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  1. Tranmere Rovers - Who needs a lemon when we've got Mellon!



    Former Tranmere Rovers player Micky Mellon has been appointed as the club's new manager after leaving League One Shrewsbury Town.


    As a player, midfielder Mellon had two spells at Prenton Park. Either side of a two-year stint with Burnley, he made 205 appearances and scored 10 goals for Rovers and was a popular figure amongst the Tranmere faithful. As a manager, the Scotsman has had a great deal of success since taking his first role back in September 2008 with Fleetwood Town.

    He took over with the side sat at the bottom of the Conference North and lifted them to 8th in his first season before leading them to promotion via the play-offs the following year. In 2010-11, Mellon then took Fleetwood to the Conference play-offs, losing out to AFC Wimbledon, before helping them to the title and into the Football League for the first time the following season with 103 points.

    After leaving Fleetwood with the Cod Army in 4th position in League Two, Mellon spent 18 months working as assistant to David Flitcroft in the Championship at Barnsley before taking over at Shrewsbury Town at the start of the 2014-15 campaign where he guided them to promotion back into League One.

    Tranmere Chairman Mark Palios said: “I am delighted to bring Micky back to Tranmere Rovers for a third time. His track record speaks for itself. He already has a number of promotions to his name and we are confident he will add to that record once more at Prenton Park. We are especially pleased to bring in a manager currently managing in League 1 and who sees the potential in the Club."

    Mellon, who has previously managed Fleetwood to the National League title, takes over from former manager Gary Brabin, who was sacked at the end of the 2015/16 season following Tranmere's failure to make the national league playoffs.
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  2. The appointment of Micky Mellon as Tranmere boss has triggered an influx of staff members, with 5 former players rejoining the club.

    Coming with Micky from Shrewsbury are Mike Jackson and Danny Coyne, who have been named as assistant manager and goalkeeping coach respectively. Jackson made 84 appearances over 2 years at the club back in 2004 and has been Mellon's assistant since the Scot joined Shrewsbury. Coyne also had two spells at Tranmere, making over 200 appearances between the sticks at Prenton Park.

    Also returning to the club are former right back Robbie Stockdale and former striker Simon Haworth. Stockdale rejoins the club as a scout having previously worked at Sunderland and Haworth joins in a coaching role.

    Perhaps the most shocking of all is the return of former manager John Aldridge. Aldridge was manager back in the early 2000's, leading Tranmere to the Worthington cup final against Leicester at Wembley, alongside many other impressive cup runs. Aldrige rejoins the club as the new Director of Football.
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  3. Micky Mellon says he is delighted to be back at Prenton Park after being announced as the Club's new manager earlier this week.

    Mellon had two previous spells at the Club as a player and says that affection he built during that time helped him make the decision to return to Wirral.

    He said: "It's great to be back at a Club that I have so much affection for. There are still a lot of familiar faces here. A lot of things have changed, but it is still a fantastic football club. The most important thing to do is to win the next game."

    "I never looked at this as dropping down. To come to a Club that I have such high regard for is the exciting part for me. A lot of ex-players have been contacting me all saying 'get in there and win games' because they also have so much affection for the Club. I have a great affection for the Club and I want to win games here."
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  4. Tranmere chairman Mark Palios says he doesn’t have to set new manager Micky Mellon specific targets because the expectations of his role are obvious.

    Founder members of Division Three North, Tranmere finally surrendered their Football League status after 94 years in 2015 and after finishing just outside the play-offs last season, Gary Brabin, the man originally tasked with getting Rovers out of the National League was sacked last month.

    Asked if Mellon, who rejoined the club after two spells as a player, had been told he had to deliver promotion, Palios said:

    “I don’t set specific targets like that and people might find that strange. It’s fairly obvious – we have to get promoted and should get promoted. When you set targets you don’t set them blindly. It’s not black and white, if you don’t achieve the target then you go again. There’s a target there that needs to be hit and if there’s a reason as to why we didn’t achieve it and it’s justifiable then you take a view. The target for us is promotion and always has been.”

    While Palios is obviously determined to win back a place in the Football League as quickly as possible, he is also building an infrastructure at Prenton Park for the club to flourish in whatever the vagaries of results on the pitch.

    He said: “If we don’t win promotion this year we go again next year and that’s the purpose of building the club off the field. We can go again year in, year out, and that’s where the benefits are seen. People complain that we’re not investing in the team, we’re investing off the pitch, but that’s just plain wrong. They’re not mutually exclusive, we’re doing both. The point is if we just invested in the short-term on the pitch I’m not sure you’d get back on your investment, pound for pound. We’ve got a good squad of players and I believe we’ve got a good manager.”
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  5. Mike Jackson says he is delighted to be back at the Club and teaming up again with Micky Mellon in the dugout.

    The duo spent more than two years working together successfully at Shrewsbury Town, and Jackson says that their knowledge of the Club and passion should be useful.

    He told Tranmere PlayerHD: "There's no magic wand for someone to come in and just get straight to promotion, but Micky has a passion and cares about what he does and I have noticed that all the staff here are the same and really keen to do well. I think it does help with us being ex-players here. But you look around the youth set-up and the coaches are mostly former players and it's much more than just a job here.

    "We know the expectations, the fanbase so we know what we're coming into. You can achieve a hell of a lot through mentality alone and that can build confidence and that's something we will be working on."

    Jackson says that the squad can also feed off the passion of the Super White Army. Having sat and watched the Tranmere from the stands during the 2015/16 season, Jackson says the players can feed off the energy of the supporters.

    "I was here for the Wrexham game last season and there was a great atmosphere. Every time we got into the final third they (the fans) were up, and they're passionate supporters here and they know their football. We have to use those fans to our advantage."
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  6. Portsmouth's winger Ben Tollitt has today joined Tranmere for the rest of the season on loan.

