Tranmere Rovers Trust announce plans to erect a life-size statue at Prenton Park in honour of Tranmere's greatest ever Manager Johnny King and launch a fundraising campaign......
The Tranmere Rovers Supporters Trust has this week confirmed that it is launching a fund-raising campaign to erect a statue of legendary manager Johnny King at Prenton Park. The Trust, which will formally launch the campaign at its AGM prior to Saturday's match with Oldham Athletic, is aiming to raise £50,000 to fund a life-size bronze statue as a permanent tribute to the club's greatest ever manager.
Liverpool-based sculptor Tom Murphy, famous for his representations of Bill Shankly, Dixie Dean and John Lennon, has already agreed to be sculptor and the King family have said they are delighted to back the campaign.
Although the former Borough Road stand was re-named the Johnny King Stand in 2002, the Trust believes that his achievements deserve the recognition that a statue would represent.
Speaking of the announcement this week, Trust Chairman Ben Harrison said....
"Johnny King is the club's greatest ever manager and is rightly revered by every Tranmere Rovers supporter. A loyal servant as both player and manager, the unparalleled success and style of football played by his teams as we rose from near oblivion to the verge of the Premier League, was better than anything ever seen at Prenton Park."
"The late 1980s and early 1990s are understandably seen as the golden era in Tranmere's history, and Johnny King was the mastermind behind those glory days. He is to Tranmere supporters what Shankly is to Liverpool fans, and the Trust is proud to launch this campaign to install a statue at Prenton Park as a permanent tribute to his achievements."
Born in 1938, Johnny King began a playing career spanning more than 400 games at Everton. He arrived at Tranmere in 1960 and made more than 240 appearances, helping the club win promotion from the old Fourth Division in 1967.
He began the first of two spells as manager at Prenton Park in 1975, leading the club to promotion in 1976, but it is his second spell for which he is regarded as the club's greatest ever manager, steering the club away from relegation to non-league football with a 1-0 victory over Exeter City after taking over in 1987.
The following season, Rovers began a meteoric rise with promotion out of the old fourth division. Wembley became a second home for the club as King led Rovers to successive Leyland DAF Cup Finals and play-off finals, Chris Malkin's extra-time winner against Bolton taking Rovers to the second tier in 1991.
Having pulled off an incredible coup in signing John Aldridge from Real Sociedad, King consolidated Rovers in their first season before leading the club to three successive play-offs for promotion to the Premier League and the heartbreak of a Coca Cola Cup semi-final defeat to Ron Atkinson's Aston Villa.
As well as unparalleled success, King is revered for the free-flowing attacking football his teams played and his legendary quotes to the media.
Supporters who would like to make a donation can do so online shortly by visiting www.tranmereroverstrust.co.uk or by sending a Cheque made payable to TWFST to Tranmere Rovers Trust, PO Box 352, Birkenhead, CH25 9EG.
I think the sentiment is to be respected however the sum of 50K if raised could go to the funding of a player or to essential changes to the main stand. I share all the respect to JK having seen him play and manage Rovers and do agree he should be honoured but just not sure on the price.
agree Dave, seen his sides with and with out PJ and the likes of Aldo ! there is a stand named after him ! that's plenty ! let's keep our feet on the ground and stay focused on our Club and it's future
They would probably not raise 50K if it was for anything else though. I wouldn't necessarily donate money for anything else (depending what it was) but I will donate towards a statue for Johnny King without hesitation.
Feel kind of bad saying money could be spent else where and agree with Sub that we probably wouldnt raise that sum for anything else, I am for recognising JK, could a bust on a plinth not be consider that would be less in price but if the aim was 50k then some money could then go towards something else linked to the club
people under 30 wont fully understand what he did and how
he changed our football club, naming the crappiest stand we have after him is not enough, the statue is a great idea and well deserved, i love kingy
King was a legend for this club. it's all very well having a bit of money to spend but you still have to spend it well and it was the style of football he played as well which put us on the map.He was also a real character and a gentleman. I remember as a kid after we went to Wembley for the mercantile thing standing outside the main front door with hundreds of others trying to get autographs and he invited me in, took me to the players lounge and introduced me to some of the players and got me their autographs. I met him a few years ago in Parkgate and basically thanked him for all the memories. His health wasn't great but he just smiled and said "we had some good times didn't we?" Very under-stated and modest but that sums the man up. A statue is a fitting tribute to him and I for one will be contributing to the fund.
Hi l appreciated so much what Kingy did
we had a attacking side with flair and Power
and it was a pleasure to go to Prenton Park
on a Friday evening,then on to the Saddle club
Anyway here`s a poem l wrote which appeared
in one of the programmes, l think against Colchester United
in the old 4th division, under the Heading Verse Could Be Worse
JOHN KING HAD A VISION
IN LILLYWHITE AND BLUE
TO TAKE THE TEAM, HE LOVED SO WELL
THE ROAD DIVISION 2
THEN STOOD UP PETER JOHNSON
WITH FRANK CORFE, BY HIS SIDE
I`LL MAKE THIS LITTLE FOOTBALL TEAM
THE PRIDE OF MERSEYSIDE
YOU CAN KEEP YOUR TONY COTTEE
AND RUSHIE, THATS FOR SURE
WE HAVE A SECRET WEAPON HERE
HIS NAME IS IAN MUIR
I STAND BY MY CONVICTION
AND MEAN ALL THAT I SAY
W`ELL HAVE APACKED OUT TROPHY ROOM
AT PRENTON PARK, ONE DAY
I WONT BE PANIC BUYING
LIKE MANAGERS YOU SEE
JUST WATCH US GO NEXT SEASON BOY
NEXT STOP DIVISION 3
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