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      Strike me down!

      With just one game to go the League One table makes for painful reading. We are tenth. Yes, tenth. My 17 month old baby daughter has learnt how to clap and sing to the first two thirds of what was a glorious season. ‘We are top of the league, we are top of the league’ I’d sing and she’d join in clapping every time.

      Obviously she still needs to learn and I sometimes try and sing it to her but it feels terribly empty, despite the fact she still enthusiastically joins in. You see I know we are tenth. Tenth. It’s the severity of the fall that smarts so.

      I did my grieving for this season a month ago, it was clear we weren’t even going to make the play offs back then (see my last column). We’ve lost the last five games 1-0, ‘lack of desire’ has featured in most post match comments.

      However, if we look at the bigger picture there are some very real positives. It’s been the best season for over ten years, no question.

      The football at times was fantastic, ideas and goals flowed in from all over the pitch. Cassidy, Wallace, Robbo, Zoom, Gibbo, Akpa Akpro. Skill, desire and solid defending were we. Once most of the players either returned to the club we loaned them from or fell foul to long term injury it was over. A club like Tranmere can’t sustain those sorts of blows.

      So it’s onwards and upwards. Next season sees the longest running sponsorship in British football come to an end, no longer will we proudly have ‘Wirral’ emblazoned across our shirts. Always loved that our shirts proclaimed where the club was from, I had some of the best moments of my life, far from home, cheering on the Rovers to immense wins, somehow the Wirral logo was part of it all.

      If, however, I was going to chose a company to take over I’d chose our new one. For a number of reasons. Home Bargains is a very successful local firm, it also enables people like me to live frugally whilst we are being crushed by ever increasing domestic bills. Tranmere should note that no one ever calls it Home Bargain though, it’s Home and Bargain and that’s that.

      Next season it is then, after this years taste of the highlife, next year we demand the big prize.

      IAN PROWSE ||