    Tollitt began his career at Everton but was released without making an appearance at Goodison Park. From there, he moved to Widnes where he scored 18 goals in 43 games. After a brief stint at Skelmersdale in 2014, Tollitt signed a one year deal at Fratton Park.

    Tollitt made his first Portsmouth appearance in an EFL cup home win against Derby County and scored his first goal in a League Two game against York in November.

    Tranmere manager Micky Mellon spoke of his delight at acquiring the services of Tollitt.

    "I'm delighted to have Ben here at the club. Ben is someone who has been on my radar for a while after seeing his performances for Portsmouth last season. He's a local lad having started his career at Everton and he's raring to go out and impress."
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  7. Tranmere Rovers are delighted to announce that West Brom defender Jack Fitzwater has signed a deal to join the Club until the end of the season on loan.

    Fitzwater is a product of the West Bromwich Albion academy and was named academy player of the year for the 2014–15 season. He is still yet to make a senior appearance for the Baggies.

    Manager Micky Mellon said of the signing: "Jack is the type of player we’ve been looking for. He is someone we have kept a close eye and I’m delighted that we are able to bring him into the Club for the season.

    "He will provide competition for places in the defensive area and is hungry to do well to help us achieve our goal this season of promotion. He is a strong lad, a hard worker and I’m sure he will do well for us during his time here. I’d like to thank Tony Pulis and West Brom for allowing him to join us."
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  8. Tranmere have today announced three new signings, with all three players arriving on a free transfer

    The three men who have arrived at Prenton Park are midfielder Taylor Tombides and defenders Frazer Shaw and Afolabi Coker and they were unveiled today in the Belmont Suite at Tranmere's Prenton Park ground alongside a visibly happy Micky Mellon.

    The first signing is Afolabi Coker. Coker (pictured) is a 19 year old centre back who is yet to make a senior career appearance having previously been on the books of Leeds (where he started his career) and Norwich.

    Frazer Shaw is a 21 year old left back who began his career at West Ham before earning himself a move to Leyton Orient last season (following spells at Billericay and Dulwich Hamlet. Shaw played 25 games in League Two for Orient before being released in the summer.

    The final signing sees Australian Taylor Tombides join the club. The 20 year old began his career at West Ham alongside his brother Dylan, who tragically died of cancer in 2014. After leaving West Ham, the midfielder had a season with Hull before moving on to Canvey Island, where he made 11 appearances.
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  9. Tranmere boss Micky Mellon has spoken of his excitement ahead of the new National League season.

    The game away at Bromley will be Micky's first game in charge of Tranmere following his move from Shrewsbury over the summer, with many pundits tipping Tranmere for automatic promotion to League Two.

    Speaking to a packed press conference ahead of the game at Hayes Lane, Mellon said:

    "I'm like a kid on Christmas Eve right now. I can't wait to get the season up and running. Being back at Tranmere feels really special and I'm sure it will be even more special when 3 o'clock comes around tomorrow afternoon."

    "We have put a lot of preparation in during preseason so we need to make sure that we go to Bromley and put on a good performance. The players and I are aware that we are being tipped for promotion and it's up to us to not let it go to our heads. We know what we need to do and that's go out and win football matches."
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  10. Micky Mellon started his Tranmere reign with an easy win, as a James Norwood brace, gave his side a 2-1 at Bromley.





    Bromley: Julian, Holland, Swaine, Chorley, Anderson, Turgott, Dymond, Porter (Minshull 22), Martin (Higgs 87), Cunnington, Sho-Silva (Goldberg 57).
    Subs Not Used: Bogard, Dennis.

    Booked: Anderson, Dymond.

    Off: Dymond.

    Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan (Sutton 89), McNulty, Fitzwater, Ridehalgh, S Jennings, Maynard, Mekki (Tollitt 89), Hughes, Cook, Norwood.
    Subs Not Used: Davies, C Jennings, Ihiekwe.

    Booked: Vaughan, Ridehalgh, S Jennings, Mekki.



    Referee: R Whitton
    Stadium: Hayes Lane
    Attendance: 1,869 (522 away)
    Possession: Bromley 48% - 52% Tranmere
    Shots: Bromley 11 - 8 Tranmere
    On Target: Bromley 4 - 5 Tranmere
    Fouls: Bromley 16 - 15 Tranmere
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  11. Former Reading midfielder Lewis Collins has joined Tranmere on a free transfer following his release from the Championship in the summer.

    19 year old Northern Irish midfielder Lewis Collins has yet to make a senior career appearance as of yet. Collins came through the youth ranks at Grimsby before signing a contract with Reading at the age of 16. The young midfielder had a stint as under 18s captain at Reading but was released in May.

    Collins spoke of his desire to learn from Rovers captain Steve Jennings after finalising his move to Prenton Park.

    "I'm really looking forward to getting started here at Tranmere. Everyone knows that Tranmere are a great club who should be in the football league and I'm excited to help make that happen in anyway I can. Being able to play alongside and learn from a midfielder like Steve Jennings is a real blessing and I'll definitely be asking for advice from him."
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  12. Tranmere followed up their opening day win at Bromley with another win, beating Barrow by four goals to one at Prenton Park.





    Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan, McNulty (Coker 89), Fitzwater, Shaw (Ridehalgh 62), Mekki, Maynard (Tollitt 79), S Jennings, J Hughes, Cook, Norwood.
    Subs Not Used: Davies, C Jennings.

    Booked: Vaughan.

    Barrow: Coughlin, Watkins, Smith, Livesey (Murray 56), Anderton, Pinau (Haworth 45), Parry (Turnbull 56), L Hughes, Williams, Panayiotou, Harrison.
    Subs Not Used: Meikle, Hannah.



    Referee: M Robinson.
    Stadium: Prenton Park.
    Attendance: 4,994 (154 away).
    Possession: Tranmere 54% - 46% Barrow
    Shots: Tranmere 13 - 14 Barrow
    On Target: Tranmere 6 - 4 Barrow
    Fouls: Tranmere 19 - 6 Barrow
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  13. Andy Cook scored twice for Tranmere as the home side's first half blitz blew away Eastleigh at Prenton Park.





