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Johnny King: Statue unveiled for Tranmere manager

Johnny King and his statue Image copyright Tranmere Rovers
Image caption The statue was unveiled by Johnny King himself

A bronze statue of Tranmere Rovers' most successful manager has been unveiled outside the club's Prenton Park home.

Johnny King, 76, took the club to Wembley five times during his two spells at the club and took the team to their highest ever league position.

The statue, unveiled by Mr King himself, was revealed before the club's home fixture against Stevenage.

Sculpted by artist Tom Murphy, the statue was funded by the club's fans.

Micky Adams, Tranmere's current manager, described it as a "wonderful tribute".

He said: "He was a terrific servant for this football club and if I can achieve half of what he achieved for this club I will be a happy man."

'Unparalleled success'

The former Borough Road stand at Prenton Park was re-named the Johnny King stand in 2002.

During his playing career, he made 241 appearances for the Wirral club during the 1960s.

Image copyright Tranmere Rovers
Image caption Prenton Park now has a statue of Johnny King and a stand named in his honour

Ben Harrison, chair of the Tranmere Rovers Supporters Club, said: "Johnny King is the club's greatest ever manager and is rightly revered by every Tranmere supporter.

"A loyal servant as both player and manager, the unparalleled success and style of football played by his teams as we rose from near oblivion to the verge of the Premier League will always be fondly remembered at Prenton Park."

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