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Alan Mahon wants to see Rovers 'back where they belong'

23 May 2019


Alan Mahon wants to see Rovers 'back where they belong'

23 May 2019

Former Tranmere Rovers midfielder Alan Mahon has praised the job that manager Micky Mellon has done and is confident that the Club can earn a back-to-back promotion when they meet Newport County in the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Rovers are back at the home of English football for a third straight year as they face Michael Flynn’s Exiles for a place in Sky Bet League One next term.

Dublin-born Mahon, who first linked up with Tranmere as a youth team player before turning professional with the Wirral outfit in 1995, spent five-years in his first spell at Prenton Park, making 144 appearances in all competitions.

Having left in 2000 to sign for Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon, Mahon went back to where it all began, ending his career at Tranmere in 2011 after turning out for six Football League sides since his initial departure.

And the Irishman believes a back-to-back promotion can be achieved in the capital on Saturday afternoon.

He said: “It’s magnificent, the season itself has been brilliant for Micky and the boys and the Club itself, just fingers crossed now we can get back-to-back and get promoted.

“It shows you how muck Micky, the staff, the players and the fans have done in the past two-years, it’s a hard achievement but having watched Micky and spoken to him this week, there is nothing that can’t be done.

“It has been a fantastic journey this year and hopefully we can top it off this week with a win.

“The experience that the Club have in these areas hopefully will being us across on Saturday.

“If we get promoted this weekend it will be fantastic, I’d love to see Tranmere back where they belong.

“Tranmere has always been a massive Club, obviously where we are lying down the leagues, doesn’t really show that but I’m hoping now that this is the start of showing people where we should be and to get promoted again this year and get back-to-back last year would be absolutely fantastic.”

Mahon paid special tribute to the support of the SWA, who will make the journey down a third campaign in succession in their thousands.

Mahon continued: “The fans always played a massive role, especially here on a Friday night at Prenton Park, it was a hard place to come and get a result any anywhere we travelled with the fans, they were always fantastic, especially at Wembley.

The 41-year-old also revealed that Tranmere remain close to his heart following two stays in Birkenhead.

Mahon concluded: “The fans play a massive, massive part and the players can hear and can feel it.

“The first time left a massive imprint in my life as it was the first Club I came to, I still have a connection with the Club, I still watch them every Saturday seeing the results come in, it’s always been a part of my life since I came to England.”

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