    Tranmere: Davies, Sutton, Coker, Ihiekwe, Shaw (Ridehalgh 89), Tombides (Tollitt 77), Collins, Harris, Hughes (Almond 65), Cook, Norwood.
    Subs Not Used: Turner, McNulty.

    Booked: Collins, Harris.

    Eastleigh: Huddart, Barry, Cresswell (Partington 56), Johnson, Cockerill-Mollett, Coulson (Essam 56), Muldoon, Drury, Howells (Dawson 56), Bird, Mandron.
    Subs Not Used: Clarke, Constable.

    Booked: Partington, Muldoon.



    Referee: M Coy.
    Stadium: Prenton Park.
    Attendance: 5,590 (199 away).
    Possession: Tranmere 48% - 52% Eastleigh
    Shots: Tranmere 11 - 18 Eastleigh
    On Target: Tranmere 8 - 7 Eastleigh
    Fouls: Tranmere 14 - 11 Eastleigh
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  14. Tranmere boss Micky Mellon has hailed his side's squad depth, after seeing a much changed side beat Eastleigh by five goals to one at Prenton Park.

    From the side that started the win against Barrow, only four players retained a starting place going into the game with Eastleigh, James Norwood, Andy Cook, Frazer Shaw and Jeff Hughes being the men retained in the starting line up. Tranmere went on to win the game 5-1 with three of the four finding the target.

    Mellon was understandably happy with his squad players after the game:

    "Absolutely fantastic! What more can I say? To make seven changes to the starting eleven and still come away with a result like that really shows that we have excellent strength in depth here at Tranmere. The depth of the squad was something I marked for improvement when I joined here so to see this result makes me over the moon."
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  15. Tranmere Rovers have been hit with a blow after the news that centre back Steve McNulty has picked up an injury.

    Giant centre back McNulty pulled up in training holding his back and scans have revealed that the former Luton man has a back strain. Current estimates suggest that McNulty will miss atleast a month of action.

    Tranmere manager Micky Mellon spoke of his disappointment but insisted that his side could coipe with McNulty's absence.

    "Obviously losing Steve is exactly what we didn't want. However, I believe that we have more than enough talent in the squad to cope. We have have Jack (Fitzwater), Michael (Ihiekwe), Ritchie (Sutton) and Afolabi (Coker) who can all play centre back so I think we should be fine."
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  16. Tranmere made it 4 wins out of 4 in the 2016/17 season with a 2-1 win away at Boreham Wood.





    Boreham Wood: Tupper, Ricketts, Devera, Paine, Ilesanmi, Davis (Harris 57), Kuhl, Andrade, Moke, Balanta (Jeffrey 62), Elford-Alliyu (Ferrier 62).
    Subs Not Used: Holden, Smith.

    Booked: Ricketts, Ilesanmi, Kuhl, Harris, Paine.

    Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan (Ihiekwe 86), Fitzwater, Coker, Shaw (Ridehalgh 43), Mekki, Maynard, S Jennings, Hughes, Cook (C Jennings 55), Norwood.
    Subs Not Used: Davies, Tombides.

    Booked: Maynard, S Jennings, Norwood, Vaughan, Ridehalgh.



    Referee: C Evans.
    Stadium: Meadow Park.
    Attendance: 707 (364 away).
    Possession: Boreham Wood 50% - 50% Tranmere
    Shots: Boreham Wood 7 - 11 Tranmere
    On Target: Boreham Wood 3 - 6 Tranmere
    Fouls: Boreham Wood 17 - 16 Tranmere
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  17. Tranmere have been hit with the news that Jeff Hughes will miss the next 6 weeks with an ankle injury.

    Hughes was seen to be limping towards the latter stages of Tranmere's 2-1 win away at Boreham Wood and scans have revealed that the midfielder has suffered a twisted ankle.

    The former Cambridge man has been in great form so far this season, scoring 4 goals in as many games, following his permanent move from Cambridge over the summer.

    Whilst disappointed, Hughes told Tranmere Player that he would be back a better player.

    "I'm really disappointed to pick up an injury now. I really feel like I've been playing well and finally getting the fans on my side. All I can do now is focus on my recovery and make sure that I come back stronger and fitter than ever."
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  18. Tranmere striker Andy Cook scored twice for the home side, as Tranmere beat Maidstone by 3 goals to 0 at Prenton Park.






    Tranmere: Turner (Davies 42), Vaughan, Fitzwater, Coker, Ridehalgh, Tombides, Maynard, S Jennings, Mekki (C Jennings 33), Norwood, Cook.
    Subs Not Used: Sutton, Collins, Ihiekwe.

    Booked: C Jennings.

    Maidstone: Larkins, Driver, Lokko, Omar, Mavilla (Acheampong 61), Rogers, Paxman, Harris (Evans 67), Odubade, Taylor (Dumaka 45), Greenhalgh.
    Subs Not Used: Worgan, Sweeney.



    Referee: C Hicks
    Stadium: Prenton Park
    Attendance: 5,723 (262 away)
    Possession: Tranmere 53% - 47% Maidstone
    Shots: Tranmere 11 - 4 Maidstone
    On Target: Tranmere 5 - 4 Maidstone
    Fouls: Tranmere 7 - 5 Maidstone
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  19. Tranmere Rovers captain Steve Jennings has spoken of his desperation to win when Tranmere travel to Southport on Saturday.

    Tranmere captain Steve Jennings told a packed press conference about how he is treating the Southport game like his Merseyside derby.

    "This is one of six derby matches for us really. With having Chester, Wrexham and Southport in our league who are so close, we can have 6 derbies a season pretty much. I'm a Liverpool lad so Southport is the one for me though. This is my Liverpool vs Everton. I'm desperate to win this match."

