We’ve been shortlisted for a Ladbrokes Northwest Football Award


In a surprising yet incredibly exciting piece of news, we’re delighted to confirm that RoversRearguard has been nominated for an award, for possibly the first time in its history.

It was announced via the Tranmere Rovers twitter account this morning that, along with Scott Davies’ nomination for Northwest Football Awards League Two Player of the Year and Harvey Gilmour’s for Northwest Football Awards Rising Star Of The Year, this very website has been shortlisted for the 2019 Fan Media Channel of the Year.

Firstly, let us start this piece by thanking whichever person, or persons, nominated us. It’s greatly appreciated and caught us totally off-guard when we saw it this morning.

UPDATE: We’ve now learned via email from The Northwest Football Awards that we were nominated by their judging panel.

It’s around 20 years since the first version of this website was launched by Barbara Jones back in the late 1990s, and we’ve been thrilled to be a part of Tranmere fans’ digital life over the decades since.

We’ve been on and off commercial networks, seen a message board grow from a mailing list into a behemoth of a forum, only to be torn down by aforementioned networks. We disappeared offline altogether in 2009 before returning when the club was at its lowest league position ever in 2017, since then growing back in to a site with regular content, the occasional podcast and even a bespoke Christmas card!

Our small team of writers contribute for nothing other than the love of Tranmere, and we invite contributions from anyone who fancies a try. We are often biased, may occasionally rub opposition fans up the wrong way, but we’re always passionate. And we’ve also managed to get the occasional scoop on transfer stories along the way.

So, if you’re still here, please feel free to pop over to vote for us on the Northwest Football Awards website. We’d be incredibly grateful.

We’re up against:

Redmen TV – an unofficial LFC website and YouTube channel which boasts more than 200k followers on Twitter and 390k subscribers on YouTube. 

Full Time Devils – a Manchester United YouTube channel with over 500k subscribers on YouTube and nearly 500k followers on Facebook!

Man City Superbia – a Manchester City fan site boasting City’s largest online fan forum.

The Pie at Night – an unofficial Wigan Athletic website much like our own site, including a popular Latics podcast.

As you can see from the first three listed there, we’re up against some significant competition. If it comes down purely to number of votes, which we believe it does, we won’t be troubling anyone.

We’d love it if you could vote though and boost our numbers.

Do so here:


Regardless, this has been a great surprise for the small team of contributors behind the site, including Paul Harper, Narko and Paddock_Charlie, and we look forward to continuing to build the site moving forwards.

Thank you.

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