Forget Solihull Moors, Boreham Wood and Maidstone, Tranmere will be renewing old acquaintances with the likes of Port Vale, Bury and Oldham Athletic in League Two next season.
After a three-year absence from the Football League, Rovers produced a remarkable display in the face of adversity yesterday. Reduced to 10 men after 50 seconds, all subs used by half-time, yet still Micky Mellon’s heroes fought their way through.
It was fitting that top goal scorers Andy Cook and James Norwood scored a goal each in the showpiece final, Norwood cementing his place in Tranmere folklore for ever more.
As for Rovers and their fans, they return to the Football League a different club than the one that limped out three years ago. Refurbished on and off the pitch. Prenton Park has never looked better, we have a new training ground, a manager who understands the club and the fans, not to mention knows how to get promoted from League Two as well.
It feels like the football world has re-balanced itself somewhat. Rather than us welcoming 20 fans from Gateshead on a Tuesday night, finally there is the opportunity for some decent away followings. Oldham, Bury, Vale and Coventry can all bring 500-1000 away fans depending on circumstances.
Let us hope we never have to visit that dour National League ever again. I don’t want to see another Vanarama or Jako logo inside Prenton Park until the end of time.
We’re on our way back.
We will have a stack of content over the coming weeks to celebrate our return to the EFL, so make sure you visit regularly to stay up-to-date.