Stevenage Football Club make their way to Merseyside for the rearranged fixture against Micky Mellon’s Tranmere Rovers this evening in Sky Bet League Two…
After picking up eleven out of a possible eighteen points in January, Paul Tisdale’s men look to kick off the month of February with all three points at Prenton Park. Last time out, Boro earned a comfortable 3-0 victory at The Lamex Stadium against Harrogate Town, which moved the side up to 17th in Sky Bet League Two.
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. Their 84-year stay in The Football League came to an end in 2015 when they were relegated to The National League. The club spent just three campaigns in non-league before returning to Sky Bet League Two, which is where they currently play their football.
So far this campaign, Tranmere have been rather successful as they find themselves in second place, ten points away from league leaders Forest Green. Under the management of Micky Mellon, Rovers have won fourteen out of twenty-seven league games, losing seven and drawing six. Rather than having one stand-out goal scorer, Tranmere are able to find goals from all over the pitch as their top scorer status is currently shared by Kieron Morris, Elliott Nevitt and Charlie Jolley with four each.
Previous results between Stevenage and Tranmere have been split fairly evenly across twelve games, as both sides have won three matches and the remaining
six have ended in draws. The last time these two sides met in competition was February of last year as Boro travelled to Prenton Park and grabbed a 1-0 victory thanks to a late Danny Newton winner, who had only been 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.
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