This match is FGR’s Rainbow Laces match.

How Are They Doing

Tranmere are Currently  17th in the table with 40 points.

With the home win against high flying Stockport, Tranmere Rovers went back to winning ways following 3 winless matches in the league. The team has lost 4 of their last 8 matches in L2.

Tranmere are 14th in current (6 match) form table with 7 points. FGR are 21st with 5 points.

Tranmere have scored an average of 1.58 goals per game since the beginning of the season in the league which is higher than the average number of 1.50 goals scored by each team per match this season in League 2. Tranmere’s current form shows an average number of goals scored per game of 1.75 in the last 8 league matches, which is 10.8% higher than their current season’s average.

Reverse Fixture on 11 Nov 23 – Tranmere 3 FGR 0.

February Results

Tranmere 4 Stockport 0

Tranmere 2 Morecambe 3

Doncaster 2 Tranmere 1

Tranmere 0 Crewe 0

Ones to Watch

Josh Hawkes originally joined Tranmere on loan from Sunderland before making the move permanent.

Connor Jennings – Team Captain in his second spell at Tranmere. He scored for Tranmere at Wembley when FGR won promotion to EFL by beating them 3-1. He is the brother of James Jennings who played as a defender for FGR (34 appearances, 6 goals – 2014 to 2016). James is currently Head of Professional Player Support at Stockport County.

In January Tranmere agreed a deal with Blackpool for Rob Apter to rejoin on loan until the end of the season, while he has also signed a new deal with the Tangerines until the end of 2026-27.

In February Tranmere Rovers signed Senegalese midfielder Ousmane Kane on a six-month deal with the option of a further 12 months.

Current top scorers Connor Jennings – 11 goals, Kieron Morris 9 goals, Rob Apter 7 goals, Josh Hawkins 6 goals.


Nigel Adkins – Tranmere are one of the best supported teams in L2 despite what this picture might suggest.

Nigel Adkins played as a goalkeeper for Tranmere and Wigan. He finished his playing career and began his managerial career at Welsh club Bangor City before spells at Scunthorpe (where he had previously been the club physiotherapist so he may be able to help you with any aches you might have) and Southampton, where he led both clubs to promotion. His tenure with the latter was noted for taking the Saints from League One to the Premier League in successive seasons.

After much speculation over his future, on 18 January 2013 it was confirmed that Adkins had been sacked as Southampton manager and replaced by former Espanyol manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Adkins subsequently managed Reading, Sheffield United, Hull & Charlton but failed to reprise his previous successes.

 In May 2023, Adkins returned to Tranmere as Technical Director and mentor to manager Ian Dawes On 10 September 2023 Adkins was appointed interim manager following Dawes’s sacking.

Adkins has said that he recites the poem The Guy in the Glass, by Dale Wimbrow to control stress.  The poem’s message is essentially that you need to be true to yourself and not worry what others might think of you. So if you hear Adkins mumbling ‘..your final reward will be heartache and tears’ that will be a good sign for FGR fans.

Rovers Connections

Luke McGee played 101 times for FGR between 2020 & 23.

Regan Hendry – Made 53 appearances for FGR, scoring 4 goals during 2021-23

Jacob Maddox (on loan from Chelsea in 2019 – 0 appearances), Callum Jones (Youth, 2010-2017) & Luke Daniels (on loan from WBA 2009-10, 37 appearances) have all had spells at Tranmere.

Club History

The Superwhite Army are familiar opponents and there has recently been a friendly rivalry between the two clubs.  FGR fans will obviously fondly remember the 3-1 win at Wembley in 2017 that took FGR into the football league.  The two clubs’ supporters have some heroes in common – Andy Mangan, James Norwood and Kaiyne Woolery all played that day (Aaron Collins was an unused substitute for Tranmere)  and have represented both FGR and Tranmere.

Kaiyne Woolery celebrates scoring against Tranmere at Wembley 2017.

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.

Tranmere played in regional leagues until they were invited to become a founder member of Football League Third Division North in 1921. They finished as champions for the 1937–38 season, though were relegated out of the Second Division the following year. They dropped into the 4th Division in 1961, before winning 4th Division promotion back to the third tier at the end of the 1966–67 season. Relegation in 1975 was followed by an immediate promotion in 1975–76 under the stewardship of manager John King, and this time they survived for just three seasons in the third tier until being relegated once again in 1979. During the 1980s, they were beset by financial problems and, in 1987, went into administration. However John King returned to manage the club for a second spell and guided Rovers to promotion in 1988–89, which they followed up by winning the Associate Members Cup in 1990 and then promotion out of the play-offs in 1991.

The 1990s would prove to be the most successful period in the club’s history as Tranmere remained in the second tier and came close to reaching the Premier League with three consecutive play-off campaigns at the start of the decade. Under King’s successor, John Aldridge, Tranmere experienced a number of Cup runs, most notably reaching the 2000 League Cup Final. They were finally relegated in 2001 and then spent 13 seasons in the third tier, before two successive relegations saw them drop out of the Football League after an 84-year stay. Tranmere spent three seasons in the Conference and then returned to the third tier of the Football League via successive play-off campaigns in 2018 and 2019. They were relegated from L1 in 2020 after clubs voted to end the season early due to the Covid pandemic.

The Tranmere mascot is called Rover the Dog – that is why marketing staff deservedly command such big salaries.

Famous Tranmere Fans

TV Presenter brothers David & Jonathan Dimbleby. No idea why as they were born and brought up in the home counties.

Half Man Half Biscuit
The band Half Man Half Biscuit turned down the chance to appear on The Tube, as Tranmere Rovers were playing that night, even though Channel Four offered to fly them by helicopter to the game. Their hit ‘Dickie Davies Eyes’ got to No 86 in the UK charts.

Craig Charles
Dave Lister in Red Dwarf, Lloyd Mullaney in Coronation Street. Before turning to entertainment, Charles played professional football, most notably for Tranmere Rovers

Ray Stubbs – TV presenter.
He was initially a professional footballer, leaving School to join Tranmere Rovers for five years. He also played for Bangor City between 1978 and 1980. After ending his playing career with Tranmere, he stayed with the club in an administrative capacity and then spent three years with BBC Radio Merseyside as a reporter and presenter.

The Coral

The Coral is a band formed in 1996 in Hoylake on the Wirral. Their biggest hit was ‘Pass It On’ which might be a football reference?

Referee Mike Dean celebrating a Tranmere win at TNL.

Mike Dean
Michael Dean is an English professional football referee who officiates primarily in the Premier League. He is based in Heswall, Wirral, and is a member of the Cheshire County Football Association. He and his daughter have season tickets to Prenton Park. You’d think he would be busy on Saturdays.

Elvis Costello
Declan Patrick MacManus better known by his stage name Elvis Costello, is a musician, singer, songwriter, composer, record producer, author, television presenter, and occasional actor. He has been seen at Tranmere games. He was born in London, but both his parents are from Liverpool. His song ‘I Don’t want to go to Chelsea’ is clearly a football reference.

John Bowe
Best known for his roles in Emmerdale as Lawrence White and Coronation Street as Duggie Ferguson. Tranmere Rovers supporter John was born and brought up in Greasby.

Stephen Bower
Bower is an English football commentator, one of the main voices of Match of the Day

What Are They Thinking