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Kick off 19:30 (UK)

3-1
25 July 2017 Venue Prenton Park Attendance 1,229 Referee Scott Oldham

Kick off 19:30 (UK)

Tranmere Rovers
3 - 1
FT
Fleetwood Town

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5-3-2
  • 1
    Scott Davies
    GK
  • 2
    Adam Buxton
    DF
  • 5
    Steve McNulty (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Ritchie Sutton
    DF
  • 7
    Jack Dunn
    MF
  • 10
    James Norwood
    FW
  • 11
    Ollie Norburn
    MF
  • 12
    James Alabi
    FW
  • 15
    Liam Ridehalgh
    DF
  • 18
    Jeff Hughes
    MF
  • 20
    Michael Duggan
    DF

Substitutes

  • 25
    Luke Pilling
    SUB
  • 9
    Andy Cook
    SUB
  • 12
    Connor Jennings
    SUB
  • 17
    Eddie Clarke
    SUB
  • 19
    Andy Mangan
    SUB
  • 21
    Andy Dawson
    SUB
  • 22
    Evan Gumbs
    SUB
  • -
    Josh Solomon-Davies
    SUB
  • 18
    Jeff Hughes
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Micky Mellon

3-4-3
  • 1
    Chris Neal
    GK
  • 14
    Victor Nirennold
    DF
  • 13
    Joe Maguire
    DF
  • 15
    Harvey Rodgers
    DF
  • 5
    Trialist
    DF
  • 6
    Trialist
    DF
  • 4
    Jack Sowerby
    MF
  • 23
    Markus Schwabl
    MF
  • 22
    Ash Hunter
    FW
  • 17
    Devante Cole (C)
    FW
  • 19
    Wes Burns
    FW

Substitutes

  • 31
    Billy Crellin
    SUB
  • 20
    Godswill Ekpolo
    SUB
  • 25
    Nathan Sheron
    SUB
  • 7
    Harrison Biggins
    SUB
  • 8
    Michael Donohue
    SUB
  • 24
    Alex Reid
    SUB
  • 9
    Ashley Nadesan
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Uwe Rosler

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Match Previews

Preview: Pre-season preperations continue against Tranmere Rovers

24 July 2017

Fleetwood Town continue their preparations for the new Sky Bet League One season on Tuesday night when they travel to Tranmere Rovers (7:30pm kick-off).

Town are going into the game after an impressive performance against Sky Bet Championship side Bolton Wanderers, beating them 2-0 at Highbury. Home debutants Jordy Hiwula and Conor McAleny proved to be too much for the Trotters defence as they bagged a goal apiece.

Rovers – who were beaten in the National League play-off final last season – are halfway through their pre-season schedule and have earned one win out of two. They started off with a 4-0 loss to Premier League giants Liverpool, before travelling to Cammell Laird 1907 and winning 11-0.

 

TEAM NEWS

Uwe Rosler is expected to heavily rotate the squad that he played against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

Summer signing Harvey Rodgers could start in defence, with Devante Cole and Ashley Hunter pushing for starts in Town’s attack.

Former Cod Army manager Micky Mellon will probably look to field former Town players Jeff Hughes, Andy Mangan and Steve McNulty. Rovers haven’t had a game in ten days so will have a fully refreshed squad to pick from.

 

ONE TO WATCH

Southwark-Born, James Alabi joined Tranmere Rovers from Chester this summer and has kicked off his time there with a memorable performance against local opposition, Cammell Laird 1907, scoring five goals in that game.

Even though Alabi is just 22-years-old, he has already had experience at ten different clubs. The forward started his career by coming through the Stoke City academy, with him eventually signing a professional contract in 2013.

His time at Stoke saw him go on loan to five different clubs in two seasons, going to Scunthorpe United, Mansfield Town, Forest Green Rovers, back to Scunthorpe before going to Accrington Stanley. 

Alabi then moved to Ipswich Town on a permanent basis, but was unable to get a game as he was sent on loan to Grimsby Town for the one season he would spend at the Blues.

The striker then hit the form of his career at Chester, after being released from Ipswich in 2016. Alabi played a total of 58 games for the side and managed to score 23 goals.

