List of Tranmere Rovers F.C. managers

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Black and white photograph of Bert Cooke
Bert Cooke in 1921[1]

Tranmere Rovers Football Club are an English team founded in 1884, and based in Birkenhead, Wirral. As of the start of the 2011–12 season, the club has had 24 managers. The first man to hold this position was Bert Cooke, appointed in 1912. He oversaw the club's entry into the Football League and remained in charge for 23 years, the longest spell of any manager at the club. Major changes were not seen until businessman Dave Russell took over in 1961. His introductions included the team's current all-white kit and regularly arranged floodlit home fixtures on Friday evenings rather than the usual Saturday afternoon.

Tranmere's most successful period came at the end of the twentieth century. John King returned for his third spell at the club in 1987, having previously both played and managed the team. He led them to victory in the League Trophy, and from the bottom of the Fourth Division to reach the play-offs for promotion to the Premier League on three occasions. Success continued under King's replacement, John Aldridge, including an appearance in the 2000 Football League Cup Final.

After Ronnie Moore was sacked in April 2014, Assistant John McMahon took over once again as caretaker manager, but he couldn’t stop the club from being relegated into League Two. At the end of 2014, the club announced the appointment of Rob Edwards as their new manager, but following a further decline which had seen Tranmere slump to the bottom of League Two, he was sacked on 13 October 2014.

On 16 October 2014 it was announced that the former Leicester City manager Micky Adams' had been appointed as the new club manager.

History[edit]

From their foundation in 1884 until they became a limited company, Tranmere Rovers were run under the presidency of local businessman James McGaul.[2] The first man to hold a position equivalent to what is today referred to as a manager was Bert Cooke, who was appointed manager in 1912,[3] though the directors continued to choose the team for each game.[4] Cooke stayed in charge for 23 years, the longest spell of any manager at the club.[3] He oversaw the club's victory in the Lancashire Combination in 1914,[5] promotion to the Central League in 1919 and, as founder members of Division Three North, their first Football League match on 27 August 1921.[6] He also developed a string of talented local youngsters, including Dixie Dean and Pongo Waring.[7] However, in 1935, Cooke's career ended in discredit; following illegal payments to directors and players, he was sacked and replaced by Jack Carr.[8]

Jim Knowles, a former film extra, took over the following year and led the club to the Division Three North championship.[9][10] This remains their sole championship in the Football League.[7] However, they were relegated the next season having won just 6 of 42 matches,[11] the all-time worst record of any team in Division Two.[7] Knowles left the club at the outbreak of the Second World War.[12]

Tranmere rejoined the peacetime Football League in Division Three North and stayed there until the 1958 restructuring of the football league's lower divisions. Manager Peter Farrell led them to finish 11th in the final season of the Northern Section, securing a place in the new national Division Three where they were again founder members.[13] The final match against Wrexham, also playing for a place in the higher league, attracted a crowd of 19,615, which remains the highest attendance at a Prenton Park league match.[7]

In 1961, Dave Russell joined the club from Bury who were, at the time, two divisions above Tranmere.[14] Considered a shrewd businessman,[15] Russell made some revolutionary changes.[3] He developed a successful youth policy which included England international Roy McFarland among its graduates.[16] More visibly, he introduced an all-white kit to set the team apart from local rivals, Division One club Everton; these have been Tranmere's usual colours since.[17] He also took advantage of the floodlights, regularly arranging home fixtures on Friday evenings rather than the usual Saturday afternoon. This allowed supporters to watch Tranmere on Fridays and Everton or Liverpool on Saturdays; Friday night games continued until the 1990s.[18] Russell guided Rovers back to Division Three in 1967,[19] a year before a new 4,000-seater main stand was opened.[9] He became general manager in 1969, allowing Jackie Wright to take over.[7]

John King joined the club as manager in 1975, having already made 241 appearances as a player, and spent seven years as captain.[20] He secured promotion from the Fourth Division,[21] but was sacked following subsequent relegation.[22] However, in his second spell as manager from 1987, King took the team from the bottom of Division Four to the brink of English football's top league.[3] Under his leadership, they won the League Trophy in 1990,[23] and reached the play-offs for promotion to the newly formed Premier League in 1993,[24] 1994,[25] and 1995.[26] In 1996, King was given the position of director of football and replaced by player-manager John Aldridge.[7]

Aldridge had played a large part in Tranmere's success under King, retiring in 1998 with a total of 174 goals in 294 games.[27] As a manager, he is remembered for the team's cup runs. Tranmere reached the 2000 Football League Cup Final,[28] beating top-flight Middlesbrough and Coventry City, before losing 2–1 to Leicester City in the last League Cup game to be played at the original Wembley Stadium.[7] The following season, the club progressed in the FA Cup, beating local Premier League rivals Everton 3–0 at Goodison Park,[29] then Southampton 4–3 (after being 0–3 down),[30] before losing to Liverpool.[31] With the club struggling in the league, Aldridge resigned one week after the Liverpool defeat.[32] Both King and Aldridge have been honoured in the Tranmere Hall of Fame.[33] In 2009, long-serving club physiotherapist Les Parry took over as manager from former England international John Barnes.[34] Parry was sacked on 4 March 2012[35] and replaced by Ronnie Moore.[36]

Managers[edit]

This list comprises all those who have held the position of manager of the first team of Tranmere. Each manager's entry includes his dates of tenure and the club's overall competitive record (in terms of matches won, drawn and lost). All full-time managers are listed, along with caretaker managers where known. Statistics for the current manager are correct to 8 April 2014.

