Defensive duo Ian Sharps and Richard Hinds have thrown their support behind the campaign to see Warwick Rimmer named as an ‘Unsung Hero’ of the Football League.
Rimmer goes head to head with long standing Barnsley kit-man Norman Rimmington and Preston North End’s, Stadium Manager, Paul Bradley, this Sunday as the League celebrates on and off the pitch excellence at its annual awards bash in London.
A number of former Tranmere greats including John Aldridge, Jason Koumas and Clint Hill have already voiced their support.
And now Hinds and Sharps who both graduated from the same Rovers youth-team are keen to throw their weight behind their former mentor.
“Warwick Rimmer is the first person that springs to mind when I think of the club,” said current Yeovil Town man Hinds, who has gone on to enjoy success at Hull, Scunthorpe and Sheffield Wednesday, since leaving Prenton Park in 2003.
“He’s done an unbelievable job there over such a long period of time.”
“To be able to find, nurture and develop players for 25 years shows what a top football man he is,” added Hinds.
His viewpoint is shared by his old central defensive partner Ian Sharps. Now captain of League Two Shrewsbury Town, Sharps’ immediate focus is on helping the Shrews earn automatic promotion to League One in May, however, he still has plenty of time to talk about a man he describes as ‘Mr Tranmere’.
“If you look at what Warwick Rimmer has done for Tranmere over the years then it’s quite clear that he hasn’t had the credit he deserves,” said Sharps.
“Maybe it’s because it’s an unfashionable club but whatever the reason you can’t understate the job he has done there – his record is up there with anyone you’d care to mention.”
“Without him I doubt there’d still be a football club in existence over there – so it would be great to see him win this award.”