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MK Dons ‘appalled’ by alleged racist abuse of Chuks Aneke on social media

• Forward was targeted after defeat to Tranmere on Saturday• MK Dons describe abuse as ‘totally disgusting and unacceptable’MK Dons say they are “appalled” after their forward Chuks Aneke was the subject of a racist social media post on Sunday.The post…

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Fernando Llorente hits hat-trick as Spurs steamroller Tranmere

A hat-trick from Fernando Llorente and two goals from Serge Aurier, the first a thumping drive from distance that Harry Kane could hardly have bettered, saw Tottenham into the FA Cup fourth round at the expense of Tranmere Rovers. The League Two side m…

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Tranmere Rovers v Tottenham Hotspur: FA Cup third round – live!

Updates from the 7.45pm GMT kick-off at Prenton ParkTen things to look out for in the FA Cup this weekendEmail Paul or tweet @Paul_Doyle with your thoughts 6.54pm GMT Tranmere: Davies, Ridehalgh, McNulty, McCullogh, Monthe, Caprice, Ellis, Gilmour, Har…

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‘We’re still here’: resurgent Tranmere take aim at Tottenham FA Cup upset

Tranmere have been through much since their mid-90s heyday but tie with Spurs on Friday puts them back in the spotlightStill here. Micky Mellon uses the words repeatedly when discussing Tottenham’s visit to Tranmere and, though unlikely to excite the c…

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Football League roundup: Ipswich earn first win of the season at Swansea

Trevoh Chalobah scores winner for IpswichForest Green only unbeaten team in Football LeagueAt the 12th attempt, Ipswich secured their first win of the campaign, defeating Swansea 3-2 away. It looked like it would be another desperate afternoon for Ipsw…

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Jürgen Klopp backs Loris Karius after Liverpool keeper’s latest mistake

• Manager unhappy at spotlight being placed on his No 1• Liverpool beat Tranmere 3-2 in pre-season friendlyJürgen Klopp has had to issue another vote of confidence in Loris Karius after the Liverpool goalkeeper erred in a pre-season friendly win over T…

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Bouncebackability: a word coined for the play-offs that fits them perfectly

The best preparation a team can have for a play-off final is the experience of losing one the year beforeBy Richard Foster, author of The Agony and the EcstasyIain Dowie coined the word bouncebackability in the 2003-04 season when describing how his Cr…

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Boreham Wood lost at Wembley but their journey has brought a lot of joy

Boreham Wood missed out on promotion to the Football League on Saturday but their football and affordable season tickets have made a father and his young son very happy By Steven Pye for That Sports Blog of the Sport NetworkIt never really happened for…

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Tranmere clinch promotion in epic style as James Norwood sinks Boreham Wood

• Boreham Wood 1-2 Tranmere Rovers• Tranmere triumph in play-off final despite first-minute sending offAfter three years enduring the purgatory of non-league football, Tranmere will return to League Two next season after beating Boreham Wood in a Natio…

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Tommy Lawrence, former Liverpool goalkeeper, dies aged 77

Goalkeeper won three major trophies in 390 appearances at clubLawrence made news in 2015 after chance encounter with reporterThe former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, a key member of Bill Shankly’s side in the early 1960s, has died aged 77.Lawren…

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Tommy Lawrence, former Liverpool goalkeeper, dies aged 77

Goalkeeper won three major trophies in 390 appearances at clubLawrence made news in 2015 after chance encounter with reporterThe former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, a key member of Bill Shankly’s side in the early 1960s, has died aged 77.Lawren…

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Dave Challinor: ‘I don’t do the long throw any more. Doctor’s orders’

The former Tranmere captain, a record breaker with his long throws, is manager of the AFC Fylde side who take on Wigan in the FA Cup second round on Friday – and he is no stranger to inflicting cup upsetsLook closely at the AFC Fylde kit when the Natio…

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Forest Green stun Tranmere to claim league place for first time

• Kaiyne Woolery scores twice in 3-1 play-off victory at Wembley
• Club are promoted to the EFL after 128 years in non-league

A year ago Forest Green were vowing to come back stronger after losing last season’s promotion final to Grimsby Town. They were as good as their word and, while the Gloucestershire club may be hard to pinpoint on a map, their name will become considerably more familiar when they make their Football League debut in August. This was a deserved victory over a frustrated Tranmere side that made crucial errors at both ends and the damage was done in a thrilling first half that swung both ways before opening up decisively. Kaiyne Woolery, a right-winger of considerable promise, was the hero with two of their goals, the first of which was among three that fitted their stage perfectly.

If the best of these shoot-outs are frayed affairs that blend quality and calamity in equal measure, for long periods this ticked every possible box. The floodgates opened when Woolery, who had already wriggled to the byline once, made a contribution of greater substance from infield. Perhaps Tranmere were confused by his drift into a deep pocket of space just inside their half; either way Woolery should not have been allowed to turn and drive forwards, his run culminating in a true left-footed shot from 25 yards that thudded low to Scott Davies’ right.

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What was the difference between Jason Koumas and Steven Gerrard? Not talent

As Steven Gerrard said goodbye to Liverpool as a legend last year, Jason Koumas was being relegated to the fifth tier. The former team-mates were equally gifted but one won the Champions League and the other never played in a final. Why?

