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Greenacre: Prenton Park and the SWA are special!

5 May 2019

Chris Greenacre has backed his old Club to win the Play-Offs as Micky Mellon’s side aim for a back-to-back promotion-winning season.

Tranmere secured their place within the top seven of Sky Bet League Two with a game to spare and now face the Play-Offs, with the prize a trip to Wembley and promotion up to Sky Bet League One as Forest Green Rovers are the opponents in the semi-finals. 

Greenacre, now assistant manager of Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand, made 142 league appearances for Tranmere from 2005-2009, scoring 46 goals in four campaigns at Prenton Park.

And he believes that Rovers have what it takes to succeed in the Play-Offs for a second year in a row, having returned to the EFL through the same route last May.

Greenacre said: “The excitement around the whole town and the whole of the Wirral will be electric right now so that is really important.

“I’ve got my fingers crossed and I really hope Tranmere are back where they belong back in League One.

“It’s been a great season for Tranmere and it’s great to see the good times back there. I know everyone on the Wirral and Merseyside will be right behind Tranmere and I wish them all the best in the Play-Offs and they can get back to where they deserve to be.”

Greenacre went on to praise the support that the SWA have given Mellon’s men so far this season, with over 9,000 packed in to Prenton Park for the recent 1-1 draw at home to Bury.

He added: “Prenton Park is a fantastic venue, very intimate, when you’re fortunate enough to play on that ground, to have the fans so close to the touchline is pretty special. They are on your side, they are in your corner and often they act like a 12th man for the team, so it is an intimate atmosphere but an electric one and they are very important to the home form of Tranmere Rovers.

“They get right behind their team, win, lose or draw, they are always there. I think they can make Prenton Park a pretty hostile place, it’s always a difficult place to play as an opposing player so they are very important to that home form and especially with the success of the season this year, it is a big call for them to get behind the team.”

Recalling some of his fond memories of playing in front of the SWA, the 41-year-old Wakefield-native highlighted how important the Club’s supporters were to him and his team-mates.

Greenacre concluded: “We used to play a lot of games on a Friday night and often we got a result and you could relax over the weekend knowing that you had got three-points in the bag. The fans used to be fantastic, they really got behind the team. The Kop is a pretty special place, to see the Kop really get behind the players when we scored at that end was really good so hopefully, we’ll get more of those times to come.”

We need you to be the 12h man on Friday night against FGR. To purchase tickets for the game, please CLICK HERE and get behind the team for the final match at Prenton Park in 2018/19.  


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