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Match Preview | AFC Wimbledon (A)

29 September 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview | AFC Wimbledon (A)

29 September 2023

Tranmere Rovers travel to AFC Wimbledon on Saturday 30th September (3pm kick-off), seeking back-to-back league wins.

Nigel Adkins’ side beat Accrington Stanley 2-0 last weekend, thanks to a brace from Josh Hawkes either side of half-time. 

Rovers followed this up with a 2-0 win in the Cheshire Senior Cup first round on Tuesday night, against Stockport County at Edgeley Park. 

Wimbledon are 8th in League Two, following a 3-1 away triumph against Walsall on Saturday. However, they are yet to win a league game at home this season, drawing three and losing one. 

James Tilley has top scored for the Dons so far this term, netting seven goals in eight games, but missed his side’s win at the weekend with a dead leg. 


Team news:   

Speaking in his pre-match interview, Nigel Adkins confirmed that Chris Merrie suffered an ankle injury in Tuesday's win against Stockport and won't be available for the Wimbledon trip.

Lee O'Connor played the first half in that game, his first minutes since the loss to Salford City on August 19th, and could be in contention.

Paul Lewis and Reece McAlear are back on the grass, but aren't expected to be involved until next week.

YouTube members can get early access to Nigel Adkins' pre-match interview, before it is released publicly tomorrow.


Last league game: 


Last five meetings: 

29th April 2023 - AFC Wimbledon 1-1 Tranmere Rovers – League Two 

SCORERS - Taylor 

19th November 2022 - Tranmere Rovers 0-2 AFC Wimbledon – League Two 


21st December 2019 - Tranmere Rovers 1-0 AFC Wimbledon - League One 

SCORERS – Hepburn-Murphy 

28th March 2015 - Tranmere Rovers 1-1 AFC Wimbledon - League Two 

SCORERS - Green 

25th October 2014 - AFC Wimbledon 2-2 Tranmere Rovers - League Two 

SCORERS – Gnanduillet x2 


One to watch: Jake Reeves 

A League Two promotion winner with Stevenage last season, Jake Reeves has been ever consistent for Wimbledon since re-signing in the summer. 

The midfielder secured promotion with the Wombles via the Play-Offs in 2017, during a spell in which he made over 100 appearances for the club. 

The 30-year-old Dons captain suffered a hamstring injury against Forest Green Rovers in August but returned from the start at the weekend against Walsall. He put in an excellent shift as his side emerged 3-1 victors, assisting the third goal. 


Manager: Johnnie Jackson 

Johnnie Jackson became manager of AFC Wimbledon in 2022, following a 12-year spell at Charlton Athletic which saw him transform from player to assistant manager, to manager. 

The 41-year-old made 279 appearances for the Addicks between 2010 and 2018, winning the League One title in 2012. 

He retired and joined the London club as a first-team coach, eventually becoming assistant manager to Lee Bowyer and then Nigel Adkins himself. 

Jackson was appointed as manager of the side in December 2021, but left in May the following year. 



Referee - Daniel Middleton 

Assistant Referees - Marvyn Amphlett & Andrew Hickman 

Fourth Official - Farai Hallam 


Middleton last refereed Rovers in our 1-0 EFL Trophy win over Crewe Alexandra in October 2022. 



We have received an allocation of 579 tickets for the fixture. 

Advanced ticket sales end on Friday 29th September at 11am – and fans are encouraged to collect their tickets from Prenton Park in advance before 2pm that day. 

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


Ticket prices are as follows:  


Advance price 

On the day price 







Under 17 





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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