Sports Institutions in Wirral - Liverpool City Region
Wirral borough is home to one of the greatest golf courses in the world.
Royal Liverpool Golf Club was established in 1869, during its long history it has been
home to 12 Open World Championships, The Women's British Open and 18 British Amateur Championships,
including the inaugural event way back in 1885.
The venue was also host to the first ever international match between England and Scotland in 1902.
In fact, the course has a proud history of firsts in golf.
It was at Royal Liverpool that the rules of amateur status were first laid down,
where the first Home International matches were played, and in in 1921,
it hosted the first transatlantic contest between 'Great Britain & Ireland' and the USA,
an event which later became known as the Walker Cup.
Following a 39 year absence, the Open World Championships returned to the course in 2006. Not long before the event, to bring it inline with newer 21st century golf clubs, the famous old clubhouse had been refurbished at a cost of £2 million. The investment was certainly put to good use, with a new Reception Area added, a new Pro Shop, a new Library, a Meeting Room, Locker Rooms, Modern Showers and a new lift for easier accessibility to both floors.
Money well spent for the grand old club, vindicated by a second return of the Open World Championships only eight years later.
This is great news for the Liverpool city region as a whole, with two world class golf clubs in the area, both regularly vying for the major tournaments in the world.
Perhaps the most played sport in the borough is football, with Tranmere Rovers being by far the biggest club in the Wirral. The 'Rovers' have enjoyed much of their history on the brink of England's highest division, even reaching the play-offs in three successive seasons during the early nineties.
Unfornately though, it wasn't to be, as they lost out on each occassion, just falling short of reaching the highest echelons of English football. Their recent history has brought much disapointment for the club and it's dedicated fanbase, after a series of bad seasons, they've fell out of the Football League for the first time in 94 seasons. Tranmere play their homes games at Prenton park in Birkenhead, the stadium holds more than 16,500 supporters.
Another team in the town are Cammell Laird 1907 FC, while they might not have reached the same dizzy heights that Tranmere have in the past, they are a club that are on the rise up the tables. Having spent much of their history in the amatuer leagues, they joined the English football pyramid for the first time in their history in 2004.
Another sport that's played often in the borough is Rugby, with Caldy Rugby Union FC being the most notable. They too have rose through the ranks in recent years, now sitting comfortably in the fourth tier of English rugby.
Whether it be Golf, Football, Rugby or any of many Water Sports in the Wirral, there are always people willing to participate in this proud sporting region. Here are a few of those institutes mentioned....
Royal Liverpool Golf Club
The Royal Liverpool Golf Club is a premier golf course in Hoylake. It was founded in 1869 and awarded 'Royal' status in 1871. The world-class venue has seen many major golf tournaments, like The Open Championships which it has hosted twelve times.
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|The Women's British Open||1|
|The British Amateur Championships||18|
|The Ladies' British Amateur Championships||3|
|The Walker Cup||1|
|The Curtis Cup||1|
Tranmere Rovers FC
Formed in 1884 under the name 'Belmont Football Club', Tranmere Rovers are former professional members of the English Football League. They are the biggest football club on the Wirral, playing in the second tier of English football on many occassions.
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|Welsh FA Cup Winners||1|
|English League Trophy Winners||1|
|English Combination League Winners||1|
|English Central League Winners||1|
|English Central League Cup Winners||1|
|Liverpool Senior Cup Winners||10|
|Lancashire Combination League Winners||2|
|Lancashire Reserve League Winners||2|
Cammell Laird 1907 FC
Cammell Laird 1907 FC are a semi-professional football club based in Rock Ferry. Originally called the Cammell Laird Institute Association Football Club, they have forever been associated to the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead.
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|North West Counties League Div 2 Winners||1|
|North West Counties League Challenge Cup Winners||1|
|Wirral Senior Cup Winners||11|
|Cheshire Senior Cup Winners||1|
|Cheshire Amateur Cup Winners||8|
|West Cheshire League Div 1 Winners||19|
|West Cheshire League Div 2 Winners||2|
|West Cheshire League Challenge Cup Winners||10|
Caldy Rugby Union FC
Founded in 1924 and nicknamed 'The Ravers', Caldy Rugby Union Football Club have won several leagues and numerous local competitions in their long history. They've steadily rose through the ranks of English Rugby Union and currently sit in the fourth tier.
|Rugby Union North Div 1 Champions||1|
|Rugby Union North Div 2 West Champions||1|
|South Lancs/Cheshire Div 1 Champions||1|
|South Lancs/Cheshire Div 2 Champions||1|
|National Old Boys Sevens Winners||1|
|Rugby Union Cheshire Cup Winners||1|