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Match Preview | Crewe Alexandra (H)

1 February 2024

Match Previews

Match Preview | Crewe Alexandra (H)

1 February 2024

Tranmere Rovers return to Prenton Park to face Crewe Alexandra on Saturday 3rd February (3pm kick-off), in their first home game for three weeks.

Nigel Adkins’ side were victorious on their travels to Grimsby Town last weekend, 2-1. Rob Apter struck first, before a second half own goal secured the points. 

Crewe are fifth in League Two and had won four matches in a row prior to defeat against Salford City last time out. 

The Alex are unbeaten in three away from home, while Rovers have won five of their last six at Prenton Park. 



Saturday will be our annual memorial game, where we will honour the lives of those we sadly lost in 2023. 

Before kick-off, a memorial service will take place on the pitch, providing a moment of reflection for players and supporters alike.


Team news:   

Jake Leake, Luke Norris and Jéan Belehouan remain the only three Rovers players unavailable for selection. 

However, the latter two have been out running on the grass as they continue their recoveries. 


Last time out:   


Last five meetings:    

14th October 2023 - Crewe Alexandra 2-0 Tranmere Rovers – League Two 


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  


One to watch: Mickey Demetriou 

Mickey Demetriou has been one of the standouts in Lee Bell’s promotion chasing Crewe side. 

The defender has been solid at the back for the Alex since signing in the summer, following a six-year spell with Newport County which took him to a pair of League Two Play-Off finals. 

With over 300 Football League appearances to his name, the 33-year-old provides experience in defence and even some goalscoring prowess, registering seven goals and five assists in all competitions this term. 

Demetriou won promotion from League Two with Shrewsbury Town in 2015, and had spells with several other clubs, including Kidderminster Harriers and Cambridge United. 


Manager: Lee Bell  

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

The 41-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 25, drawn 18, and lost 22 of his 65 games at the helm, as he looks to guide the Railwaymen back to League One.  



Referee - Carl Brook 

Assistant Referees - Alan Clayton & Danny Gratton 

Fourth Official - Kevin Mulraine 


Brook last refereed Rovers in our 1-0 League Two loss away to Colchester United in March 2022.    



We recommend buying tickets for the match online in advance. By doing so, fans can enjoy discounted prices and can download their ticket to their digital wallet or as a PDF.         

Tickets will also be available to buy on the day from The Club Store with a £2 price increase after 12pm.         

Fans can buy tickets online by clicking here. 


Match coverage:     

International supporters can buy a pass to watch this weekend’s game live for £10 by clicking here!      

UK-based supporters can listen to full match commentary for £2.50 by purchasing an 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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