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Ian Muir

Posted: Tue 01 May 2012

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Ian Muir is Tranmere Rovers' first Hall of Fame member after gaining more supporter votes than any other player throughout the Club's history.

The Club's all time leading scorer began his time at Prenton Park in 1985 when he was signed on a free transfer from Brighton & Hove Albion by Frank Worthington. 

Just three goals came in his first 15 games for the Club, but that was followed by four against Peterborough United in a 7-0 home win in October 1985. He went on to finish the season as second top scorer with 15 goals in all competitions. 

He went one better the following season, topping the scoring charts with 25, and he followed it with 29 in both 1987-88 and 1988-89, playing a huge role in helping the Club to second place in Division Four and promotion to Division Three. 

Stepping up a level wasn't a problem, with Muir scoring 35 in his first season in the higher division, including a strike at Wembley Stadium as Rovers lifted the Leyland Daf Trophy.

A further 21 goals followed in 1990-91 as Tranmere again achieved promotion, this time via the Play Offs to Division Two (now the Championship). Unfortunately his season was ended prematurely as he suffered cruciate ligament damage in a match against Chester City. 

The injury forced him to miss almost 12 months of football, but he returned at Bristol Rovers in January 1992 and scored just days later at home to former club Brighton.

After taking his all time Tranmere scoring tally to 180 goals in 393 appearances, Muir's final game for the Club came in March 1995, the same day the Club's rebuilt all-seater ground was officially re-opened.

While Muir's scoring record is likely to never be beaten, it was the quality and not just quantity of goals that earned him cult hero status.

In fact, he showed glimpses of his old skills in the autumn of 2009 when he scored the winning goal for Tranmere in the Masters competition final against Bolton Wanderers. Later that season he received the Liverpool Echo Dave Russell Award for his contribution to the Club. 

For Tranmere fans worldwide, Ian Muir will always be a legend.