One of the strangest ones I received was a book of Football League tables 1888-2010. Basically, it lists all the English league classifications for every season for the last 122 years.
It might not sound so exciting, and I fear that the person who gave it might think of me as some sort of anorak which is slightly worrying, but just one thing inside the book got me really excited.
I was flicking through the pages and saw the one and only league table with the name ‘Tranmere Rovers’ at the top of it. This, for some bizarre reason, triggered me to start singing ‘Campeones, campeones, ole ole ole!’ to the annoyance of the family sat around the Christmas tree.
Tranmere have only been league champions on one occasion. Unfortunately, it was a bit before my time, 1937-38 to be precise. But it was just wonderful to see it in black and white in front of me, champions of the third division north.
That’s 72 years ago, a lifetime you might say. It got me pondering if I would ever see a Tranmere team lift a league title trophy in my lifetime?
Well, one league title in the club’s 126 year existence doesn’t suggest that it’s all that likely. But the beauty of football is that you never know what’s going to happen. The unpredictability of the game is what keeps us fans coming back game after game.
Who would have thought that Blackpool would be punching above their weight and doing so well in the Premier League this season? Who would have thought that Fulham would make a European final as they did last season? Not many people.
As much as it is unlikely that Tranmere will win a league title in the near future, you can never say never in football. They certainly won’t win the league this season, we’ll settle for the play-offs I think this time around (no pressure, Les).
With the beginning of every season, the ultimate dream always lives on. Will this be the year we see Tranmere lift the league trophy? I’ll be there when we do, you can guarantee that, hopefully it’s sooner rather than later.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.