Tranmere Rovers

Prenton Park

Capacity: 16,587 (all seated)
Address: Prenton Rd West, Birkenhead, CH42 9PY
Telephone: 0333 014 4452
Fax: 0151 609 0606
Ticket Office: 0333 014 4452 (Option 1)
Pitch Size: 112 x 72 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Rovers
Year Ground Opened: 1912
Undersoil Heating: No
Shirt Sponsors: B&M Waste Services
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: White With Royal Blue Trim

External View
External View
Kop and Main Stands
Kop and Main Stands
Looking Towards The Cowshed Stand
Looking Towards The Cowshed Stand
John King Stand
John King Stand
Cowshed Stand
Cowshed Stand
Main Stand
Main Stand
Kop Stand
Kop Stand
Main and Cowshed Stands
Main and Cowshed Stands
John King Statue
John King Statue

Prenton Park Main ReceptionPrenton Park is dominated by the Kop Stand at one end of the stadium. This stand which was opened in 1995 has a large tall single tier which has a capacity of 5,696 seats and dwarfs the rest of the ground. Opposite is the Cowshed Stand, which got its name from the old stand that was there before it was built. This single tiered stand looks a little strange as one side of it has more rows than the other, giving a sloping effect. It has an electric scoreboard mounted on its roof. On the other side is the Johnny King Stand (formerly the Borough Road Stand and now named after a former manager), which is a small covered stand that runs the entire length of the pitch. Both these stands were also opened in 1995.

On the remaining side of the ground is the Main Stand, which was opened in 1968. It is a fair sized two-tiered all seated stand, that is covered. It has a larger upper tier and does contain a couple of supporting pillars. The team dugouts are also located at the front of this stand.  It has a capacity of 5,957. The ground in its corners has a set of four unusual looking floodlight pylons. Outside the ground, there is a statue of the Clubs’ most successful manager John King.

 

Prenton Park Away Fans Turnstiles

Away fans are housed in the affectionately named Cowshed Stand at one end, where up to 2,500 fans can be accommodated in this single tier all seated stand. You will be relieved to know that the only connection with a real cowshed is the name. As this covered, all seated stand, has good facilities and unhindered views of the playing action, being free of any supporting pillars. The concourses are of a good size and the acoustics of the stand good, meaning that away fans can really make some noise from inside this stand. The stand is also located close to the pitch, which is always a positive.

Food inside on offer includes; Double Burgers (£4.50), Cheeseburgers (£4), Burgers (£3.50), Hot Dogs (£3.50), Steak and Kidney or Meat and Potato pies (£3.50). 

Normally the prospect of a day out in Birkenhead, doesn’t do much to heighten expectations, but the ground is in a pleasant part of town

Prenton Park HotelOutside the Main Stand, the Club have put together a Fanzone, which visiting supporters are welcome to visit. Run by the Tranmere Rovers Supporters Trust, it not only has a giant screen showing televised football, but has a mix of music, street food, plus a bar serving amongst other things, real ales and craft beers. Just across the road from the away turnstiles is the Prenton Park Hotel (pictured right), which normally has a good mix of home and away supporters. Almost a stone's throw away along Prenton Park Road is the Birch Tree, which also welcomes visiting fans. Previously called the Mersey Clipper, it has been refurbished and is now part of the Flaming Grill chain. Apart from offering food, it also has the benefit of showing Sky and BT Sports. You can also park in their car park for £5, the price of which is redeemable inside the pub against the cost of food and drink.

Other pubs in walking distance of the ground are the Sportsmans Arms on Prenton Road East, which welcomes visiting supporters, as well as the Cock and Pullet on Woodchurch Road. David Sindall adds; 'The Cock and Pullet is about a ten minute walk away from Prenton Park and is great real ale pub. Otherwise, alcohol is available in the away end, in the form of Carlsberg Lager, John Smiths Smooth and Strongbow Cider (all £3.50, but no draught beer - only bottles or cans).

David Nicholson a visiting Carlisle United fan adds; 'Around the corner from the Prenton Park Hotel is a  Chinese takeaway which was doing a roaring trade on our visit. The fish and chips were delicious'.

All fans please note, it is a criminal offence to drink alcohol on the streets of Birkenhead, you may find yourself being arrested if you do.  

From M6/M56 join the M53 and exit at Junction 4 and take the B5151 Mount Road from the fourth exit of the roundabout (the ground is signposted from here). After two and a half miles when Mount Road becomes Storeton Road, turn right at the traffic lights (there is a church on the far right hand corner) into Prenton Road West and the ground is down this road on the right hand side.

Sue Warwick adds; 'An easier route to the ground is to leave the M53 at Junction 3 and take the A552 Woodchurch Road towards Birkenhead. You will pass a Sainsburys and then as you reach the Half Way House pub turn right at the traffic lights onto the B5151 Mount Road. Take the first left for the ground'.

