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24 December 2020

Match Previews


24 December 2020

The Bantams travel to Prenton Park on Boxing Day to face Tranmere Rovers in Sky Bet League Two (3.00pm).

Keith Hill’s side sit 13th in the table - having recorded eight wins, three draws and seven defeats. The Whites are three points off the play-off places.

We have created an Opposition Guide to take you through all of the key information about Saturday’s hosts. 


Tranmere Rovers made 12 summer signings, with 15 players heading in the opposite direction.

INS: Paul Lewis (Cambridge United), Jay Spearing (Blackpool), Otis Khan (Mansfield Town), James Vaughan (Bradford City), Joe Murphy (Shrewsbury Town), Kaiyne Woolery (Swindon Town), Jack Young (Newcastle United, loan), Sam Smith (Reading, loan), Lee O'Connor (Celtic, loan), Calum MacDonald (Blackpool, loan), Liam Feeney (Blackpool, loan), Danny Lloyd (unassigned).

OUTS: Luke McCullough (Glentoran), Carl Spellman (Runcorn Linnets), Darren Potter (Altrincham), Calum Woods (FC United of Manchester), Luke Pilling (Notts County), Bayleigh Passant (Marine), Harvey Gilmour (Stockport County), David Perkins (AFC Fylde), Evan Gumbs (Warrington Town), Jake Caprice (Exeter City), Paul Mullin (Cambridge United), Connor Jennings (Stockport County), Bailey Thompson (Tadcaster Albion), Neil Danns (released), Ishmael Miller (released). 


James Vaughan

Former Bantam Vaughan started his career off at Everton and made history by becoming the youngest-ever Premier League goal-scorer after netting on his debut against Crystal Palace in 2005. 

The Birmingham-born striker has represented 12 different clubs across his career, including spells at Huddersfield Town, Bury, Wigan Athletic and Bradford City. He is Tranmere’s top goal-scorer this season, having netted 12 in all competitions.

Peter Clarke

The 38-year old defender also started his career at Everton after coming through the ranks with the Toffees. He has made 781 career appearances and enjoyed notable spells at Blackpool, Southend United, Huddersfield Town and Oldham Athletic.

Clarke signed for the Whites at the start of the year but could not help the club avoid relegation last season.

Jay Spearing

Spearing has represented the red half of Merseyside and lifted the Carabao Cup with Liverpool in 2012 after beating Cardiff City on 3-2 penalties - in the final at Wembley Stadium.

The 32-year old midfielder has spent most of his career in Lancashire, representing Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool respectively. He penned a two-year deal with his hometown club Tranmere in the summer. 


Scott Davies has been with Tranmere Rovers since 2015 and has racked up 243 appearances during his time at the club. The Blackpool-born goalkeeper has won two promotions with the Whites but experienced relegation last season. 

Davies made his professional debut for Morecambe in 2005 and has since played for Fleetwood Town and Accrington Stanley. He was handed the captain's armband at the start of the 2019/20 season, following Stephen McNulty’s departure from the club.


Keith Hill made over 400 appearances as a player and represented the likes of Blackburn Rovers, Plymouth Argyle and Rochdale. He started his managerial career off at Rochdale in 2006, where he spent five seasons with the club.

He was then appointed manager of Barnsley in 2011 where he helped the club to survive relegation from the Sky Bet Championship by one place in the table. The 51-year old then returned to Rochdale for another six years before taking on the manager's job at Bolton Wanderers in 2019. 

Hill joined Tranmere Rovers at the end of November and has won five of his first seven games in charge. 


Keith Hill returned to his former employers as Tranmere Rovers ran out 3-0 winners away at Lancashire rivals Bolton Wanderers - on Saturday afternoon. 

Bolton Wanderers 0

Tranmere Rovers 3 (Clarke 28', Morris 68', Vaughan 75' pen)

Saturday 19 December

Tranmere: Davies, MacDonald, Nelson, Clarke, Ridehalgh, Morris (O'Connor 89'), Spearing (Banks 57'), Young, Feeney (Woolery 89'), Vaughan (Lloyd 89'), Blackett-Taylor (Ferrier 67’).

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