The 2012-13 season has seen one of Tranmere’s best starts in the club’s history. With Tranmere flying high at the top of League One it is easy dream that promotion and maybe even a title is within our grasp. Tranmere have only one won Football League title in the clubs history and this year just happens to be the 75th Anniversary of that first title.

Tranmere were one of the founding members of the Third Division North back in 1921. During the 1920s Tranmere achieved little in the league and it wasn’t until the 1930s that the team reached the height of third in the 1935-36 season. In the 1936-37 Tranmere finished 22nd one of their lowest positions whilst in the league.

Tranmere went into the 1937-38 season hoping for promotion although expectations were not too high after the previous seasons disappointing finish. But after so many years battling in the Third Division Tranmere’s luck had to change sometime.

The Management at PrentonPark however wanted to improve and invested in players to try and push for a promotion place. One of the new blood added to the squad was Cassidy from ManchesterCity who play a key role next to seasoned veterans like Tom ‘Pongo’ Waring.

The Birkenhead News opinion on Tranmere’s hopes for the season were ‘The Rovers are thus in the position of having, on paper at any rate, two very strong sides and as things are now becoming industrialised in Birkenhead, I shall be very disappointed indeed if the club does not have its most successful year on record.’ How true their prediction would be.

 

 

The season did not get off to the best of starts as Tranmere lost away to Rotherham United 2-1. Although Rovers lost the local press saw some signs of a good team especially our sound defence.

On September 18th Tranmere met Carlisle United hoping to turn this slow start to the season around. With a crowd of nearly 10,000 in attendance the home team were expected to perform well.

Once the game got under way Tranmere looked likely to score first as Waring was brought down in the box. Eden stepped up to take the penalty expecting, like everyone in the ground, to smash it into the back of the net, however he managed to smash it wide.

The first goal came in the second half as Cassidy scored from a Waring cross. Waring then secured a second for Tranmere with a diving header and the game now felt very much in Tranmere’s hands. Cassidy scored his second to make it 3-0 after an epic cross from Wassell over the defence.

Waring added to his tally after a solo run and a solid shot made it 4-0. In the dying moments of the game Eden redeemed his first half penalty miss by adding a fifth goal. The Birkenhead News reported ‘This was the Rovers’ most decisive victory of the season…’

Other notable wins included a 5-2 victory over local rivals New Brighton and a 7-2 hammering of Southport both at PrentonPark. Tranmere longest winning streak of the season was seven straight wins through November and December. By the end of the season Tranmere had secured 56 points, two points ahead of Doncaster Rovers to the win the league.

Tranmere Rovers had joined the Football League nearly twenty years earlier in the hopes that they would soon progress to the higher levels of English Football and that season those hopes were realised. The Birkenhead News stated that ‘1937-38 will go down in the records as the most joyous and successful in the history of Rovers.’

The hero of the season Tom ‘Pongo’ Waring who scored 22 goals and club gave special thanks to Trainer Jimmy Moreton for his impact on the team, especially around the lack of injuries.

The Mayor hosted a special event at the Town Hall to congratulate the local heroes whilst the Third Division trophy sat in a shop window on Grange Road for all the fans to see and to share in the town’s success.

So as we celebrate this 75th Anniversary we can only hope that in another 75 years we will be celebrating two league titles.

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