Two minute guide to: Tranmere Rovers

We take a look ahead to Port Vale’s game against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday afternoon.


Manager: Micky Adams

Last game: 2-2 vs Coventry

Form: D-L-W-L-L

Top scorer: Pope (14)


Manager: John McMahon

Last game: 3-2 vs Notts County

Form: W-L-L-D-W

Top scorer: Lowe (19)

Team news


Lines: misses the game

Chris Lines is suspended and will miss the game. Micky Adams could bring back Anthony Griffith to replace Lines or move Doug Loft into the centre and bring in another wide player.

Tranmere have problems in midfield. Trio James Wallace (groin), Jason Koumas (foot) and Steve Jennings (knee) are all set to miss out.

Possible Vale starting XI:


Grimmer Robertson Duffy Dickinson

Myrie-Williams Knott Griffith Loft

Williamson Pope

Pre-match quotes

Adam Yates’ pre-match thoughts

“Teams at the bottom end have got to look to win games, rather than come with the phycology that they don’t want to get beat. So I would expect Tranmere to come and attack us and to try and get back to back wins. They got a great win against Notts County last Saturday and any type of win when you are in a position that they are in helps them enormously. It certainly won’t be decided one way or the other for them on Saturday if they win or they lose.”

– Micky Adams

“Micky is an experienced manager who has managed at a higher level. His teams are always competitive and difficult to play against and we see that being no different on Saturday. It’s a big pitch and good footballers want to play on it. We’ve got reports on them and I’ve seen them a couple of times this season as well. They’re big and strong and mix their game up. They can be direct with long throws and long balls up to their strikers but if you give them time and space they can play as well.”
– John McMahon, Rovers assistant-manager


Watch Chris Lines’ free-kick

Last time we met

Chris Lines scored his first goal for the Vale as the Valiants won 1-0 at Prenton Park.

Overall record

  • Vale wins: 30
  • Tranmere wins: 37
  • Draws: 23

Did you know?

Vale are unbeaten in their last three games against Rovers.


Tranmere boast two former Valiants in their ranks. Striker Akpo Sodje (above) joined Rovers in the summer but will miss the game as he’s on loan at Macclesfield. Abdulai Bell-Baggie spent a brief spell on loan with Vale in 2010 and after dropping into non-league football, he joined Rovers in 2012.

Meanwhile, Vale also boast two former players from the opposition. Jennison Myrie-Williams spent a spell on loan with Tranmere from 2007 to 2008 while Chris Shuker made over 100 appearances for Rovers.

More connections

Other players who appeared for both clubs include:

  • Graham Barnett
  • Adnan Ahmed
  • John James (right)
  • John Green
  • Jim Steel
  • Barry Siddall
  • Cyril Done
  • Ken Beamish
  • John Rowland
  • John Williams
  • Craig Russell
  • Simon Osborn

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