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Preview: Tottenham Hotspur

3 January 2019

Setting the scene...

Friday night football will return to Tranmere Rovers for an FA Cup third-round tie with Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur at a sold-out Prenton Park.

Micky Mellon’s Rovers will take a break from their Sky Bet League Two schedule, where they sit ninth in the table following a 1-1 New Year’s Day draw away at Macclesfield Town, to turn their attention to the tie with the North Londoners in front of the BT cameras.

Defeating Oxford City and Southport over replays to reach round three, TRFC face Mauricio Pochettino’s men from the capital for the first time since an FA Cup tie in February 2002.

Team news

Ollie Banks is available for selection for the FA Cup tie after a recent spell on the sidelines through injury. Shamal George has returned to his parent club Liverpool after his loan spell expired. Fellow goalkeeper Luke Pilling however is back at TRFC after a short loan spell at Ashton United. 

Spurs’ season so far...

Tottenham enjoyed a positive opening half of their Premier League season - with the Lilywhites currently chasing leaders Liverpool -  and into the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League as well as the Carabao Cup semi-finals. 

Under the management of Argentine Pochettino, Spurs are six points behind Liverpool (written before Liverpool's game at Manchester City on Thursday night) after securing their 16th win of the campaign following a 3-0 triumph away at Cardiff City on New Year’s Day.

The triumph in South Wales moved Spurs back up to second in the division as they climbed above current champions Manchester City as the campaign passed beyond its halfway stage over the festive period.

In the cup competitions, Spurs face London rivals Chelsea over two legs in the Carabao Cup semi-finals while in Europe, they have been drawn against German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund for a last 16 tie.

One to watch

Harry Kane has been in fine form for both club and country so far this season.

The 25-year-old was born in the London area of Walthamstow, and after coming through the youth ranks at Tottenham, Kane would pen professional terms at White Hart Lane.

Kane would spend the early years of his football development away from Tottenham, spending time on loan at Leyton Orient and Millwall, Norwich City and Leicester City.

The striker broke into the Spurs first-team under Tim Sherwood in the 2013/14 campaign, scoring three goals in his 10 appearances.

Since then, Kane has scored 20 or more goals in each of his past five seasons in Pochettino’s Spurs side – winning the top-flight’s Golden Boot twice, with his goals total currently at 122 from 171 appearances – including 14 strikes this term.

At international level, Kane scored 20 from his 35 senior England caps, with six of those goals coming as he helped the Three Lions to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals in Russia last summer.


Friday night’s FA Cup third-round tie at home to Tottenham Hotspur is sold out.

Thank you to the SWA for your brilliant support as always!

To purchase tickets for upcoming TRFC matches in League Two, please click here:

Match coverage

Can’t make it to Rovers’ FA Cup third-round tie at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Friday night? Don’t worry as you can keep up with goings on at Prenton Park.

You can now sign up to Tranmere Rovers’ iFollow, which allows access to extended highlights and interviews with manager Micky Mellon and a player, after the game.

To sign up, click here

 Alternatively, you can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.

 Twitter: @tranmererovers

Facebook: @trfcofficial

Instagram: @tranmererovers

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Match Reports

Tranmere 0-7 Tottenham

4 January 2019

Tranmere Rovers FA Cup journey ended as they were beaten by Premier League title contenders Tottenham Hotspur at Prenton Park.

In front of a sell out crowd of more than 12,000, the home faithful stuck with their team from the first whistle to the last, as the North London side booked their place in the next round of the competition. 

Manager Micky Mellon made two changes from the draw at Macclesfield, Harvey Gilmour and Steve McNulty in for Jonny Smith and Adam Buxton. 

Tottenham, blessed with international talent, handed the captain's armband to England's Deli Alli, whilst there was also a start for Heung-Min Son before his departure to the Asian Cup. 

And it was that man, Son, who had the first chance of the game, put through on goal, Spurs' number seven was denied by an excellent save from Scott Davies. 
Davies was in top form, and in the 12th minute he made another unbelievable stop from Lucas Moura from point blank range. 

Tranmere settled into the game well and had a couple of sights on goal, Connor Jennings having a fierce strike blocked whilst James Norwood was off balance and hit wide from the left hand side. 

At the other end, Spanish striker Llorente smashed over a volley whilst Juan Foryth long range effort was comfortable for Davies. 

Defender Manny Monthe was within inches of his first goal of the season when his header from a corner was caught well by goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaninga. 

Tottenham took the lead in the 39th minute when Aurier picked up on a loose ball and hammered the ball into the top left, leaving Davies with no chance. 

Into the second half and Tottenham and the visitors turned on the style and within three minutes doubled their lead when Llorente finished off a free flowing attacking move, as Son laid it on a plate for the striker to tap home. 
Tranmere responded perfectly and could have had a goal back as Gilmour had a glorious opportunity, unmarked at the back post, his effort was right at the keeper to tip over. 

Tottenham made it three in the 54th minute as Aurier grabbed his second of the night as Son turned provider once more. 

