Solid Irons Added to Rovers Dream Team


By Deadly Submarine
March 7 2005

Kenny Irons has become the latest player to take his place in the Total Tranmere Rovers Dream Team after polling 68% of the vote of only 19 votes cast. Signed on at Prenton Park as an apprentice, Irons spent ten years at the club in total before finally moving on to pastures new as the 90’s ended.

Total Tranmere Rovers Dream Team : Central Midfielder 1    Kenny Irons

 

How He Won:

Question: Total Tranmere Rovers Dream Team - Centre Midfield (1)
Kenny Irons 68%
Sean Flynn 5%
Nick Henry 26%
Georges Santos 0%
Danny Harrison 0%
Number of votes: 19

Irons’s Tranmere Career:

 

Played = 379 (and 50 as Sub)

 

Scored = 67

 

Kenny Irons was a popular midfield player who came through the ranks at Prenton Park and made his debut for Rovers in 1989 aged 19.  He even had the honour of having a terrace chant dedicated to him that could be heard almost every time he played.  The Liverpool born player spent a decade as a professional at Tranmere playing almost 400 matches and scoring 67 goals.

 

He was part of a fantastic Tranmere team in the early to mid 1990’s and indeed some of his fellow team mates from those days have also already taken their place in our Dream Team. In fact it must surely be no coincidence that his entire Tranmere career coincided with the most successful decade in Rovers history. 

 

Kenny was part of the side that reached both the Division Three Play-Off and Leyland Daf finals for two consecutive seasons in the first two years of the 90’s and he also played an important part in Tranmere’s run to the League Cup semi-final in 1994 where they eventually lost out to eventual winners Aston Villa on penalties after two legs.

 

On top of that he helped the Whites to three consecutive Premiership Play-Offs between 1993 and 1995 although they failed to make the final on all three occasions.  Playing under just two managers during his ten year stint at Prenton Park (Johnny King and John Aldridge), Irons was captain of Rovers on a number of occasions.

 

Irons had some kind of reputation amongst Rovers fans for being fan of alcohol, a reputation from which his famous terrace chant stems:

 

To the tune of the Macarena….

 

“He’s Always in the Pub and his name’s Kenny Irons’

He’s Always in the Pub and his name’s Kenny Irons’

He’s Always in the Pub and his name’s Kenny Irons’

Where’s Kenny Irons??”

 

My one memory of Kenny Irons that sticks out at the time of writing was when in his penultimate home game for Tranmere before moving on in 1999, he scored two penalties against Oxford United right in front of where I was sitting in the Kop end although sadly Tranmere could only draw 2-2.  His final game for Rovers was on 9th May 1999 when he played and scored (again a penalty) in a 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion with the other goals coming from Van Blerk (OG) and David Kelly.

 

At the end of that 1998/99 season Irons moved on to Huddersfield Town for a fee of half a million pounds – a good fee for Tranmere to receive for a 29 year old lower league player.  Huddersfield proved to be Irons’ only other League Club where he stayed until 2003 although he is still playing currently at the age of 35 for Caernarfon Town in the Welsh Premier League.

 

The next poll will determine who will join Kenny Irons in the Centre of the Total Tranmere Rovers Dream Team Midfield so get voting now.  Every vote can count.

 

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