    "We should have won at Southport last year really but a poor first half performance cost us. I'm determined to put that right and give the fans something to cheer about on Saturday."
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  20. It was Tranmere who took the spoils in the lower league Merseyside derby, winning 2-0 at Haig Avenue.





    Southport: Belford, Jones, Nolan, Sheron, Moseley, Weeks (White 67), Lussey (Kearns 78), Gray (Grimes 63), Webb, Caton, Cofie.
    Subs Not Used: Crump, Whittle.

    Booked: Sheron.

    Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan, Fitzwater (Ihiekwe 88), Coker, Shaw, Tombides, Maynard (Collins 88), S Jennings, Mekki, Cook (C Jennings 67), Norwood.
    Subs Not Used: Davies, Ridehalgh.



    Referee: M Thompson.
    Stadium: Haig Avenue.
    Attendance: 2,005 (940 away).
    Possession: Southport 47% - 53% Tranmere
    Shots: Southport 9 - 15 Tranmere
    On Target: Southport 1 - 9 Tranmere
    Fouls: Southport 13 - 17 Tranmere
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  21. Louis Almond came off the bench to score his first Tranmere goal, as the home side eased to a 3-0 win over Guiesley at Prenton Park.





    Tranmere: Davies, Vaughan, Fitzwater, Ihiekwe, Ridehalgh, Tollitt, Harris, Collins, Kirby, Ilesanmi (Cook 45), C Jennings (Almond 67).
    Subs Not Used: Turner, Coker, S Jennings.

    Booked: Harris.

    Guiseley: D Atkinson, East, Lawlor (Palmer 81), R Atkinson, Williams, Vidal, Purver (Clee 73), Walton, Hatfield, Preston, Mellors (Rankine 77).
    Subs Not Used: Aymes, Lowe.

    Booked: Walton.



    Referee: C Brook
    Stadium: Prenton Park
    Attendance: 5,119 (74 away)
    Possession: Tranmere 51% - 49% Guiseley
    Shots: Tranmere 10 - 10 Guiseley
    On Target: Tranmere 5 - 3 Guiseley
    Fouls: Tranmere 22 - 19 Guiseley




  22. Micky Mellon has been named as National League manager of the month for August after Tranmere won all 7 matches in the month.

    The opening month of the 2016-17 season has been a successful one for Rovers, with seven victories from the opening seven fixtures.

    Mellon has led his team to wins over Bromley, Barrow, Eastleigh, Boreham Wood, Maidstone United, Southport and Guiseley making it 21 points from a possible 21.

    That early season form has placed Rovers four points clear at the top of the National League standings and Mellon is delighted with the start his team has made.

    He said: “It’s a good start but we’re not getting carried away. There’s a long way to go but hopefully we can continue the good form. It’s always nice to receive recognition for the hard work we are putting in. It’s not just myself but the players and the staff, we’re all working incredibly hard and it’s reaping reward on the pitch."

    “I’d like to thank the National League for the award. I’ve been fortunate to have won a few Manager of the Month awards in the past and it would be nice to win a few more before the end of the season.”

    Tranmere's August results

    Bromley 1-2 Tranmere
    Tranmere 4-1 Barrow
    Tranmere 5-2 Eastleigh
    Boreham Wood 1-2 Tranmere
    Tranmere 3-0 Maidstone
    Southport 0-2 Tranmere
    Tranmere 3-0 Guiseley


  23. Tranmere's 100% record came to an end as a Max Hezeldine double gave Aldershot a point at The Recreation Ground.





    Aldershot: Cole, Evans, Conroy, Reynolds, Straker (Allen 70), Fenelon (Arnold 70), Bellamy, Wakefield, Mensah, McClure (Kellermann 45), Hazeldine.
    Subs Not Used: Kanu, Smith.

    Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan, Fitzwater (Ihiekwe 65), Coker, Shaw, Mekki, Collins, S Jennings, Tollitt (Almond 82), Cook, Norwood.
    Subs Not Used: Davies, Ridehalgh, C Jennings.

    Booked: S Jennings, Shaw.



    Referee: I Cooper.
    Stadium: The Recreation Ground.
    Attendance: 2,118 (441 away).
    Possession: Aldershot 43% - 57% Tranmere
    Shots: Aldershot 10 - 12 Tranmere
    On Target: Aldershot 4 - 6 Tranmere
    Fouls: Aldershot 13 - 14 Tranmere



  24. Tranmere manager Micky Mellon was disappointed after watching his side surrender a two goal lead at Aldershot.

    Tranmere took the lead in the first half through Andy Cook and another goal by James Norwood followed soon after. It looked like Tranmere were cruising to an 8th straight win but two goals from Accrington loanee Max Hazeldine salvaged a point for the home side.

    The boss spoke of his disappointment after the game:

    "I'm obviously really disappointed with the result and how it came about. There's no excuses for it, we simply went to sleep at the back and at this standard it will be punished. All credit to Aldershot, they never gave up hope but we definitely gifted them the point."

    "It's important that we respond well next week against Lincoln. We know that it's not going to be an easy game and that we'll need to be at our best to win. Fingers crossed we can learn a lesson from this result and see out games in future."



  25. Tranmere stunned Lincoln at Prenton Park, coming from a goal down with a minute to go, to win by two goals to one.





    Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan, Coker, Ihiekwe, Shaw, Tombides, Maynard, S Jennings, Tollitt, Cook, Norwood.
    Subs Not Used: Davies, Mekki, Collins, C Jennings, Ridehalgh.

    Booked: S Jennings, Coker, Vaughan, Tombides.

    Lincoln: Farman, Twumasi, Waterfall, Raggett, Habergahm, Anderson (Howe 90), Power, Miles (Hodge 62), Arnold (Muldoon 90), Robinson, Marriott.
    Subs Not Used: Rhead, Simmons.

    Booked: Habergham, Miles, Power, Hodge, Raggett.



