No escape act this time, City!
So the unbeaten league run ends, and what a run it was – indeed, the previous time Leicester City lost in League One at Brighton at the end of October, a certain Barack Obama did not even know if he was going to become president of the United States.
As the City players trooped disconsolately off the Prenton Park pitch, there were few recriminations from the Blue Army.
Instead, they gave the players a thunderous reception, acknowledging the record 23 undefeated games achieved by Nigel Pearson's side.
"I'm not going to knock them," said one Blue-top. "Perhaps, though, I wish now I'd never booked that half-day off-work." Yes, in hindsight, a few more would have stayed at home.
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It was an uncharacteristic below-par performance from City but what kept the fans living in hope was the Foxes' previous acts of escapology at Carlisle, Huddersfield and, most famously, at MK Dons two weeks ago when Max Gradel scored a wonder equaliser.
But, this time, Tranmere's steely back-line, superbly marshalled by a player called Goodison of all names, held firm as they protected a single-goal advantage before the Birkenhead boys grabbed a late penalty.
There was nothing in the pre-match banter in the Prenton Park pub to suggest that City were going to lose such a proud record. The Blue Army were positively chipper.
There was also something surprisingly cosmopolitan about Birkenhead. In one of the eateries near the ground, both sets of fans enjoyed pasta and a pint served up by an Italian restaurant owner singing the praises of Liverpool for beating Real Madrid on Tuesday night.
Of course, Liverpool's European exploits were the reason for City's match being put back 24 hours and Tranmere seem to attract all sorts with a couple of fans in Everton shirts making their way to the ground before kick-off.
Tranmere have some pretty horrible memories of previous encounters with City, particularly in the 2000 Worthington Cup final, and it wasn't long before the Blue Army chorused: "Did you cry at Wembley?"
The City fans filled the Cowshed End and quickly picked up on the open spaces around the rest of the ground. "You're supposed to be at home," they sang, which was a fair point because you could clearly make out the word "Tranmere" in the seats behind the opposite goal.
The fans also had a target for attention on the pitch with Tranmere's Bas Savage sporting dyed-blue hair. "He's a City fan in disguise," said one fan before changing his mind as the Tranmere player spectacularly dumped Andy King on his backside.
Tranmere were sensing this was probably their last chance to gatecrash the play-offs and City spent too much time defending their half of the pitch for the liking of their fans.
At the end of a goalless first half, the Blue Army could not really decide about the quality on offer. "That was terrible," said one fan queueing for a pint. Another said: "I enjoyed that, it's a good contest."
Well, that was certainly what the neutral got in the second half as Tranmere took the lead. Cue James Brown's I Feel Good , cries of "Blue Army" – from the home supporters – and a mocking chant of "Top of the league – you're having a laugh."
Steve Howard had a header cleared off the line right in front of the "original" Blue Army and Gradel's arrival off the bench briefly lifted the mood among the fans who were now suspecting this might be the night when City succumbed.
Old warhorse Barry Hayles was also thrown into the fray. "He's a legend, and he'll save us!" was one emphatic cry.
But neither the guile of Hayles nor the youthful tenacity of Gradel could turn the tide.
The late penalty killed off City and their supporters were in the unusual position of saluting the the players while recognising that the record-breakers had finally been cracked.