OWEN BROWN'S memories of his playing days with Tranmere Rovers have prompted a glowing tribute to the Prenton Park club.
Brown, who scored 20 goals in 93 appearances for Rovers in two spells in the early 1980s, is now manager of Conference North newcomers Vauxhall Motors.
And with the Motormen opening their pre-season build-up with a home game against Tranmere on Saturday, he is quick to praise his former club for their continuing efforts to help the Wirral football community.
" They have played against the Wirral clubs in pre-season friendlies for many years and that is very much appreciated," said Brown. "It is brilliant the way they have helped these clubs over the years, and long may it continue.
"It was something I used to enjoy myself when I was at Tranmere, and I played for them at Cammell Lairds, Heswall and at Vauxhall once or twice."
Brown is delighted at progress of the Vauxhall training build-up prior to the start of the pre-season games.
"The lads have been brilliant in training, and it has been a pleasure working with them," he said.
"They are in great shape and they have all looked after themselves.
"The game against Tranmere will be a good test for us. It's great for our lads to play against professional players of their stature and experience.
"If the pre-season games go as well as the training build-up has gone, then I will be really pleased." Meanwhile, Brown has made his first signings of the summer with the arrival of centre-backs James Glendenning from Droylsden and Tony Allen from Blackpool.
The Rivacre Road boss expects to make several more signings before the start of his side's league campaign on August 14 but he insisted: "I am not in a hurry. I have made agreements with people and I don't expect any problems."