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Match Preview | Crewe Alexandra (A)

12 October 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview | Crewe Alexandra (A)

12 October 2023

Tranmere Rovers travel to Crewe Alexandra on Saturday 14th October (3pm kick-off), hoping to end a winless away league run that stretches back to February.

Nigel Adkins’ side are yet to pick up a point on the road this season but have seen an uptick in form, winning seven points from their last four league games. 

Crewe are 6th in the division, having enjoyed a strong start to the campaign. However, they come into the match off the back of defeats to Salford City, and then Wrexham in the EFL Trophy. 

The Alex are unbeaten in the league at Mornflake Stadium, winning their last three. 


Team news:  

Luke Norris and Jake Leake, who have both been out since August, are back on the grass in training as they continue their recovery from injury. 

Jordan Turnbull will serve the final game of his league suspension picked up against AFC Wimbledon. However, he suffered a dead leg against Leicester City U21’s on Tuesday night and may not have been available anyway. 

Reece McAlear will also be out for the weekend after requiring stitches for a foot injury suffered in midweek. 


Last time out:  


Last five meetings:   

1st January 2023 - Crewe Alexandra 1-0 Tranmere Rovers – League Two   


10th December 2022 - Crewe Alexandra 0-1 Tranmere Rovers – EFL Trophy Group Stage 

SCORERS - Nevitt 

14th October 2022 - Tranmere Rovers 3-0 Crewe Alexandra - League Two  

SCORERS – Simeu, Nevitt x2 

8th March 2019 - Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Crewe Alexandra - League Two   

SCORERS - Norwood 

17th November 2018 – Crewe Alexandra 3-2 Tranmere Rovers - League Two   

SCORERS – Norwood, Banks 


One to watch: Courtney Baker-Richardson 

After spells with several non-league clubs in the Midlands, Courtney Baker-Richardson got his big break in 2017 by signing for then-Premier League outfit Swansea City. 

The Welsh side were relegated that season, but the winger managed to get into the team and score three Championship goals in the 2018/19 campaign. 

After brief spells with Accrington Stanley and Barrow, the 27-year-old returned to non-league when he joined Barnet on loan. He soon made the jump back to League Two with Newport County and scored eight goals in the 2021/22 season. 

He signed for Crewe last year and has impressed recently, having scored braces against Salford and Forest Green Rovers. 


Manager: Lee Bell 

Lee Bell took on his maiden managerial role with Crewe in 2022. 

The 40-year-old played for The Alex in two separate spells, first winning promotion to the second tier in 2003, and then from the League Two play-offs in 2012. 

He began coaching for the Club in 2015 with the under-18s, where he was promoted to youth team manager two years later. He progressed to under 23s boss, first-team assistant manager and then manager after Alex Morris stepped down. 

Bell has won 16, drawn 16, and lost 16 in his time at the helm. 



Referee - Ross Joyce 

Assistant Referees - Simon Shaw & Steven Plane 

Fourth Official - Lewis Raper 


Joyce last refereed Rovers in our 1-1 League Two draw away at Salford in January 2022.   



Advanced ticket sales end on Friday 13th October at 11am – and fans are encouraged to collect their tickets from Prenton Park before 5pm on the same day.   

Tickets will be available to buy on the day at Crewe for no increased price.  


Ticket prices are as follows:   



Senior (65+)   


17-19 years  


12-16 years  


Under 11  


Wheelchair (and Carer)  



Wheelchair users will need to contact our ticket office at 03330144452 or  


Official Club Coach travel has sold out for this fixture. 

Please note that refunds on coach travel are not permitted after 48 hours prior to the game. 

If you wish to park at Prenton Park to get the coach on Saturday, please note that the right side of the main car park will not be accessible. You can, however, park in the bays on the left side. If you plan to park, please consider car sharing if possible.


Tickets can be bought online by clicking here or in The Club Store. 


Match coverage:    

International supporters can buy a season pass to watch every game live for just £3 per game by clicking here!     

UK-based supporters can listen to full match commentary for as little as £1 per game by getting a monthly audio pass here.     

You can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.     


X: @tranmererovers       

Facebook: @trfcofficial       

Instagram: @tranmererovers       


Match reaction from Nigel Adkins and a player will follow the game on our YouTube channel. 

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