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Away Days: Tranmere Rovers vs Stevenage

29 July 2022

Stevenage make the 400-mile round trip to Birkenhead to kick off the 2022/23 campaign against Micky Mellon’s Tranmere Rovers…

Steve Evans will be looking to take plenty of positives from pre-season as he is welcomed by promotion hopefuls Tranmere Rovers.

After an active summer transfer window, many will be hoping to make their competitive debut in a Stevenage shirt this Saturday, whilst Boro’s longest serving senior player, Terence Vancooten, enters his sixth season in SG2.

The Opposition

Despite missing out on the play-offs by just two points last season, Micky Mellon’s Tranmere will be going into this campaign as one of the favourites for promotion. In the 2021/22 campaign, the Merseyside outfit picked up twenty-one victories from forty six games and will be looking to go even further with the same Scotsman in charge.

It’s clear that Micky Mellon has looked ahead to the future this summer, with six of his twelve new recruits being under the age of 21. Despite this, there have also been experienced additions to the squad with established EFL players Jordan Turnbull, Paul Lewis and Jon Nolan being brought in.


There have been fourteen encounters between Stevenage and Tranmere over the last decade, with the sides picking up four victories each and the remaining six fixtures ending in draws. The first time the two clubs met was in Boro’s first campaign in League One following the famous consecutive promotions. Mark Roberts and Chris Beardsley found their names on the scoresheet as Graham Westley’s men picked up a 2-1 victory at The Lamex. Furthermore, current Boro star Michael Bostwick appeared in the starting eleven that day.

Fast-forward a decade and the memories against Tranmere continue. In the 2020/21 campaign, Danny Newton grabbed the winner after being brought on as a substitute just ten seconds prior to the ball hitting the net. Then, in the following season Luke Norris’ brace against Micky Mellon’s side confirmed EFL safety on a memorable day at The Lamex.


The Stadium

Tranmere Rovers have been playing their football at Prenton Park in Birkenhead since it opened in 1912. It holds a capacity of 16,587 with a record attendance of 24,424 being set in 1972 as Tranmere faced Stoke City in the FA Cup. The ground underwent major renovations in 1994 as three new all-seater stands were created. Away fans tend to be housed in the ‘Cowshed’ which holds a capacity of 2,500.

The Referee

Jeremy Simpson will be the man in the middle on Saturday and will be alongside assistants Joe Simpson and Billy Smallwood with Daniel Middleton as Fourth Official. Mr Simpson officiated mostly in the Championship last season, dishing out seven red cards in 35 games.


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Match Reports

Report: Tranmere Rovers 1-2 Stevenage

30 July 2022

Goals from Jake Reeves and Jordan Roberts wrap up all three points for Stevenage Football Club to kick off the 2022/23 campaign...

The highly anticipated 2022/23 campaign kicked off in the Wirral for Stevenage with Micky Mellon’s Tranmere Rovers the opponents. All eyes were on the fresh new squad built by Steve Evans ahead of an exciting season for Boro.

Evans opted for a 3-5-2 formation on the opening day with Fulham loanee Ashby-Hammond between the sticks. The back three consisted of Sweeney, Vancooten and Piergianni with James-Wildin and Clark occupying the wing-back roles. The two holding midfielders were Bostwick and Reeves with Taylor more advanced, behind an attacking partnership of Norris and List.

Within the first two minutes, Boro came agonisingly close to grabbing the opener. After some immediate pressure, Evans’ men in purple won their first corner of the campaign. Max Clark delivered in a fantastic cross to an open Carl Piergianni but his header, which looked destined for the bottom left corner, was superbly denied by Rovers keeper Ross Doohan.

Stevenage continued to be the side on top in the opening ten minutes and even had the ball in the back of the net. The ball bounced between multiple players in the box before landing at Luke Norris’ feet who tucked it home in an offside position to the despair of the Boro faithful in the ‘Cowshed’ behind the goal.

The Boro dominance did not stop there however, as the Tranmere defence were on the back foot once again. Elliott List was through on goal but dragged his shot wide before Jake Reeves’s powerful effort inside the box was pushed wide of the post and out for a corner.

