Mayor to host special reception thanking Tranmere Rovers for promoting Wirral

Wirral Globe: Wirral Mayor, Cllr Dave Mitchell Wirral Mayor, Cllr Dave Mitchell

WIRRAL'S mayor is hosting a reception for Tranmere Rovers Football Club this week to express the council’s gratitude for the club's role in promoting the borough.

Taking place at Wallasey Town Hall today, Monday, at 5pm, it has been held at the request of council leader Phil Davies. 

He said that Tranmere Rovers had always helped promote Wirral in a very positive way, and he hoped the club’s close links with the Council would continue.

Councillor Davies said: "This reception is to thank the club for the excellent partnership we had during the period we sponsored them.

"I hope that we can continue to work together, particularly on initiatives involving young people, where their input has always been of great value."

The council began sponsoring Tranmere Rovers during the 1989/90 football season, and as part of the deal, Wirral Council branding was used on the club’s home and away shirts.

Club players were also enlisted to support council events and activities, and were particularly useful helping to engage so called ‘hard to reach’ groups.

The sponsorship arrangement was originally in place to re-pay a loan from the Council to the club, which was repaid in full in 1998. 

It renewed the deal on an annual basis based on the benefits the Council received in promoting the borough, and the club’s support for sporting, school, and community events.

The council stopped sponsoring the club in 2013 as part of budget cuts.

Mayor of Wirral Cllr Dave Mitchell said: "‘Tranmere Rovers have always been great ambassadors for the borough and have a unique position as Wirral’s 'own' football club.

"They have helped promote Wirral in a really positive way, and were always happy to support community initiatives and events.

"Players and club officials have visited our schools, communities and sports centres, helping us promote key initiatives to groups and people who would otherwise have been hard for us to reach".

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4:41pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Thepleb says...

What planet are these people on mass redundancies and cut backs, special schools proposed to close, streetlights turned off, frontline services cut. Tranmere Rovers players and staff do great work in the community as stated but in these times of austerity is this really needed?another well thought idea from Philly Davies.
What planet are these people on mass redundancies and cut backs, special schools proposed to close, streetlights turned off, frontline services cut. Tranmere Rovers players and staff do great work in the community as stated but in these times of austerity is this really needed?another well thought idea from Philly Davies. Thepleb
  • Score: 5

5:59pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Heycock says...

Rovers were handsomely sponsored by the ratepayers of Wirral in return for promoting the name "Wirral". Why should we have to fork out again?
This con-cil can always find a few bob of OUR money lying around when it suits them. I don't suppose the gladhanding con-cillors contributed out of their own pockets for the drinks and canapes?
Rovers were handsomely sponsored by the ratepayers of Wirral in return for promoting the name "Wirral". Why should we have to fork out again? This con-cil can always find a few bob of OUR money lying around when it suits them. I don't suppose the gladhanding con-cillors contributed out of their own pockets for the drinks and canapes? Heycock
  • Score: 4

10:52pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Llamedos 1 says...

If we have to hold receptions in the Clown Hall then it should be for the staff of Lyndale School, Volunteers who have given years of dedicated free services to the community and all the other unsung hero`s of Wirral. Whilst TR do promote the Wirral they are paid more than most employees in Wirral so in my opinion yet again poor decisions by the bufoons in Brighton Street
If we have to hold receptions in the Clown Hall then it should be for the staff of Lyndale School, Volunteers who have given years of dedicated free services to the community and all the other unsung hero`s of Wirral. Whilst TR do promote the Wirral they are paid more than most employees in Wirral so in my opinion yet again poor decisions by the bufoons in Brighton Street Llamedos 1
  • Score: 6

9:37am Sat 18 Jan 14

uncatom says...

Well you cant blame them, another year of hospitality at TR for the boys and girls, perhaps they might even find some spare cash to hand out, after all they have had over a million quids worth of taxpayers money over the past ten years, perhaps the money they save on crossing patrols could be used, after all it is about priorities.
Well you cant blame them, another year of hospitality at TR for the boys and girls, perhaps they might even find some spare cash to hand out, after all they have had over a million quids worth of taxpayers money over the past ten years, perhaps the money they save on crossing patrols could be used, after all it is about priorities. uncatom
  • Score: 4

4:10pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Dantealighieri says...

What! More proof that the lunatics in the asylum have gone mad. " ....Tranmere Rovers have always helped promote Wirral in a very positive way......" "Eee right luv, just been duwn witching Scunthorpe City playing aginst Trumere Ravers. By eck them lads add some reet grund sherts on. Eee, wheet as driven snow, thems ad Wurral stuck on em tay. Nay were Wurral is chuck? Nay corse yi dint, Ee looked t'it oop. Reet grund pleece. Yer now I bin thunkin a movin ma winda cleanin business sumwer eelse. Weel I thunk e've foond tu pleece. Me an ya, chuck, wer oop stucks an' ot ta Wurral. Yer nay, if e ad na g'in to witch City tha s'afternoon weed mabee a bun err the reest iv er lives, me cleanin ma windas an ya groomin ya whippets". Yeh! Well worth a million pounds of rate payers cash.
What! More proof that the lunatics in the asylum have gone mad. " ....Tranmere Rovers have always helped promote Wirral in a very positive way......" "Eee right luv, just been duwn witching Scunthorpe City playing aginst Trumere Ravers. By eck them lads add some reet grund sherts on. Eee, wheet as driven snow, thems ad Wurral stuck on em tay. Nay were Wurral is chuck? Nay corse yi dint, Ee looked t'it oop. Reet grund pleece. Yer now I bin thunkin a movin ma winda cleanin business sumwer eelse. Weel I thunk e've foond tu pleece. Me an ya, chuck, wer oop stucks an' ot ta Wurral. Yer nay, if e ad na g'in to witch City tha s'afternoon weed mabee a bun err the reest iv er lives, me cleanin ma windas an ya groomin ya whippets". Yeh! Well worth a million pounds of rate payers cash. Dantealighieri
  • Score: 3

10:13pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Positive thinker says...

And the people in question wonder why they get a slagging of,who dreams this crap up ?
And the people in question wonder why they get a slagging of,who dreams this crap up ? Positive thinker
  • Score: 2

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