Following his triumphant return to Tranmere Rovers back in March this year, prodigal son Ronnie Moore has completely turned the fortunes of the Merseyside club around, from a mid-table place in England’s League One (third tier) last season to league leaders at the time of writing.

Wins over Leyton Orient, Carlisle, Colchester, Coventry, Bury and big-spending Crawley as well as draws against Crewe and Shrewsbury have seen a team that have become synonymous with underachievement rise unbeaten to the top of League One.

Moore, a seasoned campaigner and somewhat of an elder statesman in the lower leagues of English football, is well-known for getting the best out of players and for delivering success on a shoestring budget.

Having twice gained promotion with another low-spending but ambitious team in Rotherham United, Moore has looked to sculpt a team capable of challenging for a place back in the Championship.

Amongst Moore’s signings this summer is Frenchman Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro who has already had a dramatic impact since moving from Rochdale, bringing creativity to a frontline often lacking in spark and scoring four goals.

Firepower has indeed been the name of the game so far for Rovers. They have scored 21 goals, with 14 of those coming from former Leeds United and Swansea winger Andy Robinson and on-loan Wolves striker Jake Cassidy. Robinson, who has suffered a number of off-field problems over the years, was rewarded with a contract extension by Moore after returning to the club on a short-term deal last season and is again back to his best.

While goals have come thick and fast for Tranmere, they have been far less charitable at the other end, shipping just four in the league so far this season.

Should any of League One’s finest forwards get past Tranmere’s back four they have been coming up against young Welsh international goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams. The 25-year-old, a one time Premier League target while at Stockport County, has settled in well at Tranmere and is certainly showing his pedigree as a future international number one with a string of impressive displays.

Despite a flying start to the season, Moore has moved quickly to curb the expectations of the Prenton Park faithful, but after such a long wait for Championship football it is not surprising that the club’s fans are dreaming of promotion.

All the ingredients are there for Rovers to challenge. Usually in League One it isn’t about big names and big bucks, with a lot being said for team spirit and a strong work ethic which, with Moore in charge, Tranmere have both qualities in abundance.

However, Moore is right to be wary. After all, the last time the 59-year-old was in charge of the club they narrowly missed out on the playoffs in 2006 and he was dismissed.  But now, three years on, the former Rovers player, who made over 300 appearances for the team, has the opportunity to put that spirit to rest and, after years in English football’s third tier, restore Tranmere to the Championship.

This article was amended on 25th September to remove a reference to Ian Goodison having been part of Tranmere’s defence this season.