Dec 3 2013 by Nick Hilton, Main WIR
MORE than 30 Tranmere fans living in the United States have made donations to the Tranmere Rovers Trust campaign to take the Prenton Park club into supporter ownership.
They have contributed almost £10,000 to the Trust fund to purchase a controlling interest in the club, with Los Angeles a hotbed of Rovers support.
Donations have also come in from as far afield as Malaysia, Thailand, Australia and Barbados.
Trust chairman Ben Harrison said: “Our total now stands at more than £155,000 and donations continue to pour in steadily. The news that Peter Johnson will write off his historical debt has certainly helped us and we will shortly be announcing a host of other initiatives that we’re sure will give us momentum as we work towards our target.”
Vince Eccles, who has signed up to the Trust’s campaign, lives in Memphis, Tennessee, having moved to the US in 1991.
The 49-year-old, who is originally from Birkenhead, attended his first game at Prenton Park in 1971.
He said: “Tranmere is our club. I know a lot of people over here support one of the Premier League teams and wonder why I support Rovers rather than Liverpool or Man United.
“I tell them there’s something special about being part of a team that is so heavily involved in the community, that the fans have played such a large part in keeping the club in business, that our successes are so much more personal and inspiring.
“This is our chance to show our support, to stake a claim in our club and have an important role in our future. We must do what we can to secure the future of our team so we can continue to have a club that we can be proud of, with ownership that reflects the views of fans.”