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ROVERS ROVERS STAND STAND UP FOR UP FOR THE THE King King; Prenton Park salutes club's greatest ever manager.

Byline: NICK HILTON Tranmere reporter nick.hilton@liverpool.com LIVECHOSPORT @

TRANMERE fans rose to salute Johnny King, the most successful manager in the Wirral club's history, on an afternoon of emotion and celebration at Prenton Park.

A little after noon, a statue of King, funded by supporters and sculpted by Liverpool artist Tom Murphy, was unveiled by the man himself.

The sculpture now dominates the entrance to the Main Stand at Pren ton Park.

King and his family were joined at the ceremony by Ray Mathias, who worked alongside King as a player, captain and coach.

Then, shortly before the kick-off of Tranmere's League Two encounter with Stevenage, King and his family watched from the Main Stand as fans in the Johnny King Stand opposite raised cards above their heads to reveal a mosaic bearing King's initials. Fans stood to applaud the man who led Tranmere to three promotions in two spells as manager, the first from 1975 to 1980, the second from 1987 to 1996, when he took the club from the foot of the basement division to hammer on the door of the Premier League for three sea sons in the mid 90s.

Ben Harrison, chairman of the Tranmere Rovers Trust, who insti gated the project said: "It is a source of pride that while the statue of Bill Shankly at Anfield was paid for by a sponsor and the statue of Dixie Dean at Goodison was paid for by Everton, the statue of Johnny King has been funded by supporters."

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LEGEND: Johnny King | |with sculptor Tom Murphy, as his statue is unveiled at Prenton Park. Below: Rovers fans form a mosaic for King GARETH JONES

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Date:Nov 2, 2014
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