    Referee: C Powell.
    Stadium: Prenton Park
    Attendance: 5,551 (261 away).
    Possession: Tranmere 55% - 45% Lincoln
    Shots: Tranmere 13 - 4 Lincoln
    On Target: Tranmere 4 - 2 Lincoln
    Fouls: Tranmere 17 - 20 Lincoln



  26. Tranmere striker James Norwood gave an interview with Tranmere player after the home side's remarkable comeback at home to Lincoln.

    In an interview with Tranmere player, Norwood said:

    "I really enjoyed that. It's games like that which make playing football worthwhile. The feeling I got when the ball hit the back of the net was one of the greatest I've ever experienced. To come from a goal down with a minute to go and win 2-1 is absolutely incredible."

    "After what happened at Aldershot, it was important that we bounced back in the right way. We were all disappointed in the way we let that game slip so we really wanted to win this one. In a way, we kind of copied the spirit Aldershot showed last week with their last minute equaliser against us."

    "I think a lot of credit has to go to Taylor Tombides. Taylor had an absolutely brilliant game and deserved more than just his goal. He's a massive talent and it's good to have him here at the club. There's plenty more to come from him yet, that's for sure."



  27. Goals from Andy Cook, Adam Mekki and Taylor Tombides saw National League leaders Tranmere come away with a 3-1 victory away at York.





    York: Letheren, Greaves (Dixon 56), Robinson (Clappison 67), Jackson, Rooney, Kamdjo, Gogic, Whittle, Johnson (Klukowski 56), Connolly, Fenwick.
    Subs Not Used: Simpson, Nti.

    Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan, Ihiekwe, Coker, Shaw, Mekki, Collins, S Jennings, Tombides, Cook, Norwood.
    Subs Not Used: Davies, Ridehalgh, Harris, Tollitt, McNulty.



    Referee: M McLaughlin.
    Stadium: Bootham Crescent.
    Attendance: 3,195 (359 away).
    Possession: York 42% - 58% Tranmere
    Shots: York 3 - 12 Tranmere
    On Target: York 1 - 6 Tranmere
    Fouls: York 9 - 18 Tranmere



  28. Portsmouth loanee Ben Tollitt scored a late equaliser as Tranmere kept their National League unbeaten record going with a 1-1 draw at Sutton United.





    Sutton Utd: Pears, Eckersley, James, Cowgill, McLennan, Bailey, Eastmond (Burge 69), Sutton, Stearn, Deacon (Thomas 57), Dickson (Fitchett 45).
    Subs Not Used: Worner, Greene.

    Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan, Coker, McNulty, Shaw (Ridehalgh 84), Collins, S Jennings, Tombides (Tollitt 73), Stephenson, Cook, Norwood (Mekki 57).
    Subs Not Used: Davies, Ihiekwe.

    Booked: Vaughan.



    Referee: S Wilson.
    Stadium: Gander Green Lane
    Attendance: 1,551 (429 away).
    Possession: Sutton Utd 50% - 50% Tranmere
    Shots: Sutton Utd 9 - 8 Tranmere
    On Target: Sutton Utd 2 - 3 Tranmere
    Fouls: Sutton Utd 8 - 19 Tranmere



  29. Andy Cook scored an injury time winner as top of the table Tranmere beat Woking 1-0 at Prenton Park.





    Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan, Coker, McNulty, Ridehalgh (Shaw 74), S Jennings, Tombides (Tollitt 74), Collins, Hughes (Mekki 74), Cook, Norwood.
    Subs Not Used: Davies, Fitzwater.

    Booked: S Jennings.

    Woking: Poke, Baba, Saah, Yakubu (Jones 81), Tilney, Lewis, Kretzschmar, May (Murtagh 77), Ralph, Ugwu, Ansah (Kandi 72).
    Subs Not Used: Sam-Yorke, Hall.

    Booked: Murtagh.



    Referee: I Smedley.
    Stadium: Prenton Park
    Attendance: 5,314 (170 away).
    Possession: Tranmere 53% - 47% Woking
    Shots: Tranmere 13 - 10 Woking
    On Target: Tranmere 5 - 2 Woking
    Fouls: Tranmere 19 - 12 Woking




  30. Micky Mellon has been named as National League manager of the month for the second month in a row.

    Tranmere find themselves top of the National League after going another month unbeaten, albeit with two draws against Sutton United and Aldershot. The three wins against Lincoln, York and Woking have seen Mellon win his second consecutive manager of the month award.

    Mellon said:

    "It's great to be awarded with yet another Manager of the month award. It shows that I'm doing something right and noone can argue that we had a great September. We won three out of our five games against what can't be described as easy opposition, which is very pleasing."

    "I only stood on the touchline and shouted at the top of my lungs. We're all now looking forward to our next league game. Away trips to Dagenham and Dover will really test us over the course of the next month. If we can maintain our current form then I see no reason why we can't keep winning games."

    Tranmere's September results

    Aldershot 2-2 Tranmere
    Tranmere 2-1 Lincoln
    York 1-3 Tranmere
    Sutton United 1-1 Tranmere
    Tranmere 1-0 Woking



  31. Adam Mekki scored the only goal as Tranmere recorded a 1-0 win over Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Road.





    Dag & Red: Cousins, Raymond (Young 65), Doe, Robson, Widdowson, Boucaud, Guttridge (Robinson 60), Thomas-Asante, Whitely (Assombalonga 60), Maguire-Drew, Hawkins.
    Subs Not Used: Howell, Justham.

    Booked: Robson, Widdowson.

    Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan, Fitzwater, Coker, Ridehalgh, Mekki (Tombides 31), Collins, Hughes (C Jennings 39), Tollitt, Cook, Norwood.
    Subs Not Used: Davies, McNulty, Shaw.

    Booked: Collins.



