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Match Preview | Grimsby Town (A)

25 January 2024

Match Previews

Match Preview | Grimsby Town (A)

25 January 2024

Tranmere Rovers return to action at Grimsby Town on Saturday 27th January, following a two-week period without a match.

Nigel Adkins’ side were set to head to Swindon Town last weekend, but the game was postponed due to a frozen pitch at the County Ground.  

Rovers now travel to Grimsby looking to return to winning ways, after defeat to Milton Keynes Dons last time out ended their excellent run at home. 

The Mariners’ fixture at Harrogate Town last weekend also fell victim to the freezing temperatures. They played out an entertaining 5-5 draw against Notts County two weeks ago. 

David Artell took charge of the opposition in November and, so far, has a league record of two wins, three draws and three losses. 

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


Team news:  

Nigel Adkins says that every member of his Rovers squad, except Luke Norris, Jéan Belehouan and Jake Leake, is available for selection. 

The boss also confirmed that Belehouan is back running on the grass for the first time since picking up his injury. 


Last time out:  


Last five meetings:   

7th October 2023 - Tranmere Rovers 2-2 Grimsby Town – League Two 

SCORERS - Morris, Jennings 

22nd April 2023 - Tranmere Rovers 2-0 Grimsby Town – League Two   

SCORERS - Hawkes, Hughes 

10th December 2022 - Grimsby Town 2-1 Tranmere Rovers – League Two   

SCORERS - Burton 

17th March 2021 - Grimsby Town 0-0 Tranmere Rovers - League Two  


21st November 2020 - Tranmere Rovers 5-0 Grimsby Town - League Two   

SCORERS - Vaughan (2), Clarke, Khan, Lewis 


One to watch: Danny Rose 

Forward Danny Rose has been in good goalscoring form in recent weeks, finding the net in each of his last three matches. 

The 30-year-old won promotion to League One with Stevenage last term before signing for the Mariners in the summer, where he has ten league goals. 

Rose spent four years with Mansfield Town from 2016 to 2020, where he made over 150 appearances hit the target 44 times. 

He has also had spells with Northampton Town, Bury and Barnsley. 


Head Coach: David Artell 

David Artell took on the Head Coach role at Grimsby in November 2023, following the departure of Paul Hurst. 

The 43-year-old has previously only managed Crewe Alexandra, who he won promotion to League One with as a player before repeating the feat while at the helm, in 2020. 

Artell spent 16 years in the Football League as a player and took on the managerial role at Crewe in 2017, where he spent five years. 



Referee - Paul Howard

Assistant Referees - Ivan Stankovic & Declan Ford

Fourth Official - Stephen Wade


Howard last refereed Rovers in our 1-0 league loss to Morecambe in October 2023. He has given 63 yellow cards this season at a rate of 3.71 per game, and a total of two red cards. 



We have received an initial allocation of 480 tickets for this fixture.  

Advance ticket sales end on Friday 26th January at 11am. We ask supporters to collect their tickets from The Club Store any time before 2pm on the same day.    

Ticket sales and collections will be available on matchday at Blundell Park.  


Advance ticket prices are as follows:     



Senior (65+)    


Young Adult (18-22)  


Unaccompanied Junior (14-17)  


Accompanied Junior (3-17)  



Tickets will be available to purchase on the day for an increased price:     



Senior (65+)    


Young Adult (18-22)  


Unaccompanied Junior (14-17)  


Accompanied Junior (3-17)  


Ten tickets have been issued for wheelchair users. Toilet facilities for wheelchair users are located at the rear of the Main Stand, opposite the School of Excellence Bar.  


Parking is extremely limited around Blundell Park. We advise supporters to arrive early and use the local street parking. Please be aware that some areas close to the ground have matchday parking restrictions.  

There is a limited amount of matchday parking available for disabled supporters on a first come first served basis. There are six disability marked bays available on Harrington Street that require a valid Blue Badge to be displayed in the front dashboard of your vehicle.  


Official Club Coach travel has sold out for this fixture. The coach will depart Prenton Park at 9.30am.  

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


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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