He then made his most recent move to Tranmere. Alabi has started his time in blue strong as he managed to score five goals on his debut for Rovers.

 

PLAYED FOR BOTH

In June 2010, goalkeeper Scott Davies signed for Town after they achieved their promotion to the Conference. A local-lad – who went to Cardinal Allen High School – Davies made his debut in a 1-1 draw against Crawley Town, as regular keeper Danny Hurst dislocated his shoulder in the second minute. At the end of the 2011/12 campaign, Davies became the first-choice keeper for Town, making 150 appearances for the side before leaving in 2015.

Steve McNulty joined Fleetwood back in June 2009 from then Conference side Barrow, and instantly became a legend at Highbury. He was swiftly made captain at the club and pushed the side into the Football League in just three seasons, earning a 29-match unbeaten run in the Conference in the 2011/12 season.

Jeff Hughes is another player who Town fans should be familiar with as the midfielder spent two seasons at the club, between the years of 2013 and 2015. Hughes played a big part in the League Two promotion season as he played 32 games for the club in all competitions and scored five goals. In Fleetwood's first-ever season in League One, Hughes managed another 23 appearances but only scored one goal.

Striker Andy Mangan signed for Town from Wrexham on 1 June 2011. In the two seasons he played for Town, he played a big part in the club’s introduction to the Football League, playing 53 games and scoring 24 goals.​

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Match Reports

Report: Young Town side suffer pre-season loss against Tranmere Rovers

25 July 2017

A young Fleetwood Town side lost their secondgame of pre-season at the hands of National League play-off final runners up Tranmere Rovers 3-1.

Two goals from James Norwood and a deflected effort from Adam Buxton sealed the win, with a Jack Sowerby free-kick in the second half giving Town something to take back home with them.

Town started the side with three experienced forwards leading the line with Ash Hunter, Devante Cole and Wes Burns. Harvey Rodgers played from the start in central defence with Victor Nirennold and Joe Maguire playing wing-backs.

Both sides cancelled each other out in the opening encounters as most of the play was in the middle of the pitch. Burns looked to be a standout straightaway but the chances he created were quickly closed down by the Tranmere backline.

Rovers opened up the scoring early on as Norwood picked up the ball inside the Town box in the eighth minute, and was able to pass his shot into the back of the net past Chris Neal.

Town instantly looked like they were almost back into it less than ten minutes later as Burns drove down the right wing, into the area but his shot was straight at former Fleetwood keeper Scott Davies.

Hunter looked feisty towards the end of the first half and he tried his luck from range but Davies was on top of it, saving the shot comfortably. This kept the score at 1-0 going into the break.

Tranmere doubled their lead soon after the half after a cross into the box led to the ball bouncing between players, ending up at Norwood’s feet, who turned it in.

Town looked to be the better side after that as the sharpness of the side shone through. Burns test Davies in the 55th minute, who had to parry wide for a corner before Markus Schwabl’s shot from the edge of the box went over the bar.

Rosler’s side found their way back into the game in the 70th minute as Sowerby and Maguire stood over a free-kick. Maguire stepped back and Sowerby curled one into the top corner from 25-yards.​ A great finish.

A late deflected effort from Buxton sealed the win, but there was plenty of positives for Town despite the scoreline.

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Ticket News

Coach travel and tickets now on sale for Tranmere Rovers friendly

11 July 2017

Tickets and coach travel for Fleetwood Town's pre-season game at Tranmere Rovers are now on sale.

Uwe Rosler's side will travel to Prenton Park on Tuesday 25th July 2017 (7:45pm k/o).

The club are running a supporters coach to the game which is priced at £10 for all supporters. This can be purchased in person at the club shop, or over the phone by calling 01253 775080.

Tickets are also on sale, but can only be purchased from Tranmere Rovers. They can be purchased HERE. Please note if tickets are not bought from Tramere in advance they supporters who pay on the day will recieve a small price increase on their ticket. 

For any enquires on any ticketing relating issues, don't hesitate to contact the ticket office on 01253 775080.

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