Who Are These Jobbers?
I often wonder about our last visit to Prenton Park and what it would like in the hyper-hysterical footballing world in 2020. Just for a second try to imagine the utter, utter fury and reams of Athletic articles that would be spawned from one of the most blatant acts of cheating in the history of the FA Cup.
Then, added to this, the manager of the guilty team simply admits to doing it on purpose and literally nothing happens. Even for those in attendance in Birkenhead that day were in complete bemusement that Tranmere managed to sub a player that had been sent off, and said substitution would make a goal-line clearance in the dying moments to knock Sunderland out of the cup.
Alas, in a VAR-fuelled world we will never see the cheating bastard actions of John Aldridge played out in the world’s oldest cup competition ever again.
What’s The Ground Like?
Do you like floodlights?
Good, Prenton Park has those lovely lights that people dedicated Instagram accounts to. For those that haven’t attended before, it’s a classic 1990s redeveloped stadium with an enormous Main Stand, a Kop, a diddy side stand and the excellently Cowshed Stand - which is where 2,500 beautiful Mackems will be situated.
How Do I Get There?
For late-night driving fans, take the A1(M) and M1 down to junction 42 before joining the M62 heading west. Exit at junction 12 but then rejoin following the signs for Liverpool, once in vibrant Merseyside take the Queensway Tunnel to Birkenhead and once you emerge keep following the A552. Take a left onto Borough Road and the ground is on your left-hand side.
Your best bet for parking is on the quiet streets of Prenton and when you inevitably get lost, plop CH42 9PY into your sat nav.
The nearest train stations to the ground are Rock Ferry and Birkenhead Central, both served by Liverpool Lime Street, and are just a 20-minute walk away.
Where Can I Get The Sesh Started?
If you can resist the urge of visiting the UK’s best pub (The Ship & Mitre on Dale Street in Liverpool), the Prenton area is well stocked in delicious alehouses. If you only have the chance to visit one then it simply has to be The Cock & Pullet on Woodchurch Road. What a name, just, what a name.
A short distance from the world’s best named pub is The Shrewsbury Arms on Claughton Firs, another perfectly fine establishment for you Greene King fans. Closer to the ground you’ll find Halfway House, also on Woodchurch Road, and the Birch Tree on Prenton Park Road. Alternatively, Tranmere host a fanzone of sorts, which will no doubt resemble the Phoenix Club Family Fun Day.
What Can I Do Around Here?
Three words - Knowsley Safari Park.