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Preview: Port Vale

18 February 2019

Setting the scene...

Tranmere Rovers face their second away game in a row on Tuesday night when they visit Port Vale for a rearranged League Two fixture at Vale Park.

The initial match was due to be played on Saturday 2nd February, but it was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Micky Mellon’s side head to Staffordshire having earned a battling point in Saturday’s goalless draw at Cambridge United to move up to 11th in the fourth-tier.

Standing in Tranmere’s way on Tuesday night are a Port Vale side who have a new manager, John Askey.

Currently 20th in the table, the Valiants slipped to a 1-0 home defeat against Morecambe, with Aaron Collins scoring a late winner for the Shrimps.

The Valiants’ season so far

It has been a tough campaign for the Burslem outfit, a season which has seen a change of manager following Neil Aspin’s departure last month, with Askey tasked with steering the club away from the bottom two places. 

Former Macclesfield Town boss Askey, once a youth team player on the books of the Valiants, returns to the club looking to revive their fortunes.

From their 32 games in League Two, they have won eight, drawn nine and lost 15.

Should they earn three points on Tuesday night, Vale could move up to 18th position.

One to Watch

Striker Tom Pope currently leads the way in the club’s goal-scoring charts this term.

The Stoke-on-Trent-native started his professional career in the youth set up at Crewe Alexandra but left Gresty Road to drop down to non-league with Biddulph Victoria after he was not offered a professional deal.

He returned to Crewe as a professional in October 2005, scoring 17 goals in 56 league games in four years with the Railwaymen.

In June 2009, Pope joined Rotherham United for £150,000 – spending two seasons with the Millers in South Yorkshire.

Pope then moved to Port Vale permanently in August 2011 following a loan stint at Vale Park. He scored 31 goals in 2012/13 as the club won automatic promotion up to League One. In total, he netted 56 times in 163 games throughout his four year stay.

The 33-year-old made the switch to Bury in June 2015, remaining at Gigg Lane for two years before re-signing for his boyhood club on a free-transfer in May 2017.

And since returning to Vale, club captain Pope has 25 goals to his name from 69 league appearances, including nine strikes this season.

Tickets

The SWA will be housed in the Hamil Road stand, where 4,500 fans can be accommodated.

Tickets from the original fixture will be valid to be used for the new date on Tuesday.

If you wish to get a refund on their original ticket, they will need come in to our Club Store with the ticket. If purchased from Port Vale, you will need to contact them.

Adults: £20
Seniors (62+): £15
Young Adult (18-21): £15
Junior (2-17): £8
U12: Free with full paying adult

There is a dedicated stand for supporters with disabilities which is a mixed supporter area. Tickets for wheelchair bays must be booked through Port Vale, by contacting their ticket office at 01782 655821.

The supporters’ coach will depart Prenton Park at 4pm and there are still spaces available. Please click here or call 0333 014 4452

To visit our ticket website, please click here.

Match Coverage

Can’t make it to Rovers’ away game at Port Vale on Tuesday night? Don’t worry as you can keep up with goings on at Vale 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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