Merseyside is backing Rovers.
FOOTBALL supporters all over Merseyside will be rooting for Tranmere Rovers today as they look to end their three-year exile from the Football League.
The Birkenhead club have always been part of the fabric of football here, giving Everton legend Dixie Dean his grounding in the game between the World Wars, as well as enabling Kop idols Ron Yeats and John Aldridge to enjoy Indian summers at the end of their careers.
Their exhilarating ride to the brink of the Premier League under Johnny King in the early 1990s and sensational cup exploits later on under Aldo's stewardship won them admirers up and down the country.
Last season's Wembley heartbreak seems only to have intensified the desire of everyone at Prenton Park to regain their rightful place this time.
Hopefully it will not be too long before, to quote the late, great Johnny King, the "big ocean liners" of Everton and Liverpool are once again having to keep a close eye out for the "deadly submarine" that is Tranmere Rovers.
DAN KAY ECHO WRITER