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22 November 2021

Match Previews


22 November 2021

City are back on their travels on Tuesday to face Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park in a 7.45pm kick-off in Sky Bet League Two. 

The Bantams will head to Merseyside with the same amount of points as Rovers, sitting just a place above their opponents.

No team has conceded less goals than Tranmere this season, shipping just 13 but only managing to score the same amount - with only two sides scoring fewer goals than the Super White Army.

Tranmere’s similar start to City has them just three points off the play-off places, but their stumbling league form has left them winless in five.

We have put together an Opposition Guide to give you all the information you need to know about our 18th league opponent of the season.


Micky Mellon made few adjustments to his squad during the summer transfer window - optimising the loan and free agent market to bring nine players to Prenton Park, while shipping four players out of the club.

INCOMINGS: Paul Glatzel (Liverpool), Stephen Walker (Middlesbrough, loan), Lee O’Connor (Celtic), Chris Merrie (Wigan), Josh Hawkes (Sunderland, loan), Ross Doohan (Celtic, loan), Elliot Nevitt (Rylands), Joe Maguire (Accrington Stanley), Callum McManaman (Melbourne Victory). 

OUTGOINGS: George Nugent (Witton Albion), Charlie Jolley (Chester, loan), Danny Walker-Rice (Bala Town), Corey Blackett-Taylor (Charlton). 


Paul Glatzel

Glatzel joined Rovers from fellow Merseyside outfit Liverpool in summer, having graduated from the Reds’ famed academy. Glatzel joined the Anfield club’s setup at under-9 level and went onto captain the under-18s side before earning a professional contract at the club in September 2019.

The bullish forward has netted once in eight games for Rovers, earning his side a point on the road at Bristol Rovers by assisting their first goal before scoring the leveller in the 75th minute.

English-born Glatzel has represented both England and Germany at youth level, qualifying for both through his English citizenship and German parents. 

Callum McManaman

Callum McManaman joined the club in summer having spent time with Melbourne Victory.

The 30-year-old won the FA Cup with Wigan in 2013 before joining West Bromwich Albion for £4.75 million to continue his Premier League career. He spent a significant amount of time in the Sky Bet Championship after he left West Brom, playing for Sunderland and Luton either side of a return to Wigan.

McManaman has featured in 16 games for Rovers this season, scoring twice. The experienced midfielder has taken on a more defensive role since joining the Sky Bet League Two side - operating primarily as a deep-lying playmaker compared to his previous box-to-box role.

Liam Feeney

Liam Feeney has made over 300 appearances at club level throughout his career - featuring for a number of clubs across the country including Blackpool, Bolton and AFC Bournemouth.

The 34-year-old has had somewhat of a journeyman career, having never represented the same team for more than two seasons.

Feeney has featured in 15 games for Rovers this season, starting eight games as a part of an experienced midfield.


Peter Clarke captains Rovers having played over 750 competitive games.

The Southport-born defender began his career at Everton before spending the majority of his career in the EFL. Clarke joined Tranmere in January 2020 and became a mainstay of Rovers’ defence - earning a contract extension after playing every league game for the club.

Clarke is not only a part of the league’s strongest defence, but is Rovers’ top goal-scorer this season, netting three times.


Micky Mellon returned to Tranmere Rovers at the start of the season after a one-year absence from Prenton Park.

The Rovers boss made over 100 appearances for the Merseyside club and took the managerial role for the first time in 2016 after an successful spell with Shrewsbury Town - earning the Shrews promotion back to the third tier.

Mellon guided Tranmere from the National League to Sky Bet League One in successive seasons at the helm. The Scot left Prenton Park following Rovers’ relegation on a points-per-game basis after the curtailed 2019/20 season.


Bristol Rovers 2 (Josh Grant 5’, Sam Nicholson 22’)

Tranmere Rovers 2 (Callum MacDonald 25’, Paul Glatzel 75’)

Tranmere: Ross Doohan; Josh Dacres-Cogley, Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Peter Clarke, Tom Davies (Foley 73’); Callum MacDonald, Lee O’Connor, Kieron Morris, Josh Hawkes; Paul Glatzel, Elliott Nevitt (Maynard 45’). SUBS (not used): Joe Murphy, Mark Duffy, Liam Feeney, Ryan Watson, Callum McManaman. 


Meetings: 86

Tranmere: 36

Draws: 19

City Wins: 31

Tickets for tomorrow's clash remain available until 12.00PM. CLICK HERE for full details and to purchase. 

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