premier League. A series of mid-table finishes followed, but the 2000/2001 season proved disastrous. Finishing bottom of the league, the club were demoted to the third tier of English football.

Tranmere's playoff curse continued as they reached the (now called) League One semi-finals. Tranmere lost their tie on penalties to Hartlepool United and is the closest they've come, as of 2018, to returning to the second tier. Instead, a number of mid-table finishes followed, until 2015. Two successive relegations meant that Tranmere were playing non-league football once again.

Tranmere Rovers performed well in the National League, reaching the playoffs in the 2016/2017 season. Forest Green Rovers denied them a place back in the Football League, which Tranmere weren't to be denied. A successive second place finish saw the club reach the playoff final again, and this time the playoff curse was destroyed with a 2-1 win over Boreham Wood.

Tranmere Rovers began the 2018/2019 season in League Two.

Crest

The Tranmere Rovers badge is a shield coloured blue and white, and features elements of the Birkenhead coat of arms. It displays a crosier, three lions, an oak tree and a star fish, representing areas around the club's location.

The Tranmere Rovers crest has undergone numerous changes since the first badge was introduced on shirts in 1962. The club's first badge was the Birkenhead coat of arms with the motto Ubi Fides Ibi Lux Et Robur, which means where there is faith there is light and strength. Ten years later a monogram replaced the badge, which was changed to a blue and white shield in 1981.

Colours

The Tranmere Rovers kit features the colours of blue and white. White is the prominent colour, and has been since 1987 when the club made a conscious decision to change from blue so Tranmere Rovers had their own identity, separating them from the Everton blue.

Up until 1962, the Tranmere Rovers home kit predominantly featured dark blue shirts, worn with white shorts and dark blue socks. Tranmere then adopted an all white kit with blue trim, before returning to their previous colours in 1981.

The 2018/2019 Tranmere Rovers kit features a white shirt with blue trim, blue shorts and white socks.

Tranmere Rovers Stadium

The Tranmere Rovers stadium is Prenton Park. Tranmere moved into this ground in 1912, though the stadium itself has undergone a number of alterations. 

Prenton Park features four main stands. These are the Kop, also called the Bebington Kop; the Main Stand, the oldest stand in the stadium; the Johnny King Stand, named after previous manager John King and formerly known as the Borough Road Stand; and the Cowshed, which houses away supporters.

Prenton Park has a capacity of 16, 587, making it one of the largest in League Two football.

Supporters

Despite their status in the lower divisions of league football, Tranmere Rovers are a well supported club. The majority of Tranmere Rovers supporters come from the Merseyside area, with a number of Tranmere Rovers supporters clubs listed.

One of the major supporters clubs is the Tranmere Rovers Supporters Trust. In recent times, the Trust has helped the club financially, including raising the funds to complete the loan signing of Andy Robertson in 2010. They have also raised funds with a view to buying shares in the club.

Tranmere Rovers supporters enjoy a rivalry with near neighbours Liverpool and Everton, though these fixtures are scarce. Other rivalries include Bolton Wanderers and Oldham Athletic.

Ownership

The current Tranmere Rovers owner is Mark Palios. Palios, also Chairman of the club, took a controlling interest in the club in 2014.

The previous owner was Peter Johnson. After selling his shares to Palios, Johnson became honorary president of the club.

Stats

The list of Tranmere Rovers stats begins with their record victory. Tranmere beat Oldham Athletic 13-4 in 1935, a scoreline that is still a record for most goals scored in a single English league game.

Tranmere have another nine-goal winning margin record to their name, beating Solihull Moors 9-0 in 2017.

Ray Mathias is Tranmere's record appearance maker, playing 637 times for the club between 1964 and 1985.

Tranmere's record goalscorer is Ian Muir, who netted on 180 occasions between 1985 and 1995. Bunny Bell and John Aldridge share the record for most goals scored in a season, with 40.

The club's home record attendance is 24,424, a figure achieved when Tranmere hosted Stoke City in the FA Cup in 1972.

Tranmere Rovers Players

The current list of Tranmere Rovers players consists of 31 members of the first team squad, including five players who have arrived at the club on loan.

Many of the players and managers who made a huge impact on the club and fans have been inducted into the Tranmere Rovers Hall of Fame. These include John Aldridge, Ian Muir, Ray Mathias, Steve Mungall, Pat Nevin, John King and John Morrissey. 

Other fans favourites include Harold Bell, Mickey Mellon, Jason Koumas and Dixie Dean.

Tranmere Rovers Manager

The Tranmere Rovers manager is Mickey Mellon. Mellon took charge in 2016, and currently has the best win percentage of any Tranmere manager in history of 54.7%.

The first Tranmere Rovers manager that's noted was Bert Cooke. Cooke managed the club between 1912 and 1935. With 607 games in charge, Cooke is also the club's longest serving manager.

Honours

The Tranmere Rovers honours list consists of one Third Division North title (1937/1938); one Lancashire Combination title (1913/1914); one Combination title (1907/1908); one Welsh Cup (1934/1935); and one League Trophy (1989/1990).

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