On Tuesday night, the Club hit 4000 season ticket sales for the 2019/20 campaign! The SWA have once again shown their loyalty and incredible dedication to the Club heading into the new season.
With gates of more than 8,000 supporters packing into Prenton Park for the Sky Bet League Two run-in, the SWA proved vital in roaring Tranmere Rovers to a back-to-back promotion up to Sky Bet League One.
Tranmere’s final five home games of 2018/19 all attracted crowds of over 8,000 inside Prenton Park, which proved pivotal in the promotion battle.
And throughout our first season back in the EFL, attendances at Prenton Park have risen as the SWA did their bit to back Micky Mellon and the lads on to their Play-Off winning success
Rovers’ run to their Wembley Stadium victory saw Birkenhead and the wider Wirral community get behind TRFC’s fortunes at their Prenton Park home as Mellon’s side aimed for a second successive promotion.
A crowd of 8,095 saw TRFC win 3-0 versus Carlisle United in late March, prior to 8,357 of the SWA roaring Rovers on to victory as they sealed a 2-1 home triumph over MK Dons.
Rovers’ remaining three outings on the Wirral were watched by crowds over 9,000. The Forest Green regular season game attracted a crowd of 9,468 while the Bury encounter was watched by 9,145.
The Play-Off semi-final first-leg, where Tranmere hosted Forest Green for a Friday night clash under the lights, was the Club’s biggest Sky Bet League Two attendance of the campaign, as 9,579 helped the lads over the line with Ollie Banks’ long-range strike winning it.
Mellon’s men secured their place in the third-tier for the 2019/20 season in dramatic circumstances under the Wembley Stadium arch on Saturday 25th May, beating 10-man Newport County 1-0 in extra-time of the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Final.
Midfielder Connor Jennings was the promotion-winning hero in the 119th minute on a sun-kissed afternoon in the capital, heading in unmarked from Jake Caprice’s cross from the right beyond goalkeeper Joe Day in front of the SWA to spark scenes of delirium as Rovers returned to Sky Bet League One for the first-time since 2014.
In their final year in the Vanarama National League, Rovers drew a crowd on average of 5,136 as Tranmere finished runners-up behind champions Macclesfield Town before securing promotion back up to the EFL by defeating Boreham Wood with 10-men 2-1 at Wembley Stadium last May.
And Jennings’ last-minute header against Michael Flynn’s Exiles continued the upward trajectory that Tranmere have enjoyed both on the pitch and in the stands as attendances continue to increase.
Wembley Stadium hero Jennings praised the support of the SWA throughout the duration of Rovers’ Play-Off Final promotion to Sky Bet League One.
The 27-year-old said: “The fans have been amazing since I signed, the size of the Club deserves to be in a higher league and the fans deserve it as well.
“The staff, players and the fans fully deserve it and to get the Club up to a level is an amazing feeling.”
With the likes of Bolton Wanderers, Sunderland and Portsmouth visiting Prenton Park in 2019/20, we need the SWA to back TRFC again and make Prenton Park a fortress!