The South Korean international added the Premier League side's fourth, placing the ball past Davies after cleverly weaving his way through the TRFC defence. 
Manager Mellon introduced Ollie Banks from the bench, a huge positive for Rovers after his spell out on the sidelines. The midfielder's impact was instant, hitting a 20-yard strike at goal, only to be pushed away by the Spurs goalkeeper. 
Tranmere's spirit was refusing to die as the Prenton Park faithful stuck with their team throughout, as Jake Caprice came close once again, as Rovers went in search for a deserved goal, but his strike from the right hand side dragged wide of the post.
However, Tottenham were in the mood and two clinical attacks saw two quick fire goals for Spanish international Llorente as he grabbed his hat trick.
Llorente was soon replaced by World Cup Golden Boot winner Harry Kane, and the England centre forward rounded off the scoring as he ran on to a through ball to clip past Davies.
Tranmere were given a standing ovation by the home supporters after the game, and the team will now turn their focus towards League Two, with Cheltenham next up a week on Saturday. 

Tranmere: Davies, Ellis, Caprice, McNulty, Monthe, Harris (Banks 58), McCullough, Gilmour, Ridehalgh, Jennings (Mullin 83), Norwood. Unused subs: Passant, Bakayogo, Stockton, Buxton, Sutton.

 Attendance: 12,553.

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Ticket News

Small number of tickets available for home fans for the FA Cup tie against Tottenham

3 January 2019

- Following some ticket returns and a sweep of the restricted seats as the TV gantries are in place, a small number of home tickets for tomorrow's game are now being placed on sale. 

- Tickets are limited, so we are asking for supporters to email in their name, contact number and season ticket card if applicable to with their ticket requests by 10pm tonight (03/01/2019).

- We will give priority to those season ticket holders who do not already have a ticket. After this we will randomly draw the remaining tickets.

- We will reply to  emails on Friday 4th January. As we anticipate there will be a large volume of emails, we will only reply to those who are successful. If we have not replied to you by 10am then unfortunately you will not have been successful in obtaining a ticket for the FA Cup tie against Spurs. 


Prenton Park capacity statement

With tickets for Friday’s big game against Spurs sold out, we have been asked lots of times regarding the maximum seating capacity of the stadium.

The answer is not as simple as you might think, as it varies from match to match depending on whether it is reserved or unreserved seating and what the television requirements are.

We currently have 15,573 seats in the stadium. This is less than the original capacity, but the front rows of each stand were permanently removed to assist in prevent pitch encroachment and some others were lost when the disabled seating platform was put into the Kop Stand.

However, we never make all of the 15,573 available for sale, because around 500 seats have significantly restricted views: primarily those behind the disabled shelters in front of the Bebington Paddock. These will therefore not be sold for the Spurs game.

We then have to work out which seats will have their views significantly impeded by the TV gantries required for the game. For the Spurs match, we have 16 TV camera points set up around the ground, so that takes out another few hundred seats.

Finally, because we have chosen to go unrestricted seating in everywhere but the main stand, we are only permitted to sell 90% of the maximum net capacity, for safety reasons.

That begs the question of why go unrestricted seating. This is something about which we had lengthy debates. Prenton Park is not a venue which routinely sells out and therefore, unlike the Premier League clubs, fans are used to being able to turn up and sit wherever they want, unless it is a seat reserved for a season ticket holder.

Given that the attendance on Friday will be more than double the normal, that means we will have a lot of fans there who are not regular attenders. To direct each of them to a specific seat in an unfamiliar ground would require a much higher level of stewarding and policing than an unrestricted seating policy would allow and therefore the income from selling the additional seats would largely be offset by the costs (particularly when you take into account that the gate is split with the visiting team in any event, so we would only benefit from 50% of the additional revenue).

In addition, many season ticket holders will bring additional friends and family to a big game like this – an unrestricted seating policy allows greater flexibility for groups to sit together if they wish. The most important factor in all the decision making was ensuring the ticketing priority scheme allowed our regular supporters the opportunity to purchase a ticket for themselves before we went to general sale.

The Main Stand has to be sold on an allocated seating basis because access to bars and lounges is strictly defined by the seating area in which supporters sit, but in any event as The Main Stand is always allocated seating it causes less of a logistical problem for stewards.

After the Spurs game we will have a full debrief to see how it has all worked and we will discuss with TROSC and the Trust whether we believe that is the best approach for the future big sell-out gates that we all hope to see at Prenton Park.

So, taking all of the above into account, the maximum capacity for the Spurs game will be approximately 13,300.

Following some ticket returns and a sweep of the restricted seats now as the TV gantries are in place, we do have a small number of tickets which we can release for sale. As there are a very limited number, we are asking supporters to email in with your name, contact number and season card number if applicable to with your requests by 10pm tonight (03/01/2019). We will give priority to these requests to season ticket holders who do not already have a ticket. After that we will randomly draw the remaining tickets.

We will reply to supporter emails in the morning (04/01/2019). As we anticipate there will be a large volume of emails, we will only be able to reply if you are successful. If we have not replied by 10am then unfortunately you will not have been successful in getting a ticket. 

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