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03 August 2019 Venue Prenton Park Attendance

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Match Preview: Rochdale

2 August 2019

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers begin life back in Sky Bet League One by hosting Rochdale at Prenton Park on Saturday, 3pm kick-off.

Back-to-back promotions were secured in May as Connor Jennings' 119th minute header earned victory over Newport County in the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Final. 

Micky Mellon's men will be aiming for a positive start to a campaign which will see TRFC compete in the third-tier for the first time since 2014. 

Making the visit to the Wirral are Brian Barry-Murphy's Dale, who finished 16th in Sky Bet League One last term. 

The Greater Manchester club have bolstered their ranks this summer with the signings of centre-back Eoghan O’Connell, left-back Rhys Norrington-Davies, forward Rekeil Pyke, goalkeeper Robert Sanchez and midfielder Jimmy Ryan.

Team News 

New signings George Ray, Calum Woods, Darren Potter, Stefan Payne and Jordan Ponticelli are all in line to make their competitive TRFC debuts. 

Ishmael Miller is set for a spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury versus Walsall last weekend.

Mark Ellis (knee) and Evan Gumbs (ACL) both remain out of action while Corey Blackett-Taylor, Calum Woods and Jake Caprice are doubtful.

One to Watch 

Forward and club captain Ian Henderson will embark on his eighth season as a Rochdale player.

Born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, Henderson began his career at Norwich City, featuring in the top-flight for the Canaries before leaving Carrow Road in 2007.

Stints at Rotherham United, Northampton Town, Luton Town and Turkish outfit MKE Ankaragücü before moving to Colchester United in January 2010.

He spent three-years in Essex, making over 100 appearances prior to a switch to Rochdale in 2013.

The 34-year-old has scored 110 goals in all competitions for Dale in seven years at Spotland, including 20 last term.

Tickets:

Tickets start from just £2.00 for U12 as affordable live football returns to Prenton Park for 2019/20.

Prices for the fixture with Rochdale can be found below.

Tickets are on sale from:

Adult - £19

Over 65s (Senior) - £12

U12s accompanied by paying adult - £2

U18s - £6

Young Persons (18-22) - £12

Tickets for TRFC’s opening day clash can be purchased in person in the Club shop or online by clicking here

Match Officials

Referee: Anthony Backhouse

Assistant referees: Gary Hilton and Wade Smith

Fourth Official: Ollie Williams

Past Meetings:

In total, Tranmere have won 59, drawn 25 and lost 38 of their games against Rochdale since the two teams first met in the Division Three (North) in 1921.

The last competitive clash between TRFC and Dale ended in a 2-0 win for Rovers, then managed by Ronnie Moore, in March 2012, with James Wallace and Jake Cassidy on target for the away side.

Match Coverage

TRFC Radio’s commentary team of Phil Wilkinson and Rob Edwards will guide you through all the action as TRFC’s season gets underway in front of the SWA at Prenton Park.

Supporters can sign up to the revamped iFollow Tranmere to listen to uninterrupted commentary of the match against Dale.

To sign up and to find out more details about iFollow Tranmere, 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

Did you know?

Tranmere Rovers’ central midfielder David Perkins has had two separate stays at Rochdale in his playing career.

Heysham-born Perkins, 37, made 60 appearances for the Spotland club between 2007-2008 before returning a decade later to turn out 17 times in 2018/19 prior to his January move to TRFC.

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Match Reports

Tranmere 2-3 Rochdale

3 August 2019

Tranmere Rovers began life in Sky Bet League One with a 3-2 defeat at home against Rochdale despite a spirited fightback from 3-0 down by the home side. 
 
Ian Henderson's double and Rhys Norrington-Davies' strike had Dale 3-0 up before Stephen Dooley's own goal and Connor Jennings' strike gave Rovers a lifeline.
 
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy was then sent off for TRFC deep into added time on his debut for the Club. 
 
Manager Micky Mellon handed competitive debuts to George Ray, Stefan Payne and Jordan Ponticelli for Rovers' return to the third-tier. 
 
David Perkins had the first sight of goal for Tranmere against his old side after seven minutes, playing a neat one-two with Stefan Payne but curled straight into the grasp of goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.
 
Rochdale were in front through a penalty on 12 minutes when Callum Camps was brought down in the box by Sid Nelson as referee Anthony Backhouse pointed to the spot. 
 
Up-stepped skipper Henderson who struck right-footed from 12-yards into the bottom right-corner, sending Scott Davies the wrong way.
 
Searching to draw level in the contest, Stefan Payne found space after turning his marker to strike low and forced Sanchez to drop down to his right to save well.
 
Rovers pressed again and forward Jordan Ponticelli saw his volley from Perkins' floated cross go over the crossbar. 
 
Payne tested Sanchez again in the closing minutes of the first-half, latching onto a pass to beat his man in the right-side of the area but his firm low drive was saved by Sanchez' feet.
 
TRFC were two down with two minutes of the second-half played as Henderson notched his double, lofting an unstoppable shot past Davies from the left side of the area which found the top right corner after a corner wasn't fully cleared. 
 
Half-time substitute Morgan Ferrier came close to pulling Rovers back into the contest but having got the better of the defender, his powerful effort cannoned back off the post while he also headed Kieron Morris' teasing cross just wide of Sanchez' far post. 
 
Rochdale scored their third goal in the 68th minute of the contest of the Wirral through Norrington-Davies, who profited from Camps' pass inside the box to slide the ball with the outside of his left foot past Davies.
 
Late drama unfolded when Stephen Dooley scored a late own goal before Jennings' strike created a exciting finish, while Hepburn-Murphy was dismissed deep into the game for TRFC. 
 
Next up for Rovers is a trip to Fratton Park where Portsmouth await next Saturday. 
 
TRFC: Davies, Nelson (Mullin 90+6) Monthe, Ray, Ridehalgh, Banks, Perkins, Morris, Jennings, Payne (Ferrier 45) Ponticelli (Hepburn-Murphy 45)
 
Subs not used: Woods, Potter, Gilmour, Pilling
 
Attendance: 8,032 (938 away)
 

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale for opening day of the season

29 July 2019

Ticket for Tranmere Rovers’ opening day Sky Bet League One fixture at home to Rochdale this Saturday are on sale!

Micky Mellon’s men return to the third-tier for the 2019/20 season and will kick-start the new campaign by hosting Dale, who make the journey from Greater Manchester to the Wirral for a 3pm kick-off.

Tickets start from just £2.00 for U12 as affordable live football returns to Prenton Park for 2019/20.

Prices for the fixture with Rochdale can be found below.

Tickets are on sale from:

Adult - £19

Over 65s (Senior) - £12

U12s accompanied by paying adult - £2

U18s - £6

Young Persons (18-22) - £12

Tickets for TRFC’s opening day clash can be purchased in person in the Club shop or online by clicking here

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