Tranmere Rovers manager Ronnie Moore recalls his “six of the best” for the 2012/13 League One season (as published in the League One play-off final programme on May 19 2013).
Who’s been the player of the season?
I always like strikers and I like James Collins at Swindon. He’s everything that I like in a forward. He never gives up, he’s always running and putting you under pressure, whilst he’s also got a little bit of pace, he can score goals and he’s good in the air.
Who’s been the young player of the season?
Paddy Madden has done very well at Yeovil. He couldn’t get a goal at Carlisle, but he’s turned Yeovil’s season around. Without him, they wouldn’t have been in the play-offs, because everybody needs a goalscorer.
Who’s been the manager of the season?
It’s probably between Russell Slade at Leyton Orient and Dean Smith at Walsall. Walsall and us have the two lowest budgets at this level. So for them to get to where they have has been fantastic. It’s not easy when you haven’t got any money. You’ve got to be lucky with your players, keeping them fit, because the depth of the squad isn’t as strong as the bigger clubs at this level.
Which was the best team performance against your side?
Swindon, without a doubt, when they beat us 5-0 at the County Ground. Without a word of a lie, it could have been ten. It was just one of those games where you’re scratching your head to try and change it. They just kept coming and coming and coming. We were 3-0 down after 15 minutes, which doesn’t help. They gave us a right good hiding.
Who gave the best individual performance against Tranmere?
Gary Roberts at Swindon, when they beat us 3-1 at Prenton Park. He tore us to shreds that day. He scored two goals; one was from 25-yards into the top corner and the other has got to have been from 70-yards. If it had been in the Premier League, it would have been all over the television. It was absolutely fantastic.
Who’s underachieved this season, and who will do well next time round?
MK Dons would have expected to be at the top. Their good run came just too late really. But they were missing three of their best players at a similar time to us, and it does affect you. Wolves will be contenders next year. They’re still getting the parachute payments from the Premier League, so they’ll be looking to go straight back up. But it’ll be a tough old league next season. I think Rotherham will be strong as well, Preston will be better for having Simon Grayson there and Coventry are another one too.