FC Halifax Town face a stern test as they take on Tranmere Rovers at the MBi Shay for Town’s last home game of the season.
The visitors pose a difficult challenge for Jamie Fullarton’s side, with Rovers occupying the dizzy heights of the top five and will be hoping to carry any positive momentum into a successful play-off run.
Here are ten things you may not know about Saturday’s visitors:
- Founded in 1884, the club’s original name, Belmont FC, last just one year before they changed to Tranmere Rovers FC.
- Tranmere Rovers were relatively sprung into the limelight when youngster Dale Jennings was transferred to Bayern Munich, where he made just 36 appearances over two seasons for the German’s second team.
- Jennings is not the only Rovers starlet to come out of the club, with the team producing Dixie Dean (then their youngest player to make an appearance at 16 years and 355 days), Dean is best known for his record-breaking goal return (60) in one season for Everton (1927-28).
- In 1935, Tranmere’s Robert Bell made history as he scored nine goals in a single game against Oldham, he also missed a penalty.
- The club’s traditional strip was changed to all-white in 1958 (which they still don to this day) as a way of differentiating themselves from bitter rivals Everton and Liverpool.
- During his eight years with the club, former striker and Rovers legend John Aldridge scored 170 goals in just under 250 games, propelling him to second on the club’s all-time scorers list.
- After such incredulous successes, Tranmere were relegated to the National League in 2014, after a 94-year stay in the Football League.
- Despite recording a mammoth 95 points in the league last season, they were pipped to the top spot by Lincoln City who had 99 points, and Rovers ultimately fell at the last hurdle, losing the playoff-final to Forest green Rovers.
- Current first-team manager Micky Mellon played for the club on three separate occasions, amassing a total of over 160 appearances.
- Tranmere’s Prenton Park has the highest listed capacity in the league at 16,789
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