There is a car park at the ground which costs £5, otherwise, street parking, but beware that there is a strict local residents parking scheme in operation around Prenton Park. Further along Borough Road, going past the Kop Stand, is a sports ground which has parking spaces costing £3 per car. You can also park at the Birch Tree pub, which is next to the stadium. It costs £5, but this is refunded inside against the purchase price of food and drink.

I got hopelessly lost trying to find the ground and did actually end up at the Mersey admiring the views of Liverpool across the river. My frustrations were not eased, when on asking a local chap for directions to the football ground the guy replied 'Liverpool or Everton?' After asking about another three locals I finally found the ground after going round most of Birkenhead. 

Post Code for SAT NAV: CH42 9PY

The closest railway stations are Rock Ferry and Birkenhead Central, both served by Liverpool Lime Street. Both stations are a fair walk from the ground (15-20 minutes). Philip Jackman provides directions from Rock Ferry station; 'Upon leaving Rock Ferry turn right and walk up Bedford Road for a fair distance until you reach a roundabout. At the roundabout, turn right into Bebington Road and walk along this road until you reach the Sportsman pub. Then turn left into Prenton Road and you will reach the ground and away fans turnstiles on your left.' Whilst Adam Hodson provides directions from Birkenhead Central; 'On exiting the station cross the road, turn right, then at the roundabout turn Left onto Borough Road (A552 towards) Heswall. Go through four sets of traffic lights passing a Shell Garage on the on the left hand side and at the 5th roundabout (signposted B5152 Clatterbridge and Tranmere Rovers FC), Walk straight through onto Borough Road and the Ground is on the right hand side after passing the Prenton Park Pub. It took around 15 Minutes from the station'. Alternatively you can get a bus to the ground from the nearby Conway Bus Station, by making your way through the Grange Shopping Precinct, which is located on the opposite side of the main roundabout outside Birkenhead Central Station. For bus services see below.

Tony Combes informs me; 'If coming from Liverpool Lime Street, the nearest Merseyrail Underground is Conway Park (New Brighton and West Kirby lines), alighting and ascending to street level. You can then get a bus from Conway Park Bus Station which is within 100 yards on your right. Buses: 41, 42, 71, 72, 403, 413, 423 all take to you the bottom of Singleton Avenue which is the alighting point.  The ground is then five minutes walk from here, heading along Borough Road.  Alternatively, the 164, 177 and 464 will take you almost adjacent to the ground, alighting at the bus stop opposite Bogan’s Carpets and the Prenton Park pub'. Hugh Dickinson adds; 'You can also catch a bus from near Liverpool Lime Street Station to Birkenhead. Bus services 471 and 472 depart from Sir Thomas Street (about 5 minutes walk from Lime Street) to Borough Road in Birkenhead (about 5 minutes walk from Prenton Park). The journey time is approximately 20 minutes and it costs £3.80 return.'

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Home Fans*
Main Stand: Adults £20, Over 65's/Under 23's £13, Under 18's £6, Under 14's £5**
John King Stand: Adults £17, Over 65's/Under 23's £10, Under 18's £5, Under 14's £2**
Kop Stand: Adults £17, Over 65's/Under 23's £10 Under 18's £5, Under 14's £2**

Away Fans*
Cowshed Stand: Adults £17, Over 65's/Under 23's £10, Under 18's £5, Under 14's £2**

* These prices are for tickets that are purchased prior to matchday. Tickets bough on the day of the game cost up to £2 more per ticket.

** Must be accompanied by an adult.

Please note that for Under 23's tickets in all home sections and for both Over 65's and Under 23's in the away stand. Tickets must be purchased from the ticket office and that proof of age will be required.

Official Programme £3

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the 
Level Playing Field website.

Tranmere Rovers FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Chester and Wrexham.

Record Attendance

24,424 v Stoke City
FA Cup 4th Round, 5th February 1972.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record

16,177 v Middlesbrough
Division One, 7th May 1995.

Average Attendance

2016-2017: 5,173 (National League)
2015-2016: 5,084 (National League)
2014-2015: 5,192 (League Two)

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If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.

Special thanks to John Spooner for providing the photo of the John King Statue.

Special thanks also to Owen Pavey for providing the ground layout diagram of Prenton Park.

Tranmere Rovers v Gateshead
National League
Tuesday 10th April 2018, 7:45pm
Jamie Smalling (Gateshead fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Prenton Park?
 
I was looking forward to this match as I was working in Liverpool over the weekend and wouldn't get back home until midweek. This was the perfect opportunity for me to go and watch my local side away from home as I normally just go to the home matches at Gateshead international stadium.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I first made the journey into Liverpool City Centre which was straightforward and then onto Brikenhead which I dreaded after been told many bad things about the area. However, when I got there it wasn't as bad as I personally expected even the local people were helpful which was really nice.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
The home fans were welcoming towards the away fans and even made conversation with a couple in the bar.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Prenton Park?
 