By Leon Barton for In Bed With Maradona, of the Guardian Sport Network

When Liverpool and the Premier League said goodbye to Steven Gerrard a year ago, there was an avalanche of tributes in the media. It got me thinking about Gerrard’s old friend Jason Koumas, who, in contrast, was relegated from the Football League with Tranmere Rovers around the same time. Someone had to, I suppose.

I realise it might seem ludicrous to lump a man who won the Champions League, Uefa Cup, two FA Cups, three League Cups and represented England 114 times (encompassing six major tournaments) into the same introduction as a man who never won a trophy – or even played in a final – and played just 34 times for Wales, only once getting anywhere near to an international tournament before ultimately failing. But whenever I read or heard another eulogy for Liverpool’s departing captain, it brought to mind something my cousin – who played alongside Koumas as a youth team player at Tranmere – told me a few years earlier: “Jason had more ability than Steven Gerrard. The problem was ability was all he had.”

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Johnny King, former Tranmere Rovers manager, dies aged 77

• King led club from old fourth division to brink of the Premier League
• Current club chairman salutes ‘a true Tranmere legend’

Johnny King, the man who led Tranmere Rovers from the old fourth division to the brink of the Premier League, has died aged 77.

King started his playing career at Everton in 1957 but it was as manager of Tranmere that he enjoyed most success and became a revered figure at Prenton Park. During two spells in charge he won three promotions and in the second, from 1987 to 1996, almost took the Wirral club into the top flight.

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Tranmere Rovers’ 94-year stay in the Football League comes to sad end

Wirral club pay a heavy price for loan lottery of their former manager Micky Adams as they slide into the fifth tier after losing 3-2 at Plymouth

Hope may spring eternal but Mark Palios had to dig deep to find its source after Tranmere Rovers’ 94-year unbroken life in the Football League ended at Home Park with a 3-2 defeat by Plymouth Argyle. “Today it is devastating,” the chairman said, “but tomorrow it will not be disastrous.”

One way and another the die was cast by Devon. Hartlepool’s 2-1 defeat of Exeter ensured their own safety and condemned Rovers and Cheltenham to what is about to be the National League and, to historic Football League members, is outer darkness. In 1987 they escaped that fate on the last day – by beating Exeter. But 20 years ago, for the third year running, they were in the play-offs to get into the Premier League. In February 2013 they were top of League One. With two games to go a year ago they were 19th in that division. Their fall has been swift and surprising, the more so for the arrival of Palios and his wife, Nicola, as owners last August.

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Tranmere and Cheltenham relegated to Conference while Shrewsbury rise

• Tranmere beaten 3-2 at play-off chasing Plymouth Argyle
• Shrewsbury win 1-0 at Cheltenham to earn promotion to League One

Tranmere Rovers and Cheltenham Town have been relegated to the Conference from League Two, after defeats at Plymouth and at home to Shrewsbury Town, respectively.

Tranmere, who have been in the Football League since 1921, lost 3-2 at Plymouth Argyle, who are in the final play-off spot.

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Tranmere need repeat fairytale to prevent league exit after 94 years

Gary Williams saved Tranmere Rovers from dropping out of the Football League on the last day of the season in 1987 and they are desperate for another hero to step forward and maintain a membership that began in 1921
• Micky Adams leaves bottom club Tranmere Rovers

Tranmere Rovers have been members of the Football League since the year in which Charlie Chaplin released his first feature film but what they need now is a Gary Williams-style fairytale.

Williams was the improbable scorer of the goal that saved Tranmere from relegation to non-league on the last day of the season in 1987 and proved the catalyst to a renaissance that took them to a slew of Wembley appearances and the verge of the Premier League. Williams hopes the memory of that dramatic turnaround can help lift Rovers’ players, who need to find inspiration from somewhere pronto.

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Micky Adams leaves bottom club Tranmere Rovers by mutual consent

• Adams departs Tranmere role after 3-0 defeat to Oxford
• Rovers are bottom of League Two, two points adrift of safety
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Tranmere’s Iain Hume: ‘I try not to hold grudges, you have to get on with your life’

The Canadian forward on returning to Tranmere 15 years after his debut, playing in front of huge crowds in India and the incident in 2008 when Chris Morgan’s elbow fractured his skull

“This feels like coming home, back to where it all started,” Iain Hume says of his return to Tranmere Rovers. “I had other offers, some of them from League One clubs, but they all involved a lot of travelling. I only live round the corner from this place so there’s no need to uproot the family or spend hours on the road.”

Having just returned from the Indian Super League, where he was voted player of the tournament, no less, after reaching the final with David James’s Kerala Blasters, Hume is done with travelling for a while. Though the inaugural ISL season was only three months long – four if you count pre-season work – he left his family in England and took up his new challenge alone. He enjoyed it so much he might be back again later this year, having signed only a six-month contract with Tranmere, but if the forward does return he intends to make sure his wife and daughters can at least visit.

Related: Carlisle halt Tranmere’s surge and spoil Hume’s homecoming | Jeremy Alexander

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