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Match Previews

Preview: Ipswich Town

26 September 2019

Match Previews

Preview: Ipswich Town

26 September 2019

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers travel to Portman Road for the first time since 1999 when they visit leaders Ipswich Town in Sky Bet League One on Saturday, 3pm kick-off.

Micky Mellon’s men head to Suffolk in buoyant mood after two goals in stoppage-time earned a dramatic 2-1 home victory over Burton Albion at Prenton Park last weekend.

Ollie Banks’ free-kick pulled Rovers level in the 91st minute before Stefan Payne bundled in Neil Danns flick on from on the line, after Rovers had trailed through Lucas Akins’ penalty 24 minutes from time, to secure a second win of the campaign.

Paul Lambert’s Tractor Boys moved to the summit of the third-tier with a 1-0 triumph on their travels at Gillingham, which saw them overtake Coventry City in the standings.

Team News

Manager Mellon confirmed in his pre-match press conference David Perkins will miss the game with a hamstring injury but they are waiting to see how George Ray is.

Jake Caprice is closing in on a return after completing an hour for the reserves against Blackpool. Corey Blackett Taylor has a groin problem with no confirmation yet to say whether he will be available. Calum Woods and Morgan Ferrier remain out, likewise Jacob Maddox, Ishmael Miller, Evan Gumbs, Mark Ellis and Kane Wilson. 

One to Watch

Forward James Norwood leads the way in Ipswich’s goal-scoring charts with five goals since his arrival at Portman Road in June.

The 29-year-old Eastbourne-native signed for Town after four successful years at Tranmere, where he played a key role in helping Rovers clinch back-to-back promotions.

Norwood began his senior career in Non-League with local team Eastbourne Town before he moved to Exeter City in 2009.

He was loaned to Sutton Town and Forest Green Rovers, making the permanent switch to the latter in 2011.

Whilst on the books of Forest Green, Norwood scored 48 times in 161 outings which convinced Tranmere to snap him up in 2015.

Norwood continued to impress on the Wirral, hitting 20 strikes in the 2017/18 term as Rovers returned to the EFL.

And last season, Norwood’s 32 goals in all competitions helped Tranmere Rovers to a second successive Play-Off Final win.

Norwood ended his Tranmere spell with 82 goals in 165 appearances in the Vanarama National League and Sky Bet League Two.


The SWA have been allocated 908 tickets for this match with 844 standard match tickets (In Blocks V1 and V2), 48 ambulant disabled match tickets (In Block S) and 16 wheelchair/carer tickets (Block DA- This is mixed with home and away fans.

Prices for tickets are as follows: 

Blocks V1 and V2

Adults: £27

Senior: £20

U23: £14

U19: £7

Block S (Ambulant Disabled- Lower Tier)

Adult: £23

Senior 65+: £17

U23: £13

U19: £6

Carer: Free

Block DA (Wheelchair Bays)

Adult: £23

Senior 65+: £16

U23: £13

U19: £6

Carer: Free

Car parking spaces (x5) are available for visiting disabled supporters, these can be purchased by contacting Ipswich's Disabled Liaison Officer on the telephone number: 01473 400 556. 

Postage tickets will go off sale on 12pm on 24th September and all tickets will go off sale at 12pm on the 27th September. 

Coach travel is also available with the coach leaving Prenton Park at 7am. Both match tickets and coach travel can be bought in store or online here

Past Meetings

In total, TRFC have won six, drawn three and lost seven against Ipswich.

Match Coverage

The SWA can listen to uninterrupted match commentary of Tranmere Rovers’ Sky Bet League One fixture away at Ipswich Town on Saturday afternoon.

Your match day commentary team of Phil Wilkinson, Rob Edwards and Adam Siddorn will guide you through events.

iFollow Tranmere is the only place you can listen to devoted TRFC coverage and if you sign-up, you can watch exclusive behind the scenes content, interviews and match highlights.

An audio match pass on iFollow costs just £2.50!

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

Did you know?

Tranmere Rovers did the double over Ipswich Town during the 1996/97 First Division, with John Aldridge’s side winning 2-0 at Portman Road in October and 3-0 at Prenton Park a month later. 

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