We continue our summer study of Pools' National League opponents for 2017/18 and today we take a trip to the Wirral.
Who’s in charge?
Micky Mellon was announced as the new boss of Tranmere Rovers last October, after stepping down from his managerial role at Shrewsbury Town.
It marked a popular return to Prenton Park for Mellon, who enjoyed two successful spells with the club as a player during a career which began at Bristol City.
After four years at Ashton Gate, the midfielder then spent a season at West Brom before putting down roots with Blackpool in 1994 where he went on to make over 100 appearances.
After a two-year stint at Burnley, he moved to Tranmere on loan before making the move permanent in 2001 and he became a favourite with the fans on the Wirral.
After finishing his playing days in non-league, Mellon stepped in to coaching at Lancaster City and Burnley before getting his break with an appointment as boss of Fleetwood Town.
In 2011/12 he led Town in to the Football League as National League Champions before leaving in December 2012 to take up a role at Barnsley where he eventually became manager in 2013.
After leaving Oakwell in 2014, Mellon re-emerged at Shrewsbury Town a few months later and he led the club back to League One at the first attempt.
How did they get on last season?
It must have been a strange feeling to be a Tranmere Rovers supporter last term, watching your team pick up a club record 95 points but still manage to miss out on promotion.
A slow start had cost them during their debut season in the National League but they got off to a flyer last season, winning six of their first seven league games.
That set the tone for an impressive campaign which saw them taste victory on no fewer than 29 occasions, finishing four points shy of Champions, Lincoln City.
Rovers coasted through their play-off semi-final against Aldershot but tasted heartache in the Wembley Final when Forest Green Rovers secured their route to the EFL with a 3-1 win.
When did we last meet?
The last meetings came back in the 2014/15 campaign and it was honours even both at Prenton Park and Victoria Park.
After a stalemate of a goalless draw at The Vic in September 2014, Pools brought home a point from Birkenhead the following January when Scott Fenwick’s goal cancelled out Kayode Odejayi’s opener for Rovers.
Where do they play?
Tranmere Rovers have been playing their home games at Prenton Park since 1912 and it currently also hosts Liverpool Reserves’ fixtures. It has a capacity of 16,587.
When do we play them?
Tranmere are our visitors at Victoria Park on Tuesday 24th October before we travel to Prenton Park on the final day of the campaign – Saturday 28th April 2018.
We get some insight about Tranmere Rovers’ chances this season from Mark Carruthers of NonLeagueDaily.com…
“For me, Tranmere Rovers begin the season as my tips for the title.
“But before you go running to the bookies, I should warn you that I tipped Eastleigh last season and they finished in the bottom half of the table.
“However, I can see Rovers being fired up after last season’s Promotion Final defeat to Forest Green Rovers.
“They have had a very, very good summer in the transfer market. The capture of Chester’s highly-rated striker James Alabi means that they will have a forward line to match anything in the league.
“However, manager Micky Mellon has made some astute additions elsewhere in the squad. Jay McEveley brings Championship experience and Ollie Norburn was one of Macclesfield Town’s top performers last season.
“Losing Cole Stockton was a bit of a blow but Mellon has more than made up for his departure and I think Prenton Park could be a very entertaining place to be this season.”
How Do You Get There?
Postcode: CH42 9PY
By Road: From M6/M56 join the M53 and exit and Junction 4 then take the B5151 Mount Road from the fourth exit at the roundabout. The ground is signposted from here.
By Train: The closest train stations are Rock Ferry and Birkenhead Central which are both served by Liverpool Lime Street. Both stations are about at 15-20 minute walk away from the ground.