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Match Preview: Rochdale

10 September 2021

Tranmere Rovers are back on the road this weekend, making the short trip to the Crown Oil Arena for a Sky Bet League Two tie against Rochdale. 

Micky Mellon’s side returned to winning ways last week, as Tom Davies’ late header was enough for Rovers to record a 1-0 win over Hartlepool.

Tickets information for this fixture can be found here. 

Team News 

In Thursday's pre match press conference, Ian Dawes reported no new injury concerns ahead of Saturday's game.

One to Watch 

Alex Newby

Born in Barrow, Alex Newby began his career with Bolton Wanderers before being released. He dropped down into non-league, and had spells at the likes of Barrow, Kendal Town and Clitheroe.

He eventually joined Chorley in February 2018, and had a brilliant spell at Victory Park. The 25-year-was a regular in the side for the Magpies, before the Football League came calling.

Newby then signed for Rochdale in the summer of 2020, signing a two-year contract. In his first season with the club, he scored seven times in the league.

The midfielder has already made a scoring start to the 2021/21 season, having scored in the Dale’s fixtures against Harrogate and Forest Green.

Manager 

Robbie Stockdale

Having spent two years as a Tranmere Rovers player from 2006 to 2008, Rochdale boss Robbie Stockdale will be so stranger to Rovers’ fans.

Also playing for the likes of Hull City and Middlesbrough during his playing days, Stockdale went into coaching while still as a player at Grimsby Town. First, as a youth coach, then later as caretaker manager.

Stockdale then moved onto Sunderland, joining the club as a youth coach. After promotions into new roles and acting as caretaker manager on three occasions, Stockdale left the Black Cats in June 2018.

He had later spells coaching at Hibernian and West Brom, before being named as Rochdale manager in July 2021.

Match Coverage 

TRFC Radio will be in position to provide live full match commentary on proceedings at the Crown Oil Arena

Audio passes are available for just £2.50 by clicking here. Every pass purchased benefits Tranmere Rovers. 

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 

Match reaction from Micky Mellon and a player will follow on our website and YouTube channel.


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