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Not Frank Lampard
07 August 2006 @ 04:07 pm
I've decided that this year I'm going to try (no promises) to update regularly about my favorite English football team, Tranmere Rovers. This year I have high hopes for the Rovers. We have a new manager, Ronnie Moore, who not only has a proven record of getting, shall we say, less financially-endowed clubs promoted (Rotherham to the First Division, anyone?) but he's also a Tranmere man, having started his playing career with the club back in 1971 before he was sold to Cardiff for a club-record fee eight years later.

Moore's made a quick impact at Tranmere so far, cleaning out a lot of the dead wood at Prenton Park and bringing in nine new faces (many of who, funnily enough, played for him at Rotherham). But I don't care where they came from, as long as they do the business. And I believe that they can. Call it a gut feeling, or whatever, but I think this is our year to get back where we belong - the Coca-Cola Championship. I'm very optimistic about this season.

So far, the optimism is not misplaced. Rovers won their first match of the season, 1-0, over Oldham, one of the gaffer's old clubs. Strangely enough, with all the signings, it was a Tranmere old boy, Chris Greenacre, last season's top scorer, who scored the only goal of the match. The game was spoiled with some ugly scenes at the end when not one, but two Oldham players were sent off for trying to inflict bodily harm upon out Congolese playmaker Calvin Zola. Not to worry, though - Zola escaped unscathed.

So that's the first match out of the way, then. Three points in the bag, unfortunately, nine other teams also won (doesn't anybody draw anymore?) so we're still lying 10th in the table (out of 24 teams). Next up, a mid-week match against Cheltenham -  frankly, nothing less than three points here will do. Although, I suppose when you consider it's on the road, I should be happy with a point. Still, it's Cheltenham.
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