Sky Bet League Two Preview: Tranmere Rovers

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sun 22 Jul 2018

We continue to preview our fellow opponents in Sky Bet League Two and next up it's Wembley winners Tranmere Rovers - who were promoted to the fourth tier after defeating Boreham Wood 2-1 at the National Stadium.


The club were founded in 1884 and were a founding member of Division Three North in 1921. Tranmere were also founder members of The Football League and spent their entire history as part of it - until 2015, when they were relegated to the National League.

Tranmere Rovers were initially formed as Belmont Football Club when the football arms of two cricket clubs – Lyndhurst Wanderers and Belmont came together in 1884.

The Super White Army played their first matches at Steeles Field in Birkenhead before purchasing Ravenshaws Field from Tranmere Rugby Club. In 1895, their ground was renamed Prenton Park - although it was 25 years later that the team moved into the current stadium of the same name.

Tranmere first wore a kit of blue shirts, white shorts and blue socks and bizarrely in 1889, they adopted orange and maroon shirts!

Rovers returned to wearing their original kit in 1904.

Prenton Park emerged from the Second World War largely unscathed. Tranmere rejoined the peacetime Football League in Division Three North and stayed there until the 1958 restructuring of the Football League's lower divisions.

The Super White Army's first at Wembley appearance took place in 1988, when a good mid-season run of form saw them qualify for the Football League Centenary Tournament. 

Tranmere were the surprise stars of the event, beating Division One Wimbledon and Newcastle United to emerge as dark horses - before losing on penalties to eventual winners Nottingham Forest.

In 2015 the club suffered their darkest hour to date, as they were relegated from the Football League after a frustrating campaign ended their 94-year-stay in England's top-four divisions.

Last Season

Tranmere's 2017/18 season got off to a very poor start, 3 wins from the first 12 games saw Rovers slide to 18th in the league - their lowest ever league position. 

The incredible turn around was orchestrated by manager Micky Mellon and included a record-breaking run of 9 consecutive home league wins.

However, this record-breaking stint was ended in February with a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of the Silkmen as we stormed to the National League title.

The Super White Army responded to defeat by winning 8 out of their next 9 games - finishing the season as National League runners-up for the second time in as many years.

The 2017/18 campaign saw the introduction of the new play-off system, this meant that Tranmere faced a one-legged play-off home semi-final against either 5th or 6th place. It was 6th place Ebbsfleet United that found themselves travelling up to Prenton Park after beating Aldershot Town on penalties.

In the semi-final, Rovers came from behind twice to take the game to extra time, James Norwood with the first goal and Burnley loanee Josh Ginnelly with the second.

An extra time free kick from Norwood, followed by a goal from Larnell Cole saw Tranmere run out 4-2 victors after extra time -  sending the club to Wembley for the National League play-off final.

The final at Wembley saw 16,306 loyal Rovers fans to the capital, as Mellon's side emerged 2-1 winners against Boreham Wood to finally earn promotion back to the Football League.


Macclesfield Wins: 4

Games Drawn: 2

Tranmere Wins: 3

How to get there

Prenton Park, Tranmere, CH42 9PY

By Car: From North:
From Liverpool city centre, travel through the Kingsway (Wallasey) Mersey Tunnel and after the toll booths (there is a £1.70 charge for cars), continue on the M53 to Junction 3. Take the first exit (signposted Birkenhead) and continue for approximately 1 mile passing Sainsbury's on the left-hand side (keep in right hand lane). Turn right at the traffic lights at the Halfway House (pub), continue for 500 yards to the next set of traffic lights and turn left into Prenton Road West. The ground appears in front of you on the right hand side.

From South / East:
M6, M56 and M53 to J4. Take the fourth exit from the roundabout onto the B5151 (Mount Road). Continue for 2.5 miles when Mount Road becomes Storeton Road and turn right onto Prenton Road West at traffic lights. The ground is on the right hand side in 200 yards.

By Train: From Liverpool Lime Street:
Head for the Wirral Line lower level station and board a New Brighton or West Kirby train to Conway Park, or an Ellesmere Port or Chester train to Birkenhead Central or Rock Ferry.

From Chester:
Board a Liverpool train and get off at Rock Ferry or Birkenhead Central.

From Conway Park:
Turn right outside the station and walk 100 yards to Birkenhead Bus Station.

From Birkenhead Central:
Cross Argyle Street and walk along Borough Road which runs parallel to the flyover. The ground is approximately a 20 minute walk.

From Rock Ferry: 
The ground is a 15 minute walk. Turn right outside the station onto Bedford Road. Continue along Bedford Avenue and Bedford Drive until you reach a road junction shortly after Prenton High School. Continue onto Mount Road and turn right at the first set of traffic lights onto Borough Road - the ground is five minutes on the left.




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