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Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers

31 January 2020

Match Previews

Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers

31 January 2020

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers head to the University of Bolton Stadium for a Sky Bet League One fixture away at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

Micky Mellon’s men will be aiming to return to winning ways following on from Wednesday’s  1-0 defeat against Sunderland at Prenton Park.

Awaiting Rovers are Keith Hill’s Trotters, who are currently bottom of the table having collected eight points so far after Tuesday night’s 1-1 home draw against Bristol Rovers.

Team news

Manny Monthe is suspended after his sending off in midweek. 

Corey Blackett-Taylor, Sid Nelson, Ollie Banks, Mark Ellis and Evan Gumbs are out of action.

Peter Clarke, Liam Ridehalgh and Neil Danns are doubtful for the clash in Greater Manchester. 

James Vaughan, Morgan Feeney and Luke McCullough are all eligible for Saturday.

One to watch

Experienced forward Daryl Murphy is currently Wanderers’ top scorer with eight goals.

The Republic of Ireland international made his name at Sunderland, who he signed for 2005 after previous spells at Luton Town and Waterford United.

Murphy turned out 124 times for the Black Cats, helping them to promotion up to the Premier League in 2007 either side of loans at Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town.

He switched to Celtic for £1m in 2010 prior to spending six seasons in the Sky Bet Championship with Ipswich Town, where he made 207 appearances, netting on 61 occasions.

Murphy was on the books of Newcastle United during 2016/17 and he was a part the Magpies’ promotion-winning term.

Two years at Nottingham Forest followed before the 36-year-old moved to Bolton last September.

Match officials

Referee: Scott Oldham

Assistant Referees: Thomas Harty and Geoffrey Liddle
Fourth Official: Kevin Mulraine


Tickets for our visit to the University of Bolton Stadium are now off sale.

There will be no pay on the day this Saturday.

Past meetings

Tranmere’s record versus Bolton stands at won 11, drawn 10 and lost 16.

Match coverage

If you are not a part of the SWA coming to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon, then an iFollow match pass costing just £2.50 is the ideal alternative.

TRFC Radio’s commentary team of Phill Wilkinson and Rob Edwards will be behind the mic as Rovers travel to the Trotters.

So, if you want uninterrupted full-match commentary on Saturday, sign-up now for only £2.50 - which is great value.

iFollow is the official streaming service of Tranmere Rovers Football Club, allowing the SWA to see live streaming of matches, audio match commentary and behind the scenes content while you can get closer to the Club by watching on any device and in any location around the globe.

Seventy per-cent of revenues from iFollow will go back into Tranmere Rovers Football Club, so don’t miss the chance to see exclusive TRFC content.

iFollow operates five separate packages including audio season pass, audio monthly pass, video match pass, audio match pass and a basic pass.

To sign-up, CLICK HERE. To find out more about the available packages, 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

TikTok: @tranmererovers


Did you know?

Rovers’ last trip to Bolton saw them knock-out the then-Premier League outfit 2-1 after extra-time in January 2004 when Iain Hume’s winner earned a third-round replay triumph. 

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