About The Trip

On Saturday 1st November 2014, the Tranmere Rovers Trust will unveil a permanent tribute to Johnny King, Tranmere Rovers greatest ever manager, in the form of an imposing, bronze-cast statue at Prenton Park. And to accompany the unveiling, we are proud to announce A TRIP TO THE MOON – a festival of celebrations to mark this momentous occasion.

A TRIP TO THE MOON begins on Thursday 30th October with A TRIP THROUGH THE DECADES: an evening celebrating the successes of Tranmere sides from the 1970s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Each decade will be represented by great players and managers from each era, who will share their stories and memories from some of the club’s most historic moments. Inspired by the hugely successful Johnny King statue fundraising event in April earlier this year, the event will again give fans the opportunity to rub shoulders with iconic players of the era and hear the stories of some of the clubs most successful moments first hand.

The evening will include live, in-conversation sessions with players from each of the decades, plus special guest speakers and a two-course, organic hog roast. We are pleased to announce that the following players will be attending –

Roy “Pancho” Parnell
Jimmy Cumbes
Mark Palios
Kenny Irons
Shaun Garnett
Dave Higgins
Andy Parkinson
Jason Koumas
Ray Mathias
Gary Jones

The players will be live in coversation with John Keith, Nick Hilton & Derek Jones.

Doors for the evening are at 7pm, with the programme commencing from 8pm.

Full ticket details and timings are available on our TICKETS page.

THE MOON LANDING CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL is a Craft Beer Festival with a Tranmere twist, running across the weekend of the Johnny King Statue unveiling. Along with A TRIP THROUGH THE DECADES the festival will be held in the Tranmere Recreation Centre, underneath The Kop stand at Prenton Park. THE MOON LANDING CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL will feature brews from Merseyside’s rich cohort of quality, independent brewers (such as Brimstage, Liverpool Organic, Liverpool Craft, Peerless and Liverpool One) alongside a selection of the finest tipples from the best brewers in the land. This will be accompanied by a very special selection of guest DJs, fabulous food and TRFC related surprises.

DJs for the festival include –

The Coral DJs
By The Sea DJs
Bido Lito! DJs
Oxygen Thieves DJs
Astral Coast DJs

Tickets for THE MOON LANDING CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL are available over three sessions on Friday 31st October, Saturday 1st November and Sunday 2nd November. There will also be a shorter session before the Stevenage game on 1st November, available to anybody who has bought tickets for either of the three main sessions, or A TRIP THROUGH THE DECADES. There will be a limited number of first come, first served public tickets for the Saturday pre-match session, after the Johnny King Statue unveiling.

Full ticket details and timings are available on our TICKETS page.


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 last-gasp 1-0 victory over Exeter City within weeks of 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 the club to successive Leyland DAF Cup Finals and play-off finals in 1990 and 1991, 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.