Stevenage make the 196-mile trip to Merseyside this Saturday for a Sky Bet League Two clash with Tranmere Rovers at 3pm…
Boro look to continue their promising run of form under the management of Robbie O’Keefe as a win against Colchester last Saturday, followed by a hard-fought draw in Rochdale on Tuesday has lifted spirits. Although the side remain 21st in Sky Bet League Two, there is an opportunity for Stevenage to start drastically climbing the table.
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Tranmere Rovers were founded in 1884 as Belmont FC and adopted their current name a year later. They were invited to become a founder member of the Football League Third Division North in 1921 and the club saw an extremely long spell in the Football League which included several promotions and relegations. Tranmere experienced a number of cup runs, most notably reaching the 2000 League Cup Final. Although Rovers never made it to the Premier League, they came very close in the nineties with three consecutive play-off campaigns.
Currently managed by Micky Mellon, Tranmere sit tenth in Sky Bet League Two after eighteen games. They have won seven of their league games, drawn five and lost the remaining six. After spending just one season in Sky Bet League One before their relegation back down to the fourth-tier last year, Tranmere will be searching for the play-off places in order to return. The club come into this game after a 2-1 victory at home to Bradford on Tuesday. Their current top scorers are Peter Clarke and Kieron Morris with three goals each to their name, however it is evident that goals come from all over the pitch in this Tranmere side.
Stevenage and Tranmere have met each other competitively twelve times so far over the years, with fifty percent of those games ending in draws. The remaining six have been split equally, with the sides winning three each. The most recent fixture between the two clubs was in February of this year as Boro travelled to Tranmere and picked up a 1-0 victory through a Danny Newton strike, after being on the pitch for a matter of seconds.
Tranmere Rovers play their home games at Prenton Park, which is also home to Liverpool’s women and reserve teams. The present ground opened in March 1912 before it was heavily refurbished many years later, most recently in 1995 to get the stadium where it is today. The ground’s capacity is over sixteen thousand and has four stands. Its largest ever crowd was 24,424 for a 1972 FA Cup match between Tranmere and Stoke City.
Leaving Stevenage, head for the M1 and join the northbound carriageway before bearing left onto the M6 at Junction 19 and continuing the journey to the North west.
At the ground, you can book a space in the club’s car park in advance, or try your luck on the day. It costs £5 per car or £10 per minibus/coach. To book your space in advance, call 03330 144452 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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