    Referee: C Powell.
    Stadium: Victoria Road.
    Attendance: 2,102 (425 away).
    Possession: Dag & Red 46% - 54% Tranmere
    Shots: Dag & Red 6 - 17 Tranmere
    On Target: Dag & Red 2 - 8 Tranmere
    Fouls: Dag & Red 14 - 15 Tranmere



  32. Tranmere Rovers have been rocked by the news that winger Adam Mekki will miss 5 to 6 months of action with a damaged achilles tendon.

    Mekki picked up the injury in the 31st minute of Tranmere's away win at Dagenham and Redbridge, going down under a challenge from Joe Widdowson. It was clear that goalscorer Mekki was in a lot of pain and the winger was subsequently taken off on a stretcher.

    Tranmere manager Micky Mellon was disappointed with the prognosis of Adam Mekki's injury.

    "I'm gutted to be honest. Adam has really been starting to make his mark on the side and become a regular fixture in the team, so for him to pick up this injury now is heartbreaking for him. 6 months is a long time in football but I have every faith that Adam will come back an even better player."



  33. Tranmere will travel to fellow National League side Barrow in the FA Cup 4th qualifying round after the pair were drawn together.

    The game will mark the second time the sides have met this season with Tranmere taking the spoils in August with a 4-1 win. Adam Mekki, James Norwood, Jeff Hughes and Andy Cook were all on target at Prenton Park.

    The full draw

    Eastbourne Boro vs Dover
    Nantwich vs Stalybridge
    FC Halifax vs Southport
    AFC Flyde vs Brackley
    Boston Utd vs Harrogate
    Folkestone vs Forest Green
    Aldershot vs Braintree
    Solihull Moors vs Workington
    Skelmersdale vs Warrington
    Bromley vs Concord
    Tamworth vs Macclesfield
    Hungerford vs Dorchester
    Boreham Wood vs Chelmsford
    Weston-super-Mare vs Bognor Regis
    Barrow vs Tranmere
    Ilkeston vs Bradford PA
    Dartford vs Enfield Town
    Ebbsfleet vs Torquay
    Woking vs Bath
    Chester vs Gateshead
    Guiseley vs York
    East Thurrock vs Maidstone
    Hednesford vs Wrexham
    Hampton & Richmond vs Sutton Utd
    North Ferriby vs Whitby
    Billericay vs Dulwich Hamlet
    Nuneaton vs Lincoln
    Heybridge vs Dag & Red
    Eastleigh vs St. Albans
    Alfreton vs Chorley
    Havant & Waterlooville vs Maidenhead
    Kidderminster vs Worcester



  34. Tranmere striker James Norwood scored a hat trick as Tranmere came from 5-2 down to win by 6 goals to 5 at home against Gateshead.





    Tranmere: Turner, Fitzwater (Ihiekwe 88), Coker, McNulty, Ridehalgh (Shaw 74), S Jennings, Collins, Tombides, Tollitt, Norwood (Almond 81), Cook.
    Subs Not Used: Davies, Kirby.

    Booked: Ridehalgh.

    Gateshead: Hanford, Owusu (Clunis 70), Smith, Williams, Smith, Mafuta, McLaughlin, Wrightson (Bell 81), Francis (Tattum 55), Ajala, D Johnson.
    Subs Not Used: S Johnson, Styche.



    Referee: G Jerden.
    Stadium: Prenton Park
    Attendance: 4,876 (71 away).
    Possession: Tranmere 57% - 43% Gateshead
    Shots: Tranmere 20 - 16 Gateshead
    On Target: Tranmere 8 - 10 Gateshead
    Fouls: Tranmere 12 - 12 Gateshead



  35. Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon has described his shock after watching his side come from 5-2 down to beat Gateshead 6-5 at Prenton Park.

    "I'm in shock. I honestly don't know how to describe that," said Mellon after the 6-5 win.

    "At 5-2 down I honestly thought we were dead and buried and had no chance. I could see that a lot of the lads were down after the 5th goal so I think the fact that we got a goal back almpost straight away really helped. Getting it back to 4-5 within 4 minutes really gave the leads belief to go on and win the game."

    Mellon also had high praise for striker James Norwood, who put Gateshead to the sword, netting a hat trick.

    "Nors is a class act and we're lucky to have a player like him here at the club. Some of the goals he manages to score are simply unbelievable and it's great to see that he has really started to join forces with Andy Cook up top. Both of them are always looking to outdo each other so that can only be good for us."



  36. Tranmere have signed veteran striker Kevin Lisbie on a deal that runs until the end of the 2016/17 season.

    38 year old Lisbie made his professional debut for Charlton Athletic during the 1996–97 season and went on to score 16 goals in 155 appearances for the Addicks. Possibly his best moment in a Charlton shirt was a hat-trick against Liverpool in a 3–2 win over the Merseyside club in September 2003.

    From there, Lisbie had spells with numerous clubs before finally settling at Leyton Orient in 2011. At Orient, Lisbie scored 46 goals in 111 games however he suffered a shoulder injury which ruled him out of the first team for much of the early part of the 2014–15 season.

    On his return, he found it difficult to re-establish his place among several other strikers at the club.

    A move to Barnet followed and the striker was released following the expiration of his contract in the summer.



  37. Kevin Lisbie scored on his debut for Tranmere as they recorded a 3-2 win over rivals Wrexham at Prenton Park.





    Tranmere: Turner, Vaughan, Coker, McNulty (Ihiekwe 76), Ridehalgh, S Jennings, Tombides, Norwood, Tollitt, Cook, Lisbie (Almond 45).
    Subs Not Used: Davies, Fitzwater, Shaw.

    Booked: Ridehalgh, S Jennings.

    Wrexham: Dunn, Gabriel, Bencherif, Bainbridge, Newton, Cox (Harvey 45), Rooney, Dowling (Carrington 65), Wintle, Clarke (Gillett 90), White.
    Subs Not Used: Bakare, Hoare.

    Booked: Gabriel, Harvey, Rooney.



