Aug 17 2013 by Nick Hilton, Sat WIR
Williams funeral to be held next week in Oxton
TRANMERE open the Youth Alliance North West season with a home game against Morecambe at Raby Vale today (kick-off 3pm).
The Tranmere squad are fresh from taking part in a two-week football educational tour in Holland.
They played games against the under 18 teams from Vitesse Arnhem (lost 3-1) and Fortuna Sittard (won 2-0) during the event.
l The funeral service for former Tranmere chairman Fred Williams will take place at St Saviour's Church, Oxton, Birkenhead, next Tuesday (August 20) at 10.30am.
Williams, a director of the club through four decades and a lifelong Rovers supporter, died last week at the age of 83, nine years after suffering a stroke that left him partially paralysed.
He was chairman between 1998 and 1999.
l Paul Black is back in League One, just a few weeks after securing a contract with League Two newcomers Mansfield Town.
The full-back, released by Tranmere at the end of last season, has started a month on loan at Carlisle United, who have been hit hard by injuries to defenders.
Black made his debut in the Cumbrians' 4-0 defeat at Bradford City last Saturday, joining the action as a 70th minute substitute.
l Former Tranmere goalkeeper Steve Simonsen spent this week on trial with Scottish giants Rangers.
Simonsen, 34, is looking for a club after being released at the end of a short-term contract with Dundee at the end of last season.