From the resulting corner, Carl Piergianni rose highest before his powerful header was cleared off the line by a Tranmere defender. A dominant first twenty minutes for Steve Evans’ men but the score remained goalless.

Just before the half hour mark, Elliott List picked up the first yellow card of the game after a late challenge on a Tranmere defender through frustrations of not winning a potential foul seconds prior.

Five minutes later, it was worrying scenes for Boro as Elliott List was stretchered off in discomfort after going down holding his foot. Jordan Roberts replaced the attacker, making his return to The EFL after his stint in Scotland.

The substitution did not seem to faze Stevenage as with five minutes remaining of the first half, the side in purple opened the scoring. Carl Piergianni’s long ball forward fell to Luke Norris’ feet who set up Jake Reeves for a simple enough strike to get Boro’s first goal of the campaign. Reeves’ last appearance in a Boro shirt was Tranmere away on the first of February 2022.

A big second half got underway and Micky Mellon’s half-time words seemingly came into fruition as Tranmere created the first chance of the half. Josh Hawkes’ effort at the back post hit the side-netting with the Tranmere fans thinking it was a goal.

The ‘Super White Army’s goal came soon after though, as Kane Hemmings picked up a rebound and blasted his effort off of the crossbar and in to level the scoring.

Tranmere were growing into the game at this stage and were looking to cause havoc in the Stevenage area. Taye Ashby-Hammond was forced to get down and deny a free-kick from twenty-odd yards out.

Boro aimed to regain their lead just after the hour mark as the ball rebounded out to Michael Bostwick near the penalty spot whose effort was blocked on the line and eventually cleared.

The chances were once again coming thick and fast for Stevenage, desperate to find a winner with twenty minutes remaining. First, Dan Sweeney’s header from a corner was well caught by Ross Doohan before Doohan then denied Jake Reeves’ outside-the-box effort.

Two changes were made by Steve Evans with ten minutes remaining as Saxon Earley, making his professional league debut, and Danny Rose replaced Max Clark and Luke Norris respectively.

With just over five minutes remaining, Stevenage regained a well-deserved lead. Jake Reeves stepped up to take a free-kick roughly thirty yards from goal before sending in a fantastic ball to the back post. Carl Piergianni, unsurprisingly rose highest to head across goal as Jordan Roberts was there to tap in and get his first competitive goal for Stevenage.

For the final five minutes, plus an additional four, Stevenage’s aim was to do absolutely everything they could to hold onto their one-goal advantage, and they did it to perfection. The referee blew his whistle to conclude a thrilling ninety minutes and send a smiling Boro home with all three points on the opening day of the season.

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Ticket News

Tickets & Travel: Tranmere Rovers

30 July 2022

Match tickets are now on sale for Stevenage’s first game of the 2022/23 season away at Tranmere Rovers…

Kicking off at 3pm on Saturday 30th July, Steve Evans’ men travel to Merseyside to take on Micky Mellon’s Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park on the opening weekend of the new Sky Bet League Two campaign.

Tickets are available to purchase from, the Stevenage FC Club Shop (open Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays 10am-5pm) and on the day for a £3 increase.

  • Adult: £22
  • Senior (65+): £17
  • Young Adult (23-24): £18
  • Young Person (18-22): £15
  • Under 18: £9
  • Under 12: £5
  • Disabled plus PA: £15

Disabled concessions are based on the following criteria: middle or higher rate DLA, enhanced daily living PIPs, enhanced mobility or a letter from your GP or Care Home. 

Wheelchair users should book tickets directly through Tranmere Rovers on 03330 144452.

Online ticket sales for delivery will come off sale at 11.59pm on Monday 25th July, but will still be able to collect or purchase from the Stevenage FC Club Shop until Friday 29th July at 11am.

Travel by Coach

The Stevenage FC Supporters Association coach will be departing The Lamex Stadium at 8.30am on the day of the game, so please ensure to arrive with time to spare in order to confirm a scheduled departure. Tickets cost £35 for SA members and £40 for non-members.

To book a seat, visit and book online.

Travel by Train

Purchase your train ticket at and keep up-to-date with latest travel info by following @nationalrailenq.

The nearest railway stations to Prenton Park are Conway Park, Birkenhead Central and Rock Ferry. For more travel information to Prenton Park, click here.


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