    Referee: C Powell.
    Stadium: Prenton Park
    Attendance: 10,804 (2,046 away).
    Possession: Tranmere 57% - 43% Wrexham
    Shots: Tranmere 17 - 11 Wrexham
    On Target: Tranmere 8 - 6 Wrexham
    Fouls: Tranmere 16 - 12 Wrexham


  38. Barrow and Tranmere face a replay in the FA Cup 4th qualifying round after battling to a 1-1 draw at Holker Street.





    Final Score: Barrow 1-1 Tranmere

    Barrow: Coughlin, Beeley, Smith, Livesey, Anderton, Haworth (Parry 85), Finch (Turnbull 79), Hughes, Williams, Harrison (Hannah 74), Panayiotou.
    Subs Not Used: Copeland, Murray, Harvey, Beevers.

    Booked: Smith.

    Tranmere: Davies, Sutton, Coker, McNulty, Shaw, Harris, Maynard (Collins 77), Kirby, Stephenson, C Jennings (Norwood 67), Almond (Cook 77).
    Subs Not Used: Turner. Ridehalgh, Ihiekwe, Tollitt.

    Booked: McNulty, Shaw, Coker, Harris, Sutton.

    Shots: Barrow 17-8 Tranmere
    On Target: Barrow 8-3 Tranmere
    Possession: Barrow 47%-53% Tranmere
    Corners: Barrow 7-3 Tranmere
    Fouls: Barrow 9-19 Tranmere
    Attendance: 3,006 (685 away).
    Referee: M Coy.

    Man Of the Match: Harry Panayiotou



  39. Tranmere or Barrow will contest a replay for the right to travel to League One Coventry in the FA Cup 1st round.

    Barrow and Tranmere will contest a replay after Darren Stephenson's first goal for Tranmere cancelled out an early Harry Panayiotou opener. Both sets of fans will not have to wait long to find out who faces Coventry with the replay taking place this coming Wednesday at Prenton Park.

    Tranmere last played Coventry in 2014 whilst in League One, doing the double over the Midlands side. Rovers won 3-1 at Prenton Park and an incredible 5-1 away from home with Jake Kirby, who is still at the club, scoring on that day.

    The full draw

    Eastleigh vs Wycombe
    Millwall vs Crawley
    Warrington vs Southend
    Braintree vs Accrington
    Northampton vs Colchester
    Chester vs Brackley
    Kidderminster vs Morecambe
    Dartford vs Port Vale
    Fleetwood vs Dorchester
    AFC Wimbledon vs Sheff Utd
    Southport vs Peterborough
    Crewe vs Bognor Regis
    Hartlepool vs Blackpool
    Stevenage vs Leyton Orient
    Coventry vs Tranmere
    Yeovil vs Walsall
    Chorley vs Bury
    Carlisle vs Gillingham
    Havant & Waterlooville vs Eastbourne Boro
    Barnet vs Torquay
    Shrewsbury vs Dag & Red
    Bristol Rovers vs Luton
    Rochdale vs East Thurrock
    Boreham Wood vs York
    Charlton vs Concord
    Bath vs Cheltenham
    Oldham vs Oxford
    Solihull Moors vs Chesterfield
    Portsmouth vs Harrogate
    North Ferriby vs Scunthorpe
    Vradford vs Macclesfield
    Wrexham vs Forest Green
    Swindon vs MK Dons
    Notts Co vs Newport Co
    Sutton Utd vs Billericay
    Bolton vs Cambridge
    Exeter vs Ilkeston
    Staylbridge vs Doncaster
    Grimsby vs Plymouth
    Mansfield vs Lincoln


  40. Tranmere will travel to Coventry in the FA Cup 1st round after easing past Barrow in their 4th qualifying round replay.





    Final Score: Tranmere 4-0 Barrow

    Tranmere: Turner, Fitzwater, Coker, McNulty, Ridehalgh, S Jennings, Collins (Maynard 76), Tombides, Tollitt (Kirby 67), Norwood, Cook (Lisbie 88).
    Subs Not Used: Davies, C Jennings, Shaw.

    Booked: Collins.

    Barrow: Coughlin, Beeley, Smith, Livesey, Anderton, Haworth, Finch, Hughes (Turnbull 71), Williams, Harrison (Murray 53), Panayiotou (Hannah 71).
    Subs Not Used: Foster, Parry, Harvey, Beevers.

    Booked: Funch, Hughes.

    Shots: Tranmere 18-10 Barrow
    On Target: Tranmere 9-1 Barrow
    Possession: Tranmere 56%-44% Barrow
    Corners: Tranmere 10-2 Barrow
    Fouls: Tranmere 14-9 Barrow
    Attendance: 4,859 (112 away).
    Referee: A Backhouse.

    Man Of the Match: James Norwood



  41. Kevin Lisbie scored twice in stoppage time as Tranmere beat Solihull Moors by three goals to nil at Damson Park.





    Solihull Moors: Lewis, King-Elliot, Daly, Koue, Robertson, Beswick, Fowler (Franklin 45), Knights, Richards (Osborne 66), Murombedzi, Asante (White 61).
    Subs Not Used: Martinez, Morris.

    Tranmere: Turner, Fitzwater, Coker, McNulty (Ihiekwe 62), Ridehalgh, S Jennings, Collins (Maynard 56), Tombides, Tollitt, Norwood, Cook (Lisbie 62).
    Subs Not Used: Davies, Shaw.

    Booked: Fitzwater, Ihiekwe.



    Referee: A Hutchinson.
    Stadium: Damson Park.
    Attendance: 1,259 (400 away).
    Possession: Solihull Moors 38% - 62% Tranmere
    Shots: Solihull Moors 5 - 17 Tranmere
    On Target: Solihull Moors 0 - 7 Tranmere
    Fouls: Solihull Moors 14 - 13 Tranmere


  42. Lewis Collins scored and was sent off as Tranmere beat North Ferriby by four goals to one at Prenton Park.





    Tranmere: Turner, Fitzwater, Coker, McNulty (Ihiekwe 61), Ridehalgh, S Jennings, Collins, Tollitt, Hughes (Tombides 54), Norwood, Cook (Lisbie 61).
    Subs Not Used: Davies, Shaw.