Prenton Park has the feeling and looks of a traditional football ground. When you first arrive at the ground you can sense the history surrounding the club because of the statue they have of there famous manager Johnny King who lead the club to three promotions. We were pleased to find that most of the all-seated Cowshed Stand was open for us to sit anywhere which makes it more comfortable than being crowded in small sections.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
There are two food/drink outlets within the Cowshed selling the usual. The atmosphere was bouncing from both sets of fans, especially for a mid-week game. I thought the steward's respected all the fans and had no problems with them what so ever.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Straightforward. There was hardly any traffic as I headed straight back into Liverpool city as that's where I was staying.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I would go back again to Prenton Park. Although I loved the day out more than the match to be honest, as we lost 4-2.

Tranmere Rovers v Southend United
League Two
Saturday November 22nd, 2014, 3pm
John & Stephen Spooner (Southend United fans)

1. Why were you looking forward to going to this ground and how easy was the journey?

As exiled Southend fans living in North Wales, we had visited Prenton Park several times but not in recent years with Southend in League 2 and Rovers in the League above. But with Tranmere being relegated last season, there was an opportunity for a a short away trip for us for a change. Southend rarely prosper at Tranmere but with the Shrimpers lying 7th place in the league table and with Tranmere bottom, we were hopeful of a good result. Also with Tranmere recently appointing a new manager in Micky Adams and with a couple of new signings, we anticipated a good match. The journey of 20 miles from our home, was simple via A550 and M53 to junction 4, but the ground is a little tricky to find, so use satnav if you can.

2. What did you do before the game, pub, chippy....home fans friendly?

We parked at the ground for £5 and the car park attendant wished us well and engaged in friendly chat about prospects of Southend getting a win.

3. What you thought on seeing the ground,  first impressions of away end and then other sides of ground?

This ground is rather dull from the outside, with stands painted in a military looking green/grey colour. At the entrance to the ground is a statue of ex-manager Johnny King who managed three promotions for Tranmere. We were pleased to find that most of the all seated Cowshed Stand was open for us to sit anywhere which makes it more comfortable than being crowded in small sections. The seats were good, the view is superb and the ground is impressive with the massive Kop End for the home supporters behind the goal. The old Borough Road Stand, now named after Johnny King is the smaller stand and opposite the Main Stand. The pitch looked good despite recent rainy weather. The low floodlights at the Kop End are particularly bright and not good if you follow the flight of any high balls, as they dazzle your vision. The music before the game was good, allowing for conversation, unlike some grounds where it can be ear splitting.

4. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, refreshments etc.

The game was one sided in the first half with Southend easing to an early two goal lead. Atmosphere in our away end was good, but naturally, not so for the rest of the ground, with a relatively low crowd of 4621 for Tranmere until they pulled a goal back with a penalty early in 2nd half. Tranmere improved after the penalty but Southend always controlled the game threatening on the break and ended the game winning 2-1 and rising to 5th position in the league. The stewards were relaxed and friendly. There are two food/drink outlets within the Cowshed selling the usual fare as listed on the Ground Guide above. The toilets were clean.

5. Comments on getting away from the ground after the game.

We had to wait in the car park for about 20 minutes to allow pedestrian fans to leave safely and and then our short trip home was easy, unlike the long journey for most Southend fans taking over 4 hours on coaches and cars making the back to Essex. A good away win made for a good day out to a traditional football ground.

Photo of the Johnny King statue erected November 2014

John King Statue

Tranmere Rovers v Exeter City
League Two
Saturday September 20th, 2014, 3pm
Steve Ellis (Exeter City fan)

1. Why were you looking forward to going to this ground and how easy was the journey?

This was my third visit to Prenton Park. It is a ground that I have enjoyed visiting in the past despite poor results. I travelled on the official supporters coach, leaving Exeter at 07:45am. The journey was straightforward with no hold ups and we arrived in Birkenhead at 1:30pm.

2. What did you do before the game, pub, chippy....home fans friendly?

With the Mersey Clipper pub now closed, our regular drinking hole on previous visits, we opted to take the walk to the Cock and Pullet. This is primarily a real ale pub where all drinks were at an average price and inside there was a friendly mix of home and away fans. For pre-match food there is a chippy just down the road from the Prenton Park Hotel, but I was told that it was not great.  There is a bar under the away stand with alcoholic drinks starting at £3.50, soft drinks at £1.50 and  Hot food from £2.50.

3. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end and then other sides of ground?

This ground is very traditional with the four stands which are all kept in reasonable condition. Away fans are housed in the 'Cowshed' at one end, which is all seated. The Main Stand and the King John Stand almost mirror each other on each side of the pitch, whilst there is the Kop Stand at the far the end of the pitch.

4. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, refreshments etc.

The game was very competitive with Exeter coming out as 2-1 winners. The atmosphere was electric, especially from just under 300 travelling Exeter fans who sang their hearts out till the final whistle, including our Stanno song which was sung for the last 15mins. The stewards were very helpful and very low key which was good, a few of them wishing us a safe journey home after the game. I was told the burgers and meat and potato pie served inside the were good.  The toilets also looked clean.

5. Comments on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away after was easy the coach parked right outside the away stand and very easy to get out of Tranmere with no issues. With a great away win, it was enjoyable trip back on the coach.

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Updated 4th July 2018

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