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OPPOSITION GUIDE: TRANMERE ROVERS

20 April 2021

The Bantams return to action at the Utilita Energy Stadium - when hosting Tranmere Rovers in Sky Bet League Two on Tuesday evening.

Keith Hill’s side are looking to win promotion straight back into Sky Bet League One, and have won 18 matches, drawn 12 and lost 12 so far this season.

The Super White Army’s last win against City came in October 2013, when Ryan Lowe’s strike was enough to claim the points in BD8.

We have created this Opposition Guide to take you through everything you need to know about Tuesday’s visitors. 

TRANSFER ACTIVITY 

Tranmere brought in six new additions during the January window, as five players departed Prenton Park.

INS: Calum MacDonald (Blackpool), Nya Kirby (Crystal Palace, loan), Charlie Jolley (Wigan Athletic), Danny Lloyd (unassigned), Ali Crawford (Bolton Wanderers, loan), David Nugent (Preston North End, loan).

OUTS: Ollie Banks (Barrow), Stefan Payne (Grimsby Town), Mark Ellis (Notts County, loan), Morgan Ferrier (Maccabi Petah Tikva), Sam Smith (Reading, recalled from loan).

ONES TO WATCH

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 21 in all competitions.

Peter Clarke

The 39-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 2020 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. 

Liam Feeney

Feeney has turned out for 11 different clubs since making his first senior appearance for Hayes in 2005, for the likes of AFC Bournemouth, Millwall, Bolton Wanderers and Ipswich Town.

The 34-year-old signed for Tranmere on loan from Blackpool last summer and has played an influential role in the team - having missed just four league matches this season.

THE CAPTAIN

Scott Davies has been with Tranmere Rovers since 2015 and has racked up 265 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.

THE MANAGER

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

He was then appointed manager of Barnsley in 2011 where he helped the club 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 guided them to the 2021 Papa John’s Trophy final, losing out to Sunderland.

LAST TIME OUT

Tranmere Rovers were held to a 0-0 draw with Salford City at Prenton Park.

Tranmere Rovers 0

Salford City 0 

Sky Bet League Two

Saturday April 17 

Tranmere: Murphy, Khan, Clarke, Monthe, MacDonald, O'Connor, Woolery (Nugent 77'), Lewis, Feeney, Lloyd-McGoldrick (Vaughan 67'), Morris (Blackett-Taylor 90').


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