Many Moore Points (since Ronnie filled in the form for Rovers)

Posted: April 5, 2012 in Tranmere Rovers FC
Tags: , ,

In last Monday’s blog post I had a look at the recent form table for my beloved Reds. But tomorrow I’m off on one of my occasional visits to Tranmere, who also hold a place in my heart, so let’s have a look at their recent form now. The first table shows the form through the dark days of winter, from 1st November right through to 1st March.

P W D L CS FtS F A GD Pt PPG
1 Sheffield United 16 12 0 4 8 2 30 11 +19 36 2.25
2 Charlton Athletic 17 11 5 1 8 1 29 11 +18 38 2.24
3 Milton Keynes Dons 16 9 4 3 5 1 35 19 +16 31 1.94
4 Stevenage 15 7 5 3 5 6 24 13 +11 26 1.73
5 Sheffield Wednesday 17 8 4 5 5 4 24 18 +6 28 1.65
6 Bournemouth 17 8 4 5 7 6 19 13 +6 28 1.65
7 Carlisle United 15 6 6 3 3 5 22 23 -1 24 1.60
8 Huddersfield Town 16 6 7 3 4 3 27 19 +8 25 1.56
9 Leyton Orient 15 6 4 5 5 4 16 17 -1 22 1.47
10 Yeovil Town 16 6 4 6 3 2 25 29 -4 22 1.38
11 Notts County 17 6 4 7 5 3 19 22 -3 22 1.29
12 Bury 17 6 4 7 2 3 24 29 -5 22 1.29
13 Brentford 15 4 7 4 4 5 23 19 +4 19 1.27
14 Colchester United 15 5 4 6 5 4 17 22 -5 19 1.27
15 Hartlepool United 18 6 4 8 7 7 20 20 0 22 1.22
16 Oldham Athletic 14 4 5 5 3 7 14 19 -5 17 1.21
17 Walsall 16 3 9 4 6 5 15 16 -1 18 1.12
18 Preston North End 16 4 5 7 6 7 14 21 -7 17 1.06
19 Exeter City 17 4 6 7 6 9 15 21 -6 18 1.06
20 Wycombe Wanderers 17 5 2 10 2 6 28 37 -9 17 1.00
21 Chesterfield 17 3 6 8 2 5 17 28 -11 15 0.88
22 Rochdale 17 3 6 8 7 9 10 22 -12 15 0.88
23 Scunthorpe United 16 3 5 8 3 5 16 24 -8 14 0.88
24 Tranmere Rovers 16 1 6 9 4 6 12 22 -10 9 0.56

Pretty depressing stuff for the Prenton Park faithful.

But now let’s have a  look at the springtime form, since Rovers legend Ronnie Moore at long last returned to replace Les Parry as manager. The table shows games for the 4 weeks from 1st March (yes I know that means I’ve conveniently cut out last Saturday’s defeat at Bury):

1 Sheffield Wednesday 5 4 1 0 2 0 12 4 +8 13 2.60
2 Tranmere Rovers 6 4 2 0 3 0 10 3 +7 14 2.33
3 Wycombe Wanderers 5 3 2 0 1 1 12 5 +7 11 2.20
4 Huddersfield Town 5 3 2 0 3 0 7 3 +4 11 2.20
5 Carlisle United 6 3 3 0 1 1 10 5 +5 12 2.00
6 Sheffield United 6 3 2 1 1 0 15 8 +7 11 1.83
7 Yeovil Town 6 3 1 2 1 2 7 8 -1 10 1.67
8 Walsall 6 2 3 1 1 1 10 8 +2 9 1.50
9 Brentford 6 3 0 3 2 3 7 6 +1 9 1.50
10 Milton Keynes Dons 6 2 2 2 1 1 10 6 +4 8 1.33
11 Stevenage 6 1 5 0 3 2 6 5 +1 8 1.33
12 Scunthorpe United 6 1 5 0 3 3 5 4 +1 8 1.33
13 Colchester United 7 1 5 1 3 2 6 6 0 8 1.14
14 Hartlepool United 5 1 2 2 3 4 1 2 -1 5 1.00
15 Preston North End 7 1 4 2 3 3 5 7 -2 7 1.00
16 Notts County 5 1 2 2 1 1 8 10 -2 5 1.00
17 Bournemouth 5 1 2 2 1 2 4 7 -3 5 1.00
18 Leyton Orient 6 2 0 4 2 2 6 11 -5 6 1.00
19 Oldham Athletic 7 2 0 5 2 2 6 9 -3 6 0.86
20 Charlton Athletic 5 1 1 3 1 2 6 8 -2 4 0.80
21 Rochdale 5 1 1 3 0 2 6 10 -4 4 0.80
22 Chesterfield 5 0 3 2 1 2 4 9 -5 3 0.60
23 Bury 5 0 2 3 1 1 4 13 -9 2 0.40
24 Exeter City 5 0 0 5 0 3 2 12 -10 0 0.00

So yes, most people who go on radio phone-in shows to demand a manager’s head may well be knee-jerk divvies, and yes many chairmen who sack managers at this time of year may well be needy, deluded jerks (step forward Ken Bates and Steve Morgan in particular), but they do very often have a point. It did  seem that Les Parry, Tranmere’s loveable former physio, was out of his depth, and Rovers Chairman Peter “Agent” Johnson  has realised how wrong he was to dismiss Moore in summer ’09 and replace him with John Barnes – a nice bloke, sure enough, but long since proven to be even worse as a football manager than he is as a TV presenter. Barnes’ tenure lasted a few short months,  and somehow Les Parry’s stand-in stint dragged on till this year.

Four League Division One clubs  changed their manager at the end of February or beginning of March, and you can see that three of those four (Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield as well as Tranmere) have significantly improved their form from that winter table to that one for  last month. In fact those clubs comprise three of the top four in the March form table.

The revival of rejuvenated Rovers has verged on the miraculous. Tranmere had looked doomed, but within 10 days of Moore’s re-appointment they had gathered more points than in the previous 4 months. I’m looking forward to seeing the “Ronnie Revival” in action myself at Friday’s match at Prenton Park – and it’s only a fiver to get in!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s