List of managers
Manager From To P W D L W% Honours Notes References
Cooke, BertBert Cooke August 1912 30 April 1935 607 258 123 226 42.5 Lancashire Combination champions 1913–14[5]

Welsh Cup finalists 1933–34[37][note 1]

[8][39][note 2]
Carr, JackJack Carr 28 May 1935 November 1936 60 27 17 16 45.0 [40][41]
Knowles, JimJim Knowles November 1936 January 1939 98 38 16 44 38.8 Third Division North champions 1937–38[10] [42]
Ridding, BillBill Ridding[note 3] January 1939 May 1945 20 3 3 14 15.0 [45]
Blackburn, ErnieErnie Blackburn September 1946 13 December 1955 421 172 83 166 40.9 [46][47]
Kelly, NoelNoel Kelly 13 December 1955 September 1957 107 26 25 56 24.3 Player-manager [48][47]
Farrell, PeterPeter Farrell 5 October 1957 12 December 1960 164 63 34 67 38.4 Player-manager [49][50]
Galbraith, WalterWalter Galbraith 7 January 1961 25 November 1961 43 20 3 20 46.5 [51][52]
Russell, DaveDave Russell 15 December 1961 23 December 1969 379 167 82 130 44.1 Fourth Division promotion 1966–67[19] [15][53][54]
Wright, JackieJackie Wright 23 December 1969 9 April 1972 109 25 48 36 22.9 [55][54]
Yeats, RonRon Yeats 10 April 1972 4 April 1975 141 42 41 58 29.8 Player-manager [56][57]
King, JohnJohn King 13 April 1975 30 September 1980 246 80 73 93 32.5 Fourth Division promotion 1975–76[21] [58]
Hamilton, BryanBryan Hamilton 1 October 1980 7 February 1985 205 67 56 82 32.7 Player-manager [59]
Worthington, FrankFrank Worthington 9 July 1985 11 February 1987 83 24 23 36 28.9 Player-manager [60]
Moore, RonnieRonnie Moore 11 February 1987 13 April 1987 12 3 4 5 25.0 Player-manager [61]
King, JohnJohn King 13 April 1987 12 April 1996 488 211 129 148 43.2 Third Division promotion 1990–91[62]

Fourth Division promotion 1988–89[63]
League Trophy champions 1989–90[23]
League Trophy finalists 1990–91[23]

[58]
Aldridge, JohnJohn Aldridge 12 April 1996 17 March 2001 269 93 78 98 34.6 League Cup finalists 1999–2000[28] Player-manager [64]
Ray Mathias
Kevin Sheedy
18 March 2001 7 May 2001 11 1 3 7 09.1 Caretakers [65][66]
Watson, DaveDave Watson 20 May 2001 1 August 2002 55 22 15 18 40.0 [67]
Mathias, RayRay Mathias 1 August 2002 29 September 2003 66 29 18 19 43.9 [65]
McMahon, JohnJohn McMahon 29 September 2003 12 October 2003 3 1 0 2 33.3 Caretaker (1st spell) [68]
Little, BrianBrian Little 12 October 2003 9 June 2006 147 61 43 43 41.5 [69]
Moore, RonnieRonnie Moore 9 June 2006 5 June 2009 158 65 38 55 41.1 [61]
Barnes, JohnJohn Barnes 14 June 2009 9 October 2009 14 3 1 10 21.4 [70]
Parry, LesLes Parry 9 October 2009 4 March 2012 131 40 34 57 30.5 [71]
Moore, RonnieRonnie Moore 5 March 2012 17 February 2014 111 41 25 45 36.9 [61]
McMahon, JohnJohn McMahon 17 February 2014 27 May 2014 6 1 1 4 16.7 Caretaker (2nd spell) [68]
Edwards, RobRob Edwards 27 May 2014 13 October 2014 14 2 4 8 14.3 [72]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The club also won the Welsh Cup on 4 May 1935,[38] days after Cooke's departure.
  2. ^ Statistics from 27 August 1921.
  3. ^ Competitive football was abandoned during the Second World War. Some sources list Jimmy Moreton (1939–42), Bill Ridding (1942–46) and Tommy Jones (1946) as managers,[3] while other sources name only Ridding.[4][43][44]

References[edit]

General
  • Wilson, Steve; Upton, Gilbert; Bishop, Peter (24 July 2009). Tranmere Rovers: The Complete Record. Breedon. ISBN 978-1-85983-711-5. 
Specific
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  8. ^ a b Bishop (1990). "Cooke, Bert". pp. 10–11.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  22. ^ Felton, Paul. "Season 1978–79". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
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  33. ^ "Hall of Fame". Tranmere Rovers F.C. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
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  40. ^ "Jack Carr". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
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  42. ^ "Jim Knowles". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
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  46. ^ "Ernest Blackburn". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
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  49. ^ "Peter Farrell". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
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  54. ^ a b Bishop (1990). "Wright, Jackie". p. 70.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  56. ^ "Ron Yeats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
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  59. ^ "Bryan Hamilton". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  60. ^ "Frank Worthington". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  61. ^ a b c "Ronnie Moore". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
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  63. ^ Felton, Paul. "Season 1988–89". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
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  65. ^ a b "Ray Mathias". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  66. ^ "Kevin Sheedy". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  67. ^ "Dave Watson". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  68. ^ a b "John McMahon". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  69. ^ "Brian Little". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
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  71. ^ "Les Parry". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  72. ^ Cite error: The named reference soccerbase_edwards was invoked but never defined (see the help page).