    Booked: Collins, McNulty.

    North Ferriby: Douglas, Oliver (Gray 62), Hare, Slade, Robson, Fallowfield, Moran, O'Hanlon (Russell 68), Clarke (Brogan 61), Mukendi, Robinson.
    Subs Not Used: Nellins, Fosu-Mensah.

    Booked: Robson.



    Referee: C Hatzisakis.
    Stadium: Prenton Park
    Attendance: 4,657 (42 away).
    Possession: Tranmere 57% - 43% North Ferriby
    Shots: Tranmere 30 - 7 North Ferriby
    On Target: Tranmere 15 - 1 North Ferriby
    Fouls: Tranmere 12 - 17 North Ferriby



  43. Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon has admitted that his team's discipline is a worry after seeing his side pick up a third red card in 5 games.

    Tranmere picked up a third red in 5 games after seeing Lewis Collins sent off for a second bookable offence in their 4-1 win at home against North Ferriby. Rovers have also seen Lee Vaughan and Lois Maynard see red in recent games.

    "It's becoming a worry now," said Mellon. "One red card you can accept as the lads can try a little two hard at times and get a little over zealous. Two and it starts to become a problem so to get a third in a month is really worrying."

    Despite admitting to being worried about the number of red cards, Mellon was quick to point out that Lewis Collins should not have been given his marching orders.

    "Whilst the others were definite red cards, there is no way that Lewis should have been sent off. For the second yellow card, Lewis is the one that's been kicked and their player has conned the ref by going to ground and rolling around like an idiot. It's disgraceful that players can get away with that."



  44. Tranmere made it a worthwhile trip to the south coast, winning 1-0 at Dover, thanks to a Jake Kirby goal.






    Dover: Walker, Lelan, Magri (Howlett-Mundle 67), Grimes, Da Graca, Griffiths (Thomas 78), Moore, Rosenthal, Logan (Orlu 56), Emmanuel, Lafayette.
    Subs Not Used: Sterling, Marsh.

    Booked: Griffiths.

    Tranmere: Turner, Fitzwater, Coker, McNulty (Ihiekwe 56), Ridehalgh, S Jennings, Hughes (Kirby 62), Tombides, Tollitt, Norwood, Cook (Lisbie 45).
    Subs Not Used: Davies, Shaw.

    Booked: McNulty, Coker, Jennings, Ihiekwe, Fitzwater.



    Referee: C Lymer.
    Stadium: Crabble Athletic Ground.
    Attendance: 1,056 (306 away).
    Possession: Dover 42% - 58% Tranmere
    Shots: Dover 7 - 19 Tranmere
    On Target: Dover 0 - 6 Tranmere
    Fouls: Dover 7 - 18 Tranmere




  45. Micky Mellon has been named as National League manager of the month for the third month in a row.

    Tranmere are still top of the National League table and are still unbeaten after winning all 6 league games in October, including wins over Wrexham and Dagenham and Redbridge.

    Tranmere's October National league results

    Dag & Red 0-1 Tranmere
    Tranmere 6-5 Gateshead
    Tranmere 3-2 Wrexham
    Solihull Moors 0-3 Tranmere
    Tranmere 4-1 North Ferriby
    Dover 0-1 Tranmere



  46. National league Tranmere produced a superb display to force a replay in their FA Cup 1st round tie with Coventry, the game finishing 1-1.





    Final Score: Coventry 1-1 Tranmere

    Coventry: Charles-Cook, Ricketts, Sterry, Turnbull, Page, Lawton, Bigirimana (Haynes 72), McCann, Wright (Haynes 72), Reid, McBean (Sordell 72).
    Subs Not Used: Lameiras, Stokes, Tudgay, Burge.

    Booked: Page.

    Tranmere: Turner, Fitzwater, Coker, McNulty, Ridehalgh, Collins, Tollitt, S Jennings (Kirby 79), Hughes, Cook, Norwood (Lisbie 72).
    Subs Not Used: Davies, Shaw, Almond, Ihiekwe, C Jennings.

    Booked: S Jennings, Coker.

    Shots: Coventry 14-5 Tranmere
    On Target: Coventry 3-2 Tranmere
    Possession: Coventry 51%-49% Tranmere
    Corners: Coventry 3-3 Tranmere
    Fouls: Coventry 8-15 Tranmere
    Attendance: 8,885 (2,542 away).
    Referee: J Linnington.

    Man Of the Match: Afolabi Coker



  47. The winner of the FA Cup 1st round replay between Tranmere and Coventry will host Southend in the FA Cup second round.

    The last time that Rovers faced Southend was in the 2014/15 League Two campaign where Southend did the double over Tranmere. The League Two side beat Tranmere by two goals to one at Prenton Park before winning 1-0 at Roots Hall later on in the season.

    The full draw

    Shrewsbury vs Accrington
    Bradford vs Scunthorpe
    Rochdale vs Sheff Utd
    Bristol Rovers vs Doncaster
    Swindon vs Exeter
    Millwall vs Morecambe
    Chester vs Sutton Utd
    Bury vs Forest Green
    Charlton vs Port Vale
    Fleetwood vs Walsall or Yeovil
    Eastbourne Boro or Havant and Waterloville vs Oldham or Oxford
    Plymouth vs Peterborough
    Barnet vs Carlisle
    Tranmere or Coventry vs Southend
    Newport Co vs Cheltenham
    Bognor Regis vs Stevenage
    Northampton vs Hartlepool
    Chesterfield vs Mansfield or Lincoln
    Wycombe vs York
    Portsmouth vs Bolton

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