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David Kelly urges the SWA to make the difference

23 May 2019

Former Tranmere Rovers striker David Kelly has backed his old side to gain promotion in the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Final against Newport County at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Birmingham-born Kelly spent three-years at Prenton Park from 1997-2000, making 88 appearances for the Wirral outfit.

TRFC reached the home of English football for a third successive year following on from a 2-1 aggregate semi-final win over Forest Green Rovers after two legs.

Saturday’s opponents, Michael Flynn’s Newport, finished the campaign a place below Tranmere in seventh position.

And Kelly, a former team-mate of Rovers manager Micky Mellon, has praised the work that the Scot has done in charge and he believes that Tranmere can secure their return to Sky Bet League One under the arch in London.

Kelly said: “It would be a huge achievement. It doesn’t happen very often as well all know, back-to-back promotions from any club is a huge statement and Micky will be playing it down and from a Super White Army point of view, let’s hope Tranmere can do it.

“Tranmere aren’t a National League or League Two club really, it is League One and above.”

The 55-year-old, who represented and scored for Rovers in the 2-1 League Cup Final defeat to Leicester City at the old Wembley Stadium in 2000, knows that the SWA will turn out in their thousands to back Micky and the lads as they go in search of another promotion and third-tier football for the first time since 2014.

He added: “Supporters are hugely important to the team, there has been really good support there, it has been good backing from the crowd and it is a place that the supporters know quite well and I’m sure they will thoroughly enjoy it and fully back the team.

“Mr Palios and his family from above, the community and the support is massively important. He has done a fantastic job.”

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