Tranmere 1 – 1 Albion

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I drove up early doors to this match, I was staying with an old mate at his home in Liverpool. We headed over to Birkenhead at 12pm with me raving about the Albion, and LuaLua in particular. My mate is a lifelong season ticket holder at Goodison Park, so he smiled indulgently at me and stressed that Prenton Park, by contrast,  was “a shithole”.

We had a couple of scoops in the imaginatively named “Prenton Park” pub, and got in for a quick beer in the ground, then took our seats among the already noisy Albion away support. Scouse mate was impressed by our crowd and was embarassed for the miserable home turnout, “I told you it was a shithole” he smirked, and then he spotted some nork sat in the home stands in a Liverpool shirt! “What a fucking meff! That’s Tranmere for you”. He had a point, I couldn’t see an Albion ‘fan’ sitting in Withers in a Chelsea shirt, surely not?

But I don’t like to slag Rovers myself, they are a proud old club that are, like many others, in dire straits. Sitting in the shadows of the two Merseyside giants over the river can’t be easy. They are like Stockport or Oldham further up the M62 in that respect, so I feel a small club empathy for them, but not on matchday.

The game. After singing LuaLua’s  praises, Gus Poyet put him on the bench, why oh why? We started like “the Arsenal of League One” people say we are and matey was duly impressed. Murray scored and we were sailing into half time. More swiftily sunk beer and we were back out for the second period fully expecting a rout.

I’ll let scouse describe the turnaround in the game in the second half “Tranmere are battering you now, their keeper hasn’t moved this whole half”, it was hard to argue with him, and the Albion came away with a hardly deserved draw. At the final whistle I asked him, “Ok Bluenose, how do you like division three football, you know real football?” “Erm, I’ll stick with Everton thanks”. And who can blame him, Brighton failed to impress. Man of the match? Casper Ankergren.

I was only deflated for as long as it took to drive to Bootle, get showered and hit the pubs. I haven’t been out in this neck of the woods since a wedding in 1994. Bootle was pretty much the same as then – first pub we were in was quiet for ten minutes until a drunken lad with no shirt on burst in and started twatting another bloke sat with his bird! The barmen chucked him out and we and the old locals returned to our ale as if nothing happened.

I sought out the “Jawbone”, for me the best pub name ever – it was shut, on a Saturday night! WTF? So we took a cab down to the meat market that is Matthew Street – scouse wimmen certainly haven’t changed, regardless of age they were tarted up to the nines and mostly blootered on vodka and alcopops. My little mate can’t drink like me (these soft Northerners eh?) and we headed home at 1am.

All in all it was like the old cliche – a great weekend spoiled by a shite game of football. Albion are still top of the league – just – so ultimately it was a fruitful journey football-wise too. The star of the show was the city of Liverpool itself – love it.

The Hovian’s Team performance :  5 out 10

The Hovian’s Man of the Match : Casper Ankergren

Npower League One table

Sunday, 3 October 2010 00:00 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full Npower League One table
1 Brighton 10 7 21
2 Peterborough 10 7 19
3 Bournemouth 10 11 17
4 Carlisle 10 7 16
5 Rochdale 10 6 16
6 Colchester 10 4 16
7 Exeter 10 -1 16
8 Charlton 10 1 15
9 Bristol R 10 -2 15
10 Sheff Wed 10 6 14
11 Huddersfield 10 1 14
12 Oldham 10 1 14
13 MK Dons 10 -2 14
14 Notts County 10 -3 13
15 Southampton 10 1 12
16 Swindon 10 -1 12
17 Plymouth 10 -4 12
18 Hartlepool 10 -7 12
19 Yeovil 10 -7 11
20 Dag & Red 10 -6 10
21 Tranmere 10 -6 10
22 Leyton Orient 10 -3 9
23 Brentford 10 -5 9
24 Walsall 10 -5 7
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4 Responses to “Tranmere 1 – 1 Albion”

  1. nifty 50 Says:

    I used to drink in the jawbone when i first moved up here 5 years ago it used to be a cracking pub but like many others now days it got a rep for drugs and most of the people that used it started going some wear else.Your right about matthew street i can’t stand it next time your up here try the top end of town slater street and bold street.

  2. The Hovian Says:

    The Jawbone was a pothead’s pub even back when I used to visit regularly. If I can stay sober enough I’ll check out Slater & Bold Streets next time

    Cheers

  3. glasfryn Says:

    A game we could and should have won
    we must learn to nail a side when we have the chance
    Barnsie is going to get a hat full one of the days

    may well be a valuable point though

    G

  4. The Hovian Says:

    It could be G, we haven’t had anything off them up there for so long, still top of the table so no real complaints

    Barnes gets the head staggers too much when he’s through on goal – he needs to settle his nerves, if only Murray had so many chances, but he did score a cracking goal on